Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin
- If you take aspirin, other Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Opens New Window (NSAIDs), or blood-thinning medicines (Reference anticoagulants Opens New Window), keep regular appointments with your doctor so that he or she can monitor your medicine dosages and make any necessary changes or adjustments.
a variety of foods to avoid dietary deficiencies. Nutritional deficiencies of
vitamins C, K, or B12, or
Reference folic acid Opens New Window can affect blood clotting. Include a daily
- Whole-grain and enriched breads, cereals, and grain products.
- Milk, cheese, and yogurt.
- Meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans and peas, and tofu.
- Do not take dietary supplements that may increase bruising, particularly if you take a blood-thinning medicine. Dietary supplements that may increase bruising include fish oil, vitamin E, garlic, ginger, and ginkgo biloba.
Bruises are often the first sign of Reference abuse. You may be able to prevent further abuse by reporting it and seeking help.
- Call your local child or adult protective agency, police, or clergy or a health professional (such as a doctor, nurse, or counselor) if you suspect abuse.
- Seek help if you or someone you know is a victim of Reference domestic violence.
- Seek help if you have trouble controlling your anger with a child in your care. Reference Resources are available.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine