Always wondered why I bruise easily, - seems a Vitamin C deficiency is highest on the list of several Vits, K is another. I have also noticed that Vit C deficiency has been mentioned in a number of articles associated with CFS/FM, and some related disorders. Pat. Here`s a short (makes a change) article to read:- Bruises are caused by the breakage of blood vessels under the skin. When a blow to the area causes these vessels to break, blood leaks out and causes the "black and blue" appearance we call a bruise. The harder you're hit, the darker and larger the bruise will be, but sometimes even little bumps can cause significant bruises. Sometimes bruising easily is a symptom of a lack of vitamins or problems with clotting. If you have never bruised easily before but suddenly find yourself dealing with a myriad of bruises, you may want to seek professional attention. The same is true if your bruises are especially painful or tend to be large and you can't remember bumping yourself. Bleeding elsewhere (nose or gums) in addition to bruising also points to the need for medical attention. Bruising easily: Cause for concern? Easy bruising isn't limited to older people, but as you age you may notice an increased tendency to bruise. Despite appearances, it's generally nothing to worry about. However, occasionally it may be a sign of an underlying health problem that warrants medical care. How a bruise forms A bruise forms when a blow breaks small blood vessels near the skin's surface, allowing a small amount of blood to leak out under the skin. The trapped blood appears as a black-and-blue mark - a bruise. Sometimes, there are also tiny red dots or red splotches. The body reabsorbs the blood, which causes the bruise to change color with time. Usually the harder the blow, the larger the bruise. However, if you bruise easily, a minor bump - one you may not even notice - can result in a substantial bruise. As you age, it's not uncommon for bruises to appear for no apparent reason. The arms are a typical location. Why older people bruise easily Skin tends to thin with age, in part because the layer of fat under your skin thins as you get older. This layer is what protects blood vessels in your skin from injury. Another reason for easy bruising as you get older is that blood vessels generally become more fragile with age because the tissue that helps support the vessels weakens. Long-term exposure to the sun can damage your skin in a way similar to aging, also leaving you more susceptible to bruising. The tendency for easy bruising can run in families. And sometimes, easy bruising is a side effect of a medication. In rare circumstances it can signal a vitamin deficiency or blood-clotting defect. Although easy bruising is more common in older people, some people, particularly women, are lifelong easy bruisers. For no apparent reason, these otherwise healthy people spontaneously develop harmless bruises - sometimes called devil's pinches - on their upper arms, thighs and buttocks. When to be concerned If you have unusually large or painful bruises - particularly if your bruises seem to develop for no known reason - see your doctor. In addition, seek medical care if you're bruising easily and you're experiencing abnormal bleeding elsewhere, such as from your nose or gums. Also, see your doctor if you have no history of bruising but suddenly experience bruises. This is particularly true if you recently started a new medication. These signs and symptoms may indicate something more serious, such as a blood-clotting problem or blood-related disease. Preventing and treating bruises Wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants may offer a layer of protection for your skin and help minimize your risk of easy bruising. Protecting your skin from sun damage is helpful, as is preventing injuries and minor trauma. Good lighting within your home and at work can prevent minor bumps, which lead to bruising. Unfortunately there isn't much you can do to treat minor bruises. There's no drug you can take. A cold compress may help reduce any swelling that may be present. Once the swelling has gone down, applying a warm compress may help the bruise disappear faster. In addition, you may be able to cover up your bruises with makeup. Try foundation or a coverup stick.