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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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Bruising (Definition)

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