Easy bruising is often a problem that occurs with age. Although most bruises are completely harmless and disappear without problem, seniors who bruise easily can often be experiencing an underlying and more serious problem.
Why do many seniors bruise so easily?
When small blood vessels (known as capillaries) are broken near the skin’s surface, a bruise forms. Bruises are most commonly seen on the skin surface of arms and legs. When bumps, blows or injuries are inflicted, capillaries break and a small amount of blood leaks out. This blood, or bruise, initially appears
as a dark/bright red, purple or blue/black mark on the skin surface. The body eventually re-absorbs the blood, making the bruise disappear.
In general, harder injuries cause larger bruises to appear. For those seniors who bruise easily, however, even minor bumps can result in a substantial bruise formation. In addition, women are generally more prone to bruising than men.
Factors that contribute to easy bruising are:
Seniors should not stop taking any medication due to an increase in bruising. It is always best to consultwith a doctor about concerns associated with bruising. In addition, it is vital seniors let their physicians know about the dietary supplements they are taking on a regular basis. This is especially true for seniors who are taking supplements while on blood thinning medications.
Easy bruising can sometimes indicate a serious underlying medical condition. Seniors should immediately consult their doctors if experiencing: