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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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An almond sized scratch or bruise on my hand is peeling after a week, doesn't itch or hurt, looks purple. The edges haven't changed, what is this?

An almond sized scratch or bruise on my hand is peeling after a week, doesn't itch or hurt, looks purple. The edges haven't changed, what is this?

Sounds: suspiciously like an insect BITE (especially SPIDER) which causes a TOXIN like effect on the skin and blood vessels! The PEELING is the top layer of skin which essentially "died" due to the TOXIN ( much like a sunburn peels! Hope this helps Just a thought! Dr Z ...Read more

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I get bruises on my hands or legs without any injury. Initially they are a little painful and later the pain vanishes and the blue spot disappears?

I get bruises on my hands or legs without any injury. Initially they are a little painful and later the pain vanishes and the blue spot disappears?

Easy bruising: Probably hitting something very lightly rather you realize it or not but you can go to the doc and get a work up for easy bruising to be sure there is not a problem. Do you have a problem with periods or gums bleeding or with cuts? If not you are probably ok. ...Read more

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I get redish/purple bruises on my hands and arms from any slight pressure on the skin. Would this condition be improved by going back on htr?

I get redish/purple bruises on my hands and arms from any slight pressure on the skin.  Would this condition be improved by going back on htr?

Actinic purpura: Frequent bruising on hands/arms is called actinic purpura, and it's caused by gradual sun damage to the skin of those areas over the years. There is no reliable treatment, and hormone replacement therapy will have no effect. Your doctor may want to rule out a clotting problem, but that would be very unusual. ...Read more

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I play volleyball. 3 weeks ago I noticed a bruise in my left hand but then faded. I think it appears when I play. Do you know what it is? Ty

I play volleyball. 3 weeks ago I noticed a bruise in my left hand but then faded. I think it appears when I play. Do you know what it is? Ty

Hand bruise: You are rupturing some of the superficial veins when striking the ball with your hand .try protecting it with tape and or a glove. You should also decrease the amount of time you r playing per day by at least 30 %! ...Read more

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I fell outside on my hands and knees. My knees got bruised up, but my hand got scraped with gravel. Soap and water?

I fell outside on my hands and knees. My knees got bruised up, but my hand got scraped with gravel. Soap and water?

Yes: Soap and water is appropriate - if any laceration and is deep with bleeding not controlled you may need sutures. Monitor for signs of infection such as increasing redness, pain or drainage - if signs, seek care from a medical provider. ...Read more

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I often have unexplained bruises mostly on my hands, and more recently im getting blood in my nails and around the cuticles, for no reason i can see?

I often have unexplained bruises mostly on my hands, and more recently im getting blood in my nails and around the cuticles, for no reason i can see?

May be a problem.: Bruises on hands are very common and are often "unexplained." however, blood around cuticles and under nails is a bit harder to explain. Should probably see doc to exclude other causes of bleeding. ...Read more

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Suddenly I got dark purple bruise on skin of my hand. It's not painful though. Don't remember if its hit anywhere. Should I consult physician soon?

Suddenly I got dark purple bruise on skin of my hand. It's not painful though. Don't remember if its hit anywhere.  Should I consult physician soon?

If it doesn't go: away in a couple weeks then see doctor. It will turn more yellow and purple before it goes away if it is just a bruise (i get them all the time and don't always know from where) Vitamin D 6000mg is quite high unless you have low levels, get it checked ...Read more

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What to do if i fell yesterday landed on hand and left side a little swelling a few bruises but can't move my hand so well.?

What to do if i fell yesterday landed on hand and left side a little swelling a few bruises but can't move my hand so well.?

X-Ray: Hi, If the fall was yesterday and you are still having a lot of pain and limited movement, I recommend getting an x-ray of your hand/wrist, depending on where the pain is. There could be a bone fracture. ...Read more

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Bruised pinky clapping hands against my ring in church last night. Immediately swollen but this morning it's is colder than other fingers? Is this normal?

Bruised pinky clapping hands against my ring in church last night. Immediately swollen but this morning it's is colder than other fingers? Is this normal?

Broken blood vessel: You also mention bruising in your topic tags. You broke a blood vessel in the finger. Everything should be back to normal in a few days. This is quite common and nothing to worry about. Best wishes and happy new year! ...Read more

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What could cause my finger tips to feel bruised and "stabbing" pain in my hands and feet?

What could cause my finger tips to feel bruised and "stabbing" pain in my hands and feet?

Neuropathy: Pain in fingertips and toes could be poor blood flow or nerve damage. These symptoms result from diabetes, high blood pressure and blood vessel diseases like raynauds. Sounds like its time for you to seek medical care. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more