Q1. TRUE/FASLE You become more susceptible to bruising as you age.
TRUE – Blood vessels become more fragile as you age, so older people bruise much more easily than younger people.
Q2. TRUE/FASLE You get a bruise after you bump into something because some veins break under your skin.
FALSE – When you sustain a blow to your skin, tiny capillaries break under your skin (not veins).
Q3. TRUE/FASLE Immediate application of heat is the best way to minimize a bruise.
FALSE – Immediate application of ice is the way to go.
Q4. TRUE/FASLE Fish oil supplements decrease your risk of bruising.
FALSE – Fish oil supplements thin your blood and increase your bruising chances.
Q5. TRUE/FASLE Bruises turn bluish or purple immediately. Then, after 1-2 days they will appear a reddish color.
FALSE – No, bruises are red first, and after 1-2 days the reddish iron from the blood undergoes changes and the bruise will appear bluish or purple.
Q6. TRUE/FASLE Bruises turn blue or purple because oxygen has been cut off from the area.
TRUE – Yes, when a bruise swells, that area loses its oxygen supply, turning your blood blue. Hemoglobin, the substance in your blood that carries iron, is what becomes blue or purple (not your red blood cells).
Q7. TRUE/FASLE If your bruise really hurts, you should take aspirin.
FALSE – You should avoid aspirin because it thins the blood, but you should take something with acetaminophen like Tylenol or an NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) like Advil or Motrin.
Q8. TRUE/FASLE The old “steak on a black eye” remedy is, in fact, the best treatment for a bruise.
FALSE – Stop right there! Raw meat on a possibly open wound (not to mention your eye) is not the way to go.
Q9. TRUE/FASLE It takes 2-3 weeks on average for the ugly colors of a bruise to clear up.
TRUE – Two to three weeks is the average healing time for a bruise to go from red, blue, black, green, yellow, then gone.
Q10. TRUE/FASLE Ectopic bruising happens when the bruise appears somewhere other than the site of the impact.
TRUE – Ectopic bruising happens when there’s loose tissue around the area of impact, and blood can seep to different areas. A common example of an ectopic bruise is a black eye.
Q11. TRUE/FASLE Women bruise more easily than men do.
TRUE – Women do bruise more easily because they have more subcutaneous fat than men do.
Q12. TRUE/FASLE Bruises can be scored on a scale from zero to five, with critical level-5 bruises carrying the risk of death.
TRUE – In certain situations — like severe abdominal and brain bruising — yes, a level-five bruise can kill you.
Q13. TRUE/FASLE You could have a hernia if you have bruising around your belly button.
FALSE – Bruising around the belly button usually indicates acute pancreatitis.
Q14. TRUE/FASLE Regular doses of aspirin will probably cause your bruises to last longer.
TRUE – Yes, Aspirin thins your blood, so if you take it regularly, your capillaries will take longer to stop bleeding.
Q15. TRUE/FASLE If you bruise easily, it could be because you don’t have enough vitamin B12 or folic acid in your diet.
TRUE – Both of these nutrients could be lacking in your diet if you find yourself bruising easily.