Do you notice bruises on your body and have no idea how they got there? Some people bruise more easily than others, especially with age. Why is this so? Keep reading to find out why we bruise, and how to get rid of them faster.
Bruising occurs when the injury of blood vessels in your skin causes a tear in a blood vessel, and red blood cells leak out into the surrounding area. However, there are many different reasons why you may find yourself bruising easily. Some of them are easy to remedy, while others need medical intervention to get the bruising under control. Don’t worry though, no matter what the cause of your bruising you can take steps to make bruises less of an issue.
Here are a few of the top reasons most people bruise
When playing sports or participating in another activity and you get hit by an object or a person, then there’s a good possibility a bruise will appear within a few hours. The body will then start the healing process, and it should pass within days or weeks on its own.
Autoimmune Disease that Affects Clotting
If your platelet count is low due to a medical condition called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), then your platelets don’t get produced in the right numbers. This condition makes it easier for someone to bleed internally and causes bruises to appear. ITP may also be caused by leukemia or lymphoma as well as arthritis.
However, you can also have a low platelet count — and thus increased bruising — if you take certain types of medications that cause the blood condition as a side effect. For example, chemotherapy medications will often cause dangerously low platelet counts, which can be quite serious… even life-threatening. Other medications that cause bruising include aspirin, prednisone, and birth control pills. Low levels of vitamin B12 and/or folate can also cause low platelet counts.
If you think any of this may be the cause of frequent bruising, then see a doctor or other healthcare practitioner.
Vitamin C Deficiency
A vitamin C deficiency can cause spontaneous bruising. This is the type of bruise that appears when you don’t do anything to cause it. For example, you go to bed and wake up with a bruise on your leg, even though you know you haven’t bashed your leg into anything in the night.
A vitamin C deficiency may also cause nosebleeds and gums that bleed when you brush your teeth. This happens because the deficiency causes the tiny capillaries to become weakened and fragile, and thus injured easily.
Vitamin K Deficiency
Vitamin K is important for blood clotting. If bleeding occurs in the blood vessels for other reasons and you have a vitamin K deficiency, then bruising becomes more likely.
If you are on anticoagulant medications or blood thinners, your vitamin K levels have to be carefully calculated. Research shows that when vitamin K is added to blood thinners in certain situations, there are better clinical results.
This blood disorder is the result of a genetic abnormality, and shows up as spontaneous bruising that reflects internal bleeding. It’s a serious condition that must be medically monitored.
7 Natural Bruise Remedies
The cause of the bruising is what determines the type of bruise remedy you need, though strengthening blood vessels is always a good strategy for any of the causes of bruising. This may be done with dietary changes, and certain plant-based foods. Some supplements also have properties that may help with bruising.
Here are seven popular solutions.
The acerola berry provides a complete health offering with a natural vitamin C complex. This means it has not only the anti-inflammatory vitamin C component, but an entire spectrum of vitamin C compounds in it. You can get acerola berry in powder form; add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of the powder to juice or yogurt and then repeat three times daily. This complete vitamin C group of nutrients works much better at relieving bruising than vitamin C by itself.
This South American plant comes with the entire vitamin C group of nutrients as well with quercetin, bioflavonoids and hesperidin. See if you can get it in powder form. Add 1 teaspoon to a cold beverage or yogurt. Vitamin C can be damaged by heat so you won’t want to put it in coffee. Use this dosage three or four times a day to reduce bruises.
Arnica oil isn’t directly used for bruises. Instead, the flowers and roots of the arnica plant have anti-inflammatory activities, plus it eliminates the accumulation of fluids in and around the bruise. The oil should be diluted five times with a carrier oil such as grapefruit seed oil, almond oil or even olive oil. Rub the oil onto the bruises and watch them fade over time.
Arnica ointments may also be used; in fact, plastic surgeons recommend arnica ointments for women who have had breast reconstruction to reduce bruising.
Aloe Vera Gel
Having your own aloe vera plant is the best option, but many companies sell good aloe vera gels as well. What you don’t want to use is the liquid. The gel will stay put on the bruise and won’t dissipate as fast as the liquid does. The aloe vera gel contains healing components for the skin and wounds. Apply it liberally four times daily.
Topical Vitamin K
Applying an ointment of vitamin K is often helpful for bruises. Apply liberally three to four times a day.
Take off an outer leaf from the head of cabbage and dip into boiling water to wilt the leaf. Then let it cool and apply it directly to the bruise.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Shake up your bottle of apple cider vinegar and pour some onto a washcloth. Apply directly on top of the bruise. Repeat three or four times a day.
With any of these natural remedies, consistency is key. You may need to repeat the process several times a day for the best results. Hopefully these tips will help resolve bruising in record time!