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I think I have petechiae. It occur on my left arm now right thigh. Purplish dots only on one spot not scattered. Can you get this from stress/anxiety?

I think I have petechiae. It occur on my left arm now right thigh. Purplish dots only on one spot not scattered. Can you get this from stress/anxiety?

Petichiae: These sound as if they may be ecchymoses (deep bruises with bleeding visible thru skin), but might be something else. Not due to stress or anxiety. See a doctor for more specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am getting blood spots under the skin on only my left arm. They appear suddenly and fade away in about 10 days. What causes them?

I am getting blood spots under the skin on only my left arm. They appear suddenly and fade away in about 10 days. What causes them?

Doctor can evaluate: Blood spots on the skin are called petechiae (purpura if they are bigger splotches), and are due to blood cells leaking out of the tiny blood vessels in the skin. After the blood cells have leaked out, the area behaves just like a bruise (the body breaks down the blood cells into different colored pigments, and carries them away over a week). The Dr. Wants to find out why blood cells were leaking. ...Read more

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Hello. My son is 15 years old and has light grey spots on his arms. On the left arm, the spot is very large and is of irregular form.

Hello. My son is 15 years old and has light grey spots on his arms. On the left arm, the spot is very large and is of irregular form.

Advise dermatologist: Although what you describe may simply be freckling or one of many other benign skin lesions, if he has one that is irregular and large this should be evaluated. It's best to check with a dermatologist or you family doctor. ...Read more

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After the blood drawn for the test near elbow of left arm I had a pain in the arm near elbow & forearms for a days now I see some blood spots on arm?

After the blood drawn for the test near elbow of left arm I had a pain in the arm near elbow & forearms for a days now I see some blood spots on arm?

Bruise: Any puncture wound, whether intentional or accidental, can cause pain and bruising. If it is severe pain, or there is spreading redness and swelling, it may have gotten infected and need treatment. If your pain and bruising is minor, don't fret, and it will go away soon. Getting mild pain and bruising is no sign of poor technique either and it can happen with expertly performed blood draws too. ...Read more

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I noticed a bruise on my left arm and I'm not sure where it came from. It also has several small red spots on it. Is this normal or cause for concern?

I noticed a bruise on my left arm and I'm not sure where it came from. It also has several small red spots on it. Is this normal or cause for concern?

Ecchymosis: Ecchymosis or "bruising" is a small soft tissue bleed usually as a result of trauma. Small red spots are sometimes identified as petechia, which is a hemorrhage of small blood vessels. Sometimes these findings can be indicative of disease, in other cases they are normal. ...Read more

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Four welt spots on inner left arm, one starting to blister...what might it be?

Four welt spots on inner left arm, one starting to blister...what might it be?

Blistering: Shingles (herpes zoster) comes to mind unless your arm was exposed to something like poison ivy. Since treatment is available for these entities, get examined by a physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Four welt like spots on inner left arm, one welt now starting to blister---causes?

Four welt like spots on inner left arm, one welt now starting to blister---causes?

Welts: Most common cause would be an allergic response. They also can be cause by systemic diseases and autoimmune diseases. Start with your regular doctor who may then send you to an allergy/immunology doctor. ...Read more

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His chest will feel fuzzy similar to acid reflux after exercise. Often his left arm will ache in spots/feel heavy w/ the weird pain. What may this be?

His chest will feel fuzzy similar to acid reflux after exercise. Often his left arm will ache in spots/feel heavy w/ the weird pain. What may this be?

Kind of "atypical": HOWEVER a EKG/ECHO monitored exercise test is indicated if the "patient" is over 40 or has cardiac risk factors (Family History, Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, High Cholesterol)
Hope this helps!
Good luck and BE WELL
Dr Z ...Read more

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For a few weeks now, I've had itchy areas on my arms and legs. They start out as tiny little spots. Then I started scratching and they become red, itchy rashes. I have 2 places on my left arm, 1 on my right and behind both of my legs (knee area). What

For a few weeks now, I've had itchy areas on my arms and legs. They start out as tiny little spots. Then I started scratching and they become red, itchy rashes. I have 2 places on my left arm, 1 on my right and behind both of my legs (knee area). What

Dry skin?: First try applying a moisturizer all over your body within 3 minutes after bathing and see if this helps. For the rash, topical hydrocortisone for a few days may be helpful. However if this is a persistent or worsening problem, I would recommend a dermatology consult. ...Read more

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I have 3 painless bumps in 3 different spots- left arm, left armpit, & cheek. I'm teenaged. I'm also experiencing a runny nose & sneezing.?

I have 3 painless bumps in 3 different spots- left arm, left armpit, & cheek. I'm teenaged. I'm also experiencing a runny nose & sneezing.?

Bumps, spots,: Please make an appointment to see a doctor about these concerns.
If you have to wait for an appointment please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Left arm feels heavy and cold. It is also going purple with white blotches. Vains popping out a bit and feels really tighy.

Left arm feels heavy and cold. It is also going purple with white blotches. Vains popping out a bit and feels really tighy.

Very important: You have not given any details of how long these symptoms have been there. In any case these are very important symptoms that indicate abnormality of circulation in the limb. See your GP urgently as further work up is indicated. ...Read more

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My upper left arm has been twitching for 6 days now, pretty much all day, in the same spot. Should I be worried?

Usually Ok: At your age this is unlikely to be part of a sinister process. Avoid caffeine and see how it goes. If increasing, consider seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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My upper left arm has been twitching for the past couple of days now, it has been in the same spot and just my left arm. What could be wrong?

My upper left arm has been twitching for the past couple of days now, it has been in the same spot and just my left arm. What could be wrong?

Ans: Sounds like a muscle spasm. The muscles may spasm if they are fatigued. Just one side. You may be lifting or using this arm more try resting and heating the area. If this continues see your doctor ...Read more

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Felt extr pain during blood draw yday in left arm & asked to stop. Still hurts in that spot and nerve clicks when I lift the arm. Will this heal? Thanks.

Felt extr pain during blood draw yday in left arm & asked to stop. Still hurts in that spot and nerve clicks when I lift the arm. Will this heal? Thanks.

Nerve pain: Yes. Sometimes the needle can pierce a sensory nerve under the skin. Apply ice and the pain should resolve in a few days. Neuropathic pain medicine and compound creams can help reduce the pain too. ...Read more

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Reasons for purple cephalic and accessory cephalic veins on left arm?

More info needed: Hello! Are they painful? Do they feel like a cord under the skin? Any trauma? Have you had a catheter places I that arm? Wondering if infection, clot, inflammation. ...Read more

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The red spot is om my lower left arm flexure and been itching for 3 weeks. It's getting larger. It-s also appear in my right lower arm and both axilla?

The red spot is om my lower left arm flexure and been itching for 3 weeks. It's getting larger. It-s also appear in my right lower arm and both axilla?

Red. Spots itchy: The causes are many but likely not.abscess as they would be painful. Consider bites, eczema or tinea. Send a picture or show them to your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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Patch on left arm near wrist feels partially numb and doesn't feel much pain, the hair in this spot has almost completely gone. Appeared randomly.

Patch on left arm near wrist feels partially numb and doesn't feel much pain, the hair in this spot has almost completely gone. Appeared randomly.

Hypesthesia: This small patch of numbness and hair loss doesn't sound like anything serious, but if it extends or other areas of numbness, tingling, pins and needles develop, see your physician or a neurologist for evaluation. The small patch may have been a residual of an area of skin inflammation or trauma. ...Read more

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Tingling feeli from my elbow to my fingers of my left arm and a numb spot in the middle of my back close to spine....

Tingling feeli from my elbow to my fingers of my left arm and a numb spot in the middle of my back close to spine....

Elbow numbness: The tingling from your elbow to the fingers (especially if it effects the ring and small fingers) is typical of a condition called cubital tunnel syndrome. This is compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. See your primary care provider. Recommend trying a night splint, doing some physical therapy, and taking some anti-inflammatories. The mid back numb spot is likely unrealted to the elbow. ...Read more

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I have red spot on my arm under skin that looks like a blood vessel, it's on my left arm, it's not hurting me or etching or nothing?

I have red spot on my arm under skin that looks like a blood vessel, it's on my left arm, it's not hurting me or etching or nothing?

I think it would be: Safe to watch it. It is really pretty common. Petechiae is the name given to these dot-like red spots. Signs that you should seek further evaluation include more develop, they expand in size, they ulcerate or open up, they are painful or itchy. If this is just an isolated dot, nothing further needs to be done. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

I have a spot under left arm/beside left shoulder blade that is very tender to the touch. Feels bruised, but there's no bruise?

Get examined: This could be a muscle spasm or a rib contusion or any of a number of things. Best thing to do if it doesn't go away is to see your gp physician and get examined/xrayed. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a bruise and tender spot on my left arm that I don't know how it got there. There is tenderness to the touch further down on my arm as well?

I have a bruise and tender spot on my left arm that I don't know how it got there. There is tenderness to the touch further down on my arm as well?

Bruise: Is your symptom getting worse or improving since you have noticed it? If your symptoms are improving, no reduced range of movement then I woukd not worry. Otherwise see doc. ...Read more

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Spot on neck has needle-like pain. My whole left arm & hand got tingly & face. & calves, a bit shaky after I was cleaning & was next to the alarm, it made a loud noise, got jumpy. What is this?

Spot on neck has needle-like pain. My whole left arm & hand got tingly & face. & calves, a bit shaky after I was cleaning & was next to the alarm, it made a loud noise, got jumpy. What is this?

Anxiety: These symptoms are quite dissociated and scattered and may indicate anxiety and chronic tension. It appears that you have been in a high strung state. I recommend that you abstain from caffeine, nicotine and alcohol and consult your physician for referral for stress management. It is possible that short term antianxiety medication may be prescribed and I am quite sure you will respond nicely. ...Read more

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Still worried about ALS twitching in left foot non stop I mean non stop 24/7 clean emg on left arm she tested foot in 1 spot where no twitch. Ideas?

Still worried about ALS twitching in left foot non stop I mean non stop 24/7 clean emg on left arm she tested foot in 1 spot where no twitch. Ideas?

Twitching: You may be describing hyper-reflexia which can be caused when there is pressure on the spinal cord. It is important to image all areas of the spinal cord above where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal. This may include lumbar, thoracic, cervical or even the brain. This may represent an emergency. See a doctor today. ...Read more

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My left arm has been sore and since yesterday. Today I noticed that there was HUGE swollen spot of lymph nodes on the thumb side just below the elbow.

Lymph Nodes: That is not a typical place to find swollen lymph nodes and that isolated finding is not an obvious description of any common medical condition or infection. Without further information I cannot help with diagnosis but if it is huge swollen and worsening I would have a doctor look at it today. ...Read more

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My 58 yr old mom her left arm started to hurt today when she started to walk her hands turned purple she drank a aspirin & water don't know what to do?

My 58 yr old mom her left arm started to hurt today when she started to walk her hands turned purple she drank a aspirin & water don't know what to do?

Doctor or Emergency: Left arm pain is like chest pain in significance. Better safe than sorry. It could be heart pain, threatening a heart attack, or it could be something else. The purple hands might or might not be important. I'm sorry for the inconvenience, but get her to a doctor before the weekend. ...Read more

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I have a huge spot of swollen lymph nodes on my left arm just below the elbow on the thin side of hand. This has hurt and been achy since yesterday.

Should be seen by MD: Achy, painful swelling in forearm most likely from bite, bruise, or infection. Suspect insect bite or sting, cat scratch, or injury. Other rare possibilities. Worry if red, shiny top, soft center, fever, chill, or streak. Would have a health care professional examine it in next 24 hours. OK to take acetaminophen. Probably not serious, but best to be careful. ...Read more

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My mother present these symptoms numbness in both arms, most of the time left arm, her hand turns purple color, and simoultaneosly comes chest pain.

My mother present these symptoms numbness in both arms, most of the time left arm, her hand turns purple color, and simoultaneosly comes chest pain.

Raynaud's phenomenon: Your mom needs a thorough exam including an ekg and blood test by her dr to check for heart condition, blood vessel inflammation or spasm.
Take care and best wishes! ...Read more

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Bruise comes and goes, same spot for 6 mo. Now on left arm. Had CBC, platelet, clotting test, cardiac workup, normal. Do not take aspirin. Thoughts?

Bruise comes and goes, same spot for 6 mo. Now on left arm. Had CBC, platelet, clotting test, cardiac workup, normal. Do not take aspirin. Thoughts?

Trauma: Brusises result from a local area of trauma to the skin. When taking anticoagulants or if clotting mechanisms are off, they help with extent of bruising but do not initiate the process. If the bruise is in the same site look for what might cause the problem like pressure against the site when sleeping or sitting at the computer. ...Read more