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Could you bruise adult teeth?

Could you bruise adult teeth?

Accident: You can cause a bruise like situation in the gum tissue that supports the tooth if you bite down hard on something and you're not expecting it in the food. You can also get the same reaction from trauma to the teeth, such as running into a door, hitting your teeth on steering wheel in an accident, etc.

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Hematoma (Definition)

A condition in which there has been bleeding between the scalp and the skull, and the blood is trapped under the scalp, forming a blood-filled bulge. Can usually ...Read more


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I was kicked by an adult and hit a wood surface, it left a linear bruise on my arm and it has been 2 months and I can still see it. Why won't it go.

I was kicked by an adult and hit a wood surface, it left a linear bruise on my arm and it has been 2 months and I can still see it. Why won't it go.

Please be seen: First: I am concerned with your comment that you were kicked by an adult. Second A bruise should resolve in 4 weeks, certainly by 2 months. Please visit you provider and be honest about the etiology of the problem.

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What is a hematoma?

What is a hematoma?

Bruise or blood: Collection outstde blood vessels. Can be a collection located between cells of deeper layers of skin, a bruise. Or a collection of blood either liquid or clot which has escaped from a traumatised or damaged blood vessel, vein, artery or capillary.

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How do you prevent hematomas?

Don't get hurt!: A hematoma is a "bruise". Usually caused by injury. To avoid 100% of these, is impossible. We all bang ourselves on something, we have all fallen, etc. You can avoid injuries by caution, seat belts, protective sports gear, good warm-ups before activity, avoiding intoxicants etc. Sometimes unexplained bruising can occur due to medication effects or bleeding disorders. See a doc for this.

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What does a hematoma look like?  

What does a hematoma look like?  

Swelling: Hematomas often look like a discrete buldge or swelling with a boarder ranging in size. It may have a blueish discoloration and may be warm to touch. Some internal hematomas, like subdural hematomas can not be visualized without imaging studies.

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What can I do about this hematoma?

What can I do about this hematoma?

DependsOnLocation: Most hematomas do not need any treatment as the blood gets reabsorped in the body, It depends part of body is the hematoma is. Sometimes the hematomas get calcium in it (calcified) and leaves a firm lump. Depending on the location. Some are serious like1Subdural Hematoma which presses on brain2Epidural in back pressure on spinal chord 3Subungal under nails need drainage 4Splenic, Hepatic or in mesentry

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I have a hematoma. When will it heal?

I have a hematoma. When will it heal?

Hematoma: Hematoma is free blood and will resolve when body absorbs it all under skin is a bruise will change colors as it heals.

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Is a hematoma from a shot dangerous?

No: As long as it is not infected and as long as "from a shot" means an injection and not a bullet. :) it should go down in a matter of days. Take care.

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How long does a hematoma takes to form?

How long does a hematoma takes to form?

Varies: This will vary some with the location and the size of the blood vessel (s) broken that give rise to the hematoma. Multiple tiny vessels under a nail may take minutes. A big vessel under the scalp may accumulate a hematoma over several hours.

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Best way to dissolve a huge Hematoma?

Best way to dissolve a huge Hematoma?

Compress: Can put a warm compress on it. Initially you would want to put ice on it to reduce the bleeding but after that use a warm compress

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How long should it take a hematoma to heal?

Depends of size: The larger the longer. Expect several weeks.

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What is a hematoma and how serious is this?

What is a hematoma and how serious is this?

A collection of: Blood from injury or other reasons. Depend on the reason of that hematoma sometimes could serious.

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Does a large hematoma require medical eval?

Depends: Whether or not a hematoma requires medical evaluation may depend upon what caused the hematoma, any other symptoms and/or injuries, as well as where the hematoma is. If unsure, a medical evaluation certainly would be in order.

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How long does it take for a hematoma to heal?

Depends: Depends on how large and the location and amount of trauma associated with the hematoma. Also draining the hematoma helps it heal faster. A small hematoma occurring from venipuncture (blood draw) on the arm heals faster than a large hematoma on the lower extremity (slower healing location) caused by severe trauma (ie: car accident).

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Why won't my hematoma go away? What should I do?

Why won't my hematoma go away? What should I do?

Apply warm soakes: It will go away in time. Hematomas are collection of blood in soft tissue due to injury, or result of invasive procedures most of the time they will resolve on their own, not the blood clots that cause embolism, need to drain & evacuate if they are pressing on a vital structures, or huge, drainage or even aspirations, has potential danger of getting infection.

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How long will it take for a hematoma to go away?

Hematoma: The resolution time for a hematoma depends in its size and can take weeks.

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Do you know anything about what causes a hematoma?

Do you know anything about what causes a hematoma?

Blood extravasation: A hematoma is a collection of blood. A really bad bruise. It occurs usually after trauma when blood vessels rupture and blood escapes or extravasates in to the surrounding tissue. It could also occur spontaneously from clotting problems or platelet problems or as a result of blood thinner medication.

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Can subcutaneous hematomas cause little to no pain?

Can subcutaneous hematomas cause little to no pain?

Of course, but: It depends on the location and size of the hematoma. Hematoma refers to an actual collection of blood rather than a bruise, which is more like a soaked sponge, with tissues being the sponge. Both will eventually reabsorb on their own, but hematomas may do better and resolve faster if aspirated with a needle by an expert in surgical anatomy.

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