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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymosis = subcutaneous bleeding covering a diameter ...Read more


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What would cause bruising in your legs?

What  would cause bruising in your legs?

Refer to answer: No bruising should occur in any leg, without a cause . The most common cause is injury. If you have bruise on your leg, and is not from an injury, it is a result of medical conditions. Please refer to your physician for further work up. ...Read more

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What would cause small bruises on the legs?

What would cause small bruises on the legs?

Trauma, others: Trauma localized to the area, blood disorders, clotting disorders, medications. Go see someone first, to see if the symptoms truly need further work up. ...Read more

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What are common causes of random bruising and leg pain?

What are common causes of random bruising and leg pain?

Aging: Easy bruising is common with age. Although most bruises are harmless and go away without treatment, easy bruising can sometimes be a sign of a more serious problem.
Aging capillaries.
Thinning skin.
Blood-thinning drugs.
Topical and systemic corticosteroids.
Blood-clotting problem or a blood disease.
Domestic violence or abuse.
Consult your doctor if you
have unusually large or painful bruises. ...Read more

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What causes little bruises on my legs and isn't from me doing it they just appear on own...

What causes little bruises on my legs and isn't from  me doing it they just appear on own...

See your doctor: Bruising without trauma can be a sign of a problem with the components of the blood involved in clotting. Use of Aspirin or anticoagulants can also cause easy bruising. Best to see your doctor for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What causes unexplained bruising on legs? I constantly get bruises only on my legs without ever hitting myself.

See explanation.: May be due to abnormalities of the clotting "web." including deficiencies of factors or acquired inhibitors of clotting factors. These in turn may be related to abnormalities of kidney or liver function. Also may be related to platelet function or medications. Very frequently though, nothing shows up in testing and "unexplained" bruising has a simple traumatic explanation. ...Read more

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I keep getting random bruises on the back of my left leg but i know I have not hit it on anything. Is there anything that can cause this?

I keep getting random bruises on the back of my left leg but i know I have not hit it on anything. Is there anything that can cause this?

YEs: Some people simply bruise easily. Medications such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and similar drugs can cause easy bruising. If this is a concern, a health care provider should be seen. ...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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Small random bruise on my leg.Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise.Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Small random bruise on my leg.Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise.Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Probably not: Sciatica does not cause any locally visible changes since the actual source of the leg pain is from a pinching of the nerve at the level of the back or when it passes through the pelvis. ...Read more

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Could having a large bruise cause a leg cramp?

Could having a large bruise cause a leg cramp?

Leg Cramps: Definitely. But the opposite may also be true. You may have traumatized the muscle which lead to the cramps and bruising. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can cause random bruising on legs?

Random bruising: Random bumping of legs would be my first guess. ...Read more

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Brother kicked me in leg really hard big bruise can this cause blood clot?

Brother kicked me in leg really hard big bruise can this cause blood clot?

Can you walk?: If you have no underlying illness and can walk about, you are not likely to get a blood clot.
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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee? And does it cause bruising of the leg?

How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee?  And does it cause bruising of the leg?

Spreading red warmth: This is typically associated with an enlarging area of redness, swelling and warmth. Occasionally one may see involvement of the lymph vessels with red streaks going up to the groin and called lymphangitis.
As seen in the picture, some may circle the borders of the redness to monitor the spread into the surrounding normal tissues. ...Read more

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I seem to be having some bruising on my legs showing up ..For no reason. What's the cause of this?

I seem to be having some bruising on my legs showing up ..For no reason. What's the cause of this?

Bruising: Do you take Aspirin or blood thinners? Some medications cause easier bruising. Could also be a problem with a clotting issue or anemia. I would address this with your primary care doctor who can run some blood tests to make sure everything is okay. If nothing else, it will provide reassurance. ...Read more

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My wife bruises on her legs without even bumping or hitting herself on anything.What causes this?She also drinks very little water.

My wife bruises on her legs without even bumping or hitting herself on anything.What causes this?She also drinks very  little water.

Needs evaluation: Bruising very easily is often benign, but in some cases can be a symptom of an underlying illness, including blood clotting disorders and some cancers. Very large bruises or easy bleeding, e.g. Frequent nosebleeds, would be of particular concern. A simple evaluation including history, exam, blood counts, and labs to check blood clotting would be advisable, especially if the problem is new. ...Read more

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Have had lots of small bruises past couple of months on legs- all blood counts came back normal range. What else could be the cause?

Have had lots of small bruises past couple of months on legs- all blood counts came back normal range. What else could be the cause?

See below: The most obvious answer without seeing yo is minor trauma legs are frequently in the eay of objects and are the site of trauma. However dilated blood vessels especially in an overweight person can also cause this. With all blood counts normal there is relaly nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My daughter is nearly 5 but always seems to have excessive bruises on legs both of them , is something wrong as do not know how she gets so many?

My daughter is nearly 5 but always seems to have excessive bruises on legs both of them , is something wrong as do not know how she gets so many?

Check up time: She's probably fine, just a normal, active 5 year old. However, she should get a check up and a blood test to be sure. Make sure she eats plenty of phytonutrient dense foods (that means vegetables and fruit). Vitamin c is one vitamin important in prevention of bruising. Iron and zinc are a couple others. ...Read more

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Tiny bruise/ mole on my leg that's been there for at least 2 weeks, looks like a bruise but is tiny, about ( ) size, and a perfect circle, causes?

Tiny bruise/ mole on my leg that's been there for at least 2 weeks, looks like a bruise but is tiny, about ( ) size, and a perfect circle, causes?

Lentingo or Nevus: In simple terms a freckle or mole. If it changes in color or size than you should have it biopsied. Otherwise it is likely harmless and just watch for changes. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my leg that just showed up without injury. Is that normal? I'm on a medication that can cause blood clots. Should I be concerned?

I have a bruise on my leg that just showed up without injury. Is that normal? I'm on a medication that can cause blood clots. Should I be concerned?

Bruise: spontaneous bruising is very common and is not usually related to blood clots. It should disappear but if you get more you should let your doctor have a look at them ...Read more

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I was wondering what could cause me to get random bruises on my body? I get them on my legs sometimes and had it once in my back but it went away. Why

I was wondering what could cause me to get random bruises on my body? I get them on my legs sometimes and had it once in my back but it went away. Why

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor, if the symptoms persist. The likely causes include unrecognized trauma, side effect of some medication you may on, platelet function disorder or other coagulation abnormality, steroid excess, insect bites and so on.
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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a reoccurring warm sensation in my calf. Sometimes it's is also just a feeling there. Not lumps, bruises, my leg looks norm?

What would be the cause of a reoccurring warm sensation in my calf. Sometimes it's is also just a feeling there. Not lumps, bruises, my leg looks norm?

What you describe: may be what we call a "dysaesthesia". This is a sensation we perceive that doesn't have any obvious cause. Pain from an injury is NOT a dysaesthesia b/c there's an obvious cause. Dyasethesias are often caused by inflammation, pressure or overreaction of the nerves that send impulses from a specific part of the body to the brain. Determining a specific diagnosis or cause requires a medical eval. ...Read more

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What can be cause of on and off bruising on leg?

What can be cause of on and off bruising on leg?

Vascular fragility: If you feel completely healthy with no other symptoms then likely not a big deal, but if any other symptoms or bruises don't go away see your doctor ...Read more

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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

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Do bruises cause leg ulcers?

Do bruises cause leg ulcers?

Bruises Leg Ulcers: When the injury is severe enough --and this may not be evident for days-- to the lower legs (and elsewhere), there may injury to the surface of the skin and then a hematoma forms under the superficial break in the skin. As the hematoma matures, it swells (think of jello in the refrig) and the pressure then breaks through the skin and begins to ooze currant colored material. Seek wound care! ...Read more

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Can leg cramps cause bruising?

Can leg cramps cause bruising?

Generally not: 'routine' muscle cramping is not linked to bruising.However if u stained a muscle(partially tore it) then the bruising and swelling which can occur is sometimes associated w/involuntary muscle cramping.Good luck! ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more