A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Easy Bruising
I had a question the other day about easy bruising.
Bruises develop when small blood vessels under your skin tear or rupture, usually from a bump or fall.
Blood leaks into tissues under your skin and causes the black-and-blue color.
As bruises heal, usually within 2-4 weeks, they often turn colors, including purplish black, reddish blue, or yellowish green.
Sometimes the area of the bruise spreads down your body in the direction of gravity.
A bruise on your leg usually takes longer to heal than a bruise on your face or arms.
Most bruises aren’t a cause for concern and will go away on their own.
Home treatment may speed healing and relieve the swelling and soreness that often accompany bruises caused by injury.
If you bruise easily, you may not even remember what caused a bruise.
Bruising easily doesn’t mean you have a serious health problem, especially if bruising is minimal or only shows up once in a while.
>Older adults often bruise easily from minor injuries, especially to forearms, hands, legs, and feet.
As you age, your skin becomes less flexible and thinner because there’s less fat under your skin.
The cushioning effect of your skin decreases as the fat under your skin decreases.
These changes, along with skin damage from exposure to the sun, cause blood vessels to break easily.
When blood vessels break, bruising occurs.
>Women bruise more easily than men, especially from minor injuries on thighs, buttocks, and upper arms.
>A tendency to bruise easily sometimes runs in families.
Occasionally after an injury, blood collects and pools under your skin, giving the skin a spongy, rubbery, lumpy feel.
Sudden unexplained bruising or a sudden increase in the frequency of bruising may be caused by:
>A medicine, like aspirin or blood thinners.
>Infection causing a buildup of toxin in your blood or tissues.
>A bleeding or clotting disorder, like hemophilia, von Willebrand’s disease, thrombocytopenia, or another clotting disorder.
>Other diseases that affect clotting are:
>>Chronic inflammatory diseases, like lupus.
>>Liver disease, like cirrhosis.
>>Some types of cancer, like Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, or multiple myeloma.
>Inflammation of a blood vessel.
>Malnutrition, like deficiencies of vitamins B12, C, or K, or folic acid.
Treatment for abnormal bruising or blood spots focuses on preventing or stopping bleeding, changing or adjusting a medicine that may be causing the bruising, or treating the medical problem that’s causing the bruising.
If your skin is injured over a bruise, be sure to watch for signs of a skin infection.
To deal with easy bruising it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Increase Omega3/omega6 essential fats.
*Keep a balanced pH.
*Use Enfuselle and/or ShakleeBaby skin care products.
*Tea Tree Oil is an antibacterial topical treatment.
*Epsom salts baths may be beneficial/soothing.
*Consider liver and/or colon cleanses, fasting, and/or juicing.
*Review my post on candida.
*Consider aloe vera (gel from inside fresh leaves is best).
*Eliminate toxic personal care, laundry and cleaning products.
*Eliminate personal care products that upset skin’s natural pH.
*Decrease excessive sun exposure.
*Decrease exposure to chlorinated shower/bath water, pools and hot tubs.
*Improve your digestion and elimination processes.
*Discover allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Eliminate free radical damage.
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