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I have a nasty bruise on my wrist starting to develop; how long will it take to begin to recede?

I have a nasty bruise on my wrist starting to develop; how long will it take to begin to recede?

Bruise: For the first 24 hours, i would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Is it bad if a bruise on my wrist makes pain travel throughout my arm if i press on it?

Is it bad if a bruise on my wrist makes pain travel throughout my arm if i press on it?

Probably not: So long as you still have normal functioning of your hand and normal sensation (when not pressing on it) you should be fine. The wrist has a lot of structures in it and limited space. The nerves are like wires and can carry signals in both directions. Your bruise is likely close to a nerve and it gets pushed on when you push on the bruise. ...Read more

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I have a bruise and pain on my right thumb along with a bruise on my wrist. What could be the problem?

I have a bruise and pain on my right thumb along with a bruise on my wrist. What could be the problem?

Trauma: Spontaneous bleeding- bruising can occur but is unusual. Think about falls, push-ups, hit, twist etc. Any family history of bleeding or clotting, would further encourage exam, x-rays and lab tests. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my wrist it's a week old but nowI have 3 tiny purple lines running through it is this normal?

I have a bruise on my wrist it's a week old but nowI have 3 tiny purple lines running through it is this normal?

Depends on how...: You acquired the bruise. If there was an object that gave you the bruise (or you hit your wrist on something) that was shaped or configured with the lines you know see forming on you wrist, than that would answer the question. It should heal in time....Best wishes. ...Read more

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A bruise on my wrist has appeared two days ago. It has a red circle in the centre it is not painful just itchy does not disappear when pressed on?

A bruise on my wrist has appeared two days ago. It has a red circle in the centre it is not painful just itchy does not disappear when pressed on?

Sounds like a bite: because bruises are typically painful and almost never itch. Were you outside over the weekend? Try an antihistamine if needed (you may be able to find it in cream form) and apply warm compresses to help it heal faster. ...Read more

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Got small scratch,puncture on wrist from microwave door. Still tender and bruised. Flexing my wrist hurts. What happened to my wrist? How do i fix it?

Got small scratch,puncture on wrist from microwave door. Still tender and bruised. Flexing my wrist hurts. What happened to my wrist? How do i fix it?

Puncture: Make sure your tetanus vaccine is updated within the past ten years. Apply ice. Clean the area and apply antibiotic ointment. Take Alleve or Advil (ibuprofen). If pain and swelling worsen, consult a doctor to start an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I fell going up the stairs 2 days ago. It swell, bruised, and my wrist bone popped out. The swelling has gone away. What does this mean?

I fell going up the stairs 2 days ago. It swell, bruised, and my wrist bone popped out. The swelling has gone away. What does this mean?

Concern for fracture: Following on an outstretched wrist is the most common mechanism for fracture of the scaphoid bone. If initial swelling has resolved but you are still having pain, x-rays are suggested. It is important not to miss this fracture early. Long-term problems can develop with an occult scaphoid fracture. ...Read more

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I had an arterial blood gas sample about 9 days ago. I still have a large bruise on my wrist over the artery where the sample was collected. normal?

I had an arterial blood gas sample about 9 days ago. I still have a large bruise on my wrist over the artery where the sample was collected. normal?

Next time some else: The next you need to get blood drawn have a different phlebotomist draw it and after it is drawn and you are given a cotton pad to hold over the insertion site hold it there FIRMLY for 10 minutes! Good luck. This is a bloody business you know! ...Read more

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I fell yesterday and the outside of my hand is swollen and bruised from my wrist half way down my pinkie. I can move all my fingers it hurts swollen?

I fell yesterday and the outside of my hand is swollen and bruised from my wrist half way down my pinkie.  I can move all my fingers it hurts swollen?

Given what you : Have wrote, I feel an xray is in order. Ice and elevation with compression if possible with a small ace bandage. Don't wrap too tight that you cut off your circulation. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more