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Can carbuncles cause bruising? Is it possible for a carbuncle to develop and be so hard that it bruises the skin around it? .

Can carbuncles cause bruising? Is it possible for a carbuncle to develop and be so hard that it bruises the skin around it?

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Yes: A carbuncle is a "boil" with multiple heads and it is a serious infection of the skin. Bruising is a form of hemorrhage into the skin and is entirely possible with a carbuncle. Your immunity is in question. Look to the nature of your diet. ...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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What causes the skin around your nipple to be dark and swollen?

Trauma or Infection : Dark and swollen nipple could indicate recent trauma with underlying hemorrhage and edema which can occur after intense love-making. It could also mean infection of the breast ducts or soft tissue or something is growing inside the ducts like early cancer especially at your age of 49. Check with your doctor if it does not improve after a week with daily warm compress and topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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What can cause the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

What can cause the skin on the leg to turn dark and hard?

Eval: 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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What cause the labia skin to be darker than the body skin colour?

What cause the labia skin to be darker than the body skin colour?

Pigmentation: Increased pigmentation in the labia is normal in the same way that your lips are more pigmented than your surrounding face. ...Read more

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What causes the skin on your arms to be sensitive to touch?

Sensitive skin: There is no specific answer for this. If you have sensitivity that affects your daily activity, that is cause for evaluation although the results may be frustratingly vague. Nerve issues usually result in reduced sensation. ...Read more

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What causes the skin around the penis to swell a lot?

What causes the skin around the penis to swell a lot?

Inflammation!: It could be infectious, or chemical irritation. Since you did not specify whether you were circumsided, no specific answer can be made. See your pcp or go to a urologist! ...Read more

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What can cause the skin around the labia to itch?

What can cause the skin around the labia to itch?

Lots of things: Some common, some rare. An exam will probably lead to a directed therapy. Meanwhile the OTC Hydrocortisone is likely to help. ...Read more

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What causes pitting around the shin area? And is it common to have this without any swelling?

What causes pitting around the shin area? And is it common to have this without any swelling?

Concerned: Unusual for a 35 yo to having putting in the legs. Understood you don't perceive swelling but by definition pitting equals edema. You need a physical exam, blood pressure check, kidney testing. There's no acceptable reason for a young person to have this. ...Read more

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What could cause skin to bruise with the slightest bump or nick? And then peel away?

What could cause skin to bruise with the slightest bump or nick? And then peel away?

Thin skin: Thin skin and increased capillary(very tiny vessels in the skin) fragility can lead to easy bruisability and skin injury from trivial trauma. Are you taking anticoagulants like warfarin or daily aspirin? Make sure you're not lacking in vit. C, vit.K or taking , alleve type medications, corticosteroids, or too much viT.E. The back of the hands and forearms have very thin skin which bruises easily. ...Read more

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What can cause the skin to rip in the penis?

Force: Obviously, any type of force, like severe forceful sex, can cause skin trauma. Activities like "dry humping" would increase the risk of cuts/abrasions too. Sometimes, the skin just gets dry itself and lacerations can occur as well. If any discharge, no non healing areas, than see a dr. For an evaluation of the area, best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the best way to repair damaged skin due to sunburn? Mainly for skin on hands.

What is the best way to repair damaged skin due to sunburn? Mainly for skin on hands.

Hand burn: Keep area clean and dry. Use cooling towel. Hands needs special care due to cosmetic and functional importance of the hand. Tetanus shot should be updated. Sivadene cream may help, some time antibiotics. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by blood pigmentation?

What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by  blood pigmentation?

Compression stocking: This is a very difficult problem to correct, and resolves slowly over a long period of time. First get a doppler ultrasound venous exam to ascertain the underlying problem. Then compression stockings and elevation are helpful. Venous ablation may be appropriate depending on doppler finding. See a doctor specializing in vein care. ...Read more

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Can the skin ever excrete a chemical that causes the skin to itch?

Can the skin ever excrete a chemical that causes the skin to itch?

No: There are several chemicals that are released by the blood vessels that cause pruritus. The best known of these is histamine for which we take oral antihistamines for many allergies. ...Read more

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What causes the skin to grow attach to the toe nails?

What causes the skin to grow attach to the toe nails?

Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail can result from a number of things. Poorly fitting shoes and toenails that are not properly trimmed are the most common causes. The skin along the edge of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is affected most often, but any toenail can become ingrown. ...Read more

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What causes my scar to appear shinny, is there a way to get rid of the shine?

What causes my scar to appear shinny, is there a way to get rid of the shine?

Different scar types: It all depends what type of scar you have. If it is symptomatic or increasing in size, have your dermatologist or plastic surgeon take a look. There are various things that can be done to improve the cosmesis of it if it bothers you. ...Read more

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What causes me to bruise easily all of a sudden?

What causes me to bruise easily all of a sudden?

Several causes: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Can eczema cause bruising around the eye? Or could scratching the eczema cause the bruising?

Can eczema cause bruising around the eye? Or could scratching the eczema cause the bruising?

Yes: The skin is so much thinner in these areas and shows inflammation and irritation more easily. Scratching to an already bruised area will show more quickly. Don't scratch! use medication prescribed by an ophthalmologist to minimize the itching and dryness. ...Read more

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For someone who has a mild condition of eczema causing the skin to scar and darken is there anything that can get the skin back to its original color?

For someone who has a mild condition of eczema causing the skin to scar and darken is there anything that can get the skin back to its original color?

Possibly: Eczema is frequently well controlled with cortisone type topical medicines. If there is full thickness scarring then improvement will be limited to the extent of damage. The damage most often comes from the excoriation caused by scratching to relieve the itch often accompanying eczema. Antipruritics therefore are important in treatment. ...Read more

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What caues the skin to tear and bruise for no reasons?

What caues the skin to tear and bruise for no reasons?

Several things : There are a variety of reasons: http://nell-rose.Hubpages.Com/hub/easy-bruising-and-thin-skin-the-causes-and-some-self-help-ideas. ...Read more

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What treatment can be used to get rid of a broken blood vessel on the eye lid caused by rubbing the eye to hard?

What treatment can be used to get rid of a broken blood vessel on the eye lid caused by rubbing the eye to hard?

Eye treatment: You MUST go to the nearest Emergency facility and they will determine if you need to be helped in the Emergency Facility or be transferred to the Medical Facility. Please let me know how things go. Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more