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Easy Bleeding

bandaid on kneeWhat is Easy Bleeding?

Easy bleeding refers to an abnormal decrease in the ability for blood to clot. This bleeding may occur in the form of nosebleeds, stool or urine with blood in it, change in menstruation or bleeding from the gums. Typically, the bleeding is caused by low platelet level in the blood, making clotting more difficult. Easy bleeding can be a side effect caused by:

  • certain medications such as ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), blood thinners, and blood clot-preventing medicines
  • anemia (low red blood cell count in blood)
  • hemophilia or trouble clotting blood
  • thrombocytopenia (low platelet levels)
  • liver disease
  • leukemia (a cancer of the blood)

Most bleeding is also experienced along with bruising or strange rashes on the skin, fatigue and weakness.

How is Easy Bleeding Treated?

To treat easy bleeding, it is important to know the cause of the condition. Less severe cases of bleeding do not require treatment and usually go away naturally. Patient with serious bleeding may need to take a vitamin K supplement or be given a blood transfusion to replace blood that has been lost. If the bleeding is caused by a certain medicine, your doctor may instruct you to end your use of the drug.