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Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by Danninella, May 19, 2008.

  1. Melicertes

    Melicertes Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Orange County, SoCal
    Yes, Arnica is high on our list for bruising remedies. Check out Arnica for more information. I got to know about its use through my dentist who would prescribe it to his patients, who were scheduled for having their wisdom teeth removed, a few days prior to the operation. He had a reputation for not leaving his patients bruised and discolored after the procedure and I was one of them. I firmly believe it had to do with his excellent skills as well as the Arnica tablets. If you are concerned about taking it, chat to your doctor. :coffee:
  2. sberanek

    sberanek Contributor

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Champaign, IL
    Steroids (i.e. prednisone) can also cause you to be prone to bruising. I was on a high dose for a long time for my lupus and I had some interesting ones. I had one in the exact shape of my dog's paw from where he stepped on my leg.

    I would also have to tell the check in nurses at the doctor's office that "no, my boyfriend doesn't beat me, I do Tae Kwon Do and the prednisone makes me prone to bruising." One new nurse didn't believe me and I got to talk to a social worker. I appreciate the concern, but seriously... couldn't they write something in my chart about it.

    As for diving... weight belts give me bruises even through a 7mm farmer john, and I've been off the steroids for over 3 years. I think it's just the way they sit on me. I know some people freak about weight integrated, but I go that route so I can keep diving and not have to take time off for painful bruising.

  3. Oxy

    Oxy Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Redondo Beach, CA
    Oh GREAT! Pick on the old guy!
  4. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seussville
    I really have to agree with h2odragon1. If you think you are bruising easily, you really should mention it to your primary care physician. To investigate, he should request a couple of different blood coagulation tests. He should also be asking whether anyone else in your family has a history of blood disorders, whether you've been feeling tired lately, what other types of medical conditions you have, etc. As others have pointed out, there are many medications that can cause bruising.

    On the other hand, it could just be some simple bumps/lumps inflicted upon entering/exiting the dive boat, donning/doffing gear, stumbling onboard a rocking boat, etc. Still, wouldn't it be nice to have the peace of mind that you've ruled out any serious medical problems?

    Have fun and dive safe.
  5. Steve_Dives

    Steve_Dives Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dayton, Ohio
    I had a drysuit leave a really neat crisp bruise around my neck across my collar bones. I realized it was the drysuit because I could make out the fine details of the underside of the neck ring.

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