If you bruise easily, you may not even remember what caused the
bruise. Bruising easily does not mean that you have a serious health problem,
especially if you only have one or two bruises or if an unexplained bruising
does not occur very often.
Older adults often bruise easily from minor injuries, especially
injuries to the forearms, hands, legs, and feet. As a person ages, the skin
becomes less flexible and thinner because there is less fat under the skin. The
cushioning effect of the skin decreases as the fat under the skin decreases.
These changes, along with skin damage from exposure to the sun, cause blood
vessels to break easily. When blood vessels break, bruising occurs.
It is possible that the main title of the report Von Willebrand Disease is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Multiple bruises or red blood spots under the skin that appear
suddenly for no obvious reason (in the absence of a bump or fall) are
It may be a coincidence that bruises appear at the same time that
you or your child becomes sick with an illness, such as the flu. However,
unexplained blood spots under the skin (purpura or
petechiae) that occur with signs of illness, such as a
fever or severe headache, may mean a serious infection or medical condition
that requires immediate medical care. Prompt medical treatment may prevent
serious complications and even loss of life.
Other possible causes of bruises and blood spots under the skin