Thin skin that bruises easily

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Yukiko Ueda

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Yukiko Ueda, MD

Dermatology

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

Description

Bruising easily describes bruising with minor bumps or knocks not usually expected to cause bruises. Sometimes, the cause may not even be remembered.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Recent weight loss

Possible Causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

    An inflammatory disease affecting multiple joints, especially in the hands and feet. The cause is autoimmunity (body's immune system attacking itself).

  • Cushing syndrome

    This condition is caused by excessive amounts of a hormone called cortisol. This may be caused consumption of some steroid medications or the body itself may produce too much cortisol.

  • Drug-induced obesity

    Drug-induced weight gain is a side effect of many commonly used drugs, for example taking steroid medication long-term. This often leads to obesity related health problems. Due to the weight gain, some patients become irregular or discontinue the medication.

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)
  • Neiman-Pick disease
  • Progeria syndrome

  • Rossmund Thomson syndrome

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you bruise more easily or have thinner skin than before?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

  • Do you have a fever?

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