Bruising easily?

Bruises don’t exactly work the same way that scars do. If someone sees your scar, they know there’s a story behind it. Whether it came from a medical condition or act of stupidity – there’s something about a scar that shows strength (even if it did come from punching through a wall.) However when it comes to a bruise – that’s not exactly the case. For some reason, bruises carry more of a concern and worry. And let’s face it – they’re not nearly as cool as scars.

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Bruising easily? Read on for why these may occur!

Why does bruising occur?

A “beautiful” black and blue, or sometimes green or red (or all of the above!) bruise occurs when blood vessels beneath the skin are damaged. Most often this comes from running into something or taking a hard hit. While bruises are common amongst kids (take hard falls) and the elderly (skin is more fragile), bruises can also be a sign something in your body is off, especially if they’re appearing without a known cause or after just a slight touch on the arm.

Possible causes of bruising

If you’ve not been in a fight or accidentally run into something and have bruises appear, it could be an indication that something medically is off. Some possible common causes of bruising include:

Low iron causes bruising

Low iron, or anemia, may be a cause of bruising. This means you have low counts of red blood cells in your body. An iron test, or general blood test can determine your body’s iron levels.

Exercise may cause bruising

If you’ve been frequently exercising – good for you! Don’t stop! However know that frequent workouts may cause tears and make you susceptible to more bruises.

Some medications may lead to more bruising

Some medications thin your blood (such as aspirinprednisone and prednisolone), which in turns makes you bruise easier.

ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

This blogger believes that ITP may be a cause of bruising. This disorder involves low platelet counts and can be linked to gluten sensitivity. Read the blog for more info; a blood test can determine if you have ITP.

Bruising is one sign of diabetes

Among many other symptoms, bruising easily can be a sign of diabetes. While you shouldn’t assume you have diabetes when you begin bruising, do take into account your total health. If you have any other symptoms or ailments, consider having a diabetes test run or seeing a physician to determine the cause of any signs or symptoms.

 

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