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Male 22, hernia at 4. Broke collarbone, fixed surgically no issue. Can I have ehler danlos vascular? No thin skin, bruising or weird face. Bendy arms

Male 22, hernia at 4. Broke collarbone, fixed surgically no issue. Can I have ehler danlos vascular? No thin skin, bruising or weird face. Bendy arms

Doubtful: The presence of a hernia and history of a broken collar bone don't suggest a particular syndrome. Both are common conditions. Ask your primary care if you are really worried. ...Read more

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I have been finding random small bruise-like bumps under my skin (both on legs and arms; no discoloration) what could this be?

I have been finding random small bruise-like bumps under my skin (both on legs and arms; no discoloration) what could this be?

Many thoughts: I suspect this is not a major problem. These could be from trauma, It may actually be bruises, we could be related to medications you take. It may be related to other findings of your health system. Best to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Yellow bruising mostly on arms. Yellow watery diareha. Seeing the color yellow. Some abdomen discomfort. Itchy skin?

Yellow bruising mostly on arms. Yellow watery diareha. Seeing the color yellow. Some abdomen discomfort. Itchy skin?

Yellow: The cause can be something as simple as eating a lot of foods high in vitamin a (carrots, yellow peppers) or as serious as hepatitis or liver cancer. See your doctor for an evaluation of your liver. ...Read more

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I was attacked by 2 dogs. Neither pierced the skin, my arm is now swollen & covered w/bruises. Any touch is excruciating. How can I treat the pain?

I was attacked by 2 dogs. Neither pierced the skin, my arm is now swollen & covered w/bruises. Any touch is excruciating. How can I treat the pain?

Advil (ibuprofen): But remember the dog encounter should be reported even if the skin was not pierced.

Using ice packs may help with the pain, use no more than 15 min at a time.

After 3 days, skip the ice and go to warm, moist packs--this should help speed the healing.

If any redness, sign of infection, then DR visit. ...Read more

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I hav dis bump on my arm n on the surface it look like bruise. When I pinch it, it feels like its a ball under my skin (like a really tiny one)it hurts?

I hav dis bump on my arm n on the surface it look like bruise. When I pinch it, it feels like its a ball under my skin (like a really tiny one)it hurts?

Get eval: Unfortunately it is relatively impossible over the computer to diagnose skin lesions/bumps etc.. Could be cyst, benign lipoma, pimple, small abscess, follicle inflammation, etc. Best for you to get it looked at by a dr. A dermatologist would be best. ...Read more

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Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Why does the skin on your arm around the area blood is taken from bruise after a blood test?

Bruise: The blood vessel is punctured when blood is withdrawn during a blood test. If the vessel is not compressed long enough, blood will leak out of the vessel giving a bruise. Holding direct pressure with a cotton ball for 10 or 15 minutes is usually enough. However if a person is on platlet inhibitors such as asprin longer might be necessary. ...Read more

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What doctor is specialize in skin bruise on my arm?

What doctor is specialize in skin bruise on my arm?

Primary care: Any primary care or general practice physician can evaluate a bruise on your arm. Start by looking for a family medicine doctor. ...Read more

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The patch of skin on my arm looks like a bruise. Is it skin cancer?

The patch of skin on my arm looks like a bruise. Is it skin cancer?

Have the lesion: Evaluated by a dermatologist. I encourage my patients to see their dermatologist annually for a head to toe evaluation. ...Read more

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I fell hard into a pool after jumping off a rock which was quite high and I got a bruise on my arm and lump under the skin of arm?

I fell hard into a pool after jumping off a rock which was quite high and I got a bruise on my arm and lump under the skin of arm?

Probably fine: Your arm apparently took most of the blow as you fell into the water. If the skin is not lacerated and the bone is not broken, this should heal by itself without intervention if the function is normal now. ...Read more

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Me: female 59. Lately when I bang my arm I get immediate bruising very close to the top of the skin. It's deep red & looks awful. Just like mom @89.

See your DR.: You need to be checked for capillary or skin or blood disorder. Bring all your meds, vits, herbs, etc. Bring any products used on your skin. ...Read more

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I went to the hospital yesterday and they took blood. The skin is red and stinging and a bruise has spread across my arm. Should I wait it out?

I went to the hospital yesterday and they took blood. The skin is red and stinging and a bruise has spread across my arm. Should I wait it out?

Painful hematoma: Ice, elevation, decreased use, and minimal compression (ace wrap) should help improve your pain and bruising from a local hematoma. If symptoms do not improve in a day or two, seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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On my upper arm there are red splotchy flat dots on a section of my skin. It's not itchy or raised, reminds me of bruising. Should I be concerned?

Dots: Sounds like petechiae. This can happen from mecanical trauma. Have you been taking NSAID or aspirin. That can make them more likely to happen. If limited to that area, I would anticipate them to dissipate in a few days. ...Read more

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I got hit in the head by a person's arm in gym I think it is a bad bruise but I don't know if is it. I got a bad headace after. Bye?

Concussed?: You may have a concussion which is a serious injury to your brain. Headache, blurry vision, memory loss are some of the symptoms. Treatment is physical and cognitive rest. Take it easy for the next few days until all your symptoms are resolved. If any new symptoms appear go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Should I go see a doctor for human bite on my arm? This 13 year old girl bit my arm during a confrontation when I had to hold her head down. At first, I just had few scraped skin on my arm, but few days later, I noticed a greenish-blue bruise in a circle

Should I go see a doctor for human bite on my arm? This 13 year old girl bit my arm during a confrontation when I had to hold her head down. At first, I just had few scraped skin on my arm, but few days later, I noticed a greenish-blue bruise in a circle

Hello.: Hello. If you have not had a tetanus shot in the last five years, then recommend you be seen. If you develop redness, tenderness, swelling, drainage, warmth, red streaks or fever, you would need to be seen for an infection. This is a psychiatrist answering. I hope that you are receiving help as a family for the difficult interactions. Take care. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can hypothyroidism lead to bruising easily and dry skin and dry scabs that won't heal I have 2 small ones on arm my mom & aunt have hypothyroidism?

Yes, for dry skin: Untreated hypothyroidism can certainly cause dry skin, but it would be unlikely to cause bruising or scabs. I see that you are on advil, (ibuprofen) this can contribute to bruising. Considering your family history, it would be reasonable to get a free T4 and TSH level done to look at your thyroid function. ...Read more

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44 yr female, pain in right hand, head, face shoulder & neck. Unexplained bruising on right leg, foot and arm.

44 yr female, pain in right hand, head, face shoulder & neck. Unexplained bruising on right leg, foot and arm.

Seek consultation: This constellation of symptoms should be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out any complicating condition that may be prolonging your recovery or those that might be more serious. Additional information is needed. Please see your primary care physician who will know more about your medical history and can make an accurate diagnosis. You do not want to ignore these symptoms. ...Read more

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Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?

Flat (no mole) spot on back of arm. No tenderness, no change to size or color. Had for at least month. Looks similar to a bruise. Skin cancer concern?

May be sun damage: Malignant skin conditions normally are irregular shaped, grow, have uneven coloration the malignant melanoma is a concern although being flat is less worrisome. Its always best to simply shoe a dermatologist who could diagnose what you have easily. ...Read more

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What could cause symmetric bruises on my arms?

What could cause symmetric bruises on my arms?

How old are you: Our skin thins as we get older so we can bruise easier. We can also bruise easier when taking Aspirin or meds like motrin. ...Read more

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Are bruises on the arms leukemia?

Are bruises on the arms leukemia?

Usually not: Bruising has a reputation for being linked to leukemia, and while some patients with leukemia can have bruising, most patients with bruising do not have leukemia.
A simple blood test can clear up whether bruising is due to low platelets, and a visit to the doctor can usually clear up any confusion quickly. ...Read more

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I wake up with bruises on my upper thighs n arms why I haven't hurt myself?

I wake up with bruises on my upper thighs n arms why I haven't hurt myself?

Bruises: Unexplained bruises require rapid attention because there are a number of possible reasons. If you cannot get in to see your doctor tomorrow you must go to the Emergency room. ...Read more

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My wife keeps getting bruise like marks and dots on her arms for no apparent reason any ideas?

Concern: Trauma,
kids,
prior family or personal history oif bleeding or clotting are all in the mix.
Great concern about meds and platelet function.
Needs history, exam and lab work. ...Read more

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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