Bruises occur when small blood vessels under your skin tear or rupture, most often from a twist, bump, or fall.
Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes a black-and-blue colour that may become purplish black, reddish blue, or yellowish green as the bruise heals.
Rest and home treatment can help you heal.
Your doctor may have taped the bruised finger to the one next to it or put a splint on the finger to keep it in position while it heals.
The doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your finger. If you damaged bones or muscles, you may need more treatment.
Most bruises aren't serious and will go away on their own within 2 to 4 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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