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What increases my risk of a hematoma?

There is an increased risk of developing a hematoma during sports and other activities. This can be prevented or lessened by wearing protective safety gear, such as shin guards, helmets, and pads. Some medications and dietary supplements also increase the risk of a hematoma. Medications like blood thinners and dietary supplements like fish oil and gingko cause the blood to flow more easily producing a hematoma more quickly. Older adults also are at a higher risk of hematoma. As you age, the skin thins reducing the cushion necessary to deflect common blows and bumps. The fragile blood vessels also rupture more easily.

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