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Bruise Treatment

Woman treating Bruise   

How to Treat a Bruise?
It is important to treat the bruise immediately after the injury to minimize the damage to the capillaries which allows the blood to seep into the surrounding tissue.

Cold Compress- If the injury has just happened, apply a cold pack, or a bag of frozen vegetables to the area for 30 minutes at time intervals during the first day. The ice will help reduce the swelling while constricting the blood flow to the site to prevent the bruise from multiplying in size.

Heat Compress- After 48 hours you should apply heat. A warm wash cloth should be applied to the bruise for 10-15 minutes at least 2 times a day. This will help the blood flow to the bruised area allowing the tissue to reabsorb the pooled blood.

Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen-For pain and swelling either acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be taken. Avoid aspirin at all cost as this will thin your blood and make the bruise worse.

Natural Supplements- Many Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons use high grade neutraceuticals containing homeopathic arnica Montana, bromelain, grape seed, and Vitamin C to speed the healing and reduce down time associated with bruising.

How to Prevent a Bruise?
If you are undergoing Cosmetic Surgery, Botox, Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, or Sculptra, it is important to avoid products that may increase the chance of a bruise, such as aspirin and vitamin E.

There are a number of natural oral supplements that have been shown to be helpful for bruising and skin trauma associated with medical procedures.

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