Capillary fragility

What is Capillary Fragility?

Capillary fragility is a condition where the capillaries, or small blood vessels, become easily damaged. These vessels are especially vulnerable in areas of the body where there is less blood flow, such as the palms of the hands, ankles, and tips of the fingers. If these vessels become damaged, they may be more likely to rupture and cause bruising. This condition is usually symptomless, but in some cases, there may be signs of bleeding under the skin or in other areas.

Symptoms of Capillary Fragility

The most common symptoms of capillary fragility are the presence of thin, red, or purplish blood vessels on the body, or bruising caused by these vessels rupturing. In some cases, these vessels may be visible on the surface of the skin, while in other instances, they may be deeper and more difficult to see. As these vessels are more prone to breakage, people with capillary fragility may also experience bleeding from the nose or mouth, as well as increased bruising from minor cuts or scrapes.

Risk Factors for Capillary Fragility

Capillary fragility most commonly occurs in people who are aged over 50, pregnant women, and people with certain health issues or diseases such as diabetes, anemia, or vasculitis. People who take medications such as anticoagulants, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or aspirin are also at a higher risk of developing this condition.

Treatment for Capillary Fragility

Treatment for capillary fragility can vary depending on the underlying cause or condition. In most instances, treatment involves managing the underlying condition, such as losing weight, changing certain medications, or treating an underlying illness. In severe cases, doctors may recommend that patients take supplements to improve capillary strength or consider topical applications such as dermaglow.

How to Minimize Risk of Capillary Fragility

There are several steps you can take to minimize your risk of developing capillary fragility. These include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting alcohol consumption
  • Not smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Avoiding taking too many non-prescription drugs
  • Managing any underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or anemia