Bleeding under the skin can appear as a bruise or a flat black and blue patch under the skin. The discolored skin is caused by broken blood vessels leaking blood into the tissues that have been injured. If you have bleeding under the skin that is not the result of an apparent injury, it may be the sign of a serious medical condition or disease.
Common Causes of Internal Bleeding
Bleeding under the skin that is not caused by an injury can appear as small red or purple dots called petechiae, or in larger flat patches called purpura. There are some common causes of bleeding under the skin that do not necessarily require medical attention, such as a bump, a minor fall, or the normal aging process.
Bruising can also result from:
- An allergic reaction
- Side effects from aspirin, blood thinners, or other medications
- Chemotherapy side effects
- Radiation side effects
Signs of a Bleeding Disorder
A sudden increase in the number of unexplained bruises may be a warning sign of a serious disease or medical disorder, such as:
- Infections in the blood
- Autoimmune disorders
- Blood clotting disorder
- Certain types of cancer like Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, or multiple myeloma
- Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
- Deficiencies in vitamins B12, C, K, or folic acid
You should seek medical attention if you notice more bruises appearing for no apparent reason. Also, see a healthcare provider immediately if bleeding under the skin is accompanied by:
- Severe pain in the affected area
- Bleeding through the skin
- Darkening of the affected skin
- Swelling in your extremities
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