12. August 2011 04:41
I am not the most graceful person so I often have bruises somewhere on my body at all times!
So what exactly is a bruise? It is an area that is usually purple or dark red from the blood that has leaked out of the blood vessels under your skin. This usually occurs after a fall or a bump against an object. The area may be swollen and quite painful at first, but then will become less painful and lighter in color within a week or two as your body reabsorbs the blood.
So how do you care for bruises?
- For the first 2 days after injury, you may apply cold compresses for 15 to 20 minutes per hour while awake. This can help reduce the pain and swelling.
- After 2 days, you may change to warm compresses for 20 minutes per hour while awake for comfort.
- Massaging the bruise can actually cause more damage and should be avoided.
Some medical conditions and medications can make someone more prone to bruises. These include anemia, certain blood diseases, and medications such as aspirin or blood thinner. Consult your doctor about frequent bruising or a bruise that is firm, raised and /or does not show fading over one week’s time.
Do you have methods for treating bruises that help to relieve the discomfort, or ways to help prevent those with fragile skin to keep from getting bruised? If you do please share them with us!