If bumping into a table corner leaves a big bruise, your arthritis or the medications you take for it may be to blame. Having RA and lupus can lead to a low platelet count, which can cause bruising and bleeding from the gums. Arthritis medications, like methotrexate, biologics, corticosteroids, even aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can affect blood flow in your body. If you notice that you bruise or bleed easily, let your rheumatologist know as soon as possible.
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