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How to Get Rid of Bruises

Updated on July 19, 2013
That bruise must be painful.
That bruise must be painful.

Lose Your Bruise

“I bumped into a pole.”

That’s the classic statement you give every time somebody asks you where you got your bruise. Perhaps this is one awful thing that comes with that red, purple, or even black spot. No matter where you go, people do not fail to notice your bruise and you are tired of hearing the same question over and over again. All you want to do is to find a way to cover this surprisingly attention-grabbing, pesky little nuisance.

Unfortunately, there are cases where you just can’t hide it under a piece of clothing and there are people who can’t fathom the thought of using makeup just to hide their bruises. The good news is that there are things you can do to speed up your healing process and get rid of bruises fast. Follow this step-by-step guide and say goodbye to your bruises.

And oh, tips on how to prevent bumping into a pole are not included here so you have to learn that on your own.


Certain medication can cause bruising.
Certain medication can cause bruising.

Medications May Cause Bruising

Before moving onto the guide, here’s one interesting fact to keep in mind. Bruises, also known as contusions, are usually caused by a sudden and forceful impact. This causes bleeding under the skin, and the manifestation is the familiar reddish or purplish spot on the affected area. However, this is not the sole cause of bruises. Certain medications may have a negative effect on your blood’s ability to clot, increasing the chances of bleeding under the skin. Among the most common medications that can cause bruising are aspirin, ibuprofen, and steroids. If you get bruises without bumping into a pole and you are taking any medications, go to your doctor and ask if the drugs you take might be the culprit.


How to Get Rid of Bruises Fast

1. Apply a cold compress.

After your dreadful encounter with the pole, immediately apply a cold compress on the area. If there isn’t one, you can use a bottle of very cold beer. Or even a frozen steak. Just grab something cold and put it on the affected area. Icing helps reduce swelling and pain. It can even prevent your skin from turning purplish. Do this for 10 minutes then wait for another 10 minutes to pass before re-applying.

2. Elevate.

Reduce blood flow to your bruises by keeping the area elevated. This will diminish discoloration and also help it heal faster. For instance, if you bruise your leg, place a pillow under your legs to raise it above heart level. You should also try to prop your bruised arm above heart level when you are sitting. This will prevent blood from rushing into the tissues of the damaged area.

3. Time for some heat.

After a couple of days, you can now apply a warm compress to your bruise. This will improve your blood circulation which helps speed up healing. Remember, you would want to do this after 2 days. Doing this earlier might make your bruise grow bigger.

4. Try arnica gel.

Arnica is an herb which belongs to the sunflower family. There are many arnica products on the market and they are usually used to treat bruises, sprains, and swelling. It helps reduce inflammation and pain. Just apply the gel and massage the area. Make sure that you read the product label carefully.

5. Use vinegar.

Don’t raise your eyebrows now. Vinegar is actually an effective home remedy for bruises. It is proven that vinegar helps improve blood flow. The thing is, you have to use unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar. The common white distilled vinegar you can find on your local grocery store might not be as effective. Soak a washcloth in a mixture of vinegar and warm water then apply it on your bruise. This will keep blood from pooling under your skin.

6. Eat to treat.

As with other health problems, you must not forget treatment from the inside. Eating healthy greens can help you get rid of bruises. Experts suggest consuming foods high in Vitamin K, which is essential in blood clotting. Time to munch on some broccoli, spinach, and asparagus!

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