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.
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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