Bruises may appear as a dark purple, red, blue, or even dark pink splotch on the skin. After entering the healing process, bruises may appear yellow or green. They can be extremely painful, and are always sensitive to the touch. Most people simply deal with their bruises, failing to realize that there is any form of treatment available.
What Causes Bruises
Bruises form when a sudden, hard impact causes blood vessels just below the skin to burst. The dark spread of color you see is the blood settling in beneath the skin. Some people are more prone to bruises than others, so the exact amount of pressure it takes to causes them will vary from person to person. Bruises are more distinguishable in light skinned individuals. These same light skinned individuals may be more prone to bruising, as are those with thin skin. Occasionally, bruises may occur form other things, such as vigorous exercise or bleeding disorders.
Symptoms of Bruises
Pain and/or discomfort
Dark red, purple, blue, pink, green, or yellow splotches on the skin
Aching muscles in the general area of the bruise
Bruises appear in areas which have recently been hit or bumped, or after vigorous exercise
When To Seek Medical Attention
Bruises are usually no cause for alarm. If, however, your bruises is accompanied by a considerable amount of swelling and pain (especially if you take a blood thinning medication), or if the bruises fails to heal on its own within four weeks, you should seek medical attention.
Ready to find out how you can ease those bruises? Read on to find out about the top four home remedies!
Ice is a great option to fight bruising. To make sure it has the expected effect on your skin you should apply it immediately after the injury occurs. If you do not have ice cubes, in the fridge, you can use a bag of ice or even a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel.
How to use
It reduces the blood flow around the area and reduce the inflammation, thus not allowing it to bruise anymore. It will both reduce the look of the bruise as well as the swelling. Leave it 10 minutes and wait 20 minutes before reapplying the ice on the injury. Repeat this for three times a day. On applying it you have to move the ice pack around the area in a circular way continuously, so that it will not freeze any vein.
You may not have thought about it, but this is a good way especially for the already formed bruises. It helps increase blood flow in the area and tense the muscles. From time to time, you can also soak in hot bath or jacuzzi, as it will relieve pain.
How to use
You can use either a heating pad or a hot water bottle. Move them over the area gently with some light pressure. You have to apply this several times. Apply it for 10 minutes three times per day. If you repeat it for some days in a row, the bruise will fade.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. It is very good for reducing in inflammation and the bruise. It strengthens the body’s blood vessels and minimizes bruising.
How to use
You can either eat pineapple or take some bromelain supplements. If you can find it as a cream, it can be very effective as well. Make sure you are not allergic to bromelain.
It is widely known, used for pain, and bruising. Its components have an anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant effect on the skin. It prevents infection and reduces swelling.
How to use
One can either take oral arnica or use it as a gel or ointment on the bruise. If you choose to rub it on the skin make sure you use circular motion for this. Applying a warm compress after you rub the gel on your skin will help with its absorption. Apply it couple of times per day.
While these are awesome tips to treat your bruise at home, make sure it does not progress or becomes more swallow.in this case, do not use home treatment but ask a doctor’s advice.