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What should I do If a bruise doesn't go away?

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Most bruises aren't much more than a nuisance, but if it's very painful, or if you've had it for 2 weeks and it doesn't show signs of getting better, call your doctor.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Bruising Hands and Arms."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Bruises."

Go Ask Alice: "Unexplained Bruises."

Mayo Clinic: "Easy Bruising: Common as You Age."

Merck Manual: "Bruising and Bleeding," "Purpura Simplex."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

OrthoInfo: "Muscle Contusion (Bruise)."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 15, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Bruising Hands and Arms."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Bruises."

Go Ask Alice: "Unexplained Bruises."

Mayo Clinic: "Easy Bruising: Common as You Age."

Merck Manual: "Bruising and Bleeding," "Purpura Simplex."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

OrthoInfo: "Muscle Contusion (Bruise)."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 15, 2020

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