Purpura

Purpura is a condition known for purple or red flat spots or patches on the skin and mucous membranes.

Purpura occurs when small blood vessels leak blood under the skin.   Some types of purpura, such as senile purpura, are more common in older patients.  This is because patients with mature skin have a decreased blood flow, a thinning of the skin and may have experienced sun damage throughout their lifetime.  This can make the skin especially prone to bruising, often without any apparent cause or reason.

Sometimes, helping to strengthen the skin can make it more resilient to bruising.  Always be sure to check with your Dermatologist for ways to help deal with purpura.