Why Do I Bruise Easily? Category: Bruise Prevention
Do you seem to get bruises with no explanation? Or maybe you vaguely remember bumping into a table but can’t justify the dark purple mark that formed as a result? Although you may worry that an undiagnosed illness is to blame, the reasons for easily bruising are usually benign. Several factors can cause some people to bruise more easily than others:
Easy bruising is unavoidable for some people. They are simply genetically predisposed to bruise easily, thanks to delicate skin and blood vessels that allow even small bumps to leave big marks. If other members of your family also bruise easily, genetic factors are likely the cause.
2. Age and Gender
Age sometimes plays a part in easy bruising. Older people, particularly men, may notice an increased tendency to bruise as they age, but this increase is typically considered normal. As men and women age, their skin and blood vessels become less durable. In terms of gender differences, women tend to bruise more easily than men.
All pharmaceuticals are capable of causing side effects, and an increased risk of bruising is par for the course with some medications. In particular, blood thinners are often to blame for easy bruising. Designed to make blood clot more slowly, blood thinners inhibit quick clotting when blood vessels are broken under the skin, leading to bruising with a more dramatic appearance. As a result, those who take blood thinners or various other medications may notice they bruise more easily.
In rare instances, easy bruising could be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the organs responsible for blood production. Disruptions in normal blood production often lead to low levels of blood platelets, the tiny cells responsible for clotting. Besides causing easier bruising, leukemia can also inhibit clotting for cuts, causing them to bleed longer than normal.
5. Iron Deficiency
An iron deficiency in the blood, known as anemia, can also cause easy bruising. Anemia causes the body to produce fewer red blood cells, resulting in paler skin that allows bruises to dramatically stand out. Additionally, anemia sometimes accompanies a vitamin C deficiency, known as scurvy, that can cause clotting issues.
Adrenaline and other hormones released during exercise can make it easy to ignore small bumps that could lead to bruises. If you’ve been hitting the gym with gusto and you notice an increase in your tendency to bruise, it’s possible the exercise euphoria you experience when working out is camouflaging the actual impact level of various bumps and knocks you receive at the gym.
In most cases, the cause of easy bruising is completely benign. Genetics, age and medications are common culprits, although medical conditions are at fault in rare cases. No matter how you get a bruise—or how frequently—it’s important to have a healing solution. PROcure Bruise Remedy helps improve the discoloration of unsightly bruises with an Arnica-infused formula that starts working as soon as you apply it, even from the moment of impact before the bruise is visible.