Q. I've been getting bruises lately and I can't remember hurting myself. Should I see a doctor?
A tendency to bruise easily is common when you age. It's especially common among women.
A bruise also known as a contusion occurs when the tiny blood vessels under your skin break after being struck.
When you bruise, the blood leaks under the skin and leaves a black-and-blue mark. The harder the impact, the bigger the bruise.
As the blood is reabsorbed by your body, the bruise goes away.