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Black and red bruise on skin over cheek bone - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Should a black and red bruise on the skin over a cheekbone last for over a month?
Doctor :   HI,
User :   Hi
Doctor :   The duration of the contusion mark depends on the depth and the force of the hit
Doctor :   May i know what caused the bruise ?
User :   My toddler grandson who is rambunctious, bonked me HARD on my eye,. The bruise caused my whole eye area to be vicious red and black, all of which have fadwd. But a crescent shaped area on the cheekbone is still back and red and a little puffy. I check everyday and it APPEARS not to be fading. This happened a month ago?
Doctor :   ok, its not expected to stay for so long
User :   Then what is the problem?
Doctor :   you can fasten its healing by applying warm compresses
Doctor :   well its not permanent
User :   OK. Will it EVER go away or will I maybe need some kind of lazer or otherwise treatment to heal the little capillaries?
Doctor :   since its over the bony prominence (the cheek bone )the depth of the bruise is deep may take more days than any other area
User :   At what point is time should I become really worried about this?
Doctor :   if you apply warm compresses i believe it may take not more than 15 days from now
User :   OK. That is what I will do and I will count the days and HOPE!
User :   I take 81mg aspirin a day. Can this slow,it up as well? How many compresses a day?
Doctor :   and also apply Calamine lotion over the area it will add to the healing
Doctor :   Aspirin can worse the bruise when its a fresh one , but now i do not think it has any effect
User :   HOw many compresses a day?
User :   I am 80 years old. Is that part of the problem?
Doctor :   at least thrice a day , the more you keep it warm more it heals
Doctor :   no , Your age is not an factor here
User :   GOOD! Anything else I should do Dr.?
Doctor :   yes, take multivitamin supplements they will add too
User :   I take those everyday and have for years. Anything else besides heavy makeup? (A joke.)
Doctor :   Fruits which are eaten with the peel , like apple are good
User :   Will do.
Doctor :   That would suffice
User :   If that's all, thank you very much!
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me ,kindly provide your feedback
User :   When do I do that?
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