Why do you bruise easily as you age and how to treat it?

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Why do you bruise easily as you age and how to treat it?
Why do you bruise easily as you age and how to treat it

Why do you bruise easily as you age and how to treat it?

Do you bruise more easily now than you did when you were younger? Totally normal. As you age, your skin gets thinner and loses the protective layer of fat that acts as a cushion when you bump into something. Also, your blood vessels get more fragile. Both of these things mean you get more bruises.

Most bruises form when small blood vessels (capillaries) near the skin’s surface are broken by the impact of a blow or injury often on the arms or legs. When this happens, blood leaks out of the vessels and initially appears as a dark mark. Eventually, the body reabsorbs the blood, and the mark disappears.

Generally, harder blows cause larger bruises. However, if you bruise easily, even a minor bump can result in a substantial bruise.

Some people especially women are more prone to bruising than others. As people get older, the skin becomes thinner and loses some of the protective fatty layers that help cushion blood vessels from injury.

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Again, if your body is low on vitamin C as you age, you will be more susceptible to bruising. This nutrient is essential for healing, so if you don’t get enough, you may bruise easily. You may also notice it takes a long time for cuts or scrapes to get better.

It’s rare to have extremely low levels of vitamin C, but it’s more likely to happen if you’re older or you smoke.

Also, if you’ve been a sun worshipper all your life, you may notice your skin bruises more easily. That’s because, over time, the sun slowly weakens your skin and the tiny blood vessels underneath it.

These bruises are a little different. They aren’t caused by bumping into something, they don’t usually feel tender when you touch them, and they take longer to heal. You’re most likely to see them on the backs of your hands and arms.

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Tips to Prevent and Treat Bruises

No matter how careful you are, you’ll probably still get them from time to time. To avoid bruises, crack down on clutter at home, and always wear protective gear when you exercise or play sports.

Once you’ve got a bruise, you can help it heal faster. Raise the area where you’re injured and put ice on it. That will make you feel better and keep the bruise from getting bigger.

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