why do some people bruise more easily

Occasional bruises are a fact of life. At some point, weБve all banged our shins on a coffee table, walked into a wall in the middle of the night, or just woken up one morning with a mystery bruise and no memory of where it came from. But why do some of us bruise more easily than others? As it turns out, there are a lot of factors that can affect how frequently we bruise and how long those bruises last. In the short video above, Amy Shira Teitel of
explains whatБs actually happening to our bodies when we get a black-and-blue. While the typical bruise is caused by some form of mild trauma, Teitel explains that athletes can get bruises from the small amounts of muscle damage caused by working out.

Factors like age and sun exposure, meanwhile, can thin the skin and weaken capillaries, make trauma-based bruising more likely. And some bruises, like those caused by bleeding disorders, can occur without any form of trauma at all. Most bruises are a natural byproduct of living an active life. But, occasionally, they can be a cause for concern. Bruising without an injury can be a warning sign of a more serious condition. б Teitel recommends visiting a doctor if youБre worried about yours. б БAt the end of the day, bruising is pretty normal, especially if you are a klutzy gym rat,Б she explains.

БBut frequent bruising or ones that last a long time can come down to a lot of different things. The moral is: Listen to your body. If a part of it changes color, maybe find out why. Б [h/t ] Banner Image Credit: DNews, Sure, we all get occasional bumps and bruises, but some people seem to bruise like a peach at the smallest poke. Is excessive bruising just a reminder that you're a klutz, or could it signal a more serious health concern?

Why So Blue? An unsightly bruise can pop up whenever and wherever capillaries (tiny blood vessels) under the skin are due to a traumaвlike running into the coffee table (yet again). While most bruises tend to disappear within one to four weeks, they can go through a rainbow of stages after the signature black and blue look. Grossman SE, Johnston A, Vanezis P. Medicine, science, and the law, 2011, Nov. ;51(3):0025-8024. Immune cells called are digesting the red blood cells that have leaked into the tissue, says, M. D. , a Louisville-based dermatologist.

As they're broken down, the byproducts cause your bruise to change color, from black and blue, to green, to yellow, to brown. But why are some people more prone to welts than others? Of course, there's always the possibility the eyesores could more seriously indicate a blood-clotting problem or, lupus, liver disease, or. If bruises are especially big or painful, last more than four weeks, and are accompanied by abnormal bleeding elsewhere (nose, gums, etc. ), it might be a good idea to see a doctor. Ballas M, Kraut EH. American family physician, 2008, May. ;77(8):0002-838X. For less serious issues (the more likely scenario), here are a few tips for staying bruise-free.

Just beware the topical remedies abundant on the Internet, Kasteler says. Almost nothing topical can reach your blood vessels, and even if it could, itвs not going to help carry away the blood any fasterвthe supposed logic behind folk remedies like vinegar, parsley, and banana peels (our favorite). Your best bet is to ice it early and let your immune system take it from there. Originally published December 2011. Updated October 2015.