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I have a bruise on my wrist it's a week old but nowI have 3 tiny purple lines running through it is this normal?

I have a bruise on my wrist it's a week old but nowI have 3 tiny purple lines running through it is this normal?

Depends on how...: You acquired the bruise. If there was an object that gave you the bruise (or you hit your wrist on something) that was shaped or configured with the lines you know see forming on you wrist, than that would answer the question. It should heal in time....Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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?

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

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I fell on my wrist playing sport. There was little swelling but a lot of purple/blue bruising could it still be serious?

I fell on my wrist playing sport. There was little swelling but a lot of purple/blue bruising could it still be serious?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist, and a fracture is damage to the bone, strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure! ...Read more

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4 inch red/purple Bruising down along wrist two days after arterial blood test. Played football yesterday. Worried I have done serious damage?

4 inch red/purple Bruising down along wrist two days after arterial blood test. Played football yesterday. Worried I have done serious damage?

Arterial blood test: The bruising is most likely from the blood test itself. There is almost always some bleeding at the site of an arterial stick for blood. Playing football did not do any additional damage. ...Read more

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Lump under skin on wrist thumb side purple over veins on wrist and down thumb was this a clot took an aspirin lump went down but left large bruise?

Lump under skin on wrist thumb side purple over veins on wrist and down thumb was this a clot took an aspirin lump went down but left large bruise?

Get that checked out: This sounds like a thrombosed (clotted) vein in your hand. The Aspirin may have helped to dissolve the clot. This could happen for several reasons. It also could be something else. I would get this checked out just be cautious. ...Read more

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Swollen wrist knuckle side bruising going up my arm yellowish purplish bruise pain in my wrist all around it what could dis be I fell like?

Swollen wrist knuckle side bruising going up my arm yellowish purplish bruise pain in my wrist all around it what could dis be I fell like?

See a Hand Surgeon: With the degree of bruising and pain you have mentioned in your two queries, it would be prudent to see your hand surgeon and get wrist/hand x-rays. ...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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Purple bruises showing up 3 days after hand injury. Is this normal?

Purple bruises showing up 3 days after hand injury. Is this normal?

Yes: This appears to be normal healing process after an injury called echymosis. A purple color a few days after an injury is followed by green, yellow and then brown color changes as the area continues to heal. These color changes are from small blood vessels that are injured. This process usually takes a week or 2 at most. ...Read more

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An almond sized scratch or bruise on my hand is peeling after a week, doesn't itch or hurt, looks purple. The edges haven't changed, what is this?

An almond sized scratch or bruise on my hand is peeling after a week, doesn't itch or hurt, looks purple. The edges haven't changed, what is this?

Sounds: Suspiciously like an insect BITE (especially SPIDER) which causes a TOXIN like effect on the skin and blood vessels! The PEELING is the top layer of skin which essentially "died" due to the TOXIN (much like a sunburn peels!
Hope this helps
Just a thought!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a bad bruise on upper right side of my leg after slipping and falling on the stairs. The bruise is about the size of my hand and is a deep purple in color. It was painful the first few days but the pain as subsided. It is slightly swollen. I am ab

I have a bad bruise on upper right side of my leg after slipping and falling on the stairs. The bruise is about the size of my hand and is a deep purple in color. It was painful the first few days but the pain as subsided. It is slightly swollen. I am ab

Sounds normal: This sounds like appropriate response from your body to the fall. You could try warm compresses to help the absorption of the blood. When it heals it will turn yellow/brown and should not be a problem. If the swelling does not go down, you could also try ice. If you are concerned, see your physician. ...Read more

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Suddenly I got dark purple bruise on skin of my hand. It's not painful though. Don't remember if its hit anywhere. Should I consult physician soon?

Suddenly I got dark purple bruise on skin of my hand. It's not painful though. Don't remember if its hit anywhere. Should I consult physician soon?

If it doesn't go: Away in a couple weeks then see doctor. It will turn more yellow and purple before it goes away if it is just a bruise (i get them all the time and don't always know from where) Vitamin D 6000mg is quite high unless you have low levels, get it checked ...Read more

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When I rest my chin on my hand/knee I get tons of little purple marks under my chin. Are they bruises? How can I make them go away?

When I rest my chin on my hand/knee I get tons of little purple marks under my chin. Are they bruises? How can I make them go away?

ABNORMAL: When I rest my chin on my hand/knee I get tons of little purple marks under my chin. Are they bruises? How can I make them go away?

ANY ABNORMAL BRUISING SHOULD BE SEEN AND EVALUATED BY MD TO CHECK FOR BLEEDING DISORDER ...Read more

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Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Babys hand crushed in door. Her pinky knuckle looked squished in and there was instantly a deep purple bruise on ring finger. Swollen now but playful.

Watch digit use: You can just watch. Generally if an infant guards or refuses to use the injured part further evaluation is definitely warranted. 1 concern would be if there is an injury to the growth plate. Kids are very resiliant and learn to adapt. I would watch overall use. ...Read more

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Nurse put IV in forearm 4 days ago and the bruise is huge n plum purple red color and as big as a palm on hand and now my should is weak and sore..

Nurse put IV in forearm 4 days ago and the bruise is huge n plum purple red color and as big as a palm on hand and now my should is weak and sore..

Bruise: Should not cause weakness or pain in shoulder. Go back and see the doctor where the IV was placed. He should be able to tell you what is wrong with your shoulder. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old daughter developed this purple bruising rash on hand, and torso, doesn't itch, not raised, no fever.?

My 12 yr old daughter developed this purple bruising rash on hand, and torso, doesn't itch, not raised, no fever.?

Mgt: She may have developed a low platelet count and/or have an infection associated. I would recommend seeing a physician and asking about Idiopathic thrombo cytopenia during the visit. ...Read more

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Every few years my 19 yr old daughter wakes up with massive bruises and swelling on her left wrist. (never injured to our knowledge. Break etc) why?

Every few years my 19 yr old daughter wakes up with massive bruises and swelling on her left wrist. (never injured to our knowledge. Break etc) why?

Difficult to say: She may be injuring herself in her sleep or having an injury during the day that she doesn't notice. She should be seen by a doctor if it happens again. ...Read more

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Breakout every 4-7 weeks in lesions, abrasions, leaves scars and purple bruises. Entire body. Minor burn/ itching and spots darkening in skin. Ideas?

Breakout every 4-7 weeks in lesions, abrasions, leaves scars and purple bruises. Entire body. Minor burn/ itching and spots darkening in skin. Ideas?

Skin is being weird: I would get to a doctor with this right away. Especially with it leaving scars, you want to get to the bottom of what's going on, even if it's something as simple as acne. Other things that come to mind include staph infections, drug allergies, or other less common systemic skin allergies. ...Read more

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Right hand turns purple almost every day and stays that way for hours. Tingles a lot, 6/10 pain in my shoulder when gravity takes over. What is it?

Right hand turns purple almost every day and stays that way for hours. Tingles a lot, 6/10 pain in my shoulder when gravity takes over. What is it?

Difficult to say: This issue needs evaluation. It may be Raynauds but its being limited to a single hand and associated with shoulder area pain could suggest a major vessel obstruction. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I have bad pain in wrist, now bruise and pain., any suggestions?

I have bad pain in wrist, now bruise and pain., any suggestions?

A couple: Did you injure the wrist or did this occur spontaneously? If spontaneous, some concern for ligament or bleeding problem. If it occurred as result of injury, concern for ligament tear, fracture. Need exam, possibly x-ray. Dr. can then provide appropriate recommendations ...Read more

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My left wrist keeps bruising in different areas and I don't know why. What should I do?

My left wrist keeps bruising in different areas and I don't know why. What should I do?

Bruise: You should see your primary care dr. To determine the cause of this. 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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Is it bad if a bruise on my wrist makes pain travel throughout my arm if I press on it?

Is it bad if a bruise on my wrist makes pain travel throughout my arm if I press on it?

Probably not: So long as you still have normal functioning of your hand and normal sensation (when not pressing on it) you should be fine. The wrist has a lot of structures in it and limited space. The nerves are like wires and can carry signals in both directions. Your bruise is likely close to a nerve and it gets pushed on when you push on the bruise. ...Read more

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I have a bruise and pain on my right thumb along with a bruise on my wrist. What could be the problem?

I have a bruise and pain on my right thumb along with a bruise on my wrist. What could be the problem?

Trauma: Spontaneous bleeding- bruising can occur but is unusual.
Think about falls, push-ups, hit, twist etc.
Any family history of bleeding or clotting, would further encourage exam, x-rays and lab tests. ...Read more

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Son fell on wrist out tree stand he can move it but it's starting to bruise n hurt should I get it X-ray?

Son fell on wrist out tree stand he can move it but it's starting to bruise n hurt should I get it X-ray?

I would: Bruising is a signal there is bleeding from somewhere & it might be a cracked or broken bone. There bones in the wrist than can break without dramatic trauma & not be easily found by x-ray. If a break is there & not treated appropriately it may cause limitations to mobility later. I would chill it for now & keep it elevated above the heart. Have it seen in the next day or two. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned with a needle poke to wrist? Stuck dog twice, then poked my wrist, am a vet tech. Now bruising 3-4 inches around

Should I be concerned with a needle poke to wrist? Stuck dog twice, then poked my wrist, am a vet tech. Now bruising 3-4 inches around

Radial artery: If you have that much bruising it signals that there has been considerable bleeding. Puncture to the radial or ulnar arteries could have resulted in leakage of blood from the artery. Holding pressure for 10 minutes usually is all that's needed to stop the bleeding under the tissues. Damage can be significant and circulation to fingers cut off if one of those arteries is significantly injured. ...Read more

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I fell on my wrist and it popped inwards its very bruised and purple and it is a little swollen it hurts to straighten what did I do to it?

I fell on my wrist and it popped inwards its very bruised and purple and it is a little swollen it hurts to straighten what did I do to it?

Hand searchin: Or hand surgeon. One can easily fracture a carpal bone like the hamate or the capitate so suggest having an xray. The blood supply can be sketchy to the small bones of the hand so healing can be delayed and problematic if it is undetected. Consult a hand surgeon if you can. ...Read more

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A bruise on my wrist has appeared two days ago. It has a red circle in the centre it is not painful just itchy does not disappear when pressed on?

A bruise on my wrist has appeared two days ago. It has a red circle in the centre it is not painful just itchy does not disappear when pressed on?

Sounds like a bite: Because bruises are typically painful and almost never itch. Were you outside over the weekend? Try an antihistamine if needed (you may be able to find it in cream form) and apply warm compresses to help it heal faster. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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