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Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD)
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I have a brown reddish bruise around my waist its been there

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I have a brown reddish bruise around my waist its been there for about 3 weeks now and its getting darker in color
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Any chance of pasting a photo on this page? If not, how large is this and can you tell me any more about its appearance?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Its about size n shape of an egg its not swollen or painful and it on my waist right in the belt line
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Is it circular? Any change in skin texture? Does it itch?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Its an oval kinda shape it doesn't itch and its not sensitive to touch. There is no difference in skin texture
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Well, it's a little difficult to make an exact diagnosis without being able to see it but this is probably tinea corporis--a fungal infection--either ring worm or a close cousin. You can try over the counter Lamisil cream three times a day for a week, but if that doesn't help, you'll need prescription ketoconazole cream.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I just email a pic of it
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Sorry there's nothing on this page concerning a photo?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Hi--I just got the picture from JA--did you want to continue?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Sure
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Ever had anything like this anywhere else?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
How did this first come up--small? Has it changed its appearance color-wise at all?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No hasn't changed size, n stayed the same color
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
It looks more like a hematoma--a bruise, if you will. But let me ask this--any unusual bleeding elsewhere or easy bruising?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No bleeding, that's what I thought too just wanted to make sure about how long does it take to go away
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Sometimes it may take a few weeks, and part of it does look like a resolving hematoma. Just to be on the safe side, I think a doctor ought to look at this to see if checking your coagulation factors and platelet count would be in order.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Ok thanks
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Welcome