Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Bruising in Elderly Persons

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The thing about old age is that it brings along many other things that if a caregiver is not keen, may lead to greater problems as the patient gets older.

Causes, Treatment and Prevention of Bruising in Elderly Persons

The thing about old age is that it brings along many other things that if a caregiver is not keen, may lead to greater problems as the patient gets older. Old people require maximum care as they age since they may not have the ability to do most of the daily activities on their own.

Old age comes along with multiple changes in and on the body, some of which include weakening of the immune system, weakening of general body parts and many more. The skin also becomes weak as you age and is more vulnerable to injuries such as bruises.

You may have noticed several bruises on old people but do not know just how they occurred, given that they are not very active. Below are some of the causes of bruising in elderly people:

• Weak skin

As you grow old, your body tends to become less active and scientifically, less rejuvenating. Your skin therefore begins to thin, making it more likely to bruise when it comes to contact with any rough object. Visit http://assitedliving.org/article/elderly-bruising.html to learn more about care for your elderly loved ones.

Given that the skin of an old person retains less moisture, is wrinkled, dry, thin and less supple, the capillaries and blood vessels are closer to the skin’s surface. Thus, when an injury occurs, bleeding takes place very easily leading to a bruise.

• Weak blood vessels and other inner body structures

Aging causes the tissues supporting the capillaries to weaken and the blood vessels to become more fragile, thereby increasing the chances of bruising when a minor injury occurs.

• Excessive exposure to the sun

In as much the sun is well-known for keeping your bones healthy by absorbing calcium, too much exposure to the sun may have adverse effects on your skin, more so an old person’s skin.

Excessive exposure to the sun leads to thinning of the skin and weakening the blood vessels, therefore making them susceptible to breaking easily.

• Medication

Some of the drugs you take may have negative effects, more so on elderly people. For example, aspirin is known to interfere with blood clotting which may lead to skin bruising.

• Excessive consumption of alcohol

Usage of alcohol is also known to thin the blood, which presents higher chances of bruising.

Prevention and treatment of bruising

Bruises cannot be treated in a specific way. Rather, they should be allowed to disappear with time as the skin has its own rejuvenating properties.

When a bruise occurs and the skin is not raptured, you can compress the area using a cold cloth to reduce the swelling and reduce the chances of the skin rapturing.

You can also make good use of cosmetic products like tretinoin creams that increase the skin’s thickness and reduce the chances of the blood vessels rupturing unwantedly.

Avoid too much exposure to the sun as this causes damages to the skin. This can be done by wearing long sleeved clothing when the sun is very hot and making use of sunscreen products.

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3rd Mar 2017 (#)

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.Interesting and informative article.

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