Easy Bruising and Bleeding

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bruising or bleeding after an injury is normal. However, some people have disorders that cause them to bruise or bleed too easily. Dr. Edward Hill discusses what to do if you are affected by easy bruising or bleeding in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People often bruise more easily as they get older. Bleeding happens when blood vessels are broken because of an injury, but it can also be a normal part of life.

Some medicines can cause easy bruising and bleeding. Examples are aspirin, pain medicines like ibuprofen and naproxen, and blood thinners. If you take one of these medicines, talk to your doctor to see if you should keep taking the medicine. You should also tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medicines or supplements you take.

Problems with bruising and bleeding are often inherited and show up early in life. Bruising and bleeding can also be signs of poor nutrition, liver disease and some cancers, but these are rare.

Talk to your doctor if you have:

Large or frequent bruises that you cant remember getting

Bleeding that doesnt stop after 10 minutes

More than five nosebleeds in a year

For women, unusually long or heavy periods, or

Family members who also have problems with bruising or bleeding

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.