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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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I slammed my middle finger in a door it's swollen and bruised and hurts real bad is it broke?

I slammed my middle finger in a door it's swollen and bruised and hurts real bad is it broke?

I don't know.: Medical history, X-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture & provide an accurate diagnosis. Read more

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My middle finger has a dark blue, blackish, bruise under the fingernail, but it doesn't hurt after a week, will it fall off or go away?

My middle finger has a dark blue, blackish, bruise under the fingernail, but it doesn't hurt after a week, will it fall off or go away?

Maybe: But it depends on how much was damaged. If it's just a small area, then it probably won't. If it involves most of the nail bed, it probably will. Time will tell! If you want to get a more accurate answer, consider a virtual consult. Hope this helps! Read more

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Left middle finger felt a bit numb at the tip and when I looked, had a bruise in middle part of inside of finger. Don't remember banging, serious?

Left middle finger felt a bit numb at the tip and when I looked, had a bruise in middle part of inside of finger. Don't remember banging, serious?

Usually not: Usually not serious. If you have a lot of pain or any loss of use these would be signs of a more serious problem that need s a doctor evaluation Read more

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3 months ago I tried to pop my middle finger. It was very painful and wouldn't pop. This morning I woke up & it hurts to move. No swelling or bruising?

3 months ago I tried to pop my middle finger. It was very painful and wouldn't pop. This morning I woke up & it hurts to move. No swelling or bruising?

Finger pain: Try some over the counter Naproxen 500 mg two times a day with meals if you have no allergy to this medication. If you don, t get relief in one week see you family doctor. Read more

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I hit my middle finger a few weeks ago, right above the bottom knuckle and it was bruised at first. No bruise now, but pain is still present?

I hit my middle finger a few weeks ago, right above the bottom knuckle and it was bruised at first. No bruise now, but pain is still present?

Expect healing if. .: Female hit middle finger a week ago, right above the bottom knuckle and it was bruised at first. No bruise now, but pain still present. If no limitation of motion in affected finger and if can use hand freely, expect gradual healing and decreasing pain. But if pain stays unchanged or gets worse check with MD for evaluation Read more

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Pain in the middle finger shooting down into palm swelling and some bruising can't grip?

Pain in the middle finger shooting down into palm swelling and some bruising can't grip?

Possible fracture?: Or perhaps a sprain. It would be useful to understand the mechanism of injury, e.g. Sports injury? Other mechanism? A physical exam with a generalist who does family medicine or if you can afford it, an orthopedist who specializes in hand injuries is your best best for a diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Hope it heals quickly and you get back to doing what you love as soon as possible! Read more

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I punched a wall and my whole hand hurts and I can see some bruising. It hurts to extend my middle finger a lot. What do I do.?

I punched a wall and my whole hand hurts and I can see some bruising. It hurts to extend my middle finger a lot. What do I do.?

Get it checked: Punching walls can cause fractures of the bones of the hand. The most common one is just below the little finger - called a Boxer's Fracture. I would assume you have a broken bone until your MD clears you. Keep the hand elevated - don't punch anything anymore - and see your doctor or Urgent Care Clinic for exam and possible xray. Read more

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Middle finger has purple bruise in middle where the joint is and pains when is bent. Been 2 days. Hit by cricket ball while catching?

Middle finger has purple bruise in middle where the joint is and pains when is bent. Been 2 days. Hit by cricket ball while catching?

Need exam and x-ray: Possibilities include fracture, sprain of ligaments, partial or complete detachment of a ligament etc. It's important to be examined by a physician to see if there is any evidence for joint instability. Some injuries to the finger can result in a deformity if not treated properly. Read more

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My middle finger is extremely swollen, and a little bruised. The finger is almost fully numb, and has a very limited range of motion.

My middle finger is extremely swollen, and a little bruised. The finger is almost fully numb, and has a very limited range of motion.

Fully numb?: That is concerning. Head to the ED because either the swelling or the initial trauma may be resulting in nerve damage, which could result in permanent impairment. Read more

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I am an avid rock climber. I have a bruised and swollen middle joint on my middle finger. What are the possible connective tissue injuries/treatments?

I am an avid rock climber. I have a bruised and swollen middle joint on my middle finger. What are the possible connective tissue injuries/treatments?

Rest: Rock climbing puts a lot of stress on the small tendons and joints in the hand. We really weren't designed to hang by our finger tips. The swelling and bruising is a sign of overuse or strain. I would recommend that you rest the hands until they feel better. This could take a few weeks! If the pain returns as soon as you start climbing again, see a hand surgeon. Read more

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The inside of my left hand (dominant) right below my middle finger all the way up my middle finger feels sore and bruised. No trauma to it. Any ideas?

The inside of my left hand (dominant) right below my middle finger all the way up my middle finger feels sore and bruised. No trauma to it. Any ideas?

How long?: If this is sudden and new, then infection of the joint is the first thing to rule out. Less urgent (but still needing work up) include trauma (that you didn't notice) to the finger, ligament inflammation or structural defect, gout, autoinflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. Good physical exam will rule out most possibilities. Read more

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Did I Fracture or jam my middle finger under knuckle? It is swollen and has pain! It is not bruised but on the side there is a bump that is red.

Did I Fracture or jam my middle finger under knuckle? It is swollen and has pain! It is not bruised but on the side there is a bump that is red.

Swelling and pain: Can be a sign of trauma, bruising or fracture. Also, a puncture wound associated with infection. Striking or hitting something with fist can cut the skin over a knuckle and pierce the joint space, leading to an infection. Human teeth, are notorious for these severe knuckle infections after altercations. Red bump can mean a lot of things but red, swollen pain _ get evaluated Read more

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