What does it mean if you bruise easily on your arms?


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Easy bruising on a person's arms usually means a person is aging normally, according to Mayo Clinic. However, if a person has a family history or develops large bruises with a history of significant bleeding, it might mean a person has a problem with her blood.

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What does it mean if you bruise easily on your arms?
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Bruises happen when tiny blood vessels near the surface of a person's skin break with a sudden force or impact, states Mayo Clinic. As a person ages, she begins to lose the protective layer of fatty tissue that helps cushion any blows received, causing an increased chance that the tiny blood vessels of the skin break. Generally speaking, women suffer more from this type of easy bruising as they age than men do.

However, if bruises develop for no reason or happen around the chest area, face or back, it may be a sign of a more serious blood condition, states Mayo Clinic. In most of these cases, it's a problem caused by not enough platelets in a person's blood supply or problems with the proteins that help blood clot. If this is the case, then it's best to make an appointment to visit a doctor. While, as of 2015, there is little to be done about bruises that have already formed, most of the time, they go away after a few days, which may take longer as a person ages.

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