Sunday, May 17, 2009

What Is a Bruise Really? Do You Know?

By Carolyn Cooper

We've talked a lot about healing bruises and how to try to prevent them, but through it all, it is important to understand what a bruise really is and what that bruise is telling us. When you get bruises too easily, or when you find yourself in a place where they are just a commonplace inconvenience or bother, it can be easy to lose sight of what they are and what they signify is happening in your body. For instance, it is easy to forget that bruises come in different gradations, ranging from light to critical or life threatening. If you are someone who is subject to easy bruising, make sure that you don't lose sight of what is going on in your own body.

In the first place, a bruise is damage that occurs to tissue that's alive. Frequently caused by blunt force trauma, a bruise will be created when the capillaries just beneath your skin become injured. From these separated or broken capillaries, blood will seep up to just below the skin, pooling just underneath the skin to form those blues, blacks and greens that might be just too common to you. While the actual act of getting them is often painful, they may also be painful or tender to the touch. For people who are fair complexioned, even minor bruising can appear very dark and brilliant.

The fact that some people tend to bruise more than others should cause a focus on the health physical strength of their capillaries. Even in one unique body, capillaries can be diverse in their strength. There can be many factors that might provide the reason why some people bruise more easily than do others, but more often than not, weakened or broken capillaries are likely to be at the root of the problem. If you are attempting to prevent bruising easily that then becomes a riot of colors, keep in mind that capillary health is probably the central cause.

You should also make it a priority to be sure that you realize that bruises may be telling you of certain other types of disorders. Inexplicable bruising can be a warning of bleeding internally or even a sign of certain types of cancer. These signs can also point in the direction of having a situation involving problem platelet production or even a blood disorder dealing with coagulation. If you find bruising that takes place around the navel and is accompanied with severe abdominal pain, it may be a strong indicator for a severe case of pancreatitis.

Spend enough time to be sure that you know about bruising and what causes it before you attempt to treat them. Realizing what bruising really is and how it can affect your body will aid your determining what remedies are possibly going to work well for you. When it comes to bruising, it really is a case of discovering the best solution to suit your actual situation.

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