Dear,Mary C. Brown
Due to some technical error,the answer was not posted here.So I have to type it again.Sorry for the late reply.
Thanks for the valuable info you had given.I've taken a close look at your question & the reply and come up with the following answer:
The most common causes of bruises your mother is having are:due to
elderly age capillary walls become more fragile and prone to rupture.
Other causes are:liver diseases like cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis, platelet disorders, marfan syndrome, von willebrand's disease, bone marrow disorders, antibodies
anti-FVIIIc syndrome and cushing's syndrome, blood clotting abnormalities.
The first thing she need is to have blood tests & ultrasound scan so as to know the exact cause. zinc and folic acid or vitamin C supplements help prevent easy bruising.
Although the medications she is taking is safe & does not cause bruises but Enalapril & Abilify (Aripiprazole) maycause bruises rarely.
Following tips will help her greatly in treating the bruise:For first 48 hours:Ice the area on and off. Put ice in a plastic bag, wrap the bag in a towel.Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Wrap the icepack in a towel.The cold reduces the blood flow to the area and therefore limits bleeding into the skin and reduces the size of the bruise.
After 48 hours of bruising: heat in the form of a warm washcloth applied
to the bruise for 10 minutes or so 2 or 3 times a day increase blood flow to
the bruised area allowing the skin to reabsorb the blood more quickly.
Exact diagnosis can only be made after physical & clinical
examination.So I advice her to make an appointment with her doctor for the blood
tests & examination to know the exact cause & then treatment will be
These two medications may be re consider as they can cause bruise as side effects.Also intercation of these medications will also be considered.
Till then she can follow the above decsribed tips.It will help her greatly in symptomtic relief.
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