There are two possible results of a broken blood vessel. When an injury causes it on the body, a painful bruise or welt appears on the skin. Depending on the size and severity of the bruise, healing time can range from days to weeks.
The color of the blood under the skin changes as the broken blood vessel heals. People who take anticoagulant medication are more susceptible to bruising because the blood is thinner. If a blood vessel is broken due to medication or an underlying illness, the result is a bright red spot under the skin.
A broken blood vessel in the eye is called a subconjunctival hemorrhage. The condition is not painful and can be caused by coughing, sneezing, or even heavy lifting. Unless another medical condition causes the subconjunctival bleeding, it will go away on its own in 7-14 days.
Blood vessels sometimes break on the face.
As with subconjunctival hemorrhage, broken blood vessels in the face can be prevented in some cases. They can be caused by too much sun exposure or scrubbing the face too hard while washing it. Dr. Zizmor offers a variety of treatments that will minimize the unsightly appearance of broken blood vessels.