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A week ago i discovered a purple bruise-like spot on the back of my leg, but its painless. It is almond-shaped, what could it be? Purpura?

A week ago i discovered a purple bruise-like spot on the back of my leg, but its painless. It is almond-shaped, what could it be? Purpura?

Purpura: This is just a fancy word for a bruise or blood in this skin. It can sometimes happened after minor trauma.Unless you are getting a lot of them i would not worry. It should turn yellow and then fade away. ...Read more

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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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There's been a few times where I've noticed several dark bluish spots on the lower half of both legs that look like bruises but I haven't inured them.

There's been a few times where I've noticed several dark bluish spots on the lower half of both legs that look like bruises but I haven't inured them.

There's a condition: called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) that can cause bumps & bruises on the shins from leaking of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. Usually the leaking is confined to the skin & goes away own its own. However, HSP can affect other organs, like the kidneys & joints., it's important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis & evaluation. Best wishes! Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Keep getting very yellow spots on legs. they r like highlighter color. no pain or anyother thing...just these spots..sometimes they seem like bruises?

Keep getting very yellow spots on legs. they r like highlighter color. no pain or anyother thing...just these spots..sometimes they seem like bruises?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Everyone says I have a ringworm BUT it did not ooze nor did it dry out like normal ring worms do. I have a red circle in 2 spots on my leg with bruise?

Everyone says I have a ringworm BUT it did not ooze nor did it dry out like normal ring worms do. I have a red circle in 2 spots on my leg with bruise?

Get examined please: Ring worm is a fungal infection of skin. It is circular Ring like lesion, with clear center, Itchy, does not have to be "oozy"( if scratched very hard). But cannot diagnose like this anyway. ...Read more

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I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

Bruises: You must see your doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will review your history, examine you, and order labs and x-ray imaging. Hope all goes well. Please keep me informed. ...Read more

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I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg , about 4 inches round , last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg , about  4 inches round , last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Infection?: Red hot swollen spots make me think of infection, perhaps abscess or folliculitis, or sebaceous cysts. Abscesses don't usually go away by themselves but rather need to be drained. Folliculitis might come & go but not usually 4" in diameter (that's huge!). Not common to have several sebaceous cysts in one area. Go see your family doc for evaluation, testing & treatment. Perhaps bleeding disorder? ...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