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Suggest treatment for a bruise on the shin

fell of ladder and scraped shin with small pea size oval scrape. Its sore and happened today has a bump around small as well. The only thing that has me a little worried is that it went black and I have scrubbed it with a wash cloth several times soap water 91% alc. with in an 20 min. of happening. tiny bit of pink around it, but doesn t smell bad. Do u think the black part is dried blood or a new scab forming already?
Thu, 18 Aug 2016
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hello
Firstly do not worry about it. It seems to be a small injury with normal amount of swelling causing the bump. And it has been cleaned well.
Since it is quite fresh the black maybe due to dried blood. Make sure there are no debris/sand etc from the ground in the wound.
The surrounding skin maybe dark because of underlying bleeding or a clot forming. This will fade by itself.
In case of any pus or fluid discharge/ swelling persisting get it dressed at a clinic.
Apply an antiseptic ointment such as povidone iodine with a light bandage.
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Suggest treatment for a bruise on the shin

Hello Firstly do not worry about it. It seems to be a small injury with normal amount of swelling causing the bump. And it has been cleaned well. Since it is quite fresh the black maybe due to dried blood. Make sure there are no debris/sand etc from the ground in the wound. The surrounding skin maybe dark because of underlying bleeding or a clot forming. This will fade by itself. In case of any pus or fluid discharge/ swelling persisting get it dressed at a clinic. Apply an antiseptic ointment such as povidone iodine with a light bandage.