Do you get bruises more frequently than others? Do you know why (disease, condition, medication related)?
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Why do bruises occur more frequently in some
people than in others?
The injury required to produce a bruise varies with age. Bruising occurs more easily in the elderly. While it may take quite a bit of force to cause a bruise in a young child, even minor bumps and scrapes may cause extensive bruising in an elderly person. Blood vessels become more fragile as we age, and bruising may even occur without prior injury in the elderly.
The amount of bruising may also be affected by medications
which interfere with blood clotting (and thus cause more bleeding
into the skin or tissues). These drugs include many
arthritis medications called nonsteroidal
(for example, ibuprofen [Advil, Nuprin] and naproxen
over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin. Warfarin (Coumadin) is
often prescribed by doctors specifically to prevent clotting in patients who
have had blood clots in their legs or heart. Warfarin can cause severe bruising, especially if the level of the medication becomes too high. Cortisone medications, such
as prednisone, promote bruising by increasing the fragility of
the tiny blood vessels in the skin.
inherited clotting problems (such as in hemophilia) or acquired
clotting problems (such as in patients with liver diseases like
cirrhosis) can develop extensive bruising,
unexplained bruising, or even life-threatening