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Bruises that won't go away? Should I be worried?

#1 User is offline   mapexgurl 

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Post icon  Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:36 AM

I have a couple bruises on my thighs (one on each leg) that won't seem to go away. Both are from a game in Mid-late November. They don't hurt; it just visibly looks like a surface bruise. They were really deep welts. Are there any slider shorts or anything like that I could get to protect my upper thighs? That seems to be where I bruise the worst.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:16 AM

Dye sliders work well for that.

Bad welts take time to heal. It's common for some women to bruise easier than others. My wife has a problem with it. Bruises show up and take forever to heel. She doesn't play paintball though.

Next time you have physical, you might want to mention it to your doctor and have the blood tests for it just to rule it out.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:27 AM

Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin

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Older adults often bruise easily from minor injuries, especially injuries to the forearms, hands, legs, and feet. As a person ages, the skin becomes less flexible and thinner because there is less fat under the skin. The cushioning effect of the skin decreases as the fat under the skin decreases. These changes, along with skin damage from exposure to the sun, cause blood vessels to break easily. When blood vessels break, bruising occurs.

Women bruise more easily than men, especially from minor injuries on the thighs, buttocks, and upper arms.

A tendency to bruise easily sometimes runs in families.


guessing by your screen name that you are female and this might be helpful.

I know my grandma takes medicine that depletes her B12 and causes her to bruise very easily; so she takes B12 religiously.
EDIT: according to her it also keeps the mosquitos and most blood sucking insect away.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:12 AM

mapexgurl, on Jan 8 2008, 10:36 AM, said:

I have a couple bruises on my thighs (one on each leg) that won't seem to go away. Both are from a game in Mid-late November. They don't hurt; it just visibly looks like a surface bruise. They were really deep welts. Are there any slider shorts or anything like that I could get to protect my upper thighs? That seems to be where I bruise the worst.



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A bruise, also called a contusion or ecchymosis, is an injury to biological tissue in which the capillaries are damaged, allowing blood to seep into the surrounding tissue. It is usually caused by blunt impact. Bruises often induce pain but are not normally dangerous. Sometimes bruises can be serious, leading to other more life threatening forms of hematoma, or can be associated with serious injuries, including fractures and internal bleeding. Minor bruises may be easily recognized, in people with light skin color, by their characteristic blue or purple appearance (idiomatically described as "black and blue") in the days following the injury.


If your bruises are fading, I would think you are probably OK. Sometimes bruises turn brown, yellow, or green, particularly around the edges as these fade. However, if they are not fading, appear to be getting larger or more painful, you should see a doctor immediately, and not play paintball or engage in any other sport which may cause an injury until you get a clean bill of health. Don't take any vitamins or home remedies without the advice of a physician.

If you're prone to bruising, you definitely should invest in more protection. It isn't pretty, and has the potential to be more serious than things look. I am sure others here will provide some good suggestions for protective apparel.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:29 AM

Thanks guys, I'm not so worried now. And yes, I am female. I do bruise easy. But, I'm still looking for some good upper thigh protection. The more suggestions the better.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:33 AM

Well some sort of slider shorts, like was said, would do nicely I'd say. I'm not a girl, but I get bruises from paintball that stay around a couple-three months sometimes. Maybe it's just normal, due to the kind of impact. It's a very sharp, focused impact with a paintball, so it probably causes fairly deep bruising. 300 fps = 204 mph...
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:42 AM

I've had some bruises last a couple of months. Since you bruise easily, thats gonna be an issue. Slider pants will help a little. What do you normally wear when you play? I've found the my fatigues tend to take a lot of the force out of the paint and reduces bruising. You may want to look into some supplements like iron and anything that can help with blood. Go see a doctor about what you can do to help with the bruising. Don't start a regimen of anything unless you know what you need. People tend to really screw themselves up on supplements.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:49 AM

One of my sisters is very fair skinned and is very easy to bruise, I can cause a bruise just by poking her in the arm. Even those "gently" bruises seem to last 3 or 4 days longer than a normal bruise on me. I can just imagine what a paintball bruise would do to her.

As Knightwolf said, check with your Dr to see if there is anything you an do, aside from slider shorts.
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:51 AM

witchhazel, vinegar, and arnica can help get rid of the bruises faster. it has something to do with when it soaks into the skin how it helps break up the blood clotting so they dissipate faster.
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:54 AM

mapexgurl, on Jan 8 2008, 09:36 AM, said:

I have a couple bruises on my thighs (one on each leg) that won't seem to go away. Both are from a game in Mid-late November. They don't hurt; it just visibly looks like a surface bruise. They were really deep welts. Are there any slider shorts or anything like that I could get to protect my upper thighs? That seems to be where I bruise the worst.


it practically always goes away, it just, takes awhile... a long while
i had a few before, but just to be certain, apply aloe E medication around the welt, bruised, or scar'd area, i find it helps very effectively ^.^

i like to refresh up with it after every game
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 11:40 PM

As strange as this sounds, have you ever heard of the ice cube and comb trick to get rid of a hickey? Well, I've done this. PLace the ice cube on the hickey for a while and then use a fine tooth comb to "comb" out the bruise. It worked for the hickeys, maybe it will work for paintball bruises. If not, nothing ventured nothing gained.
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 12:44 PM

there is this herbal stuff, you can get it in Chinese or Japanese markets, i can't quite remember (I'm leaning towards Chinese). I think it's called Jao. You rub it on, it stinks for half an hour or so, and it clears up bruises and sore spots quickly.

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 03:22 PM

Tiger Balm or is that for sore muscles?

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:30 AM

I want to say Tiger Balm is for muscles.....
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 10:48 AM

Yeah, Tiger Balm is for muscle pain I've never heard of it being used for bruising.

There are a million and one home remedies out there. Supposedly rubbing Vicks Vap-o-rub works. Take vitamin C and E or Vitamin K. Use a withchazel compress on it. Use cocoa butter. Vitamin E cream. Arnica cream......
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