Possible Causes of Bleeding Through Skin Pores
What Causes Bleeding Through the Skin and How Can I Stop It?
Some people may be more prone to bleeding than others. Although not common, it is possible to bleed through your skin or bleed through the skin pores, even where there is no cut.
I know someone who bleeds through their skin pores sometimes. Ibuprofen and aspirin make the bleeding happen more often. They take Vitamin K-1 which lessens it. They've had many medical tests, but the doctors haven't been able to find a reason, so it remains a mystery. The good news is that it's not very much blood, so it's more of an annoyance than anything else.
Does the internet have a good answer for what causes bleeding through the skin? Not that I could find. The main suggestions were side effect of a medication, or a rare disease called a Porphyria. However, if you have Porphyria it looks like you would likely be having lots of other symptoms.
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Please Seek Medical Advice
I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. If you haven't already, please see a doctor if you are bleeding through your skin's pores.
Medications and Certain Foods Might Cause Bleeding
Check Warning Labels and Side Effects on All Medicines
If you look on a bottle of aspirin, it will usually caution you about taking it if you have a bleeding disorder. This is because aspirin makes your blood thinner and is not the only drug that does this.
Ibuprofen and garlic are just two other medications or supplements that possibly have this blood thinning effect.
There is a medication called Warfarin (Coumadin) which is prescribed as a blood thinner. For people who take Warfarin, it is very important to avoid taking other medications that also cause blood thinning, because having your blood too thin is a very dangerous thing. Well, there are over 600 medications that interact with Warfarin. Many of these medications would be ones to avoid if you already have a bleeding disorder.
Cranberry Juice and Selenium
June 25, 2011 Update:
I am still researching this topic. I found that WedMD has a great vitamin and supplement directory. I've been looking up supplements and reading the side effects and interactions.
I found out that:
- Cranberries contain salicylic acid, which is similar to aspirin. Cranberries can increase the risk of bleeding, especially in people taking Warfarin.
- Selenium can increase the risk of bleeding. Selenium is a mineral commonly found in multivitamins and prostate support supplements. Selenium should not be taken before surgery.
Vitamin K-1 Might Help Stop Bleeding
You Can Buy Low Dose Vitamin K-1 Online
Vitamin K is available as a supplement and is also found in many foods. Find a list of these foods, here. You can take a supplement once a day, or eat 1/2 cup of Brussels sprouts every day. That's how low dose these pills are, or how potent Brussels sprouts are, depending on your point of view.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that taking one of these pills every day might help with nose bleeds, bleeding gums, and other bleeding disorders. It seems that you have to take it on a regular basis and that it might take about six hours for it to start working. Your doctor can check to see if you are low in Vitamin K or have any problems with clotting. Even if you don't have a low level of Vitamin K, supplementing might help, but as with any supplement, you should check with your doctor first.
There is also a prescription Vitamin K supplement called Mephyton, which is much higher dose.
Remember that seeing a medical doctor is very important. Having blood that is too thick or too thin are both serious conditions. You don't want to get a blood clot or have a stroke!
The paragraph to the right was found using a Google Books search. You can see the rest of the page here. It is from the book A Practical Dictionary of Chinese Medicine by Nigel Wiseman & Ye Feng.
Depending on cause, it recommends Rehmannia, or Tangkeui, Gentian, and Aloe Pill.
Occasional Bleeding Through Skin With No Other Symptoms
And Doctors Can't Find Anything Wrong
Is this you?
How long do you keep searching for a reason? Or do you just live with it....
The strange thing is that some people are more susceptible to nosebleeds than other people. Is bleeding through the skin a similar condition? I'd love to hear from you in the below guestbook.