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What causes easy bruising?

What causes easy bruising?

Low platelets: A low platelet count can account for this. This would require blood work to be evaluated.

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What can I do for easy bruising?

Bruising: Rub a little tincture of arnica or arnica gel onto the bruise. Arnica (arnica montana) comes from a plant in the daisy family that grows in the rocky mountains, and it's wonderful for bruises, sprains, and sore muscles. Aloe vera, from a succulent plant native to africa, also soothes skin irritation.

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What can cause really easy bruising?

What can cause really easy bruising?

Blood thinners: Meds such as coumadin, (warfarin) placid, Aspirin and nsaids can all thin your blood making bruising fairly easy.

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Anyone know what causes easy bruising?

Anyone know what causes easy bruising?

Easy Bruising: Easy bruising can be due to fragility of superficial blood vessels, or due to some defect in clotting mechanism of blood. It can be due to low platlet count, or deficiency of one of the clotting factors. If you bruise easy or you have spontaneusly, you should check with your doctor and he/she can examine you and do blood test to find thec cause.

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Should I get tested for easy bruising?

Should I get tested for easy bruising?

Yes: Easy bruising is common. Medications, particularly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin, Ibuprofen and related drugs, can lead to easy bruising, however, there are several medical conditions that may cause this. You should be evaluated by your primary health care provider to make certain there is no underlying serious cause.

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What do you recommend for easy bruising?

See your primary md: The path to the most accurate answer is to start with a thorough history and exam. Roughly 80% of the time it's enough to make a diagnosis. In many cases, other testing may be needed to sift through the numerous possibilities, many harmless, to get a definitive answer. The md tries to use occam's razor (don't be scared, it's a metaphor):find the simplest, most direct solution. Your "razor"? See md.

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What can cause frequent & easy bruising?

What can cause frequent & easy bruising?

Maybe what you take: Bruising of the skin has many causes. Medications such as aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin) or Plavix can. Supplements like vit e, fish oil and ginko may do it. Alcohol intake thins the blood. Simple aging skin becomes thinner and more prone to bruising, especially in women. However, if the cause is not obvious, it is extremely important to see your internist for a complete check up!

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What does it mean if I have easy bruising?

What does it mean if I have easy bruising?

Various causes: Bruising may be from a variety of causes including: fragile skin (eg, elderly or collagen vascular disorders), low platelets (thrombocytopenia), bleeding disorders (eg, von willebrand disease, hemophilia), or medication effect (aspirin, plavix, (clopidogrel) warfarin).

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How much should I worry about easy bruising?

How much should I worry about easy bruising?

Depends: It depends on what your symptoms are. What do you mean by easy bruising. Any spontaneous bleeding? Excessive bleeding that wouldn't stop or requiring blood transfusion etc. You need to see your doctor and have some blood/ screening test to be done. If it is significant-then you need to see a hematologist.

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Is it normal for someone to have easy bruising?

Is it normal for someone to have easy bruising?

Yes, it can be.: Bruising is commonly seen in the elderly who have thin skin, and may be on medications (warfarin, aspirin) which tend to lead to easy bruising. When it occurs unexpectedly in someone who has not experienced much bruising, evaluation is recommended looking for abnormalities in platelet function.

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Could it be something bad if I have easy bruising?

Could it be something bad if I have easy bruising?

Depends: It depends on what your symptoms are. What do you mean by easy bruising. Any spontaneous bleeding? Excessive bleeding that wouldn't stop or requiring blood transfusion etc. You need to see your doctor and have some blood/ screening test to be done. If it is significant-perhaps you need to see a hematologist.

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Do lots of people get easy bruising, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get easy bruising, or is it unusual?

Quite a few: People on anticoagulant medication/blood thinners, i.e. Following coronary or deep vein thrombosis are quite prone to easy bruising. Patients with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) idiopathic or following chemotherapy are prone. Naturally patients with hemophilia or von willebrand's disease, where blood coagulation is impaired are prone. Also subjects with fragile skin capillaries.

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my easy bruising. Should i?

Easy bruising: Easy bruising can be defined as bruising without a history of trauma or bruising after minor trauma that would not have caused bruising in the past. I think you should see your doctor to rule out more serious problems or significant bleeding disorder.

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How come I have easy bruising, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have easy bruising, but nobody else in the family has it?

No simple answers: You may have developed easy bruising lately because of some changes in your body. You may have inherited the tendency, but no one other than you in the family may have inherited it.

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What causes the easy bruising seen in many people over the age of 60?

What causes the easy bruising seen in many people over the age of 60?

Vacular fragility: The blood vessels are more fragile in older people and loss of elasticity of the skin leads to loss of support to blood vessels. These two combine to make the blood vessels more prone to rupture on minor trauma.

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What causes easy bruising? And what can happen if you don't take care of it right away?

What causes easy bruising? And what can happen if you don't take care of it right away?

Some reassurance: Many people, especially women, have "bruise easily." the important thing is not so much that you bruise with little apparent reason but that, when you do bruise, the bruises don't go away in a timely manner. If you have bruises that just don't go away, you definitely want to get that checked out.

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Is easy bruising a sign of pregnacy?

Is easy bruising a sign of pregnacy?

Not likely: Bruising is not a classic sign of pregnancy but if you have other symptoms or have missed you period or have had a short period get a pregnancy test.

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Could easy bruising of the skin be a symptom?

Could easy bruising of the skin be a symptom?

Bruising: Blood-thinning drugs such as Aspirin and warfarin (coumadin) or medications such as clopidogrel (plavix) reduce your blood's ability to clot. As a result, bleeding from capillary damage might take longer than usual to stop — which allows enough blood to leak out and cause a bruise. Other causes include system diseases, liver disease, low platelets.

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