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Do you feel that with age you find more and more bruises on your skin? In fact, most of the time you don’t even recall what happened to you. It is true that some people bruise more easily than others, especially women, but age also is a contributing factor.
While it may be a nuisance, it is common for skin to bruise more easily as you get older. According to the Mayo Clinic, with age skin becomes thinner and so does the fatty layer protecting the blood vessels. A minor bump may be enough for the blood vessels (capillaries) near the surface of the skin to break. These capillaries also weaken with age, making them are more susceptible to damage. The blood that is released from the broken capillaries appears as a black and blue mark on the surface of your skin. Eventually the blood gets absorbed back into your body, without any treatment needed.
Medication and Bruising
It is important to note that certain medications can contribute to how easily you bruise, as well as the appearance of the bruise. Medication, such as anticoagulants and aspirin, affect how quickly blood clots, therefore bruises become larger as the more blood is able to leak from the capillaries. The Mayo Clinic also reports that corticosteroids used for treatment of eczema, asthma, and allergies, cause your skin to become thinner, making your body more prone to bruising with little impact.
Supplements such as ginkgo have also been known to thin blood as well, which can put you at greater risk for bruising especially when taken with certain medications.
When can Bruising Pose a Problem?
If you notice more frequent and unexplained bruising on your face, torso, or back, it may indicate more serious blood-clotting problem. Your doctor may check your platelet levels and functioning, and look for underlying conditions that affect your blood’s ability to clot. Talk to your doctor if you notice more frequent bruising when you change or start a new medication as well.
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