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I got a very bad bruise that is also burning on the same arm I had an IV in today, should I be concerned?

I got a very bad bruise that is also burning on the same arm I had an IV in today, should I be concerned?

Probably not: This is probably a short term problem that will clear up. Put ice packs on it several times a day. Arnica can also be helpful. If it's not clearing up after a couple of days, or if symptoms increase, have them check you for complications. ...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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Its like round, purple bruise, it also itches and sometimes feel a burning sensation. What could this be, this is on my arms

Its like round, purple bruise, it also itches and sometimes feel a burning sensation. What could this be, this is on my arms

Many possibilities: If there is only one, it could be a bruise. If many of them, possibilities include eczema, ringworm, contact dermatitis to something you're allergic to, and a variety of less common, more esoteric problems. A dermatologist needs to examine you directly in order to tell you exactly what it is. ...Read more

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I have constant burning pain under left elbow on back of arm/forearm with all range of motion over a month. No injuries, swelling, or bruising. Have a desk job, no lifting. What could it be & what would help?

I have constant burning pain under left elbow on back of arm/forearm with all range of motion over a month. No injuries, swelling, or bruising. Have a desk job, no lifting. What could it be & what would help?

Nerve pain: Sounds like nerve pain due to possible cubical tunnel syndrome. Physical therapy and nerve membrane stabilizers like gabapentin may be beneficial for this type of pain. However there are other causes that can present like this (i.e. - shingles) ...Read more

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For a year and a half, burning not itching rash on arms, bruising, now also on legs. Fatigue. Tests mostly negative. Lisinopril reaction?

For a year and a half, burning not itching rash on arms, bruising, now also on legs. Fatigue. Tests mostly negative. Lisinopril reaction?

Need more info: You are a "real trooper" to put up with this dermatological problem for so long. Lisinopril does have a history of causing adverse significant side effects. My best advice is to get a second opinion from a dermatologist. Your family physician may be able to help you in this regard. ...Read more

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Pain that started in my right elbow, then ova 24hr a pain developed dwn to my wrist, can't touch it, feels like its burning, sore n bruised, bit swoll?

Pain that started in my right elbow, then ova 24hr a pain developed dwn to my wrist, can't touch it, feels like its burning, sore n bruised, bit swoll?

Elbow wrist hypersen: If the pain is on pinky side with numbness or tingling think about ulnar tunnel syndrome im sure you pcp after exam can help hypersensitive is specific for a nerve problem. ...Read more

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I have intermittent burning sensations in the upper outer side of right breast and my ribs under y right arm are tender to the touch at times.?

I have intermittent burning sensations in the upper outer side of right breast and my ribs under y right arm are tender to the touch at times.?

Cause unclear: This could be a number of things. One thing that does jump out is that it is all on the right side. It is mostly in your chest and right breast. This is suggestive of some type of pleuritic irritation or muscular involvement that can be referred. For now I would keep an eye on it and try some advil (ibuprofen) or like med to treat any pain. If worsens see the doc ...Read more

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Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Severe and burning pain under the left armpit on the ribs. Hurts w/ light touch, really bad pain when pushed on or twist. No visible bruise or rash.

Possibly shingles: Shingles starts out as a burning pain which is highly sensitive with no visible rash. The rash comes a few days later. You might also have some other type of infection. Shingles should be treated early with an antiviral to prevent scarring and neuralgia (nerve pain) that can be long-lasting. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Constant breast pain like I have a deep bruise or knot deep in my left armpit. Breasts are gen. Lumpy. Int sharp itchy burning pain. Exam in feb ok.?

Constant breast pain like I have a deep bruise or knot deep in my left armpit. Breasts are gen. Lumpy. Int sharp itchy burning pain. Exam in feb ok.?

Could be muscular: Rib pain can mimic breast pain. I see it all of the time. Intercostal rib pain, or costochondriitis can mimic breast pain. Your doctor should be able to distinguish between the 2. ...Read more

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Right ulnar nerve transposition 9/30/2014. New bruising and swelling at wrist with severe [burning] pain down forearm into D4 & D5. Is this normal?

Right ulnar nerve transposition 9/30/2014. New bruising and swelling at wrist with severe [burning] pain down forearm into D4 & D5. Is this normal?

No: The bruising around the wrist may be the result of blood from the surgical site, slowly tracking down the forearm. If there is new numbness or weakness you should see your surgeon.
If the 4, 5 burning is new, it might be from the swelling of forearm but does merit follow up the surgeon, if it persists. ...Read more

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I have sudden, sharp, burning pain in my right breast near my armpit. I feel no lumps/bruises/injuries. What could cause this? It is constant pain.

I have sudden, sharp, burning pain in my right breast near my armpit. I feel no lumps/bruises/injuries. What could cause this? It is constant pain.

Evaluate: Hard to say. Could be many causes including the breast (eg breast cancer, infection, etc), chest wall, lungs, or heart. Get a physician evaluation with a history, physical exam, and whatever testing is needed. ...Read more

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Breast pain in left breast, feels swollen, bruise forming, glands are sore under armpit, burning feeling.?

Breast pain in left breast, feels swollen, bruise forming, glands are sore under armpit, burning feeling.?

Need in-person eval: These symptoms could be a number of things: cystic changes, abscess, breast cancer.
You should contact your primary care doctor and ask to be referred to a breast specialist (breast surgeon). You also need a mammogram and ultrasound. ...Read more

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I fell 6 days ago landing on my forearm by my elbow. It bruised significantly. Now it is a burning pain w/ a lump by the bruise. Hand numb at times?

I fell 6 days ago landing on my forearm by my elbow. It bruised significantly. Now it is a burning pain w/ a lump by the bruise. Hand numb at times?

Ulnar nerve: There is a nerve right by the elbow-the ulnar nerve that can be injured. The bruise itself may be a hematoma that can cause pressure or irritation of the nerve. That should get better over time. Numbness going into the 4th and 5th fingers would be indicative of injury/irritation of the ulnar nerve. The natural history is that it should get better over a few weeks. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Lumpy rash. Bruising. Muscle pain. Joint pain. Achy legs. Headache. Burning sensation. Tingly feet. Shoulder, neck, elbow, angle, wrist pain. Cause?

Lumpy rash. Bruising. Muscle pain. Joint pain. Achy legs. Headache. Burning sensation. Tingly feet. Shoulder, neck, elbow, angle, wrist pain. Cause?

Go to hospital: Bruising is a sign of blood clotting problems which can occur during severe infection. Headache with tingling and neck pain is worrisome for meningitis. You need to be evaluated asap. ...Read more

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I have an intense burning sensation on my left elbow / forearm. The pain comes and goes and is very targeted and consistent. The skin is tender too?

I have an intense burning sensation on my left elbow / forearm. The pain comes and goes and is very targeted and consistent. The skin is tender too?

See your primary MD: This could also be a condition called shingles which is a reactivation of the virus that causes chicken pox. It can be very painful in a localized area. ...Read more

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Iv'e had tender pain under my left armpit (no visible lumps) for 2wks. Recently I've also had a burning pain. It's difficult to sleep on my left side?

Iv'e had tender pain under my left armpit (no visible lumps) for 2wks. Recently I've also had a burning pain. It's difficult to sleep on my left side?

Need eval: Your symptoms are concerning. You need an evaluation by your doctor to help determine the cause of your symptoms. List of possible causes is too long to post here. Sorry not more helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr R ...Read more

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I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried?

I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried?

Blood drawn bump: I just gave blood at 2:30pm today and my arm is very bruised, a little bump, and a tingling sensation. Should I be worried? ANS: probably not but could go by lab and show them to see what they think Or do 2nd opinion with me so I can see a picture. ...Read more

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I went to school today and after a few min of being in class my arms started burning and turning red. As far as I know I'm not allergic to anything. What could this be?

I went to school today and after a few min of being in class my arms started burning and turning red. As far as I know I'm not allergic to anything. What could this be?

Spontaneous flushing: ..is unusual but not unheard of. It is the result of rapid dilation of blood vessels...the question is why? Blood vessel dilation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system which also regulates heart and respiratory rate; it controls our fight-or flight mechanisms. You should discuss with your doctor and tests for autonomic dysfunction should be considered. I don't think it's allergic. ...Read more

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I bumped my arm, close to my wrist today and it seems worse than a bruise.  Very dark purple and raised.  Should I be concerned?

I bumped my arm, close to my wrist today and it seems worse than a bruise.  Very dark purple and raised.  Should I be concerned?

Yes: You are of an age where fractures become more likely with relatively minor injuries. If this was a fall on outstretched hands or even a bad bump, it could well be a fracture. You should put an ice bag or frozen peas on it, tape your arm gently on a flat piece of wood, or even a solid spatula, keep it above your heart, and go get it x-rayed. Take off all your rings first. Good luck to you gal ...Read more

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I had a piece of class going to my arm into 1 of my main veins about a week ago and now today when I wake up I have major bruising on my arm?

I had a piece of class going to my arm into 1 of my main veins about a week ago and now today when I wake up I have major bruising on my arm?

Hematoma: Following major bleeding you can get blood in the subcutaneous space of your tissues, and this will form some bruising. Interestingly, this can get more noticeable several days after the injury. You can treat it with intermittent cold compresses. ...Read more

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The pain in the lower side of my arm feels like it is bruised. There are no bruise marks and I have not bumped it. Today it is creeping to my wrist?

The pain in the lower side of my arm feels like it is bruised. There are no bruise marks and I have not bumped it. Today it is creeping to my wrist?

Consider ulnar nerve: There are many possible causes of pain in the forearm and wrist, most of them do not involve nerves. If you mean the side of the forearm on the same side as the little finger, consider ulnar nerve. If you mean the thumb side or palm side, consider median nerve (carpal tunnel). Strain, joint pain, "tennis elbow" are all possible causes. Get an exam if it persists beyond 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Having sharp burning pains in my neck right side radiating down my shoulder and arm hand going numb started today?

Having sharp burning pains in my neck right side radiating down my shoulder and arm hand going numb started today?

Neck & Arm pain: It is best to consult a medical practitioner for a clinical diagnosis. This may be due to a variety of underlying problems and vary from a non-serious muscle spasm, to a serious problem. ...Read more

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Day before I had chest pain and left arm feels dull throbbing pain. Today its all gone but left elbow feels bruised. It hurts to bend. I'm worried : (?

Day before I had chest pain and left arm feels dull throbbing pain. Today its all gone but left elbow feels bruised. It hurts to bend. I'm worried : (?

See a doctor: The symptoms you are describing could be serious. I would have a doctor examine you to check for possible causes. Pain in the elbow may or may not be a sign of a serious issue. ...Read more

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2 days ago I felt in a pain in my arms & legs & felt freezing. Yesterday I was better but today I feel after urinating in a simple burning, my T°=37.5?

2 days ago I felt in a pain in my arms & legs & felt freezing. Yesterday I was better but today I feel after urinating in a simple burning, my T°=37.5?

Infection: Your symptoms are consistent with an infection which may be a bacterial urinary tract infection or a viral infection with nonspecific urinary burning from fever. However if urinary frequency develops and urinary burning persists especially with fever, notify your physician who will send you for urinalysis and urine culture. Appropriate antibiotics will be prescribed if indicated. ...Read more

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Unexplained honeycomb bruising on back of calf. Swollen red cutical/fingers burning. All with in iust today?

Unexplained honeycomb bruising on back of calf. Swollen red cutical/fingers burning. All with in iust today?

Could be serious: There are many things that can cause skin bruising and the other symptoms you are describing. Have a doctor check it out. ...Read more

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I had bloodwork done from my right arm and today I had a blood pressure artery test done on the same arm. I notice I am bruised tonight. Is this bad?

I had bloodwork done from my right arm and today I had a blood pressure artery test done on the same arm. I notice I am bruised tonight. Is this bad?

Unlikely: Post venous blood draw the bruising may not show immediately.
A single blood pressure measurement should not do harm.
Check for a lump or pulsation at the site.
If the blood draw was a few days ago, warm compresses may help resorb the bruise. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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