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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Skin Ecchymosis

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What could cause skin to bruise with the slightest bump or nick? And then peel away?

What could cause skin to bruise with the slightest bump or nick? And then peel away?

Thin skin: Thin skin and increased capillary(very tiny vessels in the skin) fragility can lead to easy bruisability and skin injury from trivial trauma. Are you taking anticoagulants like warfarin or daily aspirin? Make sure you're not lacking in vit. C, vit.K or taking , alleve type medications, corticosteroids, or too much viT.E. The back of the hands and forearms have very thin skin which bruises easily. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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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Why does my skin hurt? There's no rash or marks. It just feels like my skin is one big bruise. My skin all over is so sore and theres no cause

Why does my skin hurt? There's no rash or marks. It just feels like my skin is one big bruise. My skin all over is so sore and theres no cause

See your doctor: There could be many reasons why this is happening. I would recommend an evaluation by your doctor so he/she can run tests to evaluate for possible causes. ...Read more

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Can a bruise under the skin be caused by an artery leakage. And if so does it heal the same way as a vein leakage bruise.

Can a bruise under the skin be caused by an artery leakage. And if so does it heal the same way as a vein leakage bruise.

Very small: Very small arteries ANS veins can hemorrhage under the skin. They appear same and heal similar. The bruise will turn a bluish green as the body absorbs the blood leaving some hemosiderin behind. Eventually the area returns to normal appearance. ...Read more

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Unexplained small red bruise on inside of elbow, looks like a blood vessel ruptured underneath the skin. Of concern? What could it be caused by?

Unexplained small red bruise on inside of elbow, looks like a blood vessel ruptured underneath the skin. Of concern? What could it be caused by?

Sounds normal: From your description it sounds normal, something like one would get after having had a needle puncture for a blood test. It should resolve within a week. If not consult with your family physician. ...Read more

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Recently a leg injury gave me a giant bruise. A previous bruise caused the skin to open and I had to have wound care. Do not take blood thinners/no diabetes. Is there anyway I can promote healing?

Recently a leg injury gave me a giant bruise.  A previous bruise caused the skin to open and I had to have wound care. Do not take blood thinners/no diabetes. Is there anyway I can promote healing?

Cover the wound: Research has shown that healing is promoted by maintaining an occluded, moist environment. If the wound has drainage you should place a product which absorbs it such as an Alginate, if it is too dry place a gell like Silvasorb. Keep it occluded with gauze or other products for 2-3 days and keep the area clean. ...Read more

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My skin is very sensitive. If I touch my chest, even lightly, I get red rash and bruise easily. Is this a cause for concern? Vitamin deficiency?

My skin is very sensitive.  If I touch my chest, even lightly, I get red rash and bruise easily.  Is this a cause for concern?  Vitamin deficiency?

Dermatographism?: ... is a skin disorder seen in 4–5% of the world's population and is one of the most common types of urticaria, in which the skin becomes raised and inflamed when stroked, scratched, rubbed, and sometimes even slapped. ...Read more

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Could low dose asa therapy cause you to bruise more easily and to develop purple spots on skin? I am also on HRT and lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril) for hypertension.

Could low dose asa therapy cause you to bruise more easily and to develop purple spots on skin? I am also on HRT and lotrel (amlodipine and benazepril) for hypertension.

Yes: That is a common effect of low dose Aspirin due to the inhibition of blood platelets. If your hypertension is well controlled it can still happen but is more likely if not controlled. As one gets older the skin gets thinner and capillaries get more fragile and tear easier which makes these bruises appear more often. ...Read more

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Does aleeve cause ecchymosis to take longer to heal?

Does aleeve cause ecchymosis to take longer to heal?

it might: Aleve, (naproxen) a low dose of naproxyn does have an effect on platelets limiting their ability to help in clot formation. If you are sensitive to it or are taking alot you could develop easy bruising and it might take a little longer for bruises to heal. ...Read more