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I sprained my ankle and the whole foot is bruised purple color then 2 days after injury the bruise started having white round spots all inside?

I sprained my ankle and the whole foot is bruised purple color then 2 days after injury the bruise started having white round spots all inside?

Rainbow Bruise.: Sounds like a typical variation on the breakdown of the blood trapped under the skin. Time will eventually remove almost all of it. If there is a concern, then see your doctor for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Ankle hurting a week sharp pain when standing dull achy when relaxing 4 on pain scale no bruising has lil puffy spot by ankle ball if on feet long?

Ankle hurting a week sharp pain when standing dull achy when relaxing 4 on pain scale no bruising has lil puffy spot by ankle ball if on feet long?

Tarsal Tunnel: With having limited information, the best guess would be a nerve entrapment also called as Tarsal Tunnel. An Orthotic Insole would help. Since you also have history of back pain, that can cause this type of pain, would recommend an x ray to begin and complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I have unknown bruises (three of them, appear occasionally on same spot) along my left ankle bone. They do not hurt or itch, but slightly peeled.

I have unknown bruises (three of them, appear occasionally on same spot) along my left ankle bone. They do not hurt or itch, but slightly peeled.

Bruises: Bruising on bony prominences is not uncommon even if you cannot recall the trauma. If this recurs, especially on the same areas with unknown cause you may want to consider getting them biopsied. Erythema nodosum is a rare condition that can be associated with other inflammatory processes elsewhere in the body. Examples are sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disease, infections, etc. See a derm. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has purple bruise-like spot on ankle. Hard and raised on edges. Pediatrician said use hydrocortisone which has had no affect. What now?

My 5 year old has purple bruise-like spot on ankle. Hard and raised on edges. Pediatrician said use hydrocortisone which has had no affect. What now?

Many possibilities.: Hard to say without a photo, but it could actually be a bruise. I'm assuming it appeared recently, so it's not a birthmark. Other possibilities include an insect or spider bite, an allergy to something he/she came in contact with, or a focal infection. If Hydrocortisone had no effect, I would recommend an examination by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a bruise and it has got alot darker it hurts n spots its on my leg below the knee on the side it looks like someone bit me but no I haven?

I have a bruise and it has got alot darker it hurts n spots its on my leg below the knee on the side it looks like someone bit me but no I haven?

Injury?: Did you bump it? Or did it just occur spontaneously?

as bruises heal they turn all sorts of colors. The blood in your tissue breaks down, it will eventually fade. Don't worry. If not fading over the next week or so, or I it just came out of nowhere, see a doctor ...Read more

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I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg, about 4 inches round, last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Red swollen hot to touch spots on right leg, about 4 inches round, last for a few days then bruise before going away I am 20 years old, female.?

Infection?: Red hot swollen spots make me think of infection, perhaps abscess or folliculitis, or sebaceous cysts. Abscesses don't usually go away by themselves but rather need to be drained. Folliculitis might come & go but not usually 4" in diameter (that's huge!). Not common to have several sebaceous cysts in one area. Go see your family doc for evaluation, testing & treatment. Perhaps bleeding disorder? ...Read more

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Everyone says I have a ringworm BUT it did not ooze nor did it dry out like normal ring worms do. I have a red circle in 2 spots on my leg with bruise?

Everyone says I have a ringworm BUT it did not ooze nor did it dry out like normal ring worms do. I have a red circle in 2 spots on my leg with bruise?

Get examined please: Ring worm is a fungal infection of skin. It is circular Ring like lesion, with clear center, Itchy, does not have to be "oozy" (if scratched very hard). But cannot diagnose like this anyway. ...Read more

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I've also developed odd colored spots, like bruises, on my fingertips and toes as well as the ball of my foot. What should I do?

I've also developed odd colored spots, like bruises, on my fingertips and toes as well as the ball of my foot. What should I do?

Pustular psoriasis: In my practice, pustular psoriasis is the most common condition I see that matches your picture! Of course many other possibilities exist, but I would wager that is the issue! ...Read more

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Tender skin on my leg that starts to itch, thn turns to bright purple spots all up my thigh with deep black bruising. What is it?

Tender skin on my leg that starts to itch, thn turns to bright purple spots all up my thigh with deep black bruising. What is it?

See a doctor: The pain and bruising concern me. Please see a doctor for an examination and appropriate testing. ...Read more

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Are single petechiae spots (not clusters) worrisome? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. No bruises

Are single petechiae spots (not clusters) worrisome? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. No bruises

Watchful waiting: What you described is not worrisome, however it is worth watching, i.e, keep an eye on such lesions to see if more are developing. At your next visit to your doctor you should ask her/him to look at the lesions, if any are present at the time. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Are single petechia spots (not clusters) alarming? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. Come and go. No bruising

Are single petechia spots (not clusters) alarming? I have 3 tiny (1mm) pink ones - 1 on thigh, 1 on buttock, 1 on lower leg. Come and go. No bruising

Lesions: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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I have itchy red spots at the top of my thigh that have turned into bruising looks like I have been beaten up on my leg.?

I have itchy red spots at the top of my thigh that have turned into bruising looks like I have been beaten up on my leg.?

Itch & bruising: If you have unexplained bruising, please see your doctor. Several possibilities for itching and bruising of isolated spots on body. Scratching an itchy spot can produce bruises, particularly if you occasionally take nsaids, fish oil, vitamin e and other blood thinners. There is also a skin condition called pigmented purpura, inflammation of the smallest blood vessels, which can be itchy. ...Read more

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Hit last week, fell, hurt my calf, its been a week, hasn't imporved, hurts to walk on, bruising on the calf, and foot blood spots, what could it be?

Hit last week, fell, hurt my calf, its been a week, hasn't imporved, hurts to walk on, bruising on the calf, and foot blood spots, what could it be?

Pain: You need radiographs to make sure no bone is fractured; a cam walker or boot is recommended. Muscles and tendons also get injured in the form of tears, in some instances surgical repair is needed. The blood spots or petechiae can be result of the trauma. You should see a foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Brown spots in my toe nails that look like bruises. What could be the cause? Is it diabetic foot?

Brown spots in my toe nails that look like bruises. What could be the cause? Is it diabetic foot?

Many possibilities: It could be a fungal or bacterial infection. It could be bruising due to tight shoes or trauma. It could be a pigmentation of the underlying skin. It could be a skin disorder or melanoma, or it could be one of a number of many other possibilities. If you are diabetic you have "diabetic feet". Have your feet checked out by a professional. ...Read more

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I have lots of bruising on the front & out side of my leg. I do take 1 baby aspirin a day & inhaled steroids. What is causing this. Sore in spots.

I have lots of bruising on the front & out side of my leg. I do take 1 baby aspirin a day & inhaled steroids. What is causing this. Sore in spots.

Purpura: Easy bruising can have many causes. One of the more common causes is minor trauma--hands, forearms, legs--in people on blood thinners. Something that accelerates bruising is the use of either topical or systemic steroids. I think your Aspirin and inhaled steroids are causing/worsening the problem. Do not stop them, but talk to your doctor for options. ...Read more

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I just noticed a single flat tiny purple spot on the back of my sons leg. It does not hurt him. It almost looks like a tiny purple bruise.?

I just noticed a single flat tiny purple spot on the back of my sons leg. It does not hurt him. It almost looks like a tiny purple bruise.?

It could be a spider: Bite, or another insect bite. It also may be a bruise. If it doesn't resolve on its own, or if he develops more, please take him to his doctor. ...Read more

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Hey I woke up and notice a some sort of spot on my left foot. It looks like a bruise but I'm not entirely sure.?

Hey I woke up and notice a some sort of spot on my left foot. It looks like a bruise but I'm not entirely sure.?

Possible ringworm: Hi, Thank you for your question.

A lot easier to answer this question if a picture is available. It is possible to be a ring worm. You can obtain anti-fungal cream for this.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
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Hi I have 2 spot 1 on each leg it looks like bruises their round. Its hurts us I touch not swalowing. But don't remember getting hurt. Emergency?

Hi I have 2 spot 1 on each leg it looks like bruises their round. Its hurts us I touch not swalowing. But don't remember getting hurt. Emergency?

Erythema nodosum: This sounds most like erythema nodosum. This is a hypersensitivity reaction to a number of underlying problems, including certain types of infection, inflammatory bowel disease, and others. You should see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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A week ago I discovered a purple bruise-like spot on the back of my leg, but its painless. It is almond-shaped, what could it be? Purpura?

A week ago I discovered a purple bruise-like spot on the back of my leg, but its painless. It is almond-shaped, what could it be? Purpura?

Purpura: This is just a fancy word for a bruise or blood in this skin. It can sometimes happened after minor trauma. Unless you are getting a lot of them I would not worry. It should turn yellow and then fade away. ...Read more

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One small raised pink spot on leg, surrounded by quarter sized lighter pink circle. Tender like a bruise, more in center. Not itchy. Thoughts?

One small raised pink spot on leg, surrounded by quarter sized lighter pink circle. Tender like a bruise, more in center. Not itchy. Thoughts?

Infection: It sounds like you have a skin infection; it could have been precipitated by insect bite or even scratch causing breach in the skin integrity. As it is red and tender, you may need antibiotic treatment. Get it examined by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have dark brown spot on my leg, looks like bruises, they have been there for years they don't hurt but are very dry, see more coming on my arms

Keratoses or Plaques: It would be interesting to note if these spots or rough or smooth; if they have changed shape or color; or have hair growing out of them. The most common benign thing is known as a keratin plaque. I believe skin troubles should always be evaluated in person so that the visual part of this diagnosis can occur. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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