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Why am I getting bruises on my legs often?

Why am I getting bruises on my legs often?

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Published At August 22, 2018
Reviewed AtJanuary 23, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I keep getting bruises on both of my legs and they are in different colors. I have not banged recently and I do not know the reason. What can it be? I am regularly using an inhaler for asthma.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Easy bruisability is not an uncommon complaint and has multiple causes for it. As a baseline, you would need to undergo a panel of investigations to know regarding the status of your bleeding and clotting profile. Reasons can vary from simple normal skin tendency to vitamin C deficiency, excessive and prolonged use of steroids (even a few inhalers for asthma have a combination with steroids) and mental stress. A few appear like striae too, so kindly review if you have similar lesions on your lower abdomen, arms and thighs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do not panic even though the bruises appear alarming and go ahead with the basic investigations suggested below.

Investigations to be done

Complete hemogram wit peripheral smear, bleeding time, clotting time, prothrombin time, APTT with INR (activated partial thromboplastin time with an international normalized ratio).

Differential diagnosis

1) Gardner-Diamond syndrome (rare condition with painful bruising).

2) Long term use of steroids.

3) Normal skin tendency.

Treatment plan

Thrombophob ointment (Heparin Sodium) for local application twice daily.

Regarding follow up

Revert back with the reports to a dermatologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula
Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula


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