What is it?
When a blood vessel breaks, the blood comes out into the surrounding area forming the so-called hematoma. When it happens close to the skin surface (epidermis), the dark spot on the skin can be observed. Such hematomas are often called bruises, and they are caused by some kind of injury or trauma that was applied directly to the suffered area.
How it looks and feels?
The symptoms include:
- Swelling over the suffered place
- There may be some pain or may not, depending on the severeness of the injury.
- The skin can be bumped with somewhat fluid-like feeling underneath.
- When the broken vessel in palm or arm gets healed and the poured blood “dissolved”, the skin color gradually changes from dark to purple or pink or red, then to yellowish and to normal. Or the color change may be slightly different, nevertheless, the skin will be gradually restored to its normal state of pigmentation.
What causes broken blood vessel in hand?
The most common cause of a popped blood vessel is the direct impact, which leads to the vessel damage. There are different stages of such damage from really minor that heals quickly up to some serious trauma that requires medical assistance.
Among other things there can be:
- Side effects from taking medications
- Allergy reaction
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Blood infections
- Autoimmune disorders
- Influence of radiation
- Due to aging
How should I know whether it is serious or not?
Well, the easiest way is to remember when and how did you get the hematoma? If it was just recently, because you hit your hand or something, then (if the hit was not really hard) it may be nothing serious and applying some home remedies may help.
If you are not sure why and when the bleeding beneath the skin happened, and moreover there is pain and swelling, then seeking some professional advice will be appropriate. Why? Because there may be bone fracture or any other serious condition, which if not addressed properly and timely, may lead to even more severe consequences.