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Itchy bruised elbows after drawing blood. Symptom of an infection?

I had blood taken from an elbow and two hands by a cardiac clinic nurse who didn t seem to know what she was doing. She failed to get blood from the elbow and one hand and was finally half-successful with the other hand. Both hands were extremely painful while she was doing it. Two days later I have painful bruising across the whole backs of both hands, which I can deal with, but one of the hands has started to feel very itchy. Is this just another symptom of the bruising or is it a sign I have acquired an infection?
Asked On : Wed, 10 Oct 2012
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Good evening.. i think the blood wasnt taken properly and it has punctured your vein. That s the cause of bruising nd pain. But dont worry l, it will go off soon. It does take time though
Around 7 to 10 days. If you can, get a thrombophobe gel from the chemist and you can apply it over the vein sites. It is not an infection, just minor inflnammation probably.
Answered: Fri, 20 Sep 2013
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