One thing is for sure: bruises never seem to pick a good time to show up. There are many people who bruise easily. You might remember seeing someones legs being covered in bruises. Frequent bruising is more common in women than men. The women with frequent bruises are self conscious about wearing shorts and skirts in the summertime. Their bruises might be caused by anemia, or something else, because there are a lot of reasons why this happens.
Bruising appears as a result of injury to the tissues beneath the skin. The small capillaries rupture and blood runs out and pools, causing discoloration as it rushes through the skins layers. By simply hitting a hard object some body parts can become bruised or they may be the result of blood clotting disorders, or some more serious injuries, or even side effects of medication, anemia and poor diet. Bruising can be caused by many situations. Many of them are small, but some may point to serious underlying health concerns.
What Causes Bruising?
- Heavy smoking may lead to easy and frequent bruising and also damages the blood vessels.
- Both small children and older people tend to bruise easily because they have less fat beneath the skin acting as padding.
- Medication side effects from blood thinners and aspirin causes easy bruising.
- People who dont get enough vital nutrients through their diet or are malnourished are more prone to bruising. Common culprits are anemia and Vitamin C deficiency (low iron in the blood). Other deficiencies that can lead to bruising are folic acid, vitamin B12 and K.
- Bruising is often a symptom of more serious underlying health conditions including kidney or liver disorders, lupus, AIDS and cancer. It may be time to seek medical attention, if you are bruising frequently and easily for no known reason.
- Blood clotting disorders can thin the walls of blood vessels making them very susceptible and delicate to rupture, causing frequent bruising.
Herbal Remedies for Bruises
There are several herbs that are beneficial for the treatment of frequent bruising. Some can be used to create ointments, poultices, or soaks and others can be taken in supplement form.