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Purple Ring Bruise On Arm
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
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.
Not usually: If bruise is the only symptom, you are fine. If there is pain or a fever-- get checked iut. ...Read more
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
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
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 more
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 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
I have a bug bite on my elbow and 4 days later there is a large purple ring around a small red dot. It is tender to the touch no fever. S/b concerned?
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
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
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?
Rash: Need to see this rash to be able to confirm. Follow up with your doctor ...Read more
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
Sudden bruising can be serious. If no other changes you may want to see a medical professional
I keep getting bruises really easy been without bumping anything. And they are usually very dark purple and painful. On my arms and legs. Why is this?
Worth checking out: Bruising without an obvious cause may indicate a blood clotting abnormality. While there are many causes both known and unknown, your best course is to see your physician and have this evaluated. ...Read more
I get redish/purple bruises on my hands and arms from any slight pressure on the skin. Would this condition be improved by going back on htr?
Actinic purpura: Frequent bruising on hands/arms is called actinic purpura, and it's caused by gradual sun damage to the skin of those areas over the years. There is no reliable treatment, and hormone replacement therapy will have no effect. Your doctor may want to rule out a clotting problem, but that would be very unusual. ...Read more
Could a TB skin test be false positive if the needle was to deep? My arm bled after the test and now that its healing I have a large purple bruise
Wouldn't accept it: The test is standardized to represent the reaction to material places between layers of your dermis (skin) and would become invalid if it went too deep and bled. It deserves repeating. I would worry that it could be falsely negative if the test material dissipated into deep tissue. That could lead to a delay in proper treatment. A false positive would be unlikely& need eval ...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.
29 yr old female, deep tissue aches in thighs & upper arms & blue-ish, purple bruises without injury, over a year. Mainly rite thigh. What could it be?
Muscle problem: Chronic, unprovoked muscle pain associated with unexplained bruising could be a serious problem. There are certain medical conditions that can cause this and would need to be investigated by your physician. There are blood tests that can narrow down the likely causes. Myositis is an example of a condition where the muscles can be painful or weak. ...Read more
What would cause the site of a blood draw to be very painful and bruised bright purple-blotchy in more than 1 spot? Infection? Pain radiates whole arm
Over the past three months, I've woken up with unexplained bruises on my arms, legs and abdomen. Drk purple, fade to redDoes this call for a checkup?
Yes: When you see the DR------soon------bring every single pill, vitamin, herb, etc., used in recent weeks. ...Read more
Hello I'm Daisy I have been suffering from Rashes for 2 weeks, I Have numerous rashes from arms, fingers, legs, back and even my neck. They are red very bumpy and hard some of them are very huge Red and purple, like a bruise. Some of rashes feel like they
RASHES TWO WEEKS?:
DO THESE RASHES ITCH?
HAVE YOU STARTED ANY NEW MEDICATIONS RECENTLY?
PLEASE SEE YOUR GENERAL DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
GOOD LUCK ...Read more
Hello! I've been worried for a couple months now, because I get about 2 to 4 bruises per week on my legs, their color is greenish and some are purple (they are not big), I've also been having night sweats, little red spots on my arms, hands and feet (agai
See a doctor: Easy bruising and night sweats could be an indication of some kind of blood disease, see a doctor for a peace of mind ...Read more
I have a small bump on the upper part of my left elbow, a purple penny size bump. What is it? It has pain and appears like a bruise.
A bump: Need to see your physician who can examine the bump and tell you what it looks like. ...Read more
I have a dark pink or purple rash under my arm. It appeared a few weeks ago. It doesn't hurt but is quite itchy. The surrounding area is quite tender?
See Dr.: Unfortunately rashes are very difficult to diagnose over the computer. Best for you to see a dr. For a clinical evaluation of the area. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have a perfectly round purple/blue bruise on left forearm. It is the size of the end of a crayon exactly. Just appeared a week ago, no change whatso?
Bruise: Many causes of bruises aren't memorable - you could have bumped your arm, or a small vein could have burst to cause the bruise. They take weeks to resolve. As long as not tender/increasing/red, or with streaks, you should be OK! ...Read more
Bruise on forearm with white lump in middle. Reddish-purple 2" diameter doesn't hurt, don't recall hitting it. Is it a bruise, boil? Not bite marks
See your doctor: Please see your doctor or health care provider. Lack of pain is unusual for early brusing and infection. Please do not take this lightly, although it probably is benign. ...Read more
I saw bruises on my arm and buttocks but I don't know how they got there. They're dark purplish color, and when I press the one on my arm it hurts?
See below: It is not uncommon to develop bruising and not recall the injury that lead to develop the bruise. This should clear up in a week or so. If you continue to develop bruises without an explanation I would see your physician. ...Read more
I have a patch type of bruise its redish&purple have not hit it or fell at anytime...and has spread its from my elbow to the top of my hand no pain?
My mom woke up with a dark purple/black bruise with white dots or spots on her forearm. We are both retired nurses and have never seen anything like i?
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
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
I have a blood clotting disorder and every now and the my elbow hurts and swells up for now reason the a get a big purple bruis there. What is it?
Need more info: When you say blood clotting disorder, I wonder if you mean "bleeding disorder." Specifically, if you have a big bruise it sounds like you have bleeding at or in the elbow. Next time please include your specific diagnosis with the question. Be well. ...Read more
Bite with three dots in the middle, with 3mm of open flesh then is a ring of normal color skin and another larger ring of bruised purple skin/sore?
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