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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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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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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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I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

I am a 55 yr old woman,i have pin prick spots like bruises on 1 of my legs,the lower half at the front.i do bruise easily but I haven't had this befor?

Bruises: You must see your doctor as soon as possible. The doctor will review your history, examine you, and order labs and x-ray imaging. Hope all goes well. Please keep me informed. ...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 43 years old, I am a woman, I have purple bruises all over my back, back pain, foggy eyes, and I am exhausted. What is wrong?

I am 43 years old, I am a woman, I have purple bruises all over my back, back pain, foggy eyes, and I am exhausted. What is wrong?

See a doc: Pls go to a doctor for a check up and blood work up asap. It could be you are anemic with low platelet. It could be bone marrow related. ...Read more

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How much vitamin d 3 & vitamin K should a woman take daily ? I am bruising easily and wanted to know if vitamin K will help so i won;;t bruise easy ?

How much vitamin d 3 & vitamin K should a woman take daily ? I am bruising easily and wanted to know if vitamin K will help so i won;;t bruise easy ?

Depends: Vitamin d intake depends on your blood level. Some people need more than others; their body breaks it down faster. It will not have any effect on bruising. Vitamin k is in leafy green vegetables which you should be eating daily. Vitamin k is also in many multivitamins. Vitamin k deficiency is very rare unless you have unusual medical problems so look for other causes of bruising. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I was with an woman. We only kissed but during kissing she bite my lip and tongue. After i noticed a bruise in the place she bit me.Should i be worried to get HIV infection?

I was with an woman. We only kissed but during kissing she bite my lip and tongue. After i noticed a bruise in the place she bit me.Should i be worried to get HIV  infection?

If she has HIV!: Sounds a bit irresponsible to have someone give you a penetrating bite. Is she HIV positive? I'd you do not know, you should not permit the behavior! hep b and c are possibilities as well. The only way of knowing is to be tested. I doubt your bighter will be! ...Read more

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What do external bruises look like from knuckle punch to eyeball resulting in orbital floor fracture w/ muscle entrapment. If a man were to hit a woman in the eye and the contact is more a knuckle contact to eyeball rather than a closed fist, would there

What do external bruises look like from knuckle punch to eyeball resulting in orbital floor fracture w/ muscle entrapment. If a man were to hit a woman in the eye and the contact is more a knuckle contact to eyeball rather than a closed fist, would there

If : If there is an orbital fracture would anticipate that there would be edema (swelling) and pain. With that said, I am in no position to dispute the diagnosis made by an examining physician. From the standpoint of a psychiatrist, it is very concerning if a man strikes a woman in the eye with his knuckle as that might suggest uncontrolled rage. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have bruising?

What does it mean if I have bruising?

Purple skin mark: A bruise is a leakage of blood from a skin vein. Most bruises are caused by trauma to the skin in otherwise healthy people. If there is no trauma, it can signify something wrong with the vein, or with the bloods ability to coagulate properly, and can signify a blood disorder like leukemia. Older peope get arm bruises, and even tearing of the skin, from thin, sun damaged skin. ...Read more

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Having a bruise on your neck means what?

Having a bruise on your neck means what?

Depends: If you injure the neck you can cause bruising. If this bruise does not go away after a week or so see your MD ...Read more

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What does it mean when big bruises show up ?

What does it mean when big bruises show up ?

BIG BRUISES: WHERE DO THE BRUISES APPEAR? HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? DO YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS LIKE BLOOD THINNERS? ARE YOU IN GOOD HEALTH? PLEASE SEE YOUR GENERAL DOCTOR SOON . . . ...Read more

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What does it mean if my spine feels bruised?

What does it mean if my spine feels bruised?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes of back pain that feels like it is up and down the spinal column. A detailed exam and perhaps an MRI will usually determine the cause. Potential causes can include multi level degenerative disc disease, muscle spasm, or multiple level facet arthritis thy to name a few. There are also inflammatory conditions that affect the spine such as ankylosing spondylitis. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you get bruises without hurting yourself?

Could be related: to a number of conditions or just benign. Assume you are asking for yourself and at 22 it is not common to have spontaneous bruising as it would be with trivial trauma on the extremities in someone 60+. I would recommend you consult a physician for an exam. ...Read more

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