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Bluish discoloration in armpit - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2008
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User :   Under my arm near my armpit my skin has turned blue. It doesn't hurt and it's not ink of any kind. I've been working out lately and am afraid I might have hurt myself in the process.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I a
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   First of all, what type of sensations do you feel over the area?
User :   It's a little sore and a little numb
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
User :   21 female
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you remember of any injury to the area?
User :   i was doing a tricep workout and i was straining a little but i don't recall any real sense of pain
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   If you press the area does it pain? as you have mentioned that it is sore
User :   no pain
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Has the skin opened up?
User :   what does that mean
Doctor :   Meaning a cut like or if the skin is intact?
User :   the skin is intact
Doctor :   Ok fine
Doctor :   Is it only on one side?
User :   on my right arm its underneath and on my left its a little blue on my elbow
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you have any fever of late?
User :   not for a while
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you feel a swelling like or is it same as the normal skin in feel, except for the color change?

User :   it seems normal
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Now such type of skin lesion could be due to vascular change
Doctor :   or even a blood clot in the morning
Doctor :   the probable mechanism is like
Doctor :   there is collection of venous blood
Doctor :   the next possible cause is a dermatological problem like
Doctor :   just due to too much of friction in the area
User :   do you recommend that I see someone about it or is there something i can do at home to make it go away
Doctor :   Yes, I shall guide you in that

Doctor :   for now I would suggest you to give hot fomentation over the area
Doctor :   and I would suggest you to consult a General surgeon in person and get a physical examination done
Doctor :   Is that fine with you?

User :   yes that sounds great. thank you very much!
User :   i also have another question if that's fine with you
Doctor :   Sure

Doctor :   You can proceed with it
User :   i have these white freckles on my skin and i was wondering how i can get rid of them
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Where is it distributed?
User :   mostly on my arms
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :   Since when has it been?
User :   since i was a kid
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   It is a hypopigmentation problem
Doctor :   causing white patches on the skin
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