Color Palette of Pain: Different Types of Bruises and What They Mean

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Hematoma – Causes and Characteristics

One type of bruise that requires attention is a hematoma. Hematomas occur when blood pools under the skin, forming a localized swelling or lump. They often result from more severe injuries, such as falls, accidents, or blunt force trauma. Hematomas can range in size from small bumps to large, painful masses. The color of a hematoma can vary depending on its age, starting with a deep red or purple shade and gradually fading to yellow or green as the body reabsorbs the blood. If you notice a hematoma that is increasing in size, causing significant pain, or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying complications.

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