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Large swelling in lower leg after hitting a cut tree branch, painful. Suggestions ?

I WAS MOVING A BRANCH FROM A TREE THAT I HAD CUT AND IT MY INSIDE, LOWER LEG PRETTY HARD. THE SKIN WAS BROKEN, BUT THE SCRAPE WAS NOT EVEN ENOUGH TO CAUSE A TRICKLE OF BLOOD . HOWEVER, AN HOUR OR SO LATER A LARGE LUMP / SWELLING HAS DEVELOPED THAT IS QUITE PAINFUL IF I TRY TO WALK. WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST TO DO ? THANKS !
Asked On : Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It appears that you have developed a "hematoma" - which is a localized collection of blood after an injury. I would suggest the following:

- Apply cold fermentation to the area to decrease the inflammation

- Do not massage the area or try to squeeze or break the swelling

- You can take an anti-inflammatory / analgesic medication to reduce the inflamation and pain.

- Hematomas are self-resolving and your swelling should subside gradually in 1 to 2 weeks

- If you develop any signs like sudden increase in size, redness, pus discharge form the swelling or fever, then you need to seek urgent medical attention.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
You injured your leg by a tree branch resulting in swelling of the injured portion of your leg.
This swelling is haematoma (collection of blood in muscle or under skin).
Since you cannot walk,it is therefore important to rule out fracture by taking X Ray of the injured leg.
If there is no fracture,all you need is rest ,analgesic anti inflammatory drugs ( pain killer) and antibiotic to prevent haematoma from getting infected.
If there is fracture (chances of which are very less) then you need a consultation from orthopedician to manage the fracture.
Hope I answered your question.
Answered: Fri, 16 Nov 2012
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