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Unexplained bruising

Causes of unexplained bruising and when you should see your doctor

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    Lillian — 24.08.2017 03:39
    Hello Im a 59yrs old woman on warafrin.I'm a diabetic Type2 and I just noticed a purple bruise above my Left eye Can you explain why this is I haven't had before.


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      Earle — 24.08.2017 09:28
      Hello Lillian Warfarin is known as a low safety margin drug, meaning it has to be prescribed within very small margins of error. Small changes in the chemistry of your blood, such as caused by alterations in your diet, can mean the dose needs rechecking by your doctor.


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    Jo — 29.07.2017 19:46
    Hi I'm a 28 year old lass i always have quite a few bruises that I can never remember causing I'm always tired and I'm starting to forget very simple things such as remembering what time I went to bed should I be seeing my doctor


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      Earle — 02.08.2017 09:00
      Hi Jo If your diet is good, then the bruising and fatigue should cause you to see your doctor, yes. If your diet isn't very good, try a multivitamin (Lamberts and Natures Aid) do some good ones and consider adding some iron if your periods are on the heavier side.


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    Sami — 06.07.2017 05:55
    Hi i have a 10 year old boy who is prone to accidental bruising however im very concerned as 5months ago hes lips discoloured and turned a blue purple then back in may it occured again yet was a lot worse yesterdag hes school rang me concerned as this time a little bruise formed on hes hand in school as the day progressed the bruise spread and hes hand swelled up we are going for blood tests again today but i cant think on what it can be as he seems ok in himself which is really more worrying as no doctors or the hospital take notice he has to be really poorly befor they investigate its through me telling them i want everything ruled out with blood test but i know they will lilely come back negative again or and he also suffers with really heavy nose bleeds which is why he had the blood tests the 1st time due to bruising and nose bleeds its so frustraiting as i assumed that if a body is showing signs of some underlying problem doctors took it serious and investigate 2015 this has been going on recently its been in stranger places as i said lips and hand all times swelling


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      Earle — 07.07.2017 10:14
      Hello Sami I'm afraid we can't diagnose overvthe internet as there is too much scope for error. Some of the symptoms match the signs of scurvy - see - but you will need to continue to work with your doctors for a diagnosis.


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