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Bruising easily, even when I would just scratch on itchy skin

About 3 months ago, I had razor bumps all over my legs and couldn't help but scratch or put some pressure on my skin to relieve the itchyness. I know that I bruise easily, I get bruises without knowing where I got them. I even got a bruise when my friend punched my very lightly it didn't even hurt. Anyway, it really surprised me when I started having so many bruises that my legs looked reaaaaallly scary, like I had this permanent skin disease because it was a mix of razor bumps and blue spots all over. I got about 4-6 mini bruises each leg and new bruises would come up because my skin was still itching like crazy even with the lotions and oils I was using to soothe the itchyness. Should I be worried about bruising easily? Now, the razor bumps have still marks so, definitely, the bruises are now all gone. But I'd get 2-3 bruises each month. What do you think about that? Thanks.
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If you are not on any medications like anticoagulants, blood thinners or birth control pills then this could be due to clotting disorders, low platelet count, fragile spider veins, deep vein thrombus, deficiency of Vitamin B12, folic acid, or Vit K, a liver disease or certain cancers. It could also be due to pressure urticaria. If you are on medications then you need to discuss that with your doctor. It could also be due to pressure urticaria. Any pressure, scratch etc results in hives. Keep your skin well hydrated, drink plenty of fluids, eat citrus fruits, use a good moisturizer and avoid scratching. If you feel the need to scratch, then use your finger pads to rub the area instead of the normal scratch.
On your legs, it can also be urticaria or hives. The swellings or wheals produced after itching can be pale (of skin color) or red. Urticaria is usually triggered by allergens, such as drugs, foods, insect bites, inhaled substances, in response to sunlight, cold, heat, stress, exercise, or a viral infection. Other common allergens are pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, or cosmetics. Since you experienced an itch, just go over these possibilities in your mind. Something may strike you. Over the counter antihistamines help relieve itch. Calamine lotions and other over the counter preparations with camphor/menthol do help to reduce the itch. Try a soft cotton ball dipped in cool water applied over the itchy areas instead.
Please consult a skin specialist regarding this.
Take care!
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