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Black And Blue Cohosh
Causes contractions: Wisdom says: avoid this in most all cases. There are certainly some who know how to make good use of ancient herbal therapies, but very few. This is powerful stuff and quite toxic. Action is complex, but vaso-constriction is part of it. It induces labor regardless of the readiness of the fetus. Steer clear or be prepared for facing a medical emergency. ...Read more
Uncertain: Although there is folklore indicating blue cohosh may cause early abortions there is no research to back this up. And it can have serious side effects such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, chest pain, increased blood pressure, increased blood sugar. Recommend avoiding this if you are pregnant. ...Read more
SImple basic care: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area which has coloration. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently help. ...Read more
I fell on a rock at my uncle's camp yesterday and have a big black and blue. How long do they take to heal?
See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Childbirth?: If you are referring to bruising around the eyes at the time of childbirth, this is very common. With a normal delivery, it can still be somewhat traumatic to the baby, and bruising can be seen around the eyes. Usually there is no injury. If you are unsure you can ask your pediatrician, or if this has developed at a later age, an immediate eye examination or discussion with peds is indicated. ...Read more
Spider bites: Sometimes spider bites will look very dark black or blue/purple. There are only 2 types of poisonous spiders in north america- the black widow and brown recluse. They usually cause flu like symptoms and severe pain. Most spiders are not dangerous, but keep the area clean to prevent infection. ...Read more
I notice i get blue black easily. Even a slight knock on the table or chair will give me blue black. Please advice.
Easy bruising: If you are one of those people who bruises easily, you may be completely healthy! some people seem to have more fragile tissues that tear and bleed under the skin ( ecchymosis). The platelets are the blood cells involved in clotting our blood. Mild decrease in number or function could cause easy bruising, as can decreased function of blood clotting proteins like von willebrand factor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I woke up with my finger black and blue
and I didn't injure it in any way. What could be causing this? I'm not having any pain.
Immediate MD: 56 year old lady with dizziness, vertigo, painless blue digit. You need immediate full history and medical exam, you may have arrhythmia causing your dizziness and throwing emboli to your finger. At the very least, dangerous causes need to be ruled out ASAP. There are less dangerous causes as well such as vasospasm, Raynaud's phenomenon. See MD as soon as possible please. Good luck. ...Read more
Got a few mosquito bites. A black and blue has formed around one of them which is worrying me. I was scratching it a lot beforehand. Is this normal?
Not uncommon: This can happen but if it does not improve by the end of 2 weeks, check with your doctor. ...Read more
Was there an injury?: That is one way to develop black and blue. It also can be from a tight shoe or a circulatory dosorder. Is it painful.? Is the skin excessively cold or even hot. These all play into the possibilities. If this persists for more than a few days, or is swollen or cold, see a physician immediately. Try elevating foot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bruise: Normally it is dry blood from the nail having been traumatized (injured). The important thing is the area of discoloration should grow out as the nail grows out. If it does not grow out with the nail have it checked. It can take up to 9 months for it to grow all the way to the tip of the nail. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer