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Question: broken blood vessels on right forearm and hand

 aussie73 - Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:53 pm


Woke up this morning what appeared to be a red rash on area on my forearm and hand, which has now spread from my hand to my elbow and around my forearm.
it has become very painful and swelling to the radius area, and stiffness and swelling of my fingers.

it feels hot to touch and sore, it feels almost the same as sunburn.

I know its not a rash, for when i push/roll a drinking glass over the area, it does not disappear!!

I went to my local GP and he said they were broken blood vessels caused by injury to tendons.

Is this information correct?

Here are some pics.

Thank you....
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:26 pm

User avatar Hello,The acute onset associated with pain and swelling of the limb is more likely due to a streptococcal infection like cellulitis or erysipelas.A minor injury could be a precipitating cause.Antibiotics are likely to be given to you to control the infection.The differential diagnosis would include a vasculitis but unlikely since there is no multisystem involvement like fever or arthropathy or lymphadenopathy.Best wishes.

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