Medical Specialty >> Pediatrics

Doctors Lounge - Pediatrics Answers

Back to Pediatrics Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 9/9/2017.

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.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us