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Bruise and hematoma on leg

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Three days ago I suffered a tubbing accident. My thigh crashed against a snow wall. I have a bruise running down my leg. Above the bruise is a lump. The lump is about 1/3 the size of a soft ball. I've been icing the area and taking Advil. Do you think i could have broken anything? Is their any over the counter medicine that could be used to help reduce the swelling.

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The swelling is most likely a heamtoma. I assume that you do not have any difficulty in walking or raising the legs. Haematoma is an organised collection of blood from the wound. Small hematomas (as in your case ) usually resolve by itself and no interventions are needed. Larger ones and long standing one may need surgical drainage.

There are no OTC options available other that advil. Advil in addition to its pain relief , provides anti inflammatory action which can help in reducing the inflammation around the swelling.

In case if the swelling does not show signs of resolution in 4-5, or if there is increase in size of the swelling or if there is pain or any trouble in walking or any discolouration lower down the legs you should get medical help

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Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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