Question: Are Bruises Bad For Your Health?

What does a bruise do to your body?

Bruises form when the soft tissues of the body get bumped.

When they do, small veins and capillaries (the tiniest blood vessels) under the skin sometimes break.

Red blood cells leak out of these blood vessels.

These red blood cells that collect under your skin cause that bluish, purplish, reddish, or blackish mark..

When should you get a bruise checked out?

Bruises due to minor injuries or accidents usually disappear on their own after a week or two. During the healing process, the bruise will change color before fading away. But it’s a good idea to get a bruise checked out by your doctor if it: Shows no signs of improvement after a week.

What Vitamin Am I lacking if I bruise easily?

Deficiencies in vitamins that help your blood clot, including vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B-12 may also contribute to easy bruising. Your healthcare provider can order a blood test to check for vitamin deficiencies and may recommend vitamin supplements depending on the results.

What happens when you fall while on blood thinners?

Every part of your body that hits something when you fall may experience bleeding. Being on a blood thinner can worsen the effects of a fall, causing bleed or even a bone fracture. Bleeding can be life- threatening, which is important to remember when you experience any fall.

Is bruising a sign of low iron?

You may begin to bruise easily if you aren’t getting enough iron. That’s because your body needs iron to keep your blood cells healthy. If your blood cells aren’t healthy, your body won’t be able to get the oxygen that it needs to function. This may make your skin more susceptible to bruising.

What bruises should you worry about?

When to Call the Doctor A bruise can need medical care if: You think a sprain or broken bone may have caused it. It keeps getting bigger after the first day. It makes your arm or leg swollen or tight.

What is the difference between a bruise and a hematoma?

A bruise, also known as a contusion, typically appears on the skin after trauma such as a blow to the body. It occurs when the small veins and capillaries under the skin break. A hematoma is a collection (or pooling) of blood outside the blood vessel.

Can Bruises Be Harmful?

Minor bruises will heal very quickly without affecting a person’s day-to-day life. Severe bruises, however, can cause deep tissue damage and lead to complications including infections that require time and antibiotics to heal.

When should I be worried about unexplained bruising?

When to call your doctor If you or your child has unexplained bruising, it may be time to see your doctor. See your doctor if you notice the following: large bruises that occur frequently and for no apparent reason. bruises that show no sign of improvement after a week or two.

Can you get a blood clot from a bruise?

The bruise itself won’t cause a blood clot. In very rare circumstances, the hit that caused the bruise can. If a deep-seated vein is damaged during the collision, it could lead to a deep-vein clot. This is called deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

Should I be concerned if I bruise easily?

When bruising easily starts suddenly, happens relatively frequently, or if the bruises are unusually large or painful, you should consult a doctor. Your doctor will likely have you describe your symptoms, examine current bruises and ask for information about any history of bleeding problems in you or your family.

Why am I suddenly bruising easily?

Easy bruising may be a result of a seemingly insignificant compression of skin or there may be no skin injury recollected. Easy bruising can occur when the blood vessels are weakened by diseases (such as scurvy), medications (such as aspirin, prednisone, and prednisolone), and aging.

How do you know when a bruise is serious?

When to Seek Medical CareCall the doctor if the bruise is accompanied by swelling and extreme pain, especially if you take a blood-thinning medication for a medical condition.Call the doctor if bruising occurs easily or for no apparent reason.Call the doctor if the bruise is painful and under a toenail or fingernail.More items…•

Why is there a hard lump under my bruise?

A flat, purple-colored bruise, such as a black eye, is called an ecchymosis. A swollen, painful, raised lump is called a hematoma. Hematomas form when clotted blood develops as a lump under your skin. An example of a hematoma is the proverbial goose egg on your head.

What is bruising easily a sign of?

Easy bruising sometimes indicates a serious underlying condition, such as a blood-clotting problem or a blood disease. See your doctor if you: Have frequent, large bruises, especially if your bruises appear on your trunk, back or face, or seem to develop for no known reasons.