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Are lines of bruises on the left leg a sign of anything? 

Are lines of bruises on the left leg a sign of anything? 

Some trauma?: Bruises are from blood leaking out of capillaries (tiny blood vessels) in the skin. Having bruises means there was trauma to the area. If there was no trauma, the bruises mean either the blood vessels are abnormally fragile and break easily, there are too few platelets to help blood clot, or the blood is "thin" and not clotting fast enough. A doctor's evaluation may be needed to figure things out. ...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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I have a what I think might be a bruise on my left leg the size of a quarter. And it has small purple spider veins around it, but hard to see? Why?

I have a what I think might be a bruise on my left leg the size of a quarter. And it has small purple spider veins around it, but hard to see? Why?

Two possibilities: It is common to find a bruise on the leg and yet not remember the injury that caused it. This becomes more common with age and with the use of Aspirin and other anticoagulants. If the bruise persists, it may not be a bruise but a cluster of dilated capillaries known as telangectasias. These are caused by backflow through an incompetant deep vein and are treated by laser or sclerotherapy. ...Read more

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6 days ago i was skating and fell. I now have a bruise on my left leg just below my knee. And where it bruised there's numbness. Should i be concerned?

6 days ago i was skating and fell. I now have a bruise on my left leg just below my knee. And where it bruised there's numbness. Should i be concerned?

You : You probably injured or compressed a nerve (bruise causing compression) when you fell, which in turn is causing the numbness. This should improve as the bruising subsides. If it gets worse or you have extreme pain or difficulty walking, see your doctor. In the meantime take advil (ibuprofen) or Ibuprofen to help with pain and to decrease swelling. Take care. ...Read more

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I get headache when i wake up i blow my noise blood come out just a lil bit n I have a bruises on my left legs y?

I get headache when i wake up i blow my noise blood come out just a lil bit n I have a bruises on my left legs y?

Nose bleeds: It could just be due to allergies and dry nasal passages but I would go see a doctor just to make sure that you don't have a clotting issue. ...Read more

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Bruised spot on lower left leg. Gradually getting bigger and darker. Shooting pain to ankle and 3 & 4 toe. Swelling constantly.

You didn't mention: how it all started, but you need to get medical help immediately if it's spreading! Don't delay. Bruises don't grow, but spider bites with venom do, and especially causing pain. Put ice on it now, elevate it. NO running, and go to the ER and get some medical help on this. Does not sound like it's going away on it's own. ...Read more

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I have had for a long time know a round quarter size dark bruise like circle on my left leg?

I have had for a long time know a round quarter size dark bruise like circle on my left  leg?

Get it checked : You have a bruise on your leg for a long time. You should get it checked out. Sometimes a bruise gets hurt again and again. Sometimes an area under the skin is causing the bruise. Your doctor can examine it and may order tests or studies and get a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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I get random bruises on left arm and leg wake up in am and they are there. I have fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue. Is it related?

I get random bruises on left arm and leg wake up in am and they  are there. I have fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue. Is it related?

See below: Easy bruisability can be caused by a number of factors including vascular abnormalities, hematologic abnormalities and other systemic/ clotting problems. Certain medications can cause this as well. You should have your physician investigate the etiology of your easy bruisability. I do not know of a specific association with fibromyalgia, but that does not mean that one may exist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a bruise on the top of your left leg? i did trip on something yesterday but didnt hurt myself so it might not be that.

What does it mean if you have a bruise on the top of your left leg? i did trip on something yesterday but didnt hurt myself so it might not be that.

General info: Hi Pearl, Bruises are indications that there is bleeding underneath the skin or within the skin due to ruptured blood vessels. The dark color you are seeing is due to the color of blood and the iron that is in your red blood cells. Bruises are most commonly due to trauma but can occur spontaneously in some medical conditions. More info for you: http://wb.md/1zrjW36 Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Bruising on left leg after a car accident. How long does this generally last?

Bruising on left leg after a car accident. How long does this generally last?

1-6 weeks. : Bruising is simply blood under the skin. Gravity will typically pull it down to your ankles. Swelling is also common. Think of it as a temporary tattoo. It could take 1-6 weeks for your body to absorb it. ...Read more

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I have random bruising on my left leg. I know it's not from bumping into things. Should i be concerned?

I have random bruising on my left leg. I know it's not from bumping into things. Should i be concerned?

Depends: A single episode of bruising is not usually an issue. Repeittive brusing in various locations with minimal trauma may represent a blood problem with clotting. Chronic brusiing in a single location that does not resolve may represent an underling soy tissue tumor. If this occurs have it checked. ...Read more

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I keep getting random bruises on the back of my left leg but i know I have not hit it on anything. Is there anything that can cause this?

I keep getting random bruises on the back of my left leg but i know I have not hit it on anything. Is there anything that can cause this?

YEs: Some people simply bruise easily. Medications such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and similar drugs can cause easy bruising. If this is a concern, a health care provider should be seen. ...Read more

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Discovered two unexplained bruises, one on each leg on the opposite sides of each other. Right leg looks better, left leg looks worse. Possibilities?

Discovered two unexplained bruises, one on each leg on the opposite sides of each other. Right leg looks better, left leg looks worse. Possibilities?

Leg's are in: the line of a lot of local trauma. While easy bruising can mean either low platelets or low clotting factors, I've never seen that unless the person already had a diagnosis to support it (alcoholism, liver disease) and the bruises looked obviously abnormal (bloody). ...Read more

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Had a burning itching sensation outer side of left leg near knee in the bend of leg off and on now there is a bruise? gym? standing at work all day?

Had a burning itching sensation outer side of left leg near knee in the bend of leg off and on 
 now there is a bruise? gym? standing at work all day?

Dermatitis: It could be contact dermatitis, insect bite, drug reaction---mainly if fixed and recurrent. Standing would cause more likely some swelling over your lower extremities but not itching. consider an OTC steroid cream and some Zyrtec. ...Read more

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I have a re occurring bruise on the back of my left leg just below calf muscle. Lasts 3-5 days. No injury. No pain. more black than blue. 3rd time. ?

I have a re occurring bruise on the back of my left leg just below calf muscle.   Lasts 3-5 days. No injury. No pain. more black than blue. 3rd time. ?

Varicose veins?: Sometimes a small varicose vein can leak and give a bruise, even without significant trauma. Support stockings can help reduce varicose veins - or see a phlebologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Wierd pain in thigh area of left leg.What are possible issues. In upper left leg in just the front of leg.It is a twisting feeling simular to a carliehorse only worse.It burns, bruises

As : As with most pain conditions, there can be a variety of potential problems that can cause the pain that you are describing. It is difficult to diagnose with the short description given and without a proper physical examination. Pain is often a sign of inflammation. Inflammation often occurs when something is irritated. Irritation occurs from a variety of different things. If the pain does not improve, you should see someone who is qualified to make an appropriate diagnosis. This may be nerve related, spine related, or something else. As always, i would highly suggest you do your research when seeking medical help. Find a physician who meets, or even better, exceeds the basic qualifications to practice in their specific field or sub-specialty. ...Read more

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I developed one small red bump on my left leg near my ankle that turned into a red bruise like mark 24 hours after its onset. What could it be?

I developed one small red bump on my left leg near my ankle that turned into a red bruise like mark 24 hours after its onset. What could it be?

Bug or spider bite: Having a doctor examine it will help determine what it is and starting appropriate treatment can prevent secondary infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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