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Question: Sometimes (not always) when I scratch the upper part of my wrist, blood surfaces to the skin in a blotch and can stay there for up to a week. What is this? Robin

Answer: Dear Robin,

Bleeding on the skin can happen when sores, recent scars, and open wounds are present such as in cases where a person suffers from eczema or psoriasis.

Eczema is a skin condition where the skin is itchy, hot, dry and can become broken, raw and bleeding. This condition can be treated and is not contagious.

Psoriasis is another inflammatory skin condition where patches of raised and red skin are covered by white scale. These patches can appear anywhere in the body but are common in the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp.

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