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Published on: August 24, 2013
What is a bruise?
A bruise is known as a skin discoloration that occurs because of blood vessels breaking, then leaking into the skin. Often a bruise can be known as a contusion or hematoma. A bruise is commonly known to occur when an individual has some sort of blunt hit to the skin. There are three types of bruises, these include: subcutaneous, intramuscular and periosteal. A subcutaneous bruise is usually minor and not as painful. Some subcutaneous bruises do not cause much pain, and some individuals do not remember as to why this bruise could have occurred. The color of a subcutaneous may change from dark purple to brown, and as the bruise begins to heal, the color may change to a yellowish or light brown color. As for an intramuscular bruise, this affects an individual’s blood vessels located in the muscles and may occur under the skin. Since this bruise is deeper, it is often caused by a harder Hit to the body. This type of bruise can be more painful than any other bruise. When a bruise occurs, often individuals are unaware of the cause or the treatments that may be available to them. For more information on what causes a bruise or how to rid a bruise individuals can read below to find Expert answers.
How long does it take for a bruise to appear after the impact?
A bruise appears when there is some sort of injury to the small vessels at the subcutaneous area of the body, these vessels then split open to ooze out the blood, and then blood clots occur. When blood clots occur, this is when the color may appear. When the color begins to show up, a bruise may appear as a reddish color. Within 1-2 days the red color may then change into a deep blue or purple. After a couple days have passed, the color may change into green and by the eighth day, the bruise may appear to be a yellow color. Often, the area can return to normal within two to three weeks after the impact. However, as for the exact time a bruise may appear will all depend on the severity of the injury.
If a bone bruise is present, what is the best home treatment, and how long will this take to heal?
Typically, a minor bone bruise will take between 10-20 days to heal and when there is a more severe injury, the immediate tissues can take up to 6 weeks to heal. At home treatment, an individual can take Vitamin D and calcium supplements and other foods that are high in calcium to help the healing process.
What could cause bruising under the earlobe after waking up?
Spontaneous bruising typically leads to an underlying blood disorder such as Blood Dyscrasias or low blood counts. An individual should take this condition seriously and seek tests such as:
• Total blood count
• Differential count
• Platelet count
• Prothromnin time and APTT
In the case any of these tests come back abnormal, an individual would need to contact a Hematologist.
What could cause a black bruise on the abdomen to appear for no reason in an elderly individual?
When an individual becomes older, fragility increases, and for a bruise to appear without injury may not be uncommon. Also, some antibiotics may cause an individual to bruise easily or even be a side effect of these medications. Vitamin C may be able to help with fragility as well as grape seed extract. An individual may need to contact a doctor to have a complete blood count completed to ensure the individual’s platelet levels are normal.
When a bruise occurs on any part of a person’s body, individuals may begin to wonder as to what has caused this bruise, if a bruise may cause other health related issues, or the treatment and cure for a bruise. When these questions occur, individuals may not know where to turn for answers. For more information, and reliable answers regarding bruises and its treatment, individuals can contact an Expert.
Recent Bruise Questions
I have very bad pain under my left on/around my rib
I have very bad pain under my left breast on/around my rib cage. There is no swelling or bruising. It feels terrible if I sneeze, and hurts when I move a certain way. It is definitely not gas, it feels like a bruise or muscle tear, but also hurts when I press my chest.
I am on Dexilant and am worried that that may have made me more likely to break something, but more worrisome is that I may have cancer that spread to my bone.
I did have a bad cold about a month ago which left me with a lingering cough, and have had several coughing attacks that were pretty bad in the last week or two. Additionally I went snowboarding last weekend and ran into a hard snowbank with my left shoulder. The pain seems to have gotten worse since then, and does not seem to be getting any better.
Ive never had a sore throat like this. it came on very suddenly,
I've never had a sore throat like this. it came on very suddenly, it really only hurts to swallow and it also feels very sore and painful when I touch my throat area on my neck. It feels like a bruise. I took a yoga class today in which we did some neck moves and maybe that's the problem. But the pain came on so suddenly. I was out with friends, had one sip of wine and was laughing and suddenly - pow. I have no elevated temperature.
Hi I recently have had a few health issues, from fainting
I recently have had a few health issues, from fainting when standing, even if I had only just sat down, it usually happened only at night. Sometimes everything would just get fuzzy and I could brace myself, other times, I woke up on the floor. My blood pressure has always been low, but recently it's been high (I can't recall the numbers right now though).
I also seem to get really sick often, and it takes me a very long time to recover. I have had pneumonia several times once this winter, twice last. I bruise very easily, and bleed a lot when I get injures. Lab techs always comment on how thin my bold is.
Recently (last two weeks) when I have been sitting on the couch watching TV, at the end of a long day watching my kids (both under six) I have had crushing pains, directly below and sometimes underneath my left collarbone. It would come every five minutes, and a few times lasted for over five minutes. Once my left hand went completely numb for over ten minutes, but was not painful. And it wasn't due to how I was positioned. I thought maybe it was just heartburn, but I take Zantac and nothing changes.
I was recently sent for an ECG and blood/urine tests. And I can't see my doctor until next week, but have online access to my results. And I am wondering what these results mean?
Biochemical Investigation of Anemias
Leukocyte esterase and protein may be
falsely decreased with a specific gravity
For further information see
Chol/HDL (Risk Ratio)
C Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)
High-sensitivity method suitable for
cardiovascular risk assessment.
Immuno Faecal Occult Blood
Date of requisition: Unknown
FIT kit provided on: 20-FEB-2014
Comment Urine culture not performed as urinalysis criteria
not met according to MSC protocol.
Forwarded to the Cardiologist
Interpretation will be sent directly to
the ordering physician within three to
five business days.
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