Bruising can occur for a number of reasons. Most of them are benign; some may be serious. Some people simply bruise more than others. Certainly older people bruise much more easily than younger folks.

This may have something to do with the friability of the tiny blood vessels and the thickness and structure of the skin, which change as we age. Certain medicines such as aspirin increase the likelihood of bruising.

There are illnesses that may lead to serious bruising, as well. Scurvy, which is an almost complete lack of vitamin C, can lead to bruising. But scurvy is virtually unheard of in this country.

There’s no proof that taking vitamin C will get rid of bruising if you don’t have scurvy. Bottom line: If you have started to bruise easily for the first time, get it checked out. A simple examination and blood tests can determine whether or not it’s anything to worry about.

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