- First: How come you find bruises on your body that you don't remember getting? Dr. Jeanne Lusher is a professor of hematology at Wayne State University in Detroit. And she says a bruise happens when a small amount of blood leaks from tiny blood vessels in your body known as capillaries due to some sort of trauma. For some, it's takes a severe bonk to cause a bruise. But other people bruise easily, so even a slight scrape that you might not remember can do the trick! Also, if you have a high tolerance for pain, your brain won't always register when you've hurt yourself, and you'll end up finding the bruise later. BUT if you notice a bunch of bruises on hard to hurt places like your stomach or your back get to a doctor. That could be a sign of a blood or autoimmune disorder.
- And question #2: What are those tiny white blotches that we sometimes get on our fingernails? According to Dr. Karyn Grossman, a Los Angeles based dermatologist, they're usually a sign of past trauma to your finger or nail. Probably from banging it on your desk or getting it caught in a door. Injuries like these cause a small area of the nail to loosen making it appear white. They usually stick around until your nail grows out about 3 months. After that, your nail will be back to normal. Until you smack it on something again.
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