Blood thinners are designed to stop blood from clotting or dissolve clots that form. Consequently, this does impede the body’s ability to close off cuts. Below, are some things to keep in mind while taking blood thinners.

• Your razor: Switch to an electric one to avoid potential cuts.

• Exercise: Be careful while engaging in activities as small cuts can cause heavy bleeding for people on blood thinners.

• Dental care: Switch to using a soft toothbrush and waxed dental floss to avoid potential oral lacerations.

• Medicines: Make sure your doctor knows what medicines you are on before starting a blood thinner. Certain blood thinners have reactions to a variety of different medications. Also, consult with your doctor before starting any over-the-counter medications to check for potential reactions.

• Diet: Certain foods can interfere with the way blood thinners work. Foods high in vitamin-K are at the top of this list.

• Falls: If you fall, you might want to get checked out quickly. Even if your skin isn’t cut, you could still wind up bleeding internally. This is especially important if you’ve fallen and hit your head.

Blood thinners are great for helping with blood clots. However, they do have side-effects. Staying aware of this while going about your daily activities will help you avoid complications.

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