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Does icing a bruise/bruised testicle actually HELP it or help recovery or does it just relieve the pain? Please be specific. I don't get it.

Does icing a bruise/bruised testicle actually HELP it or help recovery or does it just relieve the pain? Please be specific. I don't get it.

Helps swelling: Ice to scrotum for bruised testicle is more valuable for swelling. If you still have pain ice generally not that beneficial and will need analgesics that your doctor can prescribe ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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I slipped on stairs I land very hard on the top left of my butt cheek. It was a massive hard bruise. Bruise is gone but still a hard mass remains why?

I slipped on stairs I land very hard on the top left of my butt cheek. It was a massive hard bruise. Bruise is gone but still a hard mass remains why?

Two events: You injured the gluteal muscles by landing on them -and- you broke blood vessels in area causing bruise. The bruise has been mopped up / reabsorbed by your body, but the muscle injury is still under repair. Can last a few weeks, warm compresses may help reduce discomfort and improve healing. ...Read more

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Daughter got a pressure bruise on bicep from lifting bed. Lump formed under the bruise. Bruise is gone, lump still here a week later. Reason to worry?

Daughter got a pressure bruise on bicep from lifting bed. Lump formed under the bruise. Bruise is gone, lump still here a week later. Reason to worry?

No: Can take a while for the lump to go away. As long as it gets smaller over the next few weeks you are probably ok.

I fretting bigger or persisting for more than a month have it looked at ...Read more

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Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad. Is that normal?

Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad. Is that normal?

Not exactly: Sound like you have developed a condition called "Olecranon bursitis, " commonly known as "baker's elbow." This is due to increase synovial fluid collection in the Olecranon bursa as result of the initial injury to the area. It is body's response to injury and/or inflammation to the region. However, other possibilities, include: hematoma and infection, which needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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41yr, menorrhoea, fibroid, gums bleed, easy bruises, bruise goes after 3 to 4 weeks, can I drink lacto fermented drink "beet kvass"? For ibs, digestion

41yr, menorrhoea, fibroid, gums bleed, easy bruises, bruise goes after 3 to 4 weeks, can I drink lacto fermented drink "beet kvass"? For ibs, digestion

Iron Defici. Anemia: The symptoms you describe are typical of those associated with iron deficiency anemia. Uterine fibroids and heavy flow menses may lead to blood loss and iron depletion. The beet kvass would not do harm but it will not correct the problem. You need to visit your ob-gyn for a consultation and treatment. In the meantime eat food rich in iron such as beef, beans, lentils, dark leafy greens, artichokes. ...Read more

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41yrs, mennorhea (use lysteda 6th hourly for 3 days), could lysteda cause increased tendency to bruise? Get bruise and pain even if I hit something slowly

41yrs, mennorhea (use lysteda 6th hourly for 3 days), could lysteda cause increased tendency to bruise? Get bruise and pain even if I hit something slowly

NO: Lysteda is an amino acid which is present in nearly everything you eat. No, it will not cause bruising. It will not do anything else, either. Whoever told you to use this was ignorant of medical science. Whoever sells this should be ashamed of himself, but, of course, con-men have no conscience. See a GYN and stop fooling around. Instead of tranexamic acid you should treat the fibroids. ...Read more

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I was in the woods for a walk & got scratched up by branches & some left some bruises. Some bruises weren't from anything they just appeared. Why?

I was in the woods for a walk & got scratched up by branches & some left some bruises. Some bruises weren't from anything they just appeared. Why?

Watch closely: Bruises can be due to abnormal blood clotting. So you have 2 choices. One is to watch your skin carefully for another week or two and see if any new bruises appear. This is the preferred approach. Alternatively you can get your blood checked (see a doctor who can order a CBC and platelet counts for you) and see if you have anything wrong in your blood counts. More testing may be needed depending o ...Read more

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I had a small itchy bug bite on my leg that turned into a half dollar sized bruise. The bruise is still visible over 4 weeks later should I be concern?

I had a small itchy bug bite on my leg that turned into a half dollar sized bruise. The bruise is still visible over 4 weeks later should I be concern?

Possibly but: The bruise will likely go away in a couple of weeks. However if you live in areas where Lyme disease (carried by a deer tick) is endemic, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Maybe 2 - 3 weeks ago I took a hard fall on my knee, it's bruised up. Bruises are gone but my knee is numb now, the numbness is starting to grow?

Maybe 2 - 3 weeks ago I took a hard fall on my knee, it's bruised up. Bruises are gone but my knee is numb now, the numbness is starting to grow?

See your doctor: Numbness in the knee following a fall could indicate nerve damage. You should go see your doctor to be examined to see if this is the case - as some nerve injuries can lead to permanent damage if not cared for correctly. ...Read more

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I hit my shin very hard on the rim of my tub and now it's bruised. The bruise is very itchy and somewhat swollen. How do I relive this? Is it normal?

I hit my shin very hard on the rim of my tub and now it's bruised. The bruise is very itchy and somewhat swollen. How do I relive this? Is it normal?

ICE: I would follow the RICE rule. REST, ICE, COMPRESSION AND ELEVATION. I would wrap an ice pack around the area and monitor. Don't have the pack on more than 10 minutes at a time. You may want to place a towel between the pack and the bruise. If it persists, see a dr. ...Read more

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1 big pimple, the lump under the skin was a little bigger than a pea. It popped, healed, then bruised, and bruise is still there but smaller 2 months.

1 big pimple, the lump under the skin was a little bigger than a pea. It popped, healed, then bruised, and bruise is still there but smaller 2 months.

Go to see Dr.: Go see a doctor and have it checked. It could be a slow healing bruise, but there's always a chance of a skin cancer, especially if it doesn't heal after 2 months. ...Read more

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Car door opened, hit me under my eye in the bone, eye is fine, moves fine but bruised underneath, bruise almost gone but feel a bump on the bone, worry?

Car door opened, hit me under my eye in the bone, eye is fine, moves fine but bruised underneath, bruise almost gone but feel a bump on the bone, worry?

Opthalmology consult: You need to go to the ER to have an Ophthalmology consult immediately. Your globe, or eyeball, needs to be examined along with your vision and a full history and physical needs to be performed. Studies show orbital fractures can occur in isolation but any compromise of your globe, optic nerve, and other associated fractures need to be identified and any damage to vital structures assessed. C MD ...Read more

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Why might I bruise easy? Slight bump I got bruise next day. Bruises I don't know how I got them

Why might I bruise easy? Slight bump I got bruise next day. Bruises I don't know how I got them

Bleeding disorder: I would talk to your doctor to rule out a bleeding disorder. Are you taking things that can thin your blood like aspirin? Anyone in your family bleed easily? ...Read more

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I have spondylolethesis and feel bruised all over body I don't actually have visible bruises but feel bruised to the touch is this normal?

I have spondylolethesis and feel bruised all over body I don't actually have visible bruises but feel bruised to the touch is this normal?

Bruising unrelated: Spondylolishesis ik a slip usually of L5 forward on s! due to defects or fractures in posterior portions of l5. This is usually a cause of low back pain or if severe sympotms in the legs. Bruising is a different story. Can be related to blood disorder involving platelets.Sometimes normal for some individuals. Certain medications such as aspirin, nsaids and blood thinners such as warfarin. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 4 months ago and now have pain on my lower left side of the abdomen. Feels like a bruise but no bruise is there. What could it be?

I had a C-section 4 months ago and now have pain on my lower left side of the abdomen. Feels like a bruise but no bruise is there. What could it be?

Scar tissue: It could be scar tissue, depends on the way you heal. It is a good idea to get your doctor to examine you if the pain gets worse. ...Read more

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I have spot on my upper outer left calf (right side below knee). When pressed it feels like a bruise but no bruise present. Had for year comes & goes?

I have spot on my upper outer left calf (right side below knee). When pressed it feels like a bruise but no bruise present. Had for year comes & goes?

It may have been a: Bruise that has been metabolized and calcium/ iron deposits left behind into a small bump. Or it could be a lipoma (fatty tumor) that is benign but tends to grow. Or it could be a lymph node that enlarges when there is something inflammatory in the area such as infection or trauma. If it continues to bother you, go have a healthcare provider look at it. ...Read more

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Have a bruiselike feelin on my back shoulder blade like bruise but no bruise also on my head and now right in between my eyebrows on my forehead?

Have a bruiselike feelin on my back shoulder blade like bruise but no bruise also on my head and now right in between my eyebrows on my forehead?

Get a physical exam: To double check symptoms for reproducibility and possible testing or imaging. Not enough info provided in your history. So it warrants further investigation. ...Read more

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Hi just yesterday feel like behind my knee was bruised but no bruise there and bot fallen or banged it...I have started running light jogging could it be this....

Hi just yesterday feel like behind my knee was bruised but no bruise there and bot fallen or banged it...I have started running light jogging could it be this....

Question truncated: Your full question was truncated. Could be a bakers cyst or sprain or other knee problem. Resubmit your question or follow up with your GP to get checked out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bone bruise and a bruised toenail?

What is the difference between a bone bruise and a bruised toenail?

Not related: A bruised nail will usually have blood under the nail causing it to be discolored. A bone bruise is a deep injury involving the bone. ...Read more

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What is pain in ribs from? Especially on right side. Hurts to move, very sore to touch. Feels like I'm bruised but no bruises. Comes and goes every month

Costochondritis: This sounds like inflammation of the cartilage attaching your ribs to your sternum. Try taking naproxen or ibuprofen when you get it and see if it helps. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I stubbed my toe about a month ago and it bruised and the bruise was raised. Now the bruise is hard and last night it started peeling. There is no blood. What should I do?

I stubbed my toe about a month ago and it bruised and the bruise was raised. Now the bruise is hard and last night it started peeling. There is no blood. What should I do?

Toe bruise: Having a bruise after an injury is common but continued pain after one month may not be. I'd recommend to off-load the area at this time until a physician sees it and get an x-ray. ...Read more

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Recently a leg injury gave me a giant bruise. A previous bruise caused the skin to open and I had to have wound care. Do not take blood thinners/no diabetes. Is there anyway I can promote healing?

Recently a leg injury gave me a giant bruise. A previous bruise caused the skin to open and I had to have wound care. Do not take blood thinners/no diabetes. Is there anyway I can promote healing?

Cover the wound: Research has shown that healing is promoted by maintaining an occluded, moist environment. If the wound has drainage you should place a product which absorbs it such as an Alginate, if it is too dry place a gell like Silvasorb. Keep it occluded with gauze or other products for 2-3 days and keep the area clean. ...Read more

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I have a mole on my left arm that feels bruised and the bruised feeling goes all the way around. Could this be a sign of skin cancer?

I have a mole on my left arm that feels bruised and the bruised feeling goes all the way around. Could this be a sign of skin cancer?

Probably not: There are many signs that could suggest that a mole could be cancerous. The usual signs of trouble are increasing size, change in coloration, bleeding, and change in shape. The sensation of "bruising" is not usually a sign of cancer. You should have this looked at by a qualified physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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Severe pain in groin after EP Study 19/09 and pain in chest worse with deep breaths. Groin badly bruised yellow/black bruises no lumps or bleeding.?

Need to go back: Hi KaiO,
Could be bleeding from the catheter site. You need to go back as soon as possible and talk to your doctor. Not sure why you have the chest pain but could be related to the same reason you had the EP in the first place or could be something new and potentially worrisome like a blood clot. Either way, see your doctor.
Best of luck,
Dr. Ayman Omar ...Read more

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What could cause a large light black back bruise? I have a bruise like discoloration (5inx4in) in the middle of my back but never had any blunt traum

Bruises are from: Damaged blood cells and blood vessels, so the process is not always of traumatic etiology. The contents of a blood cell and blood vessel, when spilled into skin tissue, will change its color and consistency, as well as stay there until it is absorbed. Blood vessel diseases, platelet diseases, and tumor/cancer can cause non-traumatic bruises, along with certain kidney and connective tissue disea ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a normal bruise & a meningitis bruise?

How to tell the difference between a normal bruise & a meningitis bruise?

Easy! Read on...: Some kinds of meningitis can indeed bring easy bruising, specifically when caused by the meningococcus bacteria and sometimes pneumococcus (which mostly causes pneumonia). But never as the only symptom, only in people already deathly ill with meningitis: high fever, horrendous headache, altered consciousness, etc. If you otherwise feel well, easy bruising for sure isn't meningitis. ...Read more

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How long can an average testicular bruise last for? 2-3 weeks too long? Had US showed nothing. Assuming bruise. (hit it) can bruise cause permanent dmg

Maybe: The testicle is very sensitive and because of its location is easily injured. The pain from mild trauma and a normal ultrasound usually should be gone with 5-7 days. If it is continuing get back to see your urologist. ...Read more

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My newborn baby has a massive purple-like bruise (looks like a bruise) above her behind. Is it something to worry about?

My newborn baby has a massive purple-like bruise (looks like a bruise) above her behind. Is it something to worry about?

Mongolian spots: No these are benign, congenital spots. They pose no threat to your baby. They tend to persist throughout the first years of childhood and disappear by adolescence (teens). ...Read more

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I has a small dark purple bruise but lately the bruise is growing and is turning really dark on my right leg?

I has a small dark purple bruise but lately the bruise is growing and is turning really dark on my right leg?

See your doctor: You should make an appointment with your primary care provider for a more complete evaluation next week. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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