How to Cure Bruises
Bruises are the dark blue scraps beneath the skin resulting from abrading against a rough surface. The tiny blood vessels under the skin get ruptured upon impact and the blood happens to enter the spaces around where it isn’t normally found. These scattered blood puddles just below the skin give shape to a bruise. Following techniques are elicited to cure bruises or do away with the dark smudges of the bruise.
Wash the area affected with bruise with soap and cold water. After the wash apply an ice pack direct over the bruise. A thorough wash prevents the punctured skin to culture infection to some extent. Whereas the application of ice over the bruise will prevent the area to swell and constrict the capillaries, inhibiting the blood gush to spill any further.
Binding an elastic bandage soon after injury will constrict the blood vessels beneath the skin and stop blood from further spillage; this is, however, applicable where the bruise is a smaller one.
Elevating the bruised area above your heart level will decrease the potential difference and the underlying pressure of blood escape. This will minimize the likelihood of bruise swell and the emergence of the blue-black skin.
If more than a day and a night are passed then apply a warm compress directly over the bruise. This is because the blood flow in the affected area has ceased and the warm compress will now boot up reabsorbing the spilled blood back from where it escaped. Keep compressing for about fifteen minutes, thrice a day to allow a quick healing.
For pain killing purposes you may take acetaminophens such as Tylenol or Excedrin for quick relief. This group of medication is not only meant for pain relief but also helps reduce formation of blood clots, make your bruise appear little.
Applying an ointment
There is a huge variety of ointments available over-the-counter, both commercial and herbal brands, that claim to do away with your bruises quickly. Below are mentioned some ointments that are beneficial for quick relief:
Arnica is a natural element present in most ointments. It is one of the most effective ointments to cure bruises. An application about three to four times a day is likely to completely heal the bruise.
- Zinc oxide
A coat of zinc oxide over the bruise prior to a goodnight’s sleep helps to heal bruises and wounds very quickly.
Take sufficient amount of crushed parsley for applying over the bruise and subsequently wrap using an elastic bandage to mitigate inflammation. Don’t do this in case of broken skin around the bruised area.
- Vinegar and warm water
Prepare a 1:1 mixture and apply over the affected area. This will aid in removing the blood pooled under the skin.
Vitamins E, C and K, whether ingested or directly applied over bruises will heal them. These vitamins are responsible for healing bruised skin at a rapid pace through a process of tissue formation.
Always remember that your skin will recover from bruises itself after some length of time naturally. If your bruise has not healed within two to three weeks, visit a skin doctor. Prolonged existence of bruise may be a sign of some underlying condition.
Filed Under: Conditions & Treatments