I have unexplained bruises, normally on the backs of my hands. I don’t remember knocking myself before they appear. Should I be worried? I’m 62 years old.

Probably not. Women bruise more easily than men and it often tends to get worse as we get older. Some drugs like steroids or anti-inflammatories make us more prone to bruising but if you are taking any pills that could be causing the bruising please don’t stop them without talking to your GP first. If the bruising is extensive or if you have any other bleeding problems such as nose bleeds, it’s worth asking your doctor for a blood test just to check that your blood is clotting properly.