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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Overview)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign of a bleeding abnormality.


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
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Is frequent bruising normal? Even in instances where it seems I did not hurt myself? And bruises lasting for two weeks?

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
32 years in practice
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Is frequent bruising normal? Even in instances where it seems I did not hurt myself? And bruises lasting for two weeks?

Needs evaluation: Frequent bruising may be normal for you. Some people bruise more easily than others. Medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as certain health conditions may make bruising more likely. Bruises can take 10-20 days to completely resolve. If you have not been evaluated for this already, you should see a health care professional. ...Read more

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Bruising (Overview)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign of a bleeding abnormality.


Dr. Chirag Patel
Board Certified, Neurology
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Why can bruising take nearly a week to appear is it normal ?

Dr. Chirag Patel
Board Certified, Neurology
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Why can bruising take nearly a week to appear is it normal ?

After 2-3 days: Contusions from injuries may not present for 2-3 days after the incident. Continue to monitor if it's just a cosmetic issue. If you have any new symptoms (tingling, numbness, or weakness in your arm), then see your physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/elbowinjuriesanddisorders.html ...Read more

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Treating Bruises (Checklist)

Apply ice pack to area right after injury
30 min, once for 1 days
Don't worry about color changes, as bleeding can be deep in fat tissue
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If you have a lot of bruises with no injuries, see dr for blood tests
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Dr. Richard Feinstein
Board Certified, Dermatology
48 years in practice
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What does it mean if I have bruising?

Dr. Richard Feinstein
Board Certified, Dermatology
48 years in practice
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What does it mean if I have bruising?

Purple skin mark: A bruise is a leakage of blood from a skin vein. Most bruises are caused by trauma to the skin in otherwise healthy people. If there is no trauma, it can signify something wrong with the vein, or with the bloods ability to coagulate properly, and can signify a blood disorder like leukemia. Older peope get arm bruises, and even tearing of the skin, from thin, sun damaged skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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White bite surrounded by bruising, what is this?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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White bite surrounded by bruising, what is this?

I don't know.: However, bites by some spiders can leave central white ulcerated tissue ; there may be some bruising in the periphery. There may be other causes though. ...Read more

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Dr. RIchard Asarch
Board Certified, Dermatology
47 years in practice
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Could it be something bad if I have bruising?

Dr. RIchard Asarch
Board Certified, Dermatology
47 years in practice
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It could: The location of the bruising can also help decide. If it is mostly over the sun exposed surfaces of the forearms, it is most likely due to photodamaged skin. If the brusises are scattered on other parts of the body, it would be best to see your docor. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Linder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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How much should I worry about bruising?

Dr. Martin Linder
Board Certified, Family Medicine
38 years in practice
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Usually not serious: Easy bruising is usually benign, the result of unnoticed injury. If accompanied by bleeding gums, heavy periods, a history of bleeding into joints or a history of bleeding in the stomach or intestines it should be evaluated. If you are worried it can be easily investigated with a few lab tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Is there a bug bite that causes major bruising?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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Is there a bug bite that causes major bruising?

More than one can: Insects whose bites or stings may cause bruising include: Horseflies, Deer flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, scorpions, Black Widow spiders, Hobo Spiders, Brown Recluse Spiders, ticks. In some, this can evolve into more sinister lesions. ...Read more

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
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Dr. Adam Bodian
Board Certified, Dermatology
30 years in practice
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Why am I bruising all the time?

Dr. Adam Bodian
Board Certified, Dermatology
30 years in practice
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Maybe what you take: Bruising of the skin has many causes. Medications such as aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix can. Supplements like vit e, fish oil and ginko may do it. Alcohol intake thins the blood. Simple aging skin becomes thinner and more prone to bruising, especially in women. However, if the cause is not obvious, it is extremely important to see your internist for a complete check up! ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses is also known as Bruise. Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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