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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Don't Worry About 'Blood Spots'

Thursday, 02 Feb 2012 10:12 AM


Dear Dr. Hibberd: I have blood spots on my hands occasionally, but all of my tests are normal. I'm 63 years old and weigh about 173 pounds, and I smoke.


Answer:
Minor broken capillaries on our hands commonly leave darkened spots that clear on their own. These are very common and are caused by trauma to skin that has lost much of its dermal fat support, and has less elasticity and stretch due to aging. Their presence is not usually associated with disease, but check with your doctor just to be sure.

Please stop smoking. Smoking prematurely ages skin and is a major cause of much discomfort, disability, disease, and premature death.




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