This happens when small blood vessels get torn and leak blood under the skin. The bruise may turn purplish black, reddish blue, or yellowish green as it heals. But bones and muscles can also get bruised. This may damage the hand but not cause a bruise that you can see.
Older adults often bruise easily from minor injuries, especially injuries to the forearms, hands, legs, and feet. As a person ages, the skin becomes less flexible .
Bruising on the back of the hands and arms is common. Dermatologists call it ‘actinic purpura’, ‘solar purpura’ or ‘Bateman’s purpura’. These flat blotches start .
Learn more from WebMD about bruises, including ways you can treat them at home and tips for when you should seek medical care.
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