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Why do some wounds turn purple?

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Last Updated: 03/06/2021 at 4:47pm
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May 23rd, 2015 2:20am
I feel like some wounds turn people because the circulation in your blood and muscles are healing!!!
July 22nd, 2017 11:06pm
From my knowledge as an EMT, there are several different types of wounds I know of that could be purple. Contusions, ecchymosis, and scars can all be purpleish. Contusions and ecchymosis can be purple because of minor bleeding from blood vessels underneath the skin. Scars can turn purple as part of the healing process.
October 10th, 2018 6:57pm
There are three reasons to why wounds might turn purple. One of those reasons could be because of it bruising around the edges meaning that it was done very harshly with a lot of force. The second reasons could be because of it not getting enough oxygen, this could be because of blood flow or many other reasons. The third reason that it could turn purple is it is slightly infected. But this is only if it is an open wound. The last two can be very serious because it could make things even worse than they possibly could be.
July 25th, 2017 4:27am
Wounds can change a couple of different colors. This can possibly be caused by bruised skin. The color should go away in a few weeks, but if you are concerned please visit a doctor to make sure everything is okay.
December 7th, 2017 3:05pm
A wound turns purple due to the bruising process. When the body is struck by something, the small blood vessels close by to the skin surface rupture, and thus bruise by turning purple.
March 8th, 2018 8:50pm
Wounds turn purple because the small blood vessels under the skin rupture and bleed causing you to see purple on the outside.
December 29th, 2014 1:30am
Blood welling up around the wound. It's just like a regular bruise, but with more white blood cells.
February 24th, 2018 10:22pm
Because the blood under the skin seeps through the muscle tissue and makes a bruise. Or if it's not a blunt-force injury (i.e., if it's an open wound), it may be infected. You might want to ask your doctor.
March 7th, 2018 2:58pm
Because the internal bleeding stops, makes the blood freeze and clotted and those blood clots turn purple in colour.
June 20th, 2018 6:25pm
this could occur due to many reasons. If the wound is a very severe one, it can cause excessive hemolysis of RBCs and due to this reason that effected area might appear a bit bluish or purple in colour. If the colour stays there for a long time, the wound should be treated as it might be a sign of some bleeding disorders
July 13th, 2018 9:57pm
This may be due to bruising of skin which may occur after trauma to the skin. The blood under the skin which causes the discoloration of bruising should be totally reabsorbed by the body in three weeks or less. If the symptoms persist for a long time, then it may be due to formation of hematoma because of blood trapped in tissues. This blood may need to be drained.
December 21st, 2014 12:51am
That's the bruising - if you get hit hard, the skin will turn purple - don't worry about it, it'll go down in a bit. You can always take some paracetamol to help the pain, and if it swells up lots, you can see a doctor!
December 17th, 2016 5:24pm
So this can be perfectly normal, if its the whole wound, and is generally caused by the tissue in your body form reforming (scarring). If however its only around the edge of a wound this can be a sign of infection in the wound. Ultimately if your worried about the wound you should go and seek further medical advice from a nurse or physician.
February 2nd, 2017 3:10pm
it could possible be internal bleeding or the blood is clotted in that particular area, for more accurate description check out other websites and if it's severe visit a doc
November 23rd, 2017 2:38pm
It is the outcome of broken blood vessels and inflammation. In fact, this process will always take place in the initial phase of a scar. The skin area that is damaged will signal out signs to our bodies to send in blood flow to assist in the healing process.
April 6th, 2018 3:49pm
Some wounds and bruises can turn purple due to blood vessels losing oxygen and possibly rupturing; with bruises, you're bleeding under your skin without breaking the skin.
July 11th, 2018 5:30pm
The blood around the wound gets stuck and clots inside the wound, also called as hematoma, where it is usually painful because of the clotting.
June 21st, 2020 5:53pm
Well, it could be for a number of reasons. In my experience mine turn purple when I either have a bruise as well as a cut, or that there is an infection coming on. It is different for everyone so if it is causing you stress and pain for more than however you feel is necessary depending on the wound then I would suggest getting it checked. It is better to be safe rather than sorry and you never know, it could just be perfectly fine, but our health Is very important and in a time like this when it's a pandemic, If its an infection or something else it may make your immune system weaker.
July 17th, 2020 7:11am
Depending on the depth, cuts often will bleed. Bruises are the result of hard contact with a person or an object. The impact causes an injury to the tissue beneath the skin, and blood from the injury settles near the skin. Bruises usually start out looking red, then within a few hours turn blue or purple, and finally appear yellow as they fade. They turn purple because the blood flowing in that area is mostly venous blood trying to make its way to the heart. Venous blood has a darker color due to a lack of oxygen-bound hemoglobin. There is more venous blood in that stage of wound healing because your body is still building new arterioles that had been damaged by the cut. Arterial blood flow comes from the heart towards the limbs of your bodies and is more red because they have more oxygen-bound hemoglobin.
January 25th, 2018 8:55pm
It''s the amount of increased blood that your brain send to the wound, since the more blood is there, the more white blood cells are there to clot the wound and prevent further bleeding.
February 8th, 2018 12:17am
Minor bruising. Nothing to worry about. Its usually nothing serious, but if it doesn't go away soon, you might want to get it checked!
April 7th, 2018 5:21pm
It is blood across the skin get clotting ... When blood clots inside it turns maroon then into purple
April 7th, 2018 7:59pm
Depending on the depth of the initial cut and how old the scar is, as well as skin type (thick, thin, elastic... etc) and how your body heals itself, the colour and texture of scars can vary.
March 27th, 2020 5:55am
Some wounds turn purple based on the type of impact they have had. Mostly these wounds would be bruises, even if skin is cut. The white blood cells or your little 'saver cells' help clot up the blood if your skin has been cut. If not they rush to the hurt area to help heal. When doing this it minimizes the red blood cell count in an injury to help clot blood and maximize healing of the area. If the wound gets green or a yellow puss comes out, then the area is infected. That is when you should look for your doctors help. :)
April 15th, 2020 10:10am
Because the wounds become bruised it's had an huge impact to the area, Which causing bruising. If it becomes any worse in pussing fluids you need to contact a doctor or have temp. Because this can mean there an infection which you would most likely need some type of antibiotics to get rid of the infection, but if its just bruising it mostly like to heal with 1 to 2 weeks depending on your immune system, If you have a high temperature which is not the normal temp you normally experience If in the uk call 111 for advice on this,
April 22nd, 2020 3:02am
Some wounds turn purple because it's part of the healing process. There are different steps of the process of healing. But the wound that turns into purple is just a process of your body giving a signal to give more of a blood flow to that area to help heal up the wound. Some wounds turn purple due to the fact that it's a new wound which has been hurt or injured just recently. The wound turns purple and it may start to feel itchy but it's just the process of healing. But if it gets infected you'll start to see some puss and if you see puss within the purple would it does need to be taken a look and start cleaning up the wound covering it up so it has a better chance of healing up without an infection.
April 22nd, 2020 7:57pm
The wound turning red or purple can signify that it is a new scaring and that it is now just starting the healing process. And just to give more information, the red or purple scarring could also be a signal that your body is isn't getting enough circulation to a particular spot too.
July 15th, 2020 4:40pm
I have never thought of this but I think that wounds turn purple because the blood doesn t get to them. Or at least the rght amount doesn t get where it s supposed to go to heal it. They turn yellow when they are close to fully healed. I know that beneath the wound there are like tissues ? ? ? I am not sure tho ha ha. But if it gets a funny smell or a strange colour I think you should see someone like a doctor or a dermathologist to investigate further on the wound. yea
September 9th, 2020 1:41am
Some wounds turn people so that we can address this wound we have. Purple and red on our bodies signals for our body and our mind that this area needs to heal, and we can be more aware of this need for healing from the color. As time passes, and as we do more healing internally and externally, the color of the wound will change. Physical wounds may change colors in a shorter amount of time than deeper emotional wounds; a cut on your arm physically will heal sooner than the equivalent to a bullet wound emotionally, therefore more attention is needed.
October 3rd, 2020 7:16pm
Scar is composed of collagen fibers irrigated with networks of small capillary vessels. These vessels are newly formed and not yet under the control of autonomic nervous system. The scar tissue vessels can not adapt the change in circumstance of blood stream. As a result blood stream in the scar tissue ( especiall deeper layer ) remains relative slow and they contain venous blood which has dark color. On the other hand we see the deeper layer of scar tissue through superficial layer. On this situation we feel bluish, just like our vein on the back of hand as bluish.