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Do you bruise worse than normal?

What I mean by that question is, I bruise what I consider the norm. A relative, although taking iron pills and her doctor saying he finds nothing wrong/out of the ordinary, she now seems to be more conserned. I've been shocked before to see how she bruises. I haven't researched it, and I know she has, but I wonder if anyone has this happen with their brusing? I know things can be missed.

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Re: Do you bruise worse than normal?

I don't know if I am abnormall bruising.  All my life I have bruised very easily and now that I am older it is so much worse.  If I just brush against something, I have a bruise or a blood bruise!  It is ugly looking and I hate that I am doing this but I do not know what can be done about it.  I have mentioned it to some of my doctors and they have no comment other than I am very fair, thin skinned and am getting older, so, in other words -- put up with it.  I wish there were something I could do to either prevent it or make the bruises clear up faster.  At times I look as though I am being abused!!!  

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Re: Do you bruise worse than normal?

@AngelPuppy1, my skin is just like yours, just practically touch my arms and one of those things you call a blood bruise appears! You expect that to happen if you're on blood thinners, but I'm not on anything. My mom and aunt experienced the same thing after menopause so I think it's genetic. Scandinavian heritage largely, blonde, fair. Lately I've been putting coconut oil on them 2x a day and it seems to help get rid of them a little faster, still experimenting there. Since I'm a natural klutz, I will get to experiment often! Woman LOL

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My mom, in her elder years, bruised extremely easy! She always had bruises on her. She was under strict doctors care and they never gave a reason why this happened to her. I'm in my early 60's now and, thank goodness, don't have this same trait as my mom.

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Re: Do you bruise worse than normal?

The older I get, the more easily I bruise. I've read that this is not unusual. However, some of the meds that older people take can increase susceptibility to bruising. For example, my husband takes a baby aspirin each day and we've noticed he bruises more easily. The doctor says the aspirin is to blame. I have a knee injury and I've noticed that when I take the medication my doctor prescribed I also notice more bruising. Ah, the joys of aging!

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Seems to be an issue as we age. At almost 81, I'm trying to be careful out in the gardens, but get bruises easily on my legs when I bump into a hedge branch or the likes. I love wearing knee length skirts to church on Sundays, but sometimes have to wear pants if the bruises can't be covered up. 

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@AngelPuppy1 wrote:

I don't know if I am abnormall bruising.  All my life I have bruised very easily and now that I am older it is so much worse.  If I just brush against something, I have a bruise or a blood bruise!  It is ugly looking and I hate that I am doing this but I do not know what can be done about it.  I have mentioned it to some of my doctors and they have no comment other than I am very fair, thin skinned and am getting older, so, in other words -- put up with it.  I wish there were something I could do to either prevent it or make the bruises clear up faster.  At times I look as though I am being abused!!!  


I have exactly the same story.  I am very fair and always bruised easily.  But at my age now I bruise without even knowing how I got it.  They are all sizes, mostly on my forearms, purple and ugly and take weeks to disappear. Even on the hottest days in the summer I wear long sleeves.  I've had as many as ten or twelve at a time.  Getting old is so ugly.

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Re: Do you bruise worse than normal?

I will turn 60 next week, and while this is not an issue for me yet, I do see it with my husband and my mother.   Even the weight of a grocery bag, or mom's purse on her arm will cause a nasty bruise.  My husband takes a full strength aspirin every day for his heart, so every bang and bump leaves a bruise on his arms.  Using the weed eater is sure to leave quite a few marks.  This type of bruising is expected with age as the skin becomes thinner, and with certain meds such as aspirin and blood thinners.   

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Thank you all, I guess it may just be age in this factor that leads to this instance. I appreciate hearing from you all, it makes sense.

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Re: Do you bruise worse than normal?

I'm fair, blond and have bruised easily all my life.    As I grow older, it does get worse as my skin has thinned.  What some of you have described could have been written by me.  I'm not on any medication.  

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