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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Overview)

Bruising = a contusion with injury to blood vessels.


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I have something that feels like a bruise, but is not a bruise?

I have something that feels like a bruise, but is not a bruise?

Have it evaluated: It is impossible to answer a question as this without seeing able to see the area involved. See a doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
2,087 Doctors shared insights

Bruising (Overview)

Bruising = a contusion with injury to blood vessels.


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Are bruises dangerous?

Are bruises dangerous?

No.: For the most part, not dangerous at all. As they go away over 1-2 weeks they may turn a little yellowish, but that's normal. As long as the pain's going away also, there's nothing to worry about! Cheers! ...Read more

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How to remove bruises!?

How to remove bruises!?

Bruise: For the first 24 hours, I would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more

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I am covered in bruises?

I am covered in bruises?

Low platelets?: You need to have your blood counts checked now. There are a number of causes of new bruising, the most common of which is an antibody-mediated destruction of your platelets (there are treatments for this). Are you having any other bleeding symptoms like nose bleeds or gum bleeding? A doctor will start with a few blood tests, and once a cause is found, treatment can be planned. ...Read more

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Why am I bruising so bad?

Why am I bruising so bad?

Stop anticoagulants: Bruising is caused by bleeding and implies coagulation problems. Aspirin, nsaids, coumadin, (warfarin) plavix, xarelto, some herbals, and many others lead to bleeding. Check for these causes. Otherwise need a hematologist to check blood for lack of clotting factors as easy bruising/bleeding is not a good or natural sign, especially in a young person. Limit trauma. ...Read more

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Can you bruise your spine?

Can you bruise your spine?

Yes, I am sure.: If you have a fall or have been in accident. ...Read more

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How to heal forefoot bruise?

How to heal forefoot bruise?

Rest: Rest area, reduce pressure on area, give it 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bruises?

What are the tests for bruises?

With no trauma...: Many causes of abnormal bleeding problem (coagulopathy): could relate to anything affecting platelets medication (rx or otc such as aspirin), bone marrow disorders, rapid destruction of platelets in spleen), one of many types hemophilia. Clotting is very complex: blood tests first (some unisual); if cause not clear: refer to hematologist. Often, spontaneous bruises less than 2cm turn out ok, c doc. ...Read more

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Why am I bruising all the time?

Why am I bruising all the time?

Maybe what you take: Bruising of the skin has many causes. Medications such as aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin) 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 bruising a sign of anything?

Is bruising a sign of anything?

Yes...: Some sort of injury which has caused bleeding under the skin. It can be very minor or severe. ...Read more

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Can I use fucicort on a bruise?

Can I use fucicort on a bruise?

Bruise: A bruise is not a rash nor is it an infection. It is blood that bled into the tissue under the skin. Putting a steroid cream on the skin will not in any way change the natural healing of the underlying bruise. No. Do not put this cream on a bruise. ...Read more

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Why do I bruise and bleed easily?

Why do I bruise and bleed easily?

Bruise: Some indiviauals have thinner skin than others or blood vessels that are more likely to become damaged with minor trauma. ...Read more

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Very bad bruise and it itches why?

Very bad bruise and it itches why?

Healing: If it is a very bad bruise, cells are damaged and release chemicals that may cause itching, such as histamine from mast cells. Also as a wound, the bruise, heals it contracts and this causes itching from the contraction. ...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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When do you see a dr for bruising?

When do you see a dr for bruising?

When concerned...: Depends on how much, where, how long its been happening, what if any meds or supplements you are taking. When in doubt have it checked out. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my bruises?

What can I do to treat my bruises?

Bruise: For the first 24 hours, I would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more

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How long do bruises normally last?

How long do bruises normally last?

Bruise: The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. For the first 24 hours, I would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. ...Read more

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Why do bruises turn black and blue?

Why do bruises turn black and blue?

Localized bleeding: Bruises or hematomas are actually localized areas of bleeding from direct trauma to the involved area. The coloration is initially very dark (black and blue) but quickly fades to lighter shades as the body and local tissues metabolize and breakdown the millions of red cells that make up the bruise. Darker coloration correlates with a denser volume of bleeding. ...Read more

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Could you make bruises heal faster?

Could you make bruises heal faster?

SImple means: With injury to our tissues, inflammation (red, hot, swelling, tenderness) occurs. There is leakage of blood from damaged capillaries and veins which collects under the skin and causes the purple blue coloring we call a bruise. Over time, damaged tissues heal and blood collections are reabsorbed. Protect the area to promote fastest healing. Motrin/advil will help. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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