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Have a dime size purple spot on my left thumb. Should I worry?

Have a dime size purple spot on my left thumb.  Should I worry?

Get checked: I assume this spot is not a bruise from a known incident. Spontaneous and unusual markings on the skin should be examined, preferably by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My hands go purple with bright orange, spots in cold weather, covers whole hand and wrist, doc checked pulses and were fine, what could this be?

My hands go purple with bright orange, spots in cold weather, covers whole hand and wrist, doc checked pulses and were fine, what could this be?

Cold hands: Sometimes having cold hands that turn colors, typically either white or purple in cold weather are signs of a relatively common problem referred to raynaud's disease. I am not sure what to make of the orange spots however, my apologies. ...Read more

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10y old gymnast. On her left hand, the three knuckles and the area under them are purple. There is a tender spot. Is it fracture or stress fracture?

10y old gymnast. On her left hand, the three knuckles and the area under them are purple. There is a tender spot. Is it fracture or stress fracture?

Need X-Ray Vision: Could be either or something else. To be sure, the hand should be examined in-person and a decision made as to what to do, especially at this age. Would be important to know the exact circumstances of the injury, if any, or if it was from repetitive activities. The fact that the area is tender and purple places it in a suspicious category. Next ...Read more

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I have a really light vertical line on my left thumb and have these white spots on few of my nails. What could cause it and how can I treat it?

I have a really light vertical line on my left thumb and have these white spots on few of my nails. What could cause it and how can I treat it?

Pic: The pictures worth 1000 words please do a visit with pictures or video or face-to-face You really have to see a rash to diagnose. ...Read more

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What does the white spots under the fingers mean? I have the white half moons plus I have a lot of white dots. Plus my thumb nail has an indent, why?

What does the white spots under the fingers mean? I have the white half moons plus I have a lot of white dots. Plus my thumb nail has an indent, why?

Trauma or nutrition: Trauma to the nail can cause white areas. Yeast and nutritional deficiencies are another sign that can cause this. Some medications have been known to alter the structure of the nail. ...Read more

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My 25y/o son noticed many small freckle- like spots on 1 bicep + a few more on each arms and a couple by each thumb. They are flat and do not itch.

My 25y/o son noticed many small freckle- like spots on 1 bicep + a few more on each arms and a couple by each thumb.  They are flat and do not itch.

Unknown: You are probably worried about melanoma. No doctor worth his salt is going to guess about this based upon a few words of description. See a dermatologist or a wise family doctor to put your mind at ease; why worry? ...Read more

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I have iodine looking spots on the heal of my palm in 2 places and on the bottom of my thumb. Also, on my pinky finger of the other hand.

I have iodine looking spots on the heal of my palm in 2 places and on the bottom of my thumb. Also, on my pinky finger of the other hand.

Could be anything : It is very difficult to comment without seeing an image of these skin lesions. Please upload a picture or see a doctor for a proper exam and diagnosis ...Read more

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I have "airpockets" under my skin in random spots, pelvic region, between thumb and pointer and below both breasts I don't think it is edema: ideas?

I have "airpockets" under my skin in random spots, pelvic region, between thumb and pointer and below both breasts I don't think it is edema: ideas?

Need for examination: It not feasible to interpret what you are calling "airpockets" without a physical examination. It is not likely that air is trapped under the skin at multiple sites, or even one site. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi! I've red spots/small rashes on the back of my hands, from my thumbs until my index fingers in a semicircle. It's itch and burn. What's this? Thank

Hi! I've red spots/small rashes on the back of my hands, from my thumbs until my index fingers in a semicircle. It's itch and burn. What's this? Thank

Semicircular rash: Multiple possibilities. See your dermatologist. Some possibilities include granuloma annulare, contact dermatitis, nummular eczema, Your doctor may want to biopsy the rash for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Blood spot under thumb where it got pinched. Do I have to do anything?

Blood spot under thumb where it got pinched. Do I have to do anything?

Subungual Hematoma: If you are having a lot of pain and discomfort as well, then you may need to see a doctor to have the collection of blood evacuated from under the nail. Usually this is done by poking a sterile needle through the nail to puncture it and allow the blood to drain out. Follow up with your doctor and have it looked at by a professional. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I Have a dark spot next to mt thumb when i presure it, it doesn't hurt?

I Have a dark spot next to mt thumb when i presure it, it doesn't hurt?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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Noticed a small bug bite on my thumb with a purple circle around it. Have had for a few days. What could this be?

Noticed a small bug bite on my thumb with a purple circle around it. Have had for a few days. What could this be?

Need photo: It is not possible to identify the type of insect that caused the lesion, but the purple discoloration sounds like hemorrhage or bleeding under the skin which can be related to some insect bites, but could also be related to minor trauma or infection. If it is painful, I advise that you have it evaluated by a doctor. Itching is more common with a benign insect bite and it should resolve. ...Read more

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I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

I slammed my thumb in a car door on accident and the swelling hasn't gone down and its reddish purple. Can you tell me what's wrong?

Need examination: Something as traumatic enough to cause the signs you describe should probably be examined. The color and swelling is blood accumulation in the subcutaneous tissues and inflammation. Underlying bone fracture and or ligament/tendon injury can't be excluded. ...Read more

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I was gaming for several hours and I woke up with my left thumb bigger than my right. It feels swollen but its not purple or anything.?

I was gaming for several hours and I woke up with my left thumb bigger than my right. It feels swollen but its not purple or anything.?

We'll amputate!: Joke! Naturally if you do any activity for a long period it can cause swelling. Your Left thumb is not in as good shape as your Right one. If you are rRght handed it is not surprising that your right thumb can work longer without trouble. Too much gaming, enough to cause physical symptoms is a big sign that you need to back off some and have other hobbies. Don't be a "1 trick pony." ...Read more

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I have a dark, dry spot on both of my thumbs. They hurt for a day and now they are just there and don't go away. How can I get rid of them?

Derm is tricky: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and skin conditions are especially hard to judge w/out seeing them.
Warts--removal
viral infection (molluscum) same
skin cancer .same
surgical removal is seeming to be the right answer. ...Read more

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A small light brown spot appeared under my skin on the top of my thumb and I don't know where it came from. Should I be concerned about this?

A small light brown spot appeared under my skin on the top of my thumb and I don't know where it came from. Should I be concerned about this?

Most commonly: This is a tiny hematoma (collection of blood/bruise) due to unnoticed injury. You should take a photo and attach to a question for Health tap Prime...or get it checked out oif it does not go away in a few weeks!


Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more