Bruises are inevitable if you lead an active lifestyle. In fact, they are just about impossible to avoid even if you don’t! Bruises are usually terrible looking, and many times, they are sore to the touch or even swell. There are things that you can do to treat a bruise so that it will heal faster and not hang around for days on end.
What You’ll Need:
1. Apply Ice
When you first notice the bruise, apply ice. You can use something like a bag of frozen peas if you don’t have an ice pack or ice cubes. Make sure that you wrap the ice with a towel, or the cold will damage your skin. Elevate your bruised area above your heart if you can, because this will further help prevent swelling. Try to keep it elevated for the first 24 hours if you can. Use the ice for 20 minutes at a time.
2. Epsom Salt to reduce Swelling
Epsom salt will also help to reduce swelling, and may be easier than an ice pack depending on the part of the body that you bruised. You can add Epsom salt to a warm bath and soak or you can add it to a bowl of water and let your bruise soak. This is a great way to treat a bruise if you’ve hurt your hand, for example. Another way to use Epsom salt is to dip a washcloth into a solution of Epsom salt and water, then hold it on the bruise for around 10 minutes; make sure to use warm water!
3. Apply Arnica Cream
Arnica cream is an herbal cream. It is used to reduce inflammation and treat bruises of all kinds. You can find it at a pharmacy, or at a store such as Wal-mart. You should use arnica cream three times every day until the bruise is gone.
4. Apply Heat
After about 48 hours, you should start applying heat to the bruise. Use a heating pad or a warm washcloth and place it on the bruise for five minutes, two or three times every day until the bruise is gone. Heat will help the blood to flow to your bruise, which will help your body get rid of the pooled blood that causes the discoloration.