You can't always prevent
bruises, but most of the time bruises are not a cause
If you take aspirin,
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or
blood-thinning medicines (anticoagulants), keep regular
appointments with your doctor so that he or she can monitor your
medicine dosages and make any necessary changes or adjustments.
a variety of foods to avoid dietary deficiencies. Nutritional deficiencies of
vitamins C, K, or B12, or
folic acid can affect blood clotting. Include a daily
Whole-grain and enriched breads, cereals, and
cheese, and yogurt.
Meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans and
peas, and tofu.
Do not take dietary supplements that may increase
bruising, particularly if you take a blood-thinning medicine. Dietary
supplements that may increase bruising include fish oil, vitamin E, garlic,
ginger, and ginkgo biloba.
Bruises are often the first sign of
abuse. You may be able to prevent further abuse by
reporting it and seeking help.
Call your local child or adult protective agency,
police, or clergy or a health professional (such as a doctor, nurse, or
counselor) if you suspect abuse.