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Hit on the outside of lower leg, has turned into mildly swollen reddish tender area causing occasional itching, warm lump. What could it be?

I hit the outside of my lower leg on a metal bar (on the side of a landscape trailer) 3 months ago. The area stayed bruised for awhile and has now turned into a slightly swollen tender reddish area about 2 inches in diameter. Sometimes the area itches (which I related to healing ). In the last few days, I have noticed a lump under the skin in the same area. The area also feels slightly warmer than the rest of my leg. I have noticed that as I get older, I tend to bruise easily and they do not seem to heal. Any ideas as to what this could be?
Asked On : Tue, 11 Sep 2012
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Hi, Alisa,
Thanks for query.
It seems that you are having formed hematoma i.e. collection of blood in the affected part.
Now there might be some infection took place giving rise to problem.
Go for antibiotic medicine for few days, if there is no improvement then go for x ray to rule out Osteomyelitis as 3 months are passed.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Tue, 11 Sep 2012
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