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Bruise easily, heal slowly with chronic LOW IRON.

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I am a 41 year old female and am at home full-time (no young kids). I take iron supplements due to chronic low iron. I bruise easily and heal very slowly. Recently I was in the backyard playing with my puppy and I felt a burning/stinging pain on my leg. When I looked down I saw a large varicose vein. I have never had varicose veins before and this one just suddenly appeared. The vein ended up bursting causing a large very sore bruise. What may of caused this and should I be concerned?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Firstly, varicose veins bruise very easily, and secondly you have a history of easy bruising.
Varicose veins are prone to be easily injured, bruising, itching and ulcer formation.
This will heal provided there is no further injury to the site, however, I will request you to first get it examined by your physician to know the severity of the varicosity.
Feel free to discuss further,

Patient replied :

I no longer have the varicose vein as it appeared suddenly and then ruptured and all I am left with is a large tender bruise. Do you still thinik I should go have my concern addressed to my GP and what may have caused a sudden swollen vein to appear and then be gone?.

No varicose veins do not just come and disappear like that.
How is your BP? Sometimes hypertensives can have sudden dilatation of veins, or those on birth control may have such prominent appearing veins.
I will advise you to get a platelet count checked and revert back to me.
As of now, let it heal. You can apply Thrombophobe ointment 2 times daily.

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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