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My temple feels bruised right above my right temple when I press on it. How long should I wait to see a doctor?

My temple feels bruised right above my right temple when I press on it. How long should I wait to see a doctor?

It depends : It depends on your age. If you are over 50 see your doctor and be valuated for temporal arteritis. This is true even if you do not have other symptoms such as headache, visual changes or jaw pain when you chew. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Having left sided neck pain and temples feel bruised and feels like bubbling underneath skin. What could this be. Feel fatigue and achy. ?

Having left sided neck pain and temples feel bruised and feels like bubbling underneath skin. What could this be. Feel fatigue and achy. ?

Tension migraine: Tension migraine is a type of headache caused by contraction of the muscles that attach to the skull. The headaches often worsen as the day progresses. Treatment includes massage, physical therapy, biofeedback and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety. Botox injections in the scalp muscles and a variety of medications may reduce the headaches. See a neurologist who specializes in headaches. ...Read more

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I got elbowed on the side of my head near my temple it feels bruised now? Is this normal or do I need immediate medical attention?

I got elbowed on the side of my head near my temple it feels bruised now? Is this normal or do I need immediate medical attention?

Normal: Unless you have severe headache, double vision, nausea , vomiting or hemispheres symptoms (left or right side of your body paralysis or numbness) I wouldn't worry
Any questions get a CT ...Read more

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I had a fall with a lump on my temple, on warfarin. Bruises have spread all over my face. What is the best way to restore the face. I've iced the lump?

I had a fall with a lump on my temple, on warfarin. Bruises have spread all over my face. What is the best way to restore the face. I've iced the lump?

“Tincture of time”: Take a "tincture of time". Sometimes in medicine the best treatment is no treatment, but let time pass and hopefully you will be much better.
It is good to be patient in your case. ...Read more

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Does temporal arteritis always have bruised temple or scalp feeling, and is this feeling intermittent or constant? Same question for the headache?

Does temporal arteritis always have bruised temple or scalp feeling,  and is this feeling intermittent or constant? Same question for the headache?

Common: In temporal arteritis headache is very common, but not always present. The bruised temple or scalp feeling is less common than the headache. ...Read more

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I've got bruising on my temple as well as on the top of my forehead,I haven't banged it.

I've got bruising on my temple as well as on the top of my forehead,I haven't banged it.

See provider: Unexplained bruising needs to be evaluated to make sure that there are not any underlying bleeding problems. Schedule an appt with your provider to look into this. ...Read more

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I was rubbing temple yesterday felt sore this morining looked I have a bruise. Do not remember hitting, what would cause it. ?

I was rubbing temple yesterday felt sore this morining looked I have a bruise. Do not remember hitting, what would cause it.
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Temporal Artritis if: Excessive sweating, fever, general ill feeling, jaw pain that comes and goes or occurs when chewing, loss of appetite, pain and stiffness in the neck, upper arms, shoulder, and hips, throbbing headache on one side of the head or the back of the head, scalp sensitivity, tenderness when touching the temple, vision difficulties, blurred vision, double vision, thick tender artery on that side. ...Read more

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Hit head above left temple on corner of car door 3 days ago. Small bump barely noticeable bruise&little scratch. Slight headache yesterday&today. Dr??

Hit head above left temple on corner of car door 3 days ago. Small bump barely noticeable bruise&little scratch. Slight headache yesterday&today. Dr??

Ice it!: Accidents happen. The best, easiest & cheapest thing you can do is ice the area as soon as possible. Earlier is better, more often is better than less often. Acetaminophen, if you're otherwise healthy, can be used for pain relief (I tend to avoid ibuprofen). As you didn't lose consciousness or develop neurological symptoms (weakness, numbness) I surmise you will recover. Stay healthy &Good luck. ...Read more

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My 10 year old son has striped bruising on both sides of face coming from temples. What are the causes as i doctor cannot seem to find a cause. ?

My 10 year old son has striped bruising on both sides of face coming from temples.  What are the causes as i doctor cannot seem to find a cause.
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Due to trauma: Since your son sounds overall healthy and without other conditions, i think the bruising is due to very mild friction/trauma. This happens because his skin has become thin & the tissues that support the underlying blood vessels are more fragile. Mild friction or rubbing may induce this. If this were a trend for something more serious-he might have bleeding gums/frequent nosebleeds. ...Read more

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My left temple is sore to touch. I don't think I have hit it, but only notice when i press it. Could it be bruised or is it something else? I am 20.

My left temple is sore to touch. I don't think I have hit it, but only notice when i press it. Could it be bruised or is it something else? I am 20.

Depends: Sometimes tension headaches and sinus problems can cause soreness along the temples. If it continues, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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With temporal arteritis would your temple be sore to the touch like a bruise?

With temporal arteritis would your temple be sore to the touch like a bruise?

Yes: Sure can. Arteritis is inflammation of the artery, which means it is swollen. This swollen artery pushes on the layers of tissue over it and when you press on the skin, it presses on the artery. There are also a lot of nerves both around the artery and in the skin which is also reacting to the increased swelling and pressure from touch. ...Read more

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My bf has a lump on his temple. It doesn't have bruising & its not a zit/pimple/boil. Been there for 2 weeks. Also has a pulse!? Help!

My bf has a lump on his temple. It doesn't have bruising & its not a zit/pimple/boil. Been there for 2 weeks. Also has a pulse!? Help!

Should get checked: Not sure about what this "lump" is but if it is pulsing than you should have this checked by your doctor. It could be blood vessel or have proximity to one. ...Read more

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BEEN getting Sharp stabbing pains on right Side between my temple and EaR. That area including My EYE Feels Bruised. What Could it be? Been a WeEK now

BEEN getting Sharp stabbing pains on right Side between my temple and EaR. That area including My EYE Feels Bruised. What Could it be? Been a WeEK now

Temporal Arteritis?: If there is a delay in treating this condition it can cause permanent loss of vision in one eye. See your PCP for consultation and tests ASAP. ...Read more

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Cause of tender spot over cheekbone an inch b4 the ear, just below temple? Feels almost like a vein or bruise over the bone. Had long time. No injury.

Cause of tender spot over cheekbone an inch b4 the ear, just below temple? Feels almost like a vein or bruise over the bone. Had long time. No injury.

Possibly TMJ: Tender spot in front of ear and below temple can be Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder. Look closely in mirror to note if chin opens vertically or jogs right or left when the jaw is slowly opened and closed. Irregular motion correlates with asymmetric movement of the jawbone where it connects to the skull at this place in front of the ear, and which is called the Temporal Mandibular Joint. ...Read more

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Hi I banged my head on Sunday, the right hand side on the temple. Today I have a bruise on my eyelid and my eye feels as if it is scratched.

Hi I banged my head on Sunday, the right hand side on the temple. Today I have a bruise on my eyelid and my eye feels as if it is scratched.

Visit your MD: It would be best to visit your MD to have a physical examination of the area of your injury. The black eye is probably from some mild local bleeding but the scratchiness in your eye may indicate a corneal abrasion and you should be checked out for that. Good luck. ...Read more

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Elbowed near the temple front top of right ear 4 days ago. Small bump, pain to touch. Little discomfort in right eye during mornings. Hurts to put pressure. No bruise. No dizziness or black out.

Elbowed near the temple front top of right ear 4 days ago. Small bump, pain to touch. Little discomfort in right eye during mornings. Hurts to put pressure. No bruise. No dizziness or black out.

Bruise: Sounds like your temple muscle is bruised and swollen. Maybe a small hematoma (collection of blood). It is possible to have a concussion without loss of consciousness but there would be other symptoms. If it gets worse or not improved in a few days then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Temple is sore like a bruise but no mark. Ear pain, jaw clicking, pain under jaw bone to chin. Doc says TMD. Motrin doesn't help. TMJ cause this pain?

Temple is sore like a bruise but no mark. Ear pain, jaw clicking, pain under jaw bone to chin. Doc says TMD. Motrin doesn't help. TMJ cause this pain?

It Can: TMJ or TMD are the same thing.. Motrin may or may not help. Ice can help. mouthguard can help. You may want to see a orthodontist. ...Read more

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My temple's are painful and tender when i touch them. What could be causing this?

My temple's are painful and tender when i touch them. What could be causing this?

Muscle strain: Probably muscle strain related to your muscles of chewing and facial expression. If you were much older and this was associated with a tender pulsing artery one would consider temporal arteritis. ...Read more

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Poked temple with coat hanger been three days and the area still hurts in and out and tender to touch. Have I done something?

Poked temple with coat hanger been three days and the area still hurts in and out and tender to touch. Have I done something?

If this is: a closed injury (no open wound) then it's less likely to be infected . Try to rinse and apply Antibiotic ointment.
If open wound is present, please see the ER doctor.
Try to do a video consult with a picture of the wound. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the right side of my head near my temple its tender to touch and I'm extremely worried. What could this be?

I have a lump on the right side of my head near my temple its tender to touch  and I'm extremely worried. What could this be?

Could be: a sebaceous cyst (especially if its above your hairline!

Hot Compresses might help until you can have this seen by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) In the meantime STOP being frightened!! It is MOST likely a very SIMPLE problem!!!
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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I had a migraine 3 days ago and my temples are still very sore and tender to touch. Is that normal? I've never had it hurt this bad.

I had a migraine 3 days ago and my temples are still very sore and tender to touch. Is that normal? I've never had it hurt this bad.

Migraine Pain: The persistence of pain after a migraine varies with the severity of the headache. Having symptoms for three days would not be common, but not rare. Some people can have multiple migraines with continuous discomfort. Consultation with your primary care or neurologist to discuss possible changes in medication is indicated if the headache pattern is changing. ...Read more

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Neuro treated me with injections in neck head temples. Pain was eased however small tender knot formed on back of head afterwards. Injec the cause?

Neuro treated me with injections in neck head temples. Pain was eased however small tender knot formed on back of head afterwards. Injec the cause?

Maybe: could be infection or scar tissue. If not getting better within a couple of days or if getting worse then should be checked by a medical professional ...Read more

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