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 ahhh some bump under my ear?
i have this bump about 3 cm. under my ear.. i have no clue what it is..i just got it on saturday .. its inside not on the outside of my skin..its about the size of peanut or smaller.....its hard..i ...

 is it true? dry skin?
can dry skin on your face make you break out?
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well, duhh i know oily skin makes you break out. but i have heard that dry skin can also do it....

 I have really dry irritated skin around my nose from rubbing it what can I put on it to make it stop...?
burning and itching?...

 I have wood worm in my wooden leg , Should i consult a tree surgeon ?

 Does Preparation H Hemmorhoid cream work for Under-Eye Darkcircle???
I was reading and I also post a question cuz I have serious darkcircle under my eyes. And all the question I have read and they post me said to try Preparation H Hemmorhoid cream. Does it really ...

 Elbow crust..suggestions neded?
Hello. i have some white crust on my elbow..its like patches of red irritation wit "crust" on it... ive tried peelin the crust..but it just comes back.. any suggestion...remedies..etc ...

 What's the best way to treat canker sores?

 A dry, hard spot/lump on my upper thigh? Is it anything serious?
It's about 1cm in diameter, and is 2 inches from the top of my leg. It started off as a normal spot, just red, but has grown and is itchy. If I pick it by accident, then it hurts for a long ...

 Do I spend to much time in the sun?
I go to my local boat club everyday, I live in nova scotia canada and I'm scared that I spend to much time in the sun, but honestly we only have like 2 nice days a week here but when there is I ...

 I have big (open) pores on my face. I know u cant shrink them but is there a makeup to make em LOOK smaller?
I know there's nothing that will actually make them smaller, but I was just wondering if u guys know any kind of makeup that will at least make them appear smaller. thanks....

 How can I get rid of my acne?
Hello friends
I have light acne. i just have pimples that are on my cheeks, and they blend in with my skin. I don't know what type exactly, of acne I have, but can you recommend a good ...

 My friend noticed that I have some excema on my right hand. He said that I should try peeing on my hand. Does?
this work? I know on the discovery channel you should from a jelly fish sting but what about this? Or is my friend being weird....

 can someone give me a good hand cream?I'll give u 10 points?
my hands are always dry.i need it to soft....

 I have LOTS of little red dry patches on my skin... I'm using the "fungus cream" but its still spreading!
It started with a fairly large dry red patch on my lower back, then on my arm, then on the skin opposite the arm (Which suggests it spread onto it from the contact) then I got about 10 more all over ...

 hi, i have really sweaty hands and i dont know how to prevent my hands from sweating. any advice?

 Does shaving cream cause acne?

 Can you get cancer from putting lotion in between your toes?
My friend told me that about a year ago...just wondering....

 It feels like bugs are crawling and biting my skin?
Hey people

I'm 13 and I've been feeling like bugs are crawling on me and they aren't. I've been getting rashes and bumps in some places of my body.

This ...

 what does it mean when you have an itchy anus?

 cuts on corner of lips??
i have cuts or sores on each side of my mouth right in the corners of my lips. its like a cut from dry lips but it seems like the wont heal. i have been using chap stick cause my lips are dry. i ...

I have bruises all over me but am sure i haven't caused them.?
Is there a condition where you come up in bruises or a virus? i have them literally all over me, i even have them on my hand and have no idea where they have come from! Any ideas?
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thank u so much for all ure answers!

are you a rough sleeper???

Colts girl
Do you take aspirin a lot? Aspirin is a blood thinner and you can bruise very easy by taking that or something that aspirin in it. Go see you DR just to make sure.

Ely D
Yes, there is a certain condition like that. you should see a doctor right away.

Try this article...............http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/bruises.html

Or this article.......http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruise
The wikipedia one indicates you could be Vitamin C defficient, or have a serious problem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruise#As_a_medical_sign

Hemophelia. Hemopheliacs bruise a the lightest touch.

Deana R
well if you take asprin, you get bruised easily. or you may just have sensitive skin. hope i helped a little. good luck finding your answer

i have the same problem...i have an iron and calcium deficiency and wake up with unexplainable bruises all the time...deficiencies make ur skin and tissues more susceptable to bruising at even the slightest thing because they lack what they need to repair as quickly or something like that

Dr Reem
Sounds like ITP -idiopathic thrombocytopenia
Its a condition where the platelets are below normal which makes it difficult for ur blood to clot.
Shana already mentioned the rest on top.

Go to the doc asap. It can lead to complications.

IF thats not a prob then its highly likely that U have VIT K def .

Good luck

Claire H
Unexplanable bruises may come from many things. It could be a iron and calcium deficiency or a bleeding disorder. It could also be Hemophelia or Leukemia. The best thing to do is to see your doctor.

Tiffany C
Have your Iron checked Anemia which is low iron in your blood system can cause you to bruise easily its usually not life threating unless you have a very serious case which is extremely rare and you would already be in the hospital for try taking iron supplements.

leukaemia and heamaphillia both bloob conditions can cause bruising. best to see a doc thou

Have your Doctor check your platelet count, if bruise like this it is usually your platelet. If it is your Platelet and you become a bleeder if you don't get it up to the count it should be. I had to take 12 paks of platelet by inter vein drip Because my Doctor gave me Sulpher drugs for a kidney infection , I almost died until he found out by blood test with another Internist that I was allergic to the sulpher drugs. Get it checked. I had a dog that stayed in yard all the time and ate acorns and her nose started bleeding she couldn't breath and the vet was 2 days finding out it was her platelet count. This platelet count is very dangerous and if you would happen to get a bad cut you could bleed to death if it is low platelet.count.

maybe you roll around in your sleep and bumo in to things. or maybe your just sleep walk.

you need to see your doctor. Leukemia can cause bruising like that as well as other blood disorders

There are many bleeding disorders that can cause bruising as well as vitamin deficiencies. You need to make an appt right away with your Dr. Even taking some medications can cause this. Are you taking a lot of aspirin or anti-inflammatories? (like arthrits drugs)

You need to have complete blood work up. it can be several different things - such as anemia, von willebrands, thrombocypenia etc.

A bruise, also called a contusion or ecchymosis, is a kind of injury to biological tissue in which the capillaries are damaged, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. It is usually caused by blunt impact. Bruises often induce pain but are not normally dangerous. Sometimes bruises can be serious, leading to other more life threatening forms of hematoma, or can be associated with serious injuries, including fractures and internal bleeding. Minor bruises may be easily recognized, in people with light skin color, by their characteristic blue or purple appearance (idiomatically described as "black and blue") in the days following the injury.

Severity of bruises

Bruise caused by a handrail, typical of extreme sports
Severe bruises caused by car accidentBruises can be scored on a scale from 0-5 to categorize the severity and danger of the injury.

The harm score is determined by the extent and severity of the bruising, in turn depending on multiple factors. A contracted muscle will bruise more severely, as can the tissues being crushed against underlying bone. Capillaries vary in strength, stiffness and toughness, which can also vary by age and medical conditions.

Light bruises
At low levels of damage producing low-level bruising, the individual will feel some pain, either initially or delayed. The skin and surrounding region show inflammation, becoming red, tender and swollen due to the release of histamines. Repeated impacts worsen bruises, increasing the harm level. As time progresses, blood may escape and seep into the surrounding tissues even when the capillaries are being repaired, causing the bruise to darken and spread. During about the next two weeks, the bruise color changes to a dark red then to purple, black, or blue, eventually fading to yellow and disappearing as healing progresses. Some of these color changes are related to the breakdown of the haemoglobin in the escaped red blood cells Normally, light bruises heal nearly completely on average in two weeks. Some may take a shorter or longer time and this is caused by random variation in the healing process;[1] more severe or deeper bruises may take longer. The striking colors of a bruise are due to hemoglobin and its breakdown products, bilirubin and biliverdin.

Treatment for light bruises is minimal, including RICE, painkillers (particularly NSAIDs) and later in recovery, some light stretching exercises may be appropriate. If swelling is severe, swelling may be reduced by applying ice and / or by elevating the area. Rest and preventing re-injury is essential for faster recovery. Very gentle massage of the area may relieve pain and encourage blood flow, though pain may indicate the massage is exacerbating the injury.[2]

Moderate to severe bruises
If bruising is severe (harm score 2-3) may be dangerous or cause serious complications. Further bleeding and excess fluid may accumulate causing a hard, fluctuating lump or swelling hematoma. This has the potential to cause compartment syndrome as the swelling cuts off blood flow to the tissues. Blunt trauma which cause severe bruising by shock waves may also cause other severe and fatal harm to internal organs. Impacts to the head can cause traumatic brain injury, bleeding, bruising and massive swelling of the brain with the potential to cause concussion, coma and death. Treatment may involve emergency surgery to relieve the pressure on the brain.

Bones may be broken by similar impacts, tendons can be bruised and joints can be sprained or otherwise harmed in ways that impairs the functioning of the limbs. The symptoms and signs of these injuries may appear to be those of simple bruising. Severe injuries that cause difficulty in moving a limb, abdominal bruising and the feeling of liquid under the skin may indicate life-threatening injury and require the attention of a doctor.

If a severely bruised muscle is used too early before healing has occurred, bone tissue may form inside the muscle, causing permanent stiffness, pain and disability. Extremely severe bruises may take as long as a year to completely heal.

As a medical symptom
The presence of bruises may be seen in patients with platelet or coagulation disorders. Unexplained bruising may be a warning sign of child abuse or serious medical problems, such as leukemia and meningoccocal infection. Unexplained bruising could indicate internal bleeding or certain types of cancer. A deficiency in Vitamin C can also make a person more susceptible to bruises from impacts

Shana B
There is a condition called ITP, or Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura.

This is not a virus or contagious, it is when your body attacks itself and destroys your platelets, which is the part of your blood that makes it clot.

You get bruises and little red dots like freckles called petechiae as the capillaries in your skin bleed. You can also get nose bleeds and bleeding gums.

Go to the doctor and have him check you out! You need a blood test. There are many treatments.

Ms.Know It All
Unexplained bruises that occur easily or for no apparent reason may indicate a bleeding disorder, especially if the bruising is accompanied by frequent nosebleeds or bleeding gums. See your doctor!

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