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Dr. Lori Semel
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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.


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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?

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.


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Why can bruising take nearly a week to appear is it normal ?

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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White bite surrounded by bruising, what is this?

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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How much should I worry about bruising?

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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Could it be something bad if I have bruising?

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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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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Is random bruising something I should worry about?

Is random bruising something I should worry about?

Yes: Needs evaluation. Where are the bruises? Full history and exam. Any known medical issues? Any family history? Any medications, aspirin? Kids? Unsuspected trauma? Happening when? ...Read more

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Why am I bruising all the time?

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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Is there a bug bite that causes major bruising?

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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How can I stop bruising so easily?

How can I stop bruising so easily?

Consult your Dr.: Easy bruising can be due to one of many factors causing delay in ability of your blood to clot. You may have low blood platelet count, fibrinogen level or low or defective clotting factors or are on anticoagulant medication. On the other hand you may have relatively fragile blood capillaries and thus bruise easily after minimal trauma. Your dr., or a hematologist if necessary, can help you. ...Read more

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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


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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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