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Why Do I Bruise So Easily?

The Reason You Bruise Like a Peach

You accidentally walk into the corner of your coffee table and the next day there's a huge bruise on your leg. Or maybe bruises show up and you don't even remember hurting yourself. Bruising with the slightest bump doesn't mean you have a serious health problem, especially if your bruises tend to be small and don't show up often.

A bruise develops when small blood vessels under the skin tear or rupture. Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes the oh-so-attractive black and blue color. They can also become bumpy, which is called hematoma, which happens when blood collects and pools under the skin. As bruises heal (usually within two-four weeks) they often turn all colors of the rainbow, including purplish-black, reddish-blue, or yellowish-green. Sometimes the area of the bruise even spreads down the body in the direction of gravity. A bruise on a leg usually will take longer to heal than a bruise on the face or arms.

A tendency to bruise easily sometimes runs in the family, so you might have inherited this trait from one of your parents. Women bruise more easily than men, especially from minor injuries on the thighs, upper arms, and butt. The amount of fat covering your body may also play a part — if you don't have much, there's less cushioning protection, so bruises will appear with the slightest knock. If you notice more bruises now than you did several years ago, it could be due to all those hours spent outside without sunblock, as sun-damaged skin causes blood vessels to break more easily.

Sudden unexplained bruises, bruising that happens frequently, or bruises that don't go away after a month, could be a sign of a health issue, such as an infection or a vitamin deficiency of B12, C, or folic acid, so if you're concerned about it, it's best to make an appointment with your doctor.

janetmouse janetmouse 5 years
\u00a0@SaraNoH\u00a0Thank you. \u00a0It's been 2 days so I will try the heat and compression. \u00a0But now I know to do the ice immediately!
janetmouse janetmouse 5 years
Thank you. \u00a0It's been 2 days so I will try the heat and compression. \u00a0But now I know to do the ice immediately!
SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
\u00a0@janetmouse\u00a0That depends. How recent is your injury? If it just happened: ice. If it was 2 days ago or so: heat. And use compression.
Teanne2559106 Teanne2559106 5 years
Ever since my liver transplant my skin became extremly sensitive I bruise so easily now and Lord knows i'm thick.
pj75 pj75 5 years
came across this sight while researching a disorder my previous doctor said I have. I don't remember what it's called (that's why I'm researching), but he said it causes easy bruising. it is especially bad in the fall and spring. I had never heard of this, so I started taking notice. I def do bruise easier in the fall and spring. usually the yucky purple red bruises. problem is, I can't find any disorder on the web with this symptom.
Boilermaker Boilermaker 7 years
I am 27 years old and have bruised easily since I was a child. I have only become more concerned recently because the bruising has gotten worse since I have become older. I have read everyone's comments so far and it brings me comfort to know I am not the only one who deals with getting these ridiculous bruises, but I still don't know what to think. I can relate to all of you. I get bruising most likely because it runs in my family, I drink a lot, my iron count may be low (however I take vitamins iron enriched), I could simply brush up against a table or anything and get an enormous bruise (especially when I used to play sports), I will wake up and have bruises on my body and have no idea where they came from, I lately tend to feel weak and faint, etc. My list could go on and on. I am afraid it may be caused from drinking excessively. I learned recently that could be a possibility. I am not an alcoholic though when I tend to drink I don't know when to stop but I also don't wake up each day and think the first thing I need is a drink. At this point, I think I bruised as a child and young adult because it runs in my family but the excessive bruising since I became a young adult is something I am not sure of. Can anyone relate to this? What have you done to make it better?
sugajen sugajen 8 years
Everytime i go out drinking or cut back on what I'm eating I seem to bruise alot. Its hard to explain to my boyfriend esp when it looks like someone grabbed my leg or butt. He's always joking: did I do that?
mominator mominator 10 years
Lack of iron also causes bruising. I use to have to get iron shots. Had to go in everyday and get a shot in the hip and rotate. After I was done with the shots my hips were black and blue like I had been in a wreck.
beautiful1nes beautiful1nes 10 years
I don't understand bruises either, I get them so easily at one point I had over 50 on my body, I don't even know how I get them its so messed up. I think it runs in my family somewhat though cause my mom bruises very easily to just not as easily as me. I've had people asked me if i'm abused and its kinda hurts me cause i'm not it just looks that bad. But hey I live with it haha
CindySue54 CindySue54 10 years
Medications are also a common cause. Most people know aspirin can lead to bruising and increased bleeding, but so can many of the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs) like ibuprophen (motril, Advil) can also cause excess bleeding and easy bruising. And actually I believe HIGHER body fat leads to easier bruising, not lower body fat.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
i have so much fat and YET i still bruise?!?!? there is no justice! LOL :rotfl:
vrico2005 vrico2005 10 years
Great post, thanks!
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
im thinking the bruising after drinking is maybe the stumble home ;) i bruise with a bad look. i think it is so obvios b.c im so pale. and i have also heard that anemia can contribute to bruising easliy.
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
Maybe it's worth considering why someone bruises at all! Like they could have a condition that causes loss of balance or sudden weakness that could make one fall. Just something to think about, considering I'm one of the older folks in these parts! (I don't think about weekend drinking etc.) It's true that leg bruises or any anomaly on the leg takes longer to heal. A doctor told me that once. And yes, softball is a huge bruise maker!
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 10 years
i bruise soo easily!! I remember in high school (i played softball) people use to ask me if my mom beat me because i would always have HUGE bruises on my legs and arms! My dr. said it has to do with my anemia(i never heard of that before but if he said so then sure why not!)
jessiedallas jessiedallas 10 years
i heard that after you drink alot of alchol you are expecially prone to brusing...and now i seem to notice that after a big party weekend i do bruise easier and bruises show up when i don't even remember having something bump or hit me there, so i now whatcha mean, wierd!
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