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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more


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How long does it take for a moderately lg pelvic hematoma to go away by itself. Result of pelvic fractures.

How long does it take for a moderately lg pelvic hematoma to go away by itself. Result of pelvic fractures.

Weeks: Hematomas can take weeks and even months to completely resolve, especially if they are sizable. I suspect the pain that you have (from the fractures and the hematoma) will likely resolve within about 6 - 8 weeks, probably long before the hematoma actually resolves. ...Read more

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I have a long lasting bruise that has been there fora while . Why wont it go away? Is it something serious?

I have a long lasting bruise that has been there fora while . Why wont it go away? Is it something serious?

Bruising: True bruises will only last no more than 2 weeks. If yours has been there for a while, you want to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Age:40, menorhea, when i hit something i get a bruise, it takes long time(3-4wks) to go away? I think i get a bruise even i don't hit that hard.Any tests?

Blood thinners: If you are on certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nsaids, these may cause you to bruise more easily. There are blood tests that you can take which help diagnose bleeding problems (ie: pt, ptt). Vitamin k deficiency also causes easy bruising which can be tested for. ...Read more

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I had a hickey that turned to a bruise that has been there for a month and won't go away, when should I be concerned? Will it take longer to go away?

I had a hickey that turned to a bruise that has been there for a month and won't go away, when should I be concerned? Will it take longer to go away?

Bruise: A bruise should not last that long. It can be either hyper-pigmentation changes or you should check with your local physician to make sure that you don't have bleeding disorder. ...Read more

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What to to about lower arms that bruise really easily? My lower arms bruise really easily. I can just bump into something and an awlful bruise appears and takes a long time to go away. What causes this?

Typically : Typically that is caused by "actinic purpura" which occurs after age and sun damage thin the skin and cause it to bruise more easily. There is not easy fix, but i would recommend sunscreens, protective clothing, and do your best to avoid trauma to those areas. I would recommend you see a dermatologist who can further evaluate you to confirm the diagnosis and be sure that is the correct diagnosis. I hope that helps. Below is information on elta md sunscreen which i really like for my patients. ...Read more

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2yr old with bruise/egg bump middle forehead from fall. No passing out, vomiting etc & seems fine. Should i worry? How long to go away? Thanks.

2yr old with bruise/egg bump middle forehead from fall. No passing out, vomiting etc & seems fine. Should i worry? How long to go away? Thanks.

Likely no worries: Keep checking for new symptoms, there is likely a blood collection under the skin, the forehead is pretty strong, if your child is happy, playful, eating, sleeping well, there is nothing to worry about. This can take up to 2 weeks to go away. Applying ice within the first few minutes after the fall can lessen the size of the bump. If more than 5 minutes has passed ice will not work. ...Read more

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I coughed so hard i tore my abdominal wall and caused a hematoma.Two weeks later and still in a lot of pain. How long till pain goes away...

I coughed so hard i tore my abdominal wall and caused a hematoma.Two weeks later and still in a lot of pain. How long till pain goes away...

Strain: Severe strain with tearing of muscle fibers may take a little longer to heal. Rib fractures can also occur with hard coughing. At this time I would try intermittent heat to the area which may help the healing process. Hold onto the injured area if you must cough or sneeze and avoid other strain as well. ...Read more

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Why won't my hematoma go away? What should I do?

Why won't my hematoma go away? What should I do?

Apply warm soakes : It will go away in time. Hematomas are collection of blood in soft tissue due to injury, or result of invasive procedures most of the time they will resolve on their own , not the blood clots that cause embolism, need to drain & evacuate if they are pressing on a vital structures, or huge , drainage or even aspirations , has potential danger of getting infection. ...Read more

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