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Doctor insights on: Remedies For Reddish Purple Skin Blemishes

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Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Urgent care or ER: If the area was white, cold and stiff or hard and if it then becomes red and swollen as it warms, you need to seek professional medical assistance. Usually the area will form blisters and permanent "bruising" or skin discoloration, which indicates long-term damage and possible destruction of blood vessels. Get it seen asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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My wife has purple spot on skin on her thigh and calves.What are the causes and what is the treatment ?

Angiomas: What may be a small red to purple papule that is a normal finding on most skin. They usually develop in adulthood and have no medical complication. If the spots are sudden and only in one area, have your dermatologist assess the area for your concern. ...Read more

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I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.

I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head.  They don't hurt.  Cause and treatment please.

Moles?: Are these raised? Might be a form of nevus which has blood vessels in it giving it this color? Can you send a picture? A dermatologist can easily identify and remove these if you would like. ...Read more

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I have purple bump that appears to be infected. Is there a home remedy to help the pimple come to a head?

I have purple bump that appears to be infected. Is there a home remedy to help the pimple come to a head?

Help for bump: using a warm compress for 15-20 min several times a day might help it come to a head. You can take an anti inflammatory such as Motrin OTC as well which may help alleviate some of the pain/swelling. If it gets worse, see a doctor since you may need antibiotic or for it to be drained. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reddish purple skin blemishes?

What is the definition or description of: Reddish purple skin blemishes?

Purpura: Purpura may be a small or larger reddish purple lesion caused by rupture of a small blood vessel. ...Read more

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Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Red/purple blemish on sole of mother's foot, (48 yrs) About 7mm not painful or itchy, no history of skin cancer what benign condition could cause this?

Depends: A photo would be helpful... this description could be a number of things and it is difficult to say without seeing it. Common benign lesions on the bottom of the foot are warts, calluses, clogged sweat glands, foreign bodies, abscess, moles and blisters. ...Read more

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I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae..One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

I woke up with 2 areas of petechiae on my leg. No injury or med use. It's definitely petechiae..One of them turning purple other still red. Concern?

No cause for anxiety: One or two petechiae does not mean anything serious. I would ask you to watch for any more of them appearing. If there are many more like 10 or more then you may have a cause for some concern in which case you should go see your primary care doctor and request a CBC and platelet count done. But it very unlikely that you will have to go that far. Good luck. ...Read more

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1 Cluster of 5-6 petechiae spots appeared on my thigh. Was red, then purple, now back to red. Can I wait on this or should I have it seen?

1 Cluster of 5-6 petechiae spots appeared on my thigh. Was red, then purple, now back to red. Can I wait on this or should I have it seen?

Wait: You can closely monitor this for a few days if indeed this is the only area involved. Possibly a bug bite which can cause a localized petechial rash at times. Also assuming no other unusual bruising or bleeding is present such as bloody noses and no fever or feeling of illness. If all is well other than the spot, monitor and see what happens. ...Read more

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Small circular raised mole appeared overnight. Surrounding skin is red w pinprick petechiae. Small petechiae over torso and arms for week come and go?

Small circular raised mole appeared overnight. Surrounding skin is red w pinprick petechiae. Small petechiae over torso and arms for week come and go?

See a doctor: This needs to be examined in order to even begin to speculate as to what this is. Show this to a doctor and perhaps to a dermatologist. ...Read more