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Purple Bruise Arm
I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.
Happens: A blood vessel leaked after your donation. Not to worry, just apply heat and it will resolve. Thanks for giving blood! ...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
Bullseye bruise (purple/red) on arm spreading outward, middle stays white with a small, tender lump. Father has same, but multiple. Live in same town.
Had IV and now have big bruise on arm. Its healing but this morning I now have a purple line going through the bruise. Should I be concerned.
I noticed a small flat purple spot on my arm, I thought maybe it was a bruise, then another one, but smaller shows up the next day. No pain?
See a doctor: The purple spots you describe may be bleeding under the skin. Please see a doctor for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more
I keep getting small, perfectly round purple/red dots (half a CM diameter) on my arm. They are recurring and I don't think they're bruises?
Dermatology: Cannot be answered without a photo or examination- call your physician or see a dermatologist. ...Read more
I had a blood test a week ago that left a small bruise, which is now large/dark purple and spreading up arm. Could there be something wrong?
Yes, if the arm is hot: To touch, and you have swelling, and see streaks of bruising going up the arm. Then you have to go immediately in the ER. If it is not hot to the touch, and no swelling or pain, then you need to call your doctor as soon as possible to be seen by her/him, and notify the lab that you are experiencing this too. That has to be documented by the lab manager. Blood thinners or low platelets can do this2 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gave blood over four weeks ago. When drawn, my arm was shaking almost uncontrollably. It bruised dark purple, now gone, but still hurts. Go see dr?
Minor injury: The shaking of your hand probably caused the needle to pierce and traumatize the vein and tissue. This caused a hematoma (the discoloration). You also may have traumatized a small nerve or caused a mechanical phlebitis (inflammation of a vein). This could account for the pain. Lastly there is rare neurologic condition called rsd that can can occur from minor injuries. This in unlikely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Purple bruises: Purple bruises might be signs of bleeding. If it occurs after a fall, it indicates either contusion or fracture. If it occurs unprovoked, it could be due to some bleeding or coagulation disorders. Please see your doctor for evaluation if it concerns you. ...Read more
Dark purple bruises have appeared on my grandma's arms - they don't cause pain, but have spread over the span of a few days?
Purpura?: Is described as: hemorrhagic states characterized by patches of purplish discoloration resulting from extravasation of blood into the skin and mucous membranes. Sometimes the aging process itself with thinner skin etc. Are risk factors alone to get this, however, it is best to have grand mom see her Doctor to get them clinically evaluated and even some labs may need to be done. Best wishes. ...Read more
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
Gave blood@RedCross got bruise afterwards. 2 weeks passed bruise getn bigr all the way up arm black and purple went to doc said put ice on it no chng.
See MD: If the area bruising and swelling is getting bigger than get it in person evaluation with the doctor ...Read more
SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, I HIT MY ELBOW ON A HUGE ROCK WHILE RIVER TUBING THROUGH THE RAPIDS OF A RIVER. A HUGE CIRCULAR RED/PURPLE/BLACK BRUISE APPEARED IN A PERFECT CIRCLE AROUND MY ELBOW AND DOWN MY UPPER AND LOWER ARM. IT EVENTUALLY WENT AWAY. I HAVE HA
Question cut off: Please re-ask so we know what the actual question is. ...Read more
Blood test on my arm she used a vein I never see them use, it hurt more this time and have purple bruise around area, not hurt, 3 days I need to worry?
No: This sounds like a normal although somewhat painful phlebotomy. If the pain and bruising persist, see your doctor. ...Read more
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
I have a subtle rash on my chest with a bruise-like purple and red patch just above my armpit. I haven't knocked my arm or anything. What is this?
Vein in my arm was punctured multiple times. 5min afterwards a dark purple bruise surfaced. A lot of pain wen moving arm now. Collapsed vein or abscess?
Hematoma: What your are describing sounds like a hematoma which is escaped blood from the vein which has accumulated in the tissue around the vein. This is why the skin is bruised (black and blue). The pain is from the irritation from the multiple needle sticks. Apply ice for the first 48 hours then heat. Ibuprofen will also help. This should resolve over about one week. ...Read more