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About a year ago i got a bruise on my lower leg and it is still there should I have it looked at by my dr. And what would be the cause of this?

About a year ago i got a bruise on my lower leg and it is still there should I have it looked at by my dr. And what would be the cause of this?

Yes: Several conditions could be at play: persistent ecchymosis- small repetitive trauma in a person with a clotting disorder postinflammatory hyperpigmentation- from allergic reactions, infections, phototoxic eruptions, , and inflammatory conditions. Cutaneous malignant melanoma endocrine and metabolic disease drug-induced pigmentation- side affect of certain drugs. ...Read more

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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What can cause selling in your lower leg. There is no discoloration, but some minor pain. There are no cuts or bruises. The swelling is not severe?

What can cause selling in your lower leg. There is no discoloration, but some minor pain. There are no cuts or bruises. The swelling is not severe?

Varicose veins: The heart pumps blood, under great pressure, out into the arteries, but the blood must return to the heart in veins, which are thinned walled. There is no pump on the return, vein side, and as we get older, some veins bulge and swell, and even leak fluid into the local skin. These are varicose veins and they may cause swelling or a bulge on the lower leg. Keep your legs up, and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can eczema (i have been scratching) be the cause of a rather big open sore on the front of lower leg? Leg swollen tender and red around the wound.

Can eczema (i have been scratching) be the cause of a rather big open sore on the front of lower leg? Leg swollen tender and red around the wound.

Don't scratch!: I know... That is much easier said than done. But it is still true. If it is bad , see a dr. Anyway, you do need to prevent infection. Wash delicately w/ warm water. Use antibiotic cream, cover lightly. After that is resolved, obtain as effective as possible cortisone ointment to keep the itching under control. Eczema can be very difficult to eradicate, but it can be controlled. Don't scratch! ...Read more

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I have a large bruise on my lower leg that gets darker and more painful when I stand but decreases when the leg is elevated. I do have varicose vein issues. The bruise is now 2 weeks old and getting g worse not better ?

I have a large bruise on my lower leg that gets darker and more painful when I stand but decreases when the leg is elevated. I do have varicose vein issues. The bruise is now 2 weeks old and getting g worse not better ?

Venous return.: It would seem that your condition and symptoms are related to venous pressure. Standing slows the return, therefore the color intensifies. Elevation assists the return, therefore, the color fades. You need to see a vein specialist to see if there is an associated vessel problem or is the problem due to trauma. ...Read more

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My friend was lifting my exercise bike and it fell on my lower leg. now my leg is bruised and swollen and painful. can a bike break a leg fi drop on?

My friend was lifting my exercise bike and it fell on my lower leg. now my leg is bruised and swollen and painful. can a bike break a leg fi drop on?

Broken bike or Leg.: Well, anything is possible. Injuries are commonly treated by the RICE technique. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This is for the immediate care. To remove all doubt, an x-ray and professional evaluation is needed. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump on my lower leg above my anke. No bruising, just a lump.?

Probably not serious: It is most likely either a ganglion cyst or a lipoma if it grows, or becomes symptomatic you should be seen. If it is a ganglion, it can be aspirated to both confirm the diagnosis and remove it. ...Read more

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I have bruises in my lower leg for no reason. I have an appointment coming up in 7 days is it safe to wait?

I have bruises in my lower leg for no reason. I have an appointment coming up in 7 days is it safe to wait?

If they are : If they are getting worse, or you are bleeding uncontrollably, or running fevers you should call be seen sooner. ...Read more

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I smashed the car door on my lower leg and it is an open skin bruise. It happened 3 months ago, and is now double the size and is swollen. Any advice?

I smashed the car door on my lower leg and it is an open skin bruise. It happened 3 months ago, and is now double the size and is swollen. Any advice?

Let explain: It is possible you have hematoma (collection of blood) in that area sequence to the injury. Other thought could be having blood clots in the calf. Go and check it out . Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a painful lump on my outer lower leg for about a week now. There is no bruising, just a lump. It is painful but I have no insurance at the moment. Should I be worried?

I have had a painful lump on my outer lower leg for about a week now. There is no bruising, just a lump. It is painful but I have no insurance at the moment. Should I be worried?

Probably not serious: It is most likely either a ganglion cyst or a lipoma if it grows, or becomes symptomatic you should be seen. If it is a ganglion, it can be aspirated to both confirm the diagnosis and remove it. ...Read more

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Hit my lower leg on metal drawer three days ago.The swelling has gone down a lot, but still bruised & sore. Can I run or exercise or best to wait?

Hit my lower leg on metal drawer three days ago.The swelling has gone down a lot, but still bruised & sore. Can I run or exercise or best to wait?

Run: You may exercise as you can tolerate. It is good that you exercise. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

A chair feel on my lower leg 2 wks ago. I now have a not feeling there & it still feels bruised, but only when I touch it. Could this be a blood clot?

No: It's just bruised. There may be a "hematoma" or collection of blood underneath the skin.This is superficial and not the type of clot that is dangerous.It can take up to 6 weeks for the numbness to resolve due to injured superficial nerves. ...Read more

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I was bitten several years ago on my lower leg just above the ankle, its still bruised even after all these years. should i see a doctor ?

I was bitten several years ago on my lower leg just above the ankle, its still bruised even after all these years.  should i see a doctor ?

Yes: for some reason, it is not healing properly. if it really is a bruise and not just a scar, there may not be adequate blood flow to the area. moreover, at this point several years later, you may need a skin graft to fill in the defect/bruise. your doctor can determine this by examining the area. ...Read more

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I had a blister on lower leg that I popped, now has a bruise on both sides. Bruise darker in middle. Could it be insect bite and what do I need to do?

I had a blister on lower leg that I popped, now has a bruise on both sides. Bruise darker in middle. Could it be insect bite and what do I need to do?

Advice: It is tough to give advice over the computer without a diagnosis of what the area is. It is best for you to have it examined, and then thee treatment will follow specifically related to the actual diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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