Apr 30, 2015 8:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Have you ever found a bruise on your body and wondered how it got there? “The trick is to determine whether the bruise is a normal consequence from a trauma—which you may or may not remember—or if it is something more serious,” says Debra Shinkle, MD, a family medicine physician at University of Utah Health. Most cases are benign and can be evaluated during a physical exam. Here, Shinkle shares reasons some people may bruise more easily than others.

Medications and vitamins that may cause people to bruise:

  • Blood thinners
  • Aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo

“Other medications may also be a factor. Talk with your doctor about any concerns,” Shinkle says. 

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