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Bruises (cont.)

Bruises Symptoms and Signs

  • Initially, a fresh bruise may actually be reddish. It will then turn blue or dark purple within a few hours, then yellow or green after a few days as it heals.
  • A bruise is commonly tender and sometimes even painful for the first few days, but the pain usually goes away as the color fades.
  • Because the skin is not broken in a bruise as with a scrape or cut there is no risk of infection.
  • Repeated bruising of an area can leave permanent yellowish-brown staining from iron depositing in the skin.

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