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Causes of Broken Blood Vessels
- Causes of broken blood vessels are usually from minor trauma
- There are two forms of ruptured blood vessels: fairly common purplish welt and a blood spot with the appearance of a red spreading of cells
- Broken blood vessels usually repair themselves within 2 or 3 weeks
Broken blood vessels are often a cosmetic problem. They can be caused by minor trauma such as bumps, bangs and bruises which result in the rupturing of blood vessels. This can then leave a bruise visible on the skin. Blood vessels may also break due to the aging process of the skin, often in the facial area, or they may break internally.
Broken blood vessels can be seen easily because they tend to lie under a layer of transparent skin. Blood vessels can break because of the effects of injury or trauma. They may be bright red or dark in appearance, and are usually prominently visible under the outermost layer of the skin. Broken blood vessels tend to cause minor pain upon contact, and might go unnoticed if it were not but for the fact that they tend to be visibly prominent. Minor skin trauma and broken blood vessels can occur anywhere on the body, including on the sclera of the eyes.
There are two forms of broken blood vessels. The first is fairly common bruising which can appear like a purplish welt. The other is a blood spot which can appear under the skin and has the appearance of a red spreading of cells, just under the skin. Bruising tends to be the result of trauma, while blood spots might be caused by malnutrition, medications or disease, or a number of other causes.
The healing time for broken blood vessels depends largely on their location on the body. Commonly, minor injuries to the skin repair themselves fully after 2 or 3 weeks has passed after the original trauma that caused them. There are some treatments that can help to speed up the process of recovery. For example, after the trauma has occurred, if you apply pressure to the area, it can help to prevent further blood vessel damage in the area. A cold compress would have a similar effect. However, in general, broken blood vessels tend to heal themselves without the need for treatment. However, blood spots may take longer to heal, if they do so at all.
Broken blood vessels may occur without a person having any recollection of trauma. This is often the case for people who bruise easily, for example, the elderly. The skin loses flexibility, and bruises more easily with age. Broken blood vessels are also more common among women than men. Although broken blood vessels are more common as we get older, blood spots can happen at any age, and their causes are harder to identify.
People who have broken blood vessels of a permanent nature can seek help from a dermatologist. They can inject areas of broken blood vessels with medications. This will promote the shrinkage and/or disappearance of the broken blood vessels. An alternative procedure is laser treatment which can offer excellent results without the pain of injections.
Most broken blood vessels are minor in nature and do not present any significant health risks. However, broken blood vessels may occur anywhere within the body, and may have serious consequences without warning. For example, broken blood vessels can occur in the brain and may cause symptoms such as double vision, speech disruption, weakness, numbness, tingling, and headaches. If you are in doubt, particularly after trauma, see your doctor.
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Circulation Problems4 Mar 2009|