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2, 1" ovals on my back, purple with red tint. Look like bruise hickey but I don't know how they got there or how long they've been there?

2, 1" ovals on my back, purple with red tint. Look like bruise hickey but I don't know how they got there or how long they've been there?

New: Well the coloration indicates recent injury to the tissue. How? Not sure what you did. Just watch to see if resolves in about 1 week ...Read more

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When I scratch I get a hickey like bruise, and sometimes it blisters after looking that way. This is recent wondering what could cause this?

When I scratch I get a hickey like bruise, and sometimes it blisters after looking that way. This is recent wondering what could cause this?

See doctor: What you described is consistent with a blistering auto-immune disorder. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an examination and may be some tests to sort it out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rash on chest. It started two weeks ago and they are now beginning to look a bit like bruises/hickeys. Help?

I am experiencing rash on chest. It started two weeks ago and they are now beginning to look a bit like bruises/hickeys. Help?

Nice try: Appreciate your trying to describe your rash, but you really have to be seen to be diagnosed. Duration of the rash also signals that you need to be examined. Please talk to your GP's office and ask if they want you to see a skin specialist, a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi. I got a scar on my neck due to hickey. I scratch it and bleeding, nw the wound already heal, no more bruise but dark scar appear for 2 mnths now : (

Hi. I got a scar on my neck due to hickey. I scratch it and bleeding, nw the wound already heal, no more bruise but dark scar appear for 2 mnths now : (

Show it to: Your doctor to make sure that the scar does not have chronic infection. If it is completely epithelialized (covered with skin), you should not be terribly concerned. Sometimes scar can take up to one year to heal. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. My aunt died of "spider" cancer. My question is can your bruises turn into cancerous tumors and could hickeys do the same?

I'm 20 years old. My aunt died of "spider" cancer. My question is can your bruises turn into cancerous tumors and could hickeys do the same?

NO: I have no idea what you mean by "spider" cancer but it may be some local term for the process. Many cancer patients will develop bruises at times during their chemo treatments or from the disease. Bruises or hickeys do not turn into cancer. Some collections of cancerous leukemia cells can appear to be bruises under the skin. ...Read more

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I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

Bone bruise: This sounds like a mild bone bruise that will be tender for several days. I wouldn't worry unless you have worsening headaches, dizziness, drowsines vomiting, or hearing problems. ...Read more

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My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

Hickey: A hickey is a discolored area on the skin that results when small blood vessels break under the skin, causing a type of bruise (purpura). The appearance will normally change in appearance and color over time. Small red dots (petechiae) may also appear. These types of injuries rarely scar, but may stay discolored for a fair amount of time. Cold compresses and Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help pain. ...Read more

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Every few weeks I keep getting red/blue marks on my arms and face, they look like little hickeys/ bruises, what could it be? Thanks.

Every few weeks I keep getting red/blue marks on my arms and face, they look like little hickeys/ bruises, what could it be? Thanks.

See doctor: In an older person, skin damaged by sun may make one susceptible to bruises. In your age, you need a work-up to find out the cause. If you are taking asa even in small doses or fish oil supplement, consider stopping it for a few weeks and observe the effect on bruising. ...Read more

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My 19 mo old has had a few hickey like bruises onforearm. They appear at daycare. Unknown if injured. He does like to carry multiple things at once.

My 19 mo old has had a few hickey like bruises onforearm. They appear at daycare. Unknown if injured. He does like to carry multiple things at once.

Unlikely by carrying: It is unlikely that a toddler gets bruised up by carrying things, unless the toddler has a disorder causing easy-bruising (which would usually lead to many leg bruises because toddlers fall down and also run into lots of things). His pediatrician can examine the pattern and appearance of bruises, and perhaps come up with some ideas about them. ...Read more

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What types of bug bites leave bruises?

What types of bug bites leave bruises?

Bites can leave mark: Excessive scratching or rubbing of any bug bite can lead to the bite becoming red or bruised. It is also common for a discolored mark to be left over after the bug bite has healed. The marks usually fade with time or can be treated with a fading cream, if necessary. ...Read more

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Can medical professionals tell what type of bruise it is from pictures?

Can medical professionals tell what type of bruise it is from pictures?

Most cannot: Most medical professionals are not trained to identify wounds and what caused them. Forensic pathologists have this training, but there are not many around the country. ...Read more

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I had 2 types of flu at the same time just over a week ago, could that be the reason why my whole body feels bruised when I touch it?

I had 2 types of flu at the same time just over a week ago, could that be the reason why my whole body feels bruised when I touch it?

Flu can be tough: Indeed, some patients say when they catch the flu it's like being run over with a steam roller! A hallmark of the disease is the malaise and 'wiped out' feeling -since it is really a vicious virus. All the more reason to get vaccinated to prevent the flu. Maybe as well you need to take better care of yourself? More sleep, no tobacco/alcohol etc. If you're not better soon, see a doctor to make sure ...Read more

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Any types of bites that cause deep bruising? Bruise rather large. Idr getting. Scared of waiting too long and needing amp. How long do you wait n see?

Any types of bites that cause deep bruising? Bruise rather large. Idr getting. Scared of waiting too long and needing amp. How long do you wait n see?

Spider bite?: Spider bit may cause that and in fact often gets infected. If the problem is spreading, you may need an antibiotic or even removal of the dead tissue. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What types of anemia can cause bruising?

What types of anemia can cause bruising?

Anaemia: Aplastic anaemia has low HB along with low platelet count. The low platelet count is responsible for bruising. It can happen in condition like myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia, severe b12 def, folate def, severe iron def, liver cirrhosis, chemo therapy, radiation, viral infections etc. See your GP if any concerns for further discussion. ...Read more

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What type of bug bite makes an immediate severe bruise?

What type of bug bite makes an immediate severe bruise?

Nonspecific.: A brown recluse spider bite can sometimes be mistaken for a severe bruise, but that is serious business. If the area grows rapidly worse and takes on other colors, see your doctor immediately. More likely, though, the bug that bit you just happened to damage a small skin capillary, and that's what caused the bruise. It will heal more slowly than most bites, but it will heal. ...Read more

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What type of bite (possible from a spider) looks like a bruise?

Where?: Where is this located? Are you sure it's a bite? ...Read more

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What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

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What type of meningitis causes you to break out into spots that look like bruises?

Any bacterial ones: Any bacterial meningitis associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation can present with "bruise, " actually coalesced petechia and purpura. Meningococcemia with meningitis is a good example. ...Read more

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When I was younger I had a bump on my leg and it ended up popping and leaving a black bruise type mark. It's been over 12 years and it's still there?

When I was younger I had a bump on my leg and it ended up popping and leaving a black bruise type mark. It's been over 12 years and it's still there?

Pigmented Scar: It is a scar is benign&does not need any treatment. If it is embarrassing for you due to it's look. Inthat case you can consult your doctor or dermatologist he/she can prescribe a bleaching cream or use lasers to get rid of it. There are some over the counter bleaching creams available without a prescription. We don't know your skin type white, brown or black. Hydroquinolone is the active ingredient ...Read more

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I feel a bruised type of pain in my left breast, what could it be?

I feel a bruised type of pain in my left breast, what could it be?

Exam: Breast changes or concerns needs a physical exam with a doctor. Have you been having yearly mammograms since age 40? Breast tenderness by itself is usually not a concerning development by itself, and can represent hormonal changes, fibrocystic breast condition, etc. But it still needs to be examined with your doctor. ...Read more

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How does ether danlos type 3 cause pots? I'm scared of vadcular type but my veins are not highly visable, no facial signs, no bruising etc.

How does ether danlos type 3 cause pots? I'm scared of vadcular type but my veins are not highly visable, no facial signs, no bruising etc.

Unknown: Twenties male inquires how ehlers-danlos (eds) disorder causes paroxysmal orthostatic tachycardia (pots). I do not think there is official explanation. Pots is surely mediated by autonomic nervous system. My own theory is joint hypermobility of eds stimulates autonomic nerves within brachial & pelvic plexi; causing arterial muscle relaxation, blood pooling, vascular collapse & tachycardia. ...Read more

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Can you identify the possible cause of this type of pain and is there a way I can get it treated? I'm a 21 year old female who had a baby in 2008. Since the birth of my child I've had what I can only describe as phantom bruises all over my body. I get pai

Can you identify the possible cause of this type of pain and is there a way I can get it treated? I'm a 21 year old female who had a baby in 2008. Since the birth of my child I've had what I can only describe as phantom bruises all over my body. I get pai

You: You may be dealing with a condition called fibromyalgia. It is a syndrome that is characterized by widespread body pain. It is difficult to diagnose and treat. If possible resuest a consult with a rheumatologist. You may also want to consider accupuncture or accupressure. If you have any stress or anxiety that needs to be addressed as well.
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