There are a lot of questions surrounding the subject of lupus and bruising. Easy bruising is not one of the symptoms of the disease, but does occur commonly in lupus. There are a lot of reasons for lupus bruising. Some are simple and some are more complex.
Lupus is a systemic disease, which means it has the potential to affect nearly any part of the body. The simplest explanation for bruising in lupus is probably aging. As we age we tend to bruise easier due to aging capillaries and thinning skin. People with lupus have medical problems that occur in older people much earlier because of the wear on their body. Also, lupus patients tend to take medications, such as corticosteroids, which can cause skin to thin, and therefore easier to bruise. It is important not to stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor though.
Having lupus increases your chances of developing a number of different medical conditions. If you notice that you are bruising easily, or if you have bruises that don’t heal within a reasonable amount of time, you should talk to your doctor. You may have had an injury which is worse than you thought, or there may be a more serious health problem which is preventing you from healing well or causing you to bruise easier.
Bruising and Lupus Vasculitis
According to WebMd.com, one of the reasons for easy bruising is vasculitis. Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels and common among people with lupus. This can affect capillaries, arterioles, venules, arteries or veins. One of the common signs of this condition is large spots, which are about the size of the end of a finger. These can sometimes look like large bruises. If you have lupus and bruising, and vasculitis is the cause, you are likely to have the following symptoms:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Weight loss
These symptoms can be caused by other conditions as well, so it is best to see your doctor to determine the true cause. Vasculitis can damage the body in a number of ways. For example, the inside of a vessel may become so narrowed the blood flow is reduce, leading to nerve damage The inflammation could also cause the vessel to become so narrow that a blood clot forms and the vessel becomes totally closed. If the blood flow is stopped or even largely reduced the vessel may begin to die; this could possibly lead to gangrene. Again, it is best to visit your doctor if you experience lupus bruising.