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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've had a marble sized bump on my leg for months now and it hurts like a bruise when touched or pressure is applied to it Started purple now it's red?

I've had a marble sized bump on my leg for months now and it hurts like a bruise when touched or pressure is applied to it Started purple now it's red?

Exam needed: A physician would have to examine this lesion in order to make a diagnosis. Have it checked since it's been present so long, is tender and has changed color. ...Read more

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After getting nipped I have developed a series of red dots and a purple coloured bruise. What is it?

After getting nipped I have developed a series of red dots and a purple coloured bruise. What is it?

Need more info: If by "nipped" you mean bitten by an animal, then it could be marks from tissue injury showing bleeding under/in the skin. I'd suggest showing it to your doctor where you can better describe what "nipped" means. You should also take a photo of it for the doc to see, as it will change over time. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a deep red purple bruise comes and goes same spot and shape?

What does it mean when a deep red purple bruise comes and goes same spot and shape?

Small bleeder: You may have a small vessel that's been bleeding repeatedly. If it's a solitary bruise, it's not likely to mean much. If you're taking Aspirin products, that will contribute to the ease of bruising, but is not necessarily a reason to stop aspirin. If you think the bruise is originating from a deeper structure such as a lumpy place within muscle, and it persists, get checked out. ...Read more

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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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My healing bruise has an area of red/ purple on the outline of it. Is that normal?

My healing bruise has an area of red/ purple on the outline of it. Is that normal?

Yes: Bruises can have many colors in them. Red and purple are common and later in healing process you can even have greens, browns and yellows. ...Read more

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I have a purple, and red hard lump that looks like a bruise on the roof of my mouth, what causes this?

I have a purple, and red hard lump that looks like a bruise on the roof of my mouth, what causes this?

More information. ..: There are many causes of a lump in the mouth, how long has it been present, is it painful, was there injury?
The most common cause of a lump in the mouth is an ulcer, however there are other causes, some of which are serious and mandate Dr review. Www. Fauquierent. Net/mouthmass. Htm is a webpage with a sensible summary of causes for further information ...Read more

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Felt 3 med-large bumps two hours ago- they are now red raised with purple lines/bruises- what r they?

Felt 3 med-large bumps two hours ago- they are now red raised with purple lines/bruises- what r they?

Where: Your lumps where are they in your breast or your arms or legs location in very important either way go and see a doctor if they are red and painful might have an infection and you might need a Rx for antibiotics so go and see a doctor thank you for using health tap and good luck ...Read more

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This morning I noticed 2 purple spider bites with a tiny bruise and very small red bump. There has been no pain and I feel fine, it is now 11:00 pm.

This morning I noticed 2 purple spider bites with a tiny bruise and very small red bump. There has been no pain and I feel fine, it is now 11:00 pm.

Spider bites?: Unless you saw the spiders in the act - these lesions may not be from spider bites. Not sure what your question is. If you are worried - would show these lesions to your parents. However, if you remain symptom free- would not fret. ...Read more

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Not sure what insect bit me but it turned from bright red to purple "bruise-like" after a few days, its very itchy and a little swollen, what is this?

Not sure what insect bit me but it turned from bright red to purple "bruise-like" after a few days, its very itchy and a little swollen, what is this?

Reaction to bite: You are having an allergic (inflammatory) reaction to the bite. When you were bit the insect "injected" really tiny amounts of dirt, feces, and other garbage it has landed on into you. Your body released numerous chemicals and substances to fight off those particles. One of them is histamine which is responsible for some of the redness and itching. Apply ice and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a large bruise on my leg from tripping and hitting it hard on a chair it is purple around, red in middle, has lots of white lines, what is this?

I have a large bruise on my leg from tripping and hitting it hard on a chair it is purple around, red in middle, has lots of white lines, what is this?

A bruise: It is what you called it. The white lines probably reflect fascial bands in the tissue. Give it time to heal by itself. 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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I smashed my hand today and at the point of impact, it turned purple like an instant bruise, but 15 minutes later it was just a little red, wondering Y?

I smashed my hand today and at the point of impact, it turned purple like an instant bruise, but 15 minutes later it was just a little red, wondering Y?

Hand trauma: Jacob:
The purple violet color immediately most likely resulted from some mild internal bleeding from a small blood vessel. The redness consequently developed from the trauma as well from your body's response to the trauma to repair injured tissue. Icing and an ace bandage can help gently compress the area of injury to heal along with elevation. You will likely bruise. See a doc you may need XRay ...Read more

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Why did my bruise go from greenish-yellow to all red and purple? Am I bleeding under the skin again?

Why did my bruise go from greenish-yellow to all red and purple? Am I bleeding under the skin again?

Normal Color change: A bruise is mainly made up of Red Blood Cells that are under the skin. The pigment in the blood cells goes through a series of color changes as it gets broken down in the body. These manifest as the cahnegs in skin colour. This is normal and shows that your are healing. ...Read more

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Hi about 5-6 weeks ago my daughter (2)kicked my ribs, the bruise stayed purple for weeks, now it's red, warm and burns. What can it be?

Hi about 5-6 weeks ago my daughter (2)kicked my ribs, the bruise stayed purple for weeks, now it's red, warm and burns. What can it be?

Possible infection: It could possibly represent an infection and I would consider being seen. It sounds like you initially had a hematoma in which bleeding can occur into the soft tissues creating a "bruise". A hematoma is basically some degree of bleeding into the soft tissues and this fluid can potentially become infected at which time it will become red and warm. If it is infected it would likely need antibiotic ...Read more

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While drawing blood, my vein blew. It is now bruised and has tiny red/purple dots all over the spot. (Size of pen point or smaller) r the dots normal?

While drawing blood, my vein blew. It is now bruised and has tiny red/purple dots all over the spot. (Size of pen point or smaller) r the dots normal?

Normal healing.: Hello Theresa,

When a vein "blows" there is bleeding under the skin.
During the natural healing process the blood is cleared little by little. The dots may be a part of healing or a tight tourniquet. This is a very common occurrence. Do not be afraid. After awhile you will not be able to tell where the blood was drawn. ...Read more

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I stubbed my toe a week and a half ago, it bruised (pinkish red). But now its a dark purple color. Not my entire toe, just the spot I hit. What should I do?

Normal healing: How is the pain? Purple color means not much. It is a normal healing process. As long as there is an improvement in the pain level then you are fine. If it is increasing you need to see your doctor, podiatrist for x-rays and further evaluation. ...Read more

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I clashed shins at football 2 days ago + have a swollen bruise on my shin. Centre is 5cm diameter + red + white, with purple around it. Is it ok?

I clashed shins at football 2 days ago + have a swollen bruise on my shin. Centre is 5cm diameter + red + white, with purple around it. Is it ok?

Bruise: What you are describing sounds like a typical bruise to me however if the pain continues, it is a good idea to see a doctor and get an X Ray done to rule out an underlying bony injury. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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