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Reddish swollen lump on the leg after an injury. Applying heat. What else to do?

Hello, a couple days ago i shot up in my leg and now it s red swollen and looks like i m retaining water or something with a big hard lump in the middle of it, i ve been applying heat to it hoping it would lessen or break-up the infection and it has a little but i don t know for sure what it is and so i m clueless on how to make it better? please help?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
Big hard lump seems to be due to soft tissue haematoma formation(collection of blood) which might get organised.
Hot fomatation will be heplful to dissolve the organised haematoma. Generally it takes few days to week to dissolve.
If it increases in size or warm to touch , consult your doctor to rule out any infection.
Hope this will helps you. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries.
Wish you good health. Take care.
Regards
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
From the description, it seems that you have developed a soft tissue hematoma ( blood clot ) at the site of injury.

Generally, this resolves spontaneously within 3 weeks (maximum).

But in case if you are a Diabetic person or if the size of the swelling is increasing (despite hot fomentation) with associated fever and severe pain, then there is likelihood of infection.

Consult your treating doctor in such a case.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Vidya KR's  Response
Hi, Thanks for using HCM.

The site after injury is red, swollen and painful suggests there is inflamation. Is there any restriction of movement and whether the swelling apper just after injury or after little longer period. If just after injury there may be chances of fracture or muscular injury. Put only warm compression and apply tight bandage.Restrict movement. You can take anti inflammatory drug (NSAID) like aceclofenac with serratiopeptidase to reduce pain and swelling. Consult your doctor for examination and management.
Hope I answered your question. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries.
Wish you good health. Take care.

Regards
Dr. Vidya
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. David Okia's  Response
Good evening
Foreign body was retained in soft tissue of your leg after injury.
There is now inflammation around the foreign body.
You need to see doctor, meanwhile start on antibiotics and analgesics.
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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