Why you could be bruising easily
It’s become a concern; you bump into the same coffee table you bumped into a year ago, but this year, it’s different: a bruise that lasts a week.
What’s happened? What’s changed? Well, don’t be alarmed; there are a bunch of reasons you may suddenly start to bruise easily.
We bruise more as we get older
Sad, but true; age tends to cause thinning our skin and there’s not much we can do about it. Most of us simply lose that all important layer of fat that absorbs the bumps and minimises the bruises. Our blood vessels too, weaken with our advancing years, becoming fragile and more susceptible to bruising.
To add insult to injury, our propensity to bump into things grows in direct proportion to the number of months we go without updating our glasses prescription.
Aspirin can cause bruising
Seems a bit wrong that something you take for headaches can leave you with a few more visual ones elsewhere, but there you go.
Same with anticoagulant medications, blood thinners and steroids such as prednisone; if you take either of these and notice a sudden and inexplicable increase in black and blue spots, talk to your doctor about your concerns.
Vitamin C can cause bruising
Rather a lack of it can. Vitamin C is essential for healing and a lack of it can cause bruising. Vitamin C is necessary for synthesis of collagen and affects the skin’s and blood vessel’s ability to withstand the impacts that results in bruises.
Most of us manage to stay fairly well topped up with Vitamin C, but if we’re on the older side of young or we smoke, Vitamin C levels can drop to the levels bruises love. So if you’re in this category, try getting more Vitamin C into your daily diet with oranges and appropriate supplements.
Bruising can be a family affair
Bruising can simply run in the family and there’s not an awful lot you can do about it except to remove any clutter from your home and have a good lighting.
Heavy drinking can cause bruises
Surely not. How could stumbling about in an inebriated state possibly cause us to go a bit black and blue? Well, it can, but it’s not just that; easy bruising may be a sign of liver damage and that’s no laughing matter.
If you’re a big drinker and you’ve noticed a sudden upturn in your skin’s susceptibility to bruising, see a doctor immediately.
Easy bruising can be a sign of blood disorders
And that’s not a good thing. If you’ve noticed your skin reacting to fairly harmless bumps in ways it didn’t before, all the above may not be the issue, but something like haemophilia could be, especially if your nose and gums are bleeding.
In rare cases, easy bruising can also be a sign of cancer. Don’t mess around; see a doctor.
How do reduce bruising?
Don’t fret, in most cases, easy bruising will be an annoyance you can manage with treatment and a few lifestyle adjustments.
The best ways to manage it is to avoid bruises in the first place. Here are some tips you could follow to prevent bruising:
- If your house is like an obstacle course, get rid of the clutter and use good lighting in your home. Avoid throw rugs, particularly on the stairs.
- Arrange your electrical cords and furniture so they are not in your way
- If you play sport, wear ALL the protective equipment your sport allows
- Find out what the side effects of your medications are and consult your doctor if they are making you dizzy or sleepy