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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female who has gotten very bad bruises, especially on my arms, in the past few years. It seems that even if I hit something gently, I get a bruise. Is there anything I can do about this, besides wearing long sleeves to cover up the bruises? Thanks for your help. — L.S.
ANSWER: Almost one person in five reports easy bruising, and the majority of them don’t have any identifiable problems. Women are more likely than men to experience easy bruising. Since yours are mainly on your arms (and perhaps legs), that is much less worrisome than people who have bruises all over the body. Larger and more frequent bruising is more concerning as well. A family history of bleeding problems is a big clue to unusual diseases, like von Willebrand’s.
Other reasons that it might be time to consult your doctor about bruising include a history of requiring a transfusion after a surgery or procedure, excess bleeding from minor cuts or bleeding from the gums or nose.