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What Are the Signs of a Deep Thigh Bruise?

Bruised leg.
An ice pack, which can help with a deep thigh bruise.
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The signs of a deep thigh bruise include a dark blue or purple discoloration and discomfort when pressing on the area. Sometimes, however, pain is absent, leaving the person to wonder how he got the bruise in the first place. Since the capillaries in the thighs are very fragile, simply scratching the thigh can cause a bruise. Also, a deep thigh bruise can be the result of an injury or from self-injecting oneself with medications such as insulin.

A deep thigh bruise typically requires no treatment, because the bruise will resolve on its own in a week or two. If the bruise is especially painful or accompanied by swelling, an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can be taken, or a patient can apply a cold pack. Aspirin and other medications, such as ibuprofen and prescription anticoagulants, can also cause a deep thigh bruise as well as bruising on other parts of the body. These medications can also cause nosebleeds and bleeding gums.

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Although usually not considered serious, excessive bruising can sometimes indicate a serious medical condition that will need evaluation. If a deep thigh bruise is the result of an anticoagulant medication, the health care provider can either lower the dose or discontinue the medication altogether. Bruises appearing on the thighs and legs can cause be unsightly, and in these cases, makeup can be used to concealed the bruises. Leg cover-up is effective in hiding unsightly bruises as well as broken capillaries and prominent, discolored veins. Leg make-up can be purchased at drug stores and some department store cosmetic counters.

In a diabetic patient, it is important to rotate sites when self-injecting insulin because using the same spot repeatedly can contribute to tissue trauma and a subsequent deep thigh bruise. Discussing insulin injections with the health care provider can give the patient other options of administering insulin. If bruises persist or get worse, the health care provider might recommend a series of blood tests to determine if a medical condition is the cause.

Occasionally, bruising is genetic or heredity, and the predisposition for bruising generally increases as people age. Other locations of the body where bruising is common include the upper arms and the legs. People who take daily aspirin for cardiovascular health may be at risk for bruising and broken capillaries on the legs, however, should never discontinue aspirin therapy without first consulting with their health care providers because doing so might increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

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candyquilt
Post 3

@burcidi-- Yea, ice is really great for the first couple of days of deep thigh bruise recovery. I know what you mean about the pain, I've experienced a thigh bruise like that too. I even had swelling for a couple of days. Ice is great for all of these symptoms.

The other thing I did was slowly stretch my leg out. The area of the bruise was pretty sore even after it seemed to heal. And stretching help relieve the tension there.

burcidi
Post 2

@simrin-- Maybe yours is not a deep thigh bruise, just a regular bruise?

I know it doesn't have to be painful but the one time I got a deep thigh bruise, it was extremely painful. I was kicked in my thigh during a soccer game. It didn't seem to hurt too much that day because I paid no attention to it and kept playing.

The next day though, my thigh hurt really bad. I couldn't even move it or walk. I put ice on it and went to see my doctor just in case. He said that it's a deep thigh bruise and told me to keep ice on it and rest. Apparently ice and rest is the best way to heal a bruise.

He also gave me an ointment. You can get the ointment over-the-counter and that really helped a lot. Mine still took over a week for the discoloration to go away with the ointment but it was a really serious bruise.

SteamLouis
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I get thigh bruises all the time and I'm one of those people who have no idea how it happened. I usually find out about it by chance when I'm changing clothes or when I look in the mirror. And I'm so confused about how it happened.

I know it's because it doesn't hurt. If it did, I would take a look to see what's there. It is usually tender to the touch though.

Thigh bruises are not a big deal, expect that it doesn't look good. Especially if it's summertime or if I go swimming. I almost prefer the look of it in the first week, because the second week, it turns a really bad yellowish color before it disappears.

Does anyone know how to make a bruise go away faster? Like any bruise remedies I can do at home?

The discoloration is a good sign because it lets me know that I hit my leg somewhere and that I need to be more careful. I just wish it didn't take so long to get better.

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