How do bruises happen?
Before we talk about the possible causes of easy bruising, let’s first have an overview of what a bruise is.
A bruise or what we commonly call “pasa” is a patch on the skin that happens when tiny blood vessels burst. The blood vessels then leak blood into the tissues under the skin, resulting in discoloration that may appear swollen at first and feel tender.
People with fair complexion often develop purplish or bluish patches. Those with darker complexion tend to have black, brown, or dark purple bruises.
Please note that bruising commonly happens after an injury or trauma, but some people are more likely to bruise than others.
Case in point: seniors tend to bruise more easily because their blood vessels are weaker and their skin, thinner. Additionally, easy bruising can also run in families.
What causes easy bruising?
Now, what if you’re fairly young but still feel as though you bruise easily? What causes your easy bruising?
Reports say there are several possible reasons behind easy bruising; they include:
Medications that thin the blood can make a person bruise and bleed more easily. Examples of these drugs include aspirin and warfarin.
Some herbal medicines and antidepressants may also increase a person’s risk of bleeding and bruising.
If you’re taking some medicines, ask your doctor if it could be causing your bruises, so you can discuss alternatives or other interventions.