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    What causes senile purpura during old age?

Posted on Wed, 12 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have extremely thin skin on my shins due to age (64) and exposure to sun. Both legs have dark bruises up and down the shin areas. I have used Arnica gels, DerMend cream, Hyrocortisone 2.5, Ammonium Lactate Cream 12%. Nothing is helping in healing the bruises. I have had blood work done. No indication on problems there. I also bruise easily on my hands; however, these bruises heal with time.
I have also used ice, elevated my legs during the day and at night and used massage.
Any other suggestions? They are very embarrassing as I have always been complimented on my nice looking legs.
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Moisturising lotion, vitamin C tablets

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for being at HealthcareMagic

I have gone through your complaints and can understand your concern.If you upload a photo of the rash I will be better able to help.

You seem to be having senile purpura due to age and thinning of skin.
It is a age related change in many individuals.
Avoid trauma to your arms and legs and keep them moisturized by frequent and liberal application of a moisturising lotion containing white soft paraffin 2-3 times in a day.
Also take tablet vitamin C 500 mg twice daily as they will strengthen the capillaries.
This will improve the condition of your legs to some extent.

Dr Asmeet
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 31 minutes later
I have attached a picture of my right leg.
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Can't see any pictures, upload them again

Detailed Answer:
I can't see any picture.
Kindly upload it again under the report section or mail it to YYYY@YYYY as " Attention: Dr Asmeet ".
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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