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What does it mean when a woman has bruises?

What does it mean when a woman has bruises?

How many?: A few bruises can be a normal response to hard work or exercise. A lot of bruises could mean somebody is beating her up. In the absence of any injury, it could mean a blood disorder or even a malignancy. See your doctor if bruises are numerous and persistent/recurrent. ...Read more

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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ANA but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

Get seen: Maybe one woman in 4 has a positive ANA but seems fine. I'd stop worrying about the ANA. I doubt you have leukemia but you need a complete history and physical exam and basic labs (CBC, chem profile, urinalysis) by a competent physician. Night sweats are serious. ...Read more

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60 yr old woman bruises easily. Why can this be?

60 yr old woman bruises easily. Why can this be?

Very common, many ex: Bruising is common in women as they age due to thinning of the skin, decreased estrogen. Whether this is abnormal increased bruising depends on blood counts, clotting tests, and whether any bleeding is also occurring. Suggest a medical visit. ...Read more

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Is there any significance behind heavy bruising during a woman's period?

Is there any significance behind heavy bruising during a woman's period?

No.: Although you seem to notice the bruising more so during your menstrual cycle, it is likely not related as your blood clotting mechanisms related to levels of prothrombin or platelets are unaffected regardless of where you are in your cycle. Try a product called dermend which is over the counter, and useful to expedite the resolution of bruising. ...Read more

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Doc. I am a 24 year old woman, I ate some spicy food and I think wiped to hard when I had a bowl movement, now I have an unpleasant bruise. What now?

Doc. I am a 24 year old woman, I ate some spicy food and I think wiped to hard when I had a bowl movement, now I have an unpleasant bruise. What now?

Hemorrhoid?: It sounds like you have irritated a hemorrhoid. The initial treatment for that is stool softeners, take a sitz bath nightly and try over the counter wipes like Tucks (witch hazel) pads. If the problem persists more that a week, you should go see your doctor to have a rectal examination. ...Read more

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Is my irregular bleeding something to worry about? I am a 30 year black woman. Im having irregular bleeding from my vagina. I usually put one finger in when im in the shower to clean the inside so i thought i bruised it a little, but yesterday morning i

Is my irregular bleeding something to worry about? I am a 30 year black woman.

Im having irregular bleeding from my vagina. I usually put one finger in when im in the shower to clean the inside so i thought i bruised it a little, but yesterday morning i

You : You need to have a complete gynecological evaluation to be sure that you don't have an injury. Please be seen immediately and have an evaluation to be sure there isn't a perforation or infection. If you develop fever, pain, heavier bleeding, or light-headedness/fainting then you would have to go to the er. ...Read more

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I am a 43 year old woman, I have severe pain in my back around my left scapula, I have penny-sized purple bruises on my back, I am exhausted, why?

I am a 43 year old woman, I have severe pain in my back around my left scapula, I have penny-sized purple bruises on my back, I am exhausted, why?

Thoughts...: It's hard to say if the pain around the scapula is related or not to the bruises. But people with unexplained bruising and fatigue should absolutely be checked up by their doctor. They would likely order a complete blood count, looking for signs of anemia or low platelets. Please get checked out! best of luck. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more