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blood test bruising - February 19th 2010, 11:23 PM

why sometimes when i get a blood test does it bruise in the area?
   
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Re: blood test bruising - February 20th 2010, 02:15 AM

"As a result of the test, you may have a small bruise in the skin around the needle prick. The most common causes of bruising after a blood test are lack of pressure on the site of the jab until the bleeding has stopped, or if the needle damaged the vein or other blood vessels while it was being inserted. Although bruises can be painful, they are usually harmless."

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Re: blood test bruising - February 20th 2010, 02:35 AM

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"As a result of the test, you may have a small bruise in the skin around the needle prick. The most common causes of bruising after a blood test are lack of pressure on the site of the jab until the bleeding has stopped, or if the needle damaged the vein or other blood vessels while it was being inserted. Although bruises can be painful, they are usually harmless."

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ah, that's the hospital i'm treated at..

anyhow, yeah this pretty much sums it up. it's just from the trauma to your skin caused by putting the needle in, usually fades really quickly and isn't anything to worry about. if you have pain afterwards though that doesn't go away quickly you need to mention it to your doctor.


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Re: blood test bruising - February 28th 2010, 10:35 PM

I volunteer at a hospital in the lab, so I see a lot of this. Talk to the phlebotomist (person that draws the blood) about your concern. Most of them would be happy to talk to you about it. They might switch needle types or change something that may improve it. If they do it right though, there should be minimal pain and bruising. Hope this helps.


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Re: blood test bruising - March 2nd 2010, 04:29 AM

I get blood tests every week and every week I get a bruise =D I am not to sure why but the people above me seem to know!!! As annoying as it is, it's completely normal
   
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Re: blood test bruising - March 2nd 2010, 07:23 PM

Just to add it in here, try not to move your arm for a few minutes after. It makes the bruising worse.
   
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Re: blood test bruising - March 4th 2010, 02:51 AM

A bruise is just the blood under the skin out of the vein or capillary. Like, if you get hit the capillaries break open letting blood out staying under the skin to leave a mark as a bruise. So when you have blood tests some of the blood comes out when they take the needle out. It usually hurts because that area is sore from the injection. It goes away in a few days or a week. Nothing to be worried aboutt.
   
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