Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin - Topic Overview
Blood spots under the skin may be either
petechiae. Purpura might look like bruises, but they
are not caused by an injury as most regular bruises are. Petechiae don't look
like bruises. They are tiny, flat, red or purple spots in the skin, but they
are different than the tiny, flat, red spots or birthmarks (hemangiomas) that
are present all the time.
Sudden unexplained bruising or blood spots under the skin
or a sudden increase in the frequency of bruising may be caused by:
Medical treatment for abnormal bruising or blood spots focuses
on preventing or stopping bleeding, changing or adjusting a medicine that may
be causing the bruising, or treating the medical problem that is causing the
If the skin is injured over a bruise, be sure to watch
for signs of a
Check your symptoms to decide if
and when you should see a doctor.