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Reason for Black and blue marks on the skin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I wake up with small black and blue marks on my left side. I am also aware that there is pain on that side and was told it was probably related to colotis or inflamed colon. Thank you
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender?
User :   female 58
Doctor :   can you tell me the exact area where you have the marks
Doctor :   and how many are they
User :   on left side above hip and left of the rig cage, sort of near back
Doctor :   hoe many are they ?
Doctor :   do they look like bruises ?
User :   5 small, about an inch and one large about 4 inches which looks like a bruise,
User :   but not sure if i ran into something. the small ones appear daily for past 4 days
User :   the small ones look like black and blues.
Doctor :   are the painful or itchy ?
User :   not itchy at all, painful if they are touched, like a black and blue
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   can you take a picture and email us
Doctor :   so that we can look and find out what exactly it is
User :   Could I take it with my cell phone camera and where to email?
Doctor :   doctor@healthcaremagic.vom
Doctor :   .com
Doctor :
User :   Okay should I try that right now?
Doctor :   yes sure you can
Doctor :   do you have any other medical problems ?
Doctor :   are you taking any medications ?>
User :   cymbalta 60 mg
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   ok i also want you to do the following
Doctor :   Place ice on the bruise to help it heal faster and to reduce swelling.
User :   I have taken the pictures and need now to figure out
Doctor :   If needed, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to help reduce pain
User :   how to send to you on my computer.
Doctor :   Take Vitamin C to prevent bruising by thickening the walls of blood vessels.
Doctor :   can you email us from your phone ?
User :   No I cannot email from phone but am looking for the cable to
User :   hook up with phone and computer
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   till then you do take note of the advice i am giving you
Doctor :   Apply apple cider vinegar to your bruise using a cotton ball. The vinegar will speed up healing, relieving bruise pain. You can also soak gauze or a cotton ball in the apple cider vinegar, then tape it to your bruise, adding more vinegar when it dries out. Use regular apple cider vinegar from the grocery store
Doctor :   if they are increasing in size then you would have to show it to a dermatologist
User :   Okay
Doctor :   have you got your sugar tested?
User :   I have taken picture with another camera and am going to send you. I have not had my sugar tested recently but will have my cholesterol tested soon, should that be added to test list?
Doctor :   yes please do that
Doctor :   also your blood pressure too
Doctor :   you should also take vitamin K supplements
User :   blood pressure was checked yesterday and was okay
Doctor :   also have food which is high on bioflavonoid also known as vitamin P. Bioflavonoid functions as the protector of the capillaries by keeping it healthy and avoids any kind of bleeding.
Doctor :   These are also anti-inflammatory which helps in reducing inflammation
Doctor :   You can find bioflavonoid in lemons, green peppers, broccoli and rose hips. The best bet with bioflavonoid is to have it with vitamin C as it is easily absorbed in your body.
User :   Yes, but can we know why they are appearing now?
Doctor :   there are many causes
Doctor :   do you exercise ?
Doctor :   it can be Bumping or banging against something
Doctor :   Unexplained bruises due to a fall or getting hit during one of the sports activities
Doctor :   and sometimes due to the fragile condition of the skin
User :   No that would not apply here. I did swim twice this week, but no banging. It appears
User :   after sleeping.
Doctor :   well do the things i have told you you will find relief
User :   Okay so does that end our session then? Should I still send photo?
Doctor :   you have time
Doctor :   you can send me the pics
Doctor :   i will reply to you in your mail dont worry
User :   okay i am sending one pic. it's hard to take by myself, but maybe you can see something important.
Doctor :   ok no problem
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