A bruise is also known as a contusion. It is a skin injury that creates discoloration of the skin. Blood from damaged blood vessels gets collected beneath the skin, giving it bluish or black marks. It often occurs due to trauma, septic infection, intake of medications like Aspirin, ankle sprain, and sports injuries. It can be managed by giving rest to the injured area, applying ice, giving compresses using an elastic bandage, and elevating the area.

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I got a bruise on my left arm when I fell, which is paining and numb. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, Two nights ago, I drank too much at my friend's birthday party, and my boyfriend had to help me get home. I fell several times. As expected, I am now a bit bruised and scuffed up but what is bothering me is my upper left arm. Bruising is starting to come through and, if touched, is both e...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The numbness can be due to swelling and compression of the cutaneous nerves, but the cause of bruising and swelling needs to be ruled out, so X-rays need to be done of the affected humerus, AP (anteroposterior) and lateral views. Do follow-u...  Read Full »

I have something like a bruise. Can you tell me what it is?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an issue with my skin. It has changed color, maybe a bruise or something even though it is not itchy or painful.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it appears to be a bruise only (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Commonly this occurs due to trauma or injury noticed or unnoticed. So do you remember any history of injury while walking, playing, driving, etc.? Is there any possibility of injury...  Read Full »

Accidently, I dropped weight on my foot and now I am having swelling and pain. What should I do to get better?

Query: Hello doctor,I dropped a 25-pound weight on my foot. It has been two days, and there is still swelling and bruising on my foot. It only hurts sometimes, but it feels super uncomfortable. It is more painful while I am resting. Please help me with this.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from soft tissue injury secondary to trauma. The swelling, redness, and pain are due to this only. I will suggest some medications that can help you with the swelling and redness but trust me; it will take ten to fifteen days to resolve completely. ...  Read Full »

Can Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo cause bruises?

Query: Hello doctor, I began taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo at the start of this month due to follicular cysts. I have observed two bruises on my arms and one on my leg. Are these side effects of the contraceptive?  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would be in a better state to answer if you could attach a photograph of the area. Also, mention if is there any itching. Do the lesions appear and disappear, or are they persistent?   Read Full »

After getting a Heparin injection in my stomach to prevent blood clots, I have been experiencing intense pain at the injection site. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I was in the hospital for 3 days for the flu. A nurse came in and said she was going to give me an injection in my stomach that would help me not to get blood clots. The medication is called Heparin. I told her that I had stomach ulcers before. She said it was fine. I was so sick with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concerns. Heparin injections in low doses are given routinely in the hospital for patients who are not moving much in order to avoid blood clotting in their leg veins. Heparin in such low doses is safe, and you should not worry. Why do you think there...  Read Full »

There are painful bumps on my penis after masturbation. Please suggest a remedy.

Query: Hello doctor, I got some pimple-like bumps on my penis. But, I was not able to identify the cause for it. I observed that it happens to me after masturbation most of the time. So, please suggest some remedies for this problem because they are painful. I am uploading a picture.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you please provide more information: 1.Since when is the lesion present? 2. Does it itch? 3. Are there any other lesions in the groin or elsewhere on the body? 4. Have you been applying any creams or washing the affected area with any antiseptics? 5. Was there a...  Read Full »

Why does my arm feel still and tender after an accident?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had a car accident. I was passenger. How can my arm feel very still and tender? The doctor at the urgent care gave me Naproxen but my muscle is still tender and I have not been able to sleep at all. The doctor gave me Hydroxyzine which did not work.  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If it is just a bruise, then you just need to give it time and pain control with some NSAID like Naproxen, and need no intervention but only if your swelling start getting worse. But in any accident we should consider ruling out underlying bone fracture as bone fracture...  Read Full »

I am bitten by something and the area looks red. How can I be treated?

Query: Hello doctor,Three days ago, I think I was bitten by something in my sleep. It does not seem to subside on its own, so I am not sure what to do. The area looks red and is kind of warm. It feels like a bruise. I do not have any fever or weakness. I feel like this is something serious, but I am not su...  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern may be paederus dermatitis. I suggest you try Linical lotion (calamine) along with hydrocortisone cream. Apply them twice daily to the affected area. Regards.   Read Full »

What treatment can be had for pain in the foot along with bruising of the toes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a painful foot after dancing the whole night. It has bruised toes along the area of my big toe on the inside of my foot. It is painful to touch and walk. Any idea what is this?  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The possibility is that this is just a burst vein and ice and rest will help it. It could be a soft tissue bruise if you accidentally knocked your toe while dancing. It could be a fracture too. Treatment is more or less the same. I suggest you take rest, use ice, tak...  Read Full »

How to cure a bruise-like lesion on my face after an outdoor vacation?

Query: Hi doctor, Before three months, I went on a holiday. When I got home, I got a big spot on my face just below my eye. It was big and looked bruise-like or a cyst under the skin. It then went off and has resulted in two red marks on my face where the spot was. They are not raised, they do not hurt, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a secondary bacterial infection (scar mark) due to excessive scratching and rubbing. I would suggest the following: 1) Apply Nadibact cream (Nadifloxacin cream) twice daily in the morning and at night for 15 days. 2) You can use Azac (Azelaic acid) soap for a...  Read Full »

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