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I have a flat, non-itchy, non-dry pink/red mark on leg for a year, sometimes looks like a bruise, changes shade regular, what can it be?

I have a flat, non-itchy, non-dry pink/red mark on leg for a year, sometimes looks like a bruise, changes shade regular, what can it be?

Without looking: The answer I would provide is merely a likely thing, but this is speculative. I have always espoused the doctrine that a rash or skin condition must be seen to be given a diagnosis. Spider veins and hemangiomas can appear similar to your description and are often itchy at times. Still this is conjecture. Show this skin anomaly to a doctor, and you will be able to find out what it is. ...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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One small raised pink spot on leg, surrounded by quarter sized lighter pink circle. Tender like a bruise, more in center. Not itchy. Thoughts?

One small raised pink spot on leg, surrounded by quarter sized lighter pink circle. Tender like a bruise, more in center. Not itchy. Thoughts?

Infection: It sounds like you have a skin infection; it could have been precipitated by insect bite or even scratch causing breach in the skin integrity. As it is red and tender, you may need antibiotic treatment. Get it examined by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Been itching for months, mainly on my legs. They're covered in purple and brown bruises due to scratching. Skin is usually pink at the time of scratching?

Been itching for months, mainly on my legs. They're covered in purple and brown bruises due to scratching. Skin is usually pink at the time of scratching?

Avoid scratching!: By this time, you've suffered tissue damage - but it can heal, hopefully totally over time. But you must find another way. I'll guess it's related to your allergic-tendencies - immune system issues. See an allergist for systemic treatment. OTC creams may help a bit till then. So can diluted vinegar gentle swabbing. Wait tillit's least inflammed or the sting will be BIG. But it does normalize pH. ...Read more

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Are single petechiae spots (not clusters) worrisome? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. No bruises

Are single petechiae spots (not clusters) worrisome? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. No bruises

Watchful waiting: What you described is not worrisome, however it is worth watching, i.e, keep an eye on such lesions to see if more are developing. At your next visit to your doctor you should ask her/him to look at the lesions, if any are present at the time. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have a large, itchy red and purple bruise on my leg. It started out small and light pink and I thought it was an insect bite. I have lupus too?

I have a large, itchy red and purple bruise on my leg. It started out small and light pink and I thought it was an insect bite. I have lupus too?

Lupus: W/systemic lupus erythematosus you may have the lupus anticoagulant and a coagulopathic bleed get seen ASAP get a blood count coagulation tests and favor 5 Leiden mutation protein c and s screening and platelet count bring all meds good luck stay calm ...Read more

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Are single petechia spots (not clusters) alarming? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. Come and go. No bruising

Are single petechia spots (not clusters) alarming? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. Come and go. No bruising

Lesions: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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I have a dark red/pink L shaped mark on my knee cap that could resemble a bruise but is a very odd shape and is not painful to the touch. What is it?

I have a dark red/pink L shaped mark on my knee cap that could resemble a bruise but is a very odd shape and is not painful to the touch. What is it?

Varies: There are multiple possibilities. Was there an injury involved? How long has it been there? Has there been any change in its size or shape? A more detailed history and exam would likely tell the diagnosis. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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What could I do to cure a bruise on my leg?

What could I do to cure a bruise on my leg?

Bruise: For the first 24 hours, I would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body. The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. ...Read more

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Bruised nerve in leg, should I be concerned?

Bruised nerve in leg, should I be concerned?

Depends: If symptoms are only sensory you can wait and watch. If there is paralysis of any muscles you should see a neurologist for its management. ...Read more

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I thought a mosquito bit the back of my leg and when I went to check it out it looked like a huge nasty bruise. What is it?

I thought a mosquito bit the back of my leg and when I went to check it out it looked like a huge nasty bruise. What is it?

Ecchymosis: It could still have been a mosquito bite that punctured a small vein or capillary and caused some bleeding. If there is surrounding redness and warmth, an infection may be present and an examination by your physician is needed. ...Read more

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What to do if my grandma feel over and she had a bruise which came out instantly but it now seem to be spreading down her leg?

What to do if my grandma feel over and she had a bruise which came out instantly but it now seem to be spreading down her leg?

Fragile skin: As we age our skin gets more easily damaged by even minor trauma. A bruise is damage of the small vessels under the skin- as the blood oozes under the skin it can spread to a larger area and appears as a bruise. Some medications commonly taken by the elderly can also cause easy bruisability like Aspirin and clopidogrel. ...Read more

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I have a bruise on my leg for 2 months now and it does not go away. I can barely see it but it hurts a lot as if I hit it now.?

I have a bruise on my leg for 2 months now and it does not go away. I can barely see it but it hurts a lot as if I hit it now.?

Leg pain: It sounds like you need to visit your physician in person. You need a full physical exam to determine what is going on. Good luck. ...Read more

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I hit my leg really almost exactly 3 months ago and it's still bruised. Should I be concerned? It doesn't seem to hurt anymore.

I hit my leg really almost exactly 3 months ago and it's still bruised. Should I be concerned? It doesn't seem to hurt anymore.

Continue to watch: There is nothing to do about it. You must have hit it really hard. Is the color starting to fade? That will be a good sign. Do you bleed or bruise easy otherwise? If so you might need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bite on my leg. That itched a little this morning. And now its bigger and has a bruise around it...what could cause that?

I have a bite on my leg. That itched a little this morning. And now its bigger and has a bruise around it...what could cause that?

Insect bite: It sounds as though you have been bitten by an insect or a spider. You should keep this area clean and dry, if you notice new swelling, fever, chills, or drainage from the site you should go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. If it gets better on its own then you do not need to worry. ...Read more

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I am wondering if my leg is broken. I was hit by a softball and it has been bruised for over a week. I feel some pain still as well.?

I am wondering if my leg is broken. I was hit by a softball and it has been bruised for over a week. I feel some pain still as well.?

It is possible: Depending on where you were hit, it is possible to fracture your leg if there was enough force. More than likely, you just have a deep bruise from the hit. The only definitive way to rule out a fracture would be to get an x-ray of the leg. ...Read more

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Found out a 1 CM diameter bruise on my leg, blue in color. Is it serious? Or its too small to be cautious? (have not got any physical injury)

Found out a 1 CM diameter bruise on my leg, blue in color. Is it serious? Or its too small to be cautious? (have not got any physical injury)

Single episode...: Can be normal. You should have this problem evaluated by your doctor, especially if the bruising has become more frequent or more severe. ...Read more

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Had a small bruise that was fine for 2 days but then just grew massive after that. Started as big as a dime and now takes up half my leg. Why?

Had a small bruise that was fine for 2 days but then just grew massive after that. Started as big as a dime and now takes up half my leg. Why?

Get it checked: If it is a spontaneous bruise without any trauma or just a minor bump that then grew into a much more "massive" bruise, consider getting checked for a bleeding disorder, or the formation of a hematoma (pocket of blood under the skin). If is is a bruise high on your leg that was from a bump, it could also simply be gravity moving the blood through your skin/tissue by gravity. This is normal. ...Read more

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I got my leg stuck in a chair about a month ago and had a really bad bruise on my leg. Every time I work out it swells really bad. What should I do?

I got my leg stuck in a chair about a month ago and had a really bad bruise on my leg. Every time I work out it swells really bad. What should I do?

See someone: It is not normal to have swelling with activity a month after a minor injury. You should be seen and examined. The possibilities include a missed fracture, a muscle hernia or a even a vascular issue (aneurysm, clot etc.). Only by an appropriate evaluation will you know the cause. ...Read more

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I had a bruise with a knot on my leg, the bruise is gone after 2 weeks, but the knot is still there, about how long does it take for the knot leave?

I had a bruise with a knot on my leg, the bruise is gone after 2 weeks, but the knot is still there, about how long does it take for the knot leave?

Post Bruise Knot: Bruises are actually blood clots. As the bruise heals the old blood calcifies and often can be felt for some time. I have seen these take up to six months to fully resolve. The calcified clot is resorbed usually from the inside out so the 'knot' can be felt for some time post injury. ...Read more

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Weird, itchy, bruised thing on my leg?

Weird, itchy, bruised thing on my leg?

Many possibilities: Without a picture or more info, this could be many many different things. ...Read more

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What would cause bruising in your legs?

Refer to answer: No bruising should occur in any leg, without a cause. The most common cause is injury. If you have bruise on your leg, and is not from an injury, it is a result of medical conditions. Please refer to your physician for further work up. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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