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Forum Name: Pediatric Topics

Question: bruising easily


 jemima - Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:41 am

I have noticed recently that I bruise really easily. I always have about 6 or 7 bruises on my legs and sometimes on my arms. I never used to bruise like this, so I have been a little curious as to what may be causing it. I am a vegetarian who doesn't eat musch cheese or eggs and I don't drink milk. So sometimes I just say I'm a vegan. However, I do eat a healthy, balanced diet and take muti vitamins and minerals. other symtoms I have had which could be releated are; dizzyness and occasional shortness of breath in the shower. So really, I just wondered if there might be an underlying cause - serious or not...
 Dr. Elias Barrios MD - Sun Oct 09, 2005 6:45 am

well I assume your are either an adolescent or an adult ( thbis is a pediatric forum)because the quality or your question refering to yourself. when you expirience that bruising ,it is very important to know if you are on any medication that could affect the platelets or the clotting time even certain natural meds or products can affect them too.
You did not mention being on any medication so in case your are taking more than 2 taespoon linseed a day or too much fish oil those things may affect as well.
However I recommend you have done a clotting test and a platelets count.
Nevertheless most of the times these bruises are just due to capillary fragility or the lack of enough supporting tissue for them that make them more prone to be broken then expose to bumps or blows.

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