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Burst Varicose Vein
Hi to all.

I've had Varicose vein from a tender age of 17 or so and hadn't really noticed them until about a few years ago (currently 21). I was on the soccer pitch just recently and noticed a real bruising pain in my left calf and so proceeded to examine the area. I noticed that a varicose vein had most likely burst. It looked like a bruise measuring around 3cm in diameter, dark blue and color with a slightly reddish tone. I quickly send myself to the hospital's emergency department and they tell me to go home and treat it like a normal bruise with elevation of the leg and ice.

A few days pass, the pain is gone and the initial bruising is beginning to heal (slightly faded red with skin color producing). Though another problem has arisen: Slight bruising has occurred around the initial bruise. It's very light and not as intense looking but still worrying.

What happens from here guys? Do I return to the hospital or let it rest for another few days.

Sex: Male
Age: 21
Fairly Fit
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Hi

Thanks for the post. In your case I think it was a bruise, may or may not accompanied by formation of a hematoma (localized collection of blood from injury to a blood vessel). The color changes you describe are normal for a bruise, and initially the healing bruise margins do spread.
I am giving you a link about bruise with pictures, so you can see for yourself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruise

However it is difficult to diagnose without examining. Since you have a prolonged history of varicose veins and from your post I realize you are into sports and exercise, so it will be wise to consult a specialist. Maybe you can begin with your local doctor.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else.
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Thanks for your reply doctornee.

I've read the article regarding a bruise and it very much sounds like what i am experiencing with my leg. Though through your advice I think i should still see my local clinic and have it checked out.

thanks again.
Pat
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351246_tn?1379685732
Hi

You are welcome! Please do keep me posted.
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