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spontaneous bruising of capillaries of fingers - no prior injury

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Hi I am 69 and have had that spontaneous capillary bursting in fingers for years - months and months go by and then another one pops. But does ANYONE on here get front of knee bruising? I dont have joint problems, just knelt down and had this really horrible sharp bee sting pain in my knee. I yelled out in fact as the pain was so sharp. (My knee felt a bit tight as I was about to kneel). Two days later I woke up to bruising below the knee and soreness around it.) I'm asking this as the "bee sting" was the same as I get in my fingers but much more painful. Also can you recommend any good supplement to take? Thank you, Sarah.
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replied April 10th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on ehealth forum.

From the history provided it seems that you have senile purpura.

It is common that with aging the blood vessels lose their strength and become more fragile, resulting in senile purpura.

Senile purpura typically affects elderly patients as their dermal tissues atrophy and blood vessels become more fragile. Senile purpura produces ecchymoses and results from increased vessel fragility due to connective tissue damage to the dermis caused by chronic sun exposure and aging.

Patients develop persistent dark purple ecchymoses, which are characteristically confined to the extensor surfaces of the hands and forearms. New lesions appear without known trauma and then resolve over several days, leaving a brownish discoloration caused by deposits of hemosiderin; this discoloration may clear over weeks to months or may be permanent. The skin and subcutaneous tissue of the involved area often appear thinned and atrophic.

No treatment hastens lesion resolution or is needed.

Although cosmetically displeasing, the disorder has no health consequences.

I Hope this helps.

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