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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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I have a bad bruise that's healing but now I have a lump under skin?

I have a bad bruise that's healing but now I have a lump under skin?

Leave it alone: A lump under the skin in the area of a bruise is not unusual. Presumably, the lump is slowly dissolving blood from bleeding that occurred under the skin that did not break through the skin. Your body will slowly absorb the blood and the lump will disappear. This can take several weeks, sometimes a few months. There is no treatment for this other than leaving it alone. ...Read more

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I have to smal lumps joined togeather under my skin on my calf right under a bruise what could this be?

I have to smal lumps joined togeather under my skin on my calf right under a bruise what could this be?

Clots: Can be related to clots, nodes or just swelling from the trauma. Please get attention. ...Read more

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I had a small lump under skin on lower back. Has always been the same. Today it was bigger and bruised and somewhat sensitive which it hasn't been b4.?

I had a small lump under skin on lower back. Has always been the same. Today it was bigger and bruised and somewhat sensitive which it hasn't been b4.?

Ruptured cyst?: Your description makes me think this might be a cyst which ruptured and is becoming inflamed as a result. If it worsens, gets very large, or painful, it may need to be opened. Warm compresses can help bring it to a head and resolve it faster. Squeezing isn't a good idea. ...Read more

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Last week I felt a lump pop under my skin on my calf and a day later I had a huge bruise. I can still feel something hard in the same spot. Serious?

Last week I felt a lump pop under my skin on my calf and a day later I had a huge bruise. I can still feel something hard in the same spot. Serious?

The lump may have-: -been a cyst of some sort. With the rupture there is bleeding, hence the bruise. If a clot is formed it can be due to fibrous remains of the initial bleed. ...Read more

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Lump under skin on hip and light bruise on top of skin. Have not had any injuries and it seems out of the blue?

Lump under skin on hip and light bruise on top of skin. Have not had any injuries and it seems out of the blue?

Likely trauma: This could have occured without you noticing it, especially on hip if you are busy and bump into something. It also could be spontaneous which is more concerning. Have your local doctor check this out when you have time. ...Read more

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I have bruise lumps under skin mostly legs should I be worried?

I have bruise lumps under skin mostly legs should I be worried?

See physician: If the lesions are on both legs, I would consult a physician you may have erythema nodosom which can be caused bymany things. ...Read more

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Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Quarter sized hard lump under skin right shoulder blade area with a small bruise above it has been there for sure 2 1/2 years what is?

Many possibilities: If there is no pain, no increase in size, unlikely to be cancerous. If increasing in size, or painful, you need to see a general or ortho surgeon for eval and likely work up or excisional biopsy. Small non painful lumps are frequently inclusion cysts, fatty tumors, possibly a cyst coming from a local joint. For reassurance, have your pcp take a look first. ...Read more

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My son has nf1 and came and showed me a lump under his skin on the lower part of his chest. Size of marble it hurts sharp pain, looks bruised?

My son has nf1 and came and showed me a lump under his skin on the lower part of his chest. Size of marble it hurts sharp pain, looks bruised?

Neurofibromatoma: This looks very much like what we call a plexiform neurofibroma, they can be quite painful and do grow over time. I would recommend you see a pediatric neurosurgeon for evaluation and possible excision both for pain management and not let it get too large. ...Read more

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There's a lump under my skin on my calf it doesn't bump up but it kinda looks bruised, doesn't hurt to much, more notice able at night What is it?

There's a lump under my skin on my calf it doesn't bump up but it kinda looks bruised, doesn't hurt to much, more notice able at night What is it?

Below: Lumps, bumps, rashes, and lesions need a visual exam to make an accurate DX.

Make an apt to see your DR to get an answer. ...Read more

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Hit my head on granite countertop 4 days ago. Fair lump, minimal bruising, still feeling pain/headache. Is it normal for it to hurt for this long?

Maybe.: Any bruise or bang can hurt for a week or 2. With head injuries, the key is knowing if the pain responds to simple over the counter pain relievers, in the dosages on the bottle. And if you've other symptoms of concussion that may warrant further exam. So if the pain is not helped with regular otc pain relievers, you have vomiting, dizziness, fever, confusion, weakness, vision change, see MD now ...Read more

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3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

SORE SPOT ON SCALP: This sounds as if it could be shingles. See a dermatologist or your family doctor as quickly as possible. It also be an infected cyst. In any case see a doctor! ...Read more

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3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

Fungal infection: A tender itchy swelling on the scalp that is new would likely be a fungal scalp infetion or tinea capitis. This needs oral antifungal treatment. A cyst or even and abscess could be possible. Time to see someone to check it out. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

I have a small lump on left backside of neck. Near the ear feels like a bruise but didn't hit head, and top of scalp very tiny bumps. And a stiff neck?

See your doctor: If you truly have a stiff neck--cannot touch your chin to your chest or move head from side to side, you must be seen urgently by your doctor or emergency room--if you have fever this becomes more urgent.
If you have any scalp problems this may cause tiny bumps or if you pull your hair tight as some do for braids, this may be related. See your physician. ...Read more

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