Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Stop Bruising?

Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 03:00 PM

Question:
I am a 59-year-old woman who bruises very easily. Just the slightest bump will cause my arms to get blood bruises. Is there anything that can be done about this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Bruises have many causes, and typically occur if you bump into something. Some people, especially the elderly will bruise more easily. Remember, new onset bruising may signal an underlying bleeding disorder or malignancy, so be sure to be checked. Tests for coagulation and clotting disorders are usually ordered by your doctor’s office. Anticoagulants such as coumadin or pradaxa require dose monitoring, and they will cause bruising in some, even when the dosing is kept lower. Aspirin and many other over-the-counter agents often cause easy bruising.
Since your arms tend to get bruised, you could wear protective gear (like padded guards) on your arms, try placing furniture away from doorways and common paths within your home, tie up extra-long phone and electrical cords where you may trip and fall, and consider carpet for all floors at your home.

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