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Bruising

Also indexed as:Ecchymosis
Those tender black and blue marks on your body are often reminders of an accidental bump, although they can be signs of an underlying health condition. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Bruising occurs after traumatic injury and consists of swelling and discoloration under the skin but no disruption of the skin.

Bruising is a normal body response to trauma. It is only when bruising occurs often and from very minor (often unnoticed) trauma that a problem may exist. Refer to the capillary fragility article for more information. While easy bruising is usually not a cause for concern, people who experience this problem should consult a physician to rule out more serious conditions that may cause bruising. Medical causes of easy bruising sometimes may be diagnosed from a few blood tests conducted by a doctor. More often, however, no clear cause for easy bruising is found.

Symptoms

Bruises look like areas of blue to purple-colored skin that may turn yellow to dark brown over the course of a few days.

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