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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 keep having yellow spots or yellow bruises (for no reason)on my thighs. This happened last year and now its happening again.

I keep having yellow spots or yellow bruises (for no reason)on my thighs. This happened last year and now its happening again.

Have someone look.: Were there dark blue or black spots first? If so, some kind of minor injury (even sex or bike riding or bouncing a baby) might have caused this. You should just have your blood checked to make sure that you are not bleeding/bruising too easily. If they were yellow from the very beginning, it could be something else. ...Read more

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Had piece of metal jabbed into sternum 36h ago. Severe pain while laying down mostly. Didn't break skin. Small yellowing bruise now. No ins. Advice?

Had piece of metal jabbed into sternum 36h ago. Severe pain while laying down mostly. Didn't break skin. Small yellowing bruise now. No ins. Advice?

Blunt chest injury: Blunt chest injury can bruise the soft organs within yourchest particularly the lungs and heart. I'd you are having difficulty breathing or having more chest pain than just the site of the injury, you should get checked out. ...Read more

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4yo gets couple little yellow bruises on her lower back and couple little yellow bruises outer thigh, is this ok?

4yo gets couple little yellow bruises on her lower back and couple little yellow bruises outer thigh, is this ok?

Yes: Those are contact areas and bruising will occur there with bumps. It is areas such as the backs of the legs and the inner parts of the arms where you wouldn't expect bruising that would be worrisome. ...Read more

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My fiance has a very yellow bruise on his chest. Doesn't remember bumping into anything. About 1-2 inches big & been about 2 weeks. Call doc?

My fiance has a very yellow bruise on his chest. Doesn't remember bumping into anything. About 1-2 inches big & been about 2 weeks. Call doc?

No: A yellow bruise just tells that the bruise has been there for a while, was probably blue, purple, green and then golden and now yellow, it is almost gone, she might have hit something unknowingly. I don't see a reason to see the physician unless she presents with bruises at other site of the body without any history of trauma. In that case she will need platelets to be checked. ...Read more

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After six weeks of falling and hitting the side of my face It still has a yellow bruise and a purple spot on top of cheekbone and it still hurts. Why?

After six weeks of falling and hitting the side of my face It still has a yellow bruise and a purple spot on top of cheekbone and it still hurts. Why?

It's: Possible that you broke a bone and it's slowly healing. At this point if everything is in alignment it will heal and is just cosmetic and painful. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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My inner right wrist has formed a yellowing bruise, the right hand is constantly ice cold and tingly and numb. How do I treat this?

My inner right wrist has formed a yellowing bruise, the right hand is constantly ice cold and tingly and numb. How do I treat this?

See below: This sounds as though you have bruised one of the nerves on the inside of your wrist. (the swelling fro the bruise could also have compressed this nerve). This should get better on its own, nsaids will help. If this does;t improve seek the help of a doctor. ...Read more

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Got kicked in shin had red welt put ice on had big yellow bruise can this cause blood clot?

Got kicked in shin had red welt put ice on had big yellow bruise can this cause blood clot?

No: This won't affect the deep veins, where clots are dangerous. Our bodies are designed to withstand a considerable amount of day-to-day trauma. The deep vein thrombi have more to do with inactivity, with genetic mutations that make one vulnerable, and to systemic health problems. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My father recently had a grade 3 ankle sprain. It hasn't gotten better. Now he has little yellow bruises up and down both legs. Sign of blood clot?

My father recently had a grade 3 ankle sprain. It hasn't gotten better. Now he has little yellow bruises up and down both legs. Sign of blood clot?

Likely not.: You intimate the "yellow bruises" are on both legs. Although possible, the likelihood of bilateral blood clots is not high, plus he only sprained one ankle. ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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