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8 Ways to Heal a Bruise

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8 Ways to Heal a Bruise

Unless you encase yourself in bubble wrap, you’ll never be bruise-proof. But you can lessen the likelihood of a small bruise turning into a large one and help the black-and-blue fade quickly. Here’s how.

By The Editors, Prevention

1. Ice it. If the skin isn’t broken, put ice on any injury that might bruise, advises Monica Halem, M.D. “Ice constricts the blood vessels and prevents more blood from seeping into the skin,” she says. A cold pack also minimizes the swelling, numbs the area, and reduces pain. Wrap the ice pack in a thin cloth to protect your skin, put it on the bruise as quickly as possible, and keep it there for 15 minutes. If you suspect the bump will blossom into a severe bruise, continue this ice treatment every couple of hours for the first 24 hours. Allow your skin to warm naturally and don’t apply heat between ice packs.

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2. Then add heat. After 24 hours, use heat to dilate the blood vessels and improve circulation in the area. “Warm compresses will help speed up the body’s natural mechanisms for removing the blood in the bruise,” says Randy Wexler, M.D.

3. Keep it closed and clean. Leave the skin covering a bruise intact, says Dr. Halem. “If the skin is already broken, clean it with soap and water, and then apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment or petroleum jelly,” she says. Then cover it with an adhesive bandage.

4. Prop your feet up. Bruises are little reservoirs of blood. Blood, like any liquid, runs downhill. If you do a lot of standing, blood that has collected in a bruise will seep down through your soft tissues and find other places to puddle. “Elevation will also help ease any swelling,” Dr. Halem says.

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7:57AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

All these suggestions are good basic advice except that arnica is no better than placebo as many clinical trials have proven - the only natural remedy I have found that really works is Unibalm - it contains Vitamin K to stop bruising and geranium oil which is a natural antibacterial astringent - works like magic!

1:30PM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thankl you very much.

1:00PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Thank you to the person(s) below who recommended either Traumeel or arnica. Tested Traumeel on silver-dollar pitch black (darker than eggplant) nasty bruise. The skin was not broken. In two days the center of the bruise turned skin color surrounded by a circle of light-ish blue/purple.

I've never seen anything like this. In contrast, very little change in the other two, untreated bruises I got in the same bike fall. Sure enough, now that I check the ingredient list, Traumeel contains arnica. Thank you!

4:31PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

thanks

6:12AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Thanks for sharing...I don't know about the petroleum jelly bit, I would probably just clean it and keep it dry...

9:47PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thank you!

12:48PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Heat helps fading of bruising, better yet, moist heat. Arnica gel and something called Traumeel also speed things up.

10:08AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

thanks for sharing.

5:10AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

On open bruise apply sugar as it stops the bleeding and closes the bruise. On a day old bruise apply aloe for quick, no scar healing (apply every day till fine).

2:51AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Thanks for the tips. While I was familiar with some of them, it is the first time I have read about the beneficial effects of vitamins C & K on bruising.

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