Why are you bruising so easily?

Do you bruise as easily as a ripe peach? Here are some reasons why.

Senior woman with big bruise on upper arm

Do you find that you bruise as easily as a ripe peach? If so, it could be down to a number of factors and it's often not something to be concerned about.

So, what is a bruise? A bruise is a contusion, usually a bluish-purple patch, which shows under the skin when internal blood vessels are damaged by some form of physical trauma.

This trauma could be the result of you injuring yourself after bumping into something, or something bumping into you. Sometimes bruising occurs deep in your tissues, organs and bones, causing swelling and pain.

Here are some of the reasons that you could bruise more easily:

  • as you get older, your skin loses its protective layers of fat, becoming thinner; thin skin is more susceptible to bruising

  • you could lack vitamin c – which is vital both for the production of collagen in the skin and for healing wounds

  • certain skin conditions – such as purpuric dermatosis – can lead to greater bruising

  • having pale skin means that bruises are more visible

  • it is possible that genetics and family history have a part to play, too

  • if you are taking blood-thinning medicine, for example warfarin or another anticoagulant for anti-clotting, bruising is a common side effect

  • certain steroids (e.g. corticosteroids, prednisone and prednisolone), and  antibiotics, can also make you more prone to bruising.


Natural-based remedies for bruises
There are a few natural-based remedies for a bruise, including:

  • apply an ice cold compress: you can use a pack of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a towel. Place the compress onto the affected area for 10 minutes to reduce inflammation

  • rub some arnica gel or ointment containing arnica on the bruise

  • aloe vera gel can help to reduce the pain of a bruise and repair broken blood vessels; apply the gel to the bruised area.

Finally, to prevent bruising in future you can ensure you have enough vitamin c. The body cannot store vitamin c so you can keep this topped up by eating fruit and vegetables or by taking a supplement (45mg) daily.

A bruise should start to fade after about two weeks. If it hasn’t gone away after three or four weeks, you should seek medical advice; a bruise that does not heal could signify a more serious condition, such as haemophilia, leukaemia and aplastic anaemia. Dark skin discolorations, sometimes mistaken for bruises, can indicate intolerance for insulin so could be a sign of diabetes.

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    10th Feb 2017
    2:09pm
    How does aloe vera gel repair broken blood vessels?
    Please don't print such rubbish!
    Puglet
    10th Feb 2017
    3:11pm
    I agree with Greenie. YLC shouldn't print rubbish - Arnica as a homeopathic remedy or full strength doesn't reduce/treat bruising so purchasing it is a waste of money. Vitamin c may help because of its relationship to vitamin K (see Cochrane data base) Most people don't need supplements - citrus fruits etc do the trick. BTW there is considerable evidence that OC supplements are often contaminated with potentially lethal/addictive substances. These supplements are still sold by pharmacies and supermarkets. It is best not to buy supplements or food additives from countries such as China because there is no quality control.
    Tru
    10th Feb 2017
    3:31pm
    There used to be a wonderful ointment called Lasonil which truly did speed up the dispersal of bruises. Sadly, at some time it was withdrawn from the market and there is no equivalent replacement that I can find.
    Puglet
    10th Feb 2017
    3:42pm
    Tru I think Hiridoid cream or packs is very close to Lasonil and is available in pharmacies. There is good evidence Hiridoid works to reduce bruising and swelling and is cheap. Celebs use this stuff to reduce bags under the eyes after a big night out! BTW applying leaches to the bruise I believe works very well and I am NOT suggesting it.
    Jim
    11th Feb 2017
    4:09am
    Both lasonol and hiridoid work very well, I know you can still buy hiridoid.
    Observer
    17th Feb 2017
    1:01pm
    After minor bumps, cholesterol medication can also cause bruising.


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