Soothing Treatment for a Bruise

If you need a soothing treatment for a bruise, there are several home remedies that can reduce swelling and inflammation, relieving you of pain and cutting down the amount of discoloration. Bruise care is most effective when it's begun immediately after the trauma occurs; the sooner you use these remedies, the better.

Home Treatment for a Bruise

Icing the Area
Bruising occurs when tissue, muscles and blood vessels are injured and bleed under the skin. As soon as you realize you've injured a part of your body, you should apply ice to the area. Wrap the ice in a towel so you won't damage your skin and apply the ice for 20 minutes. Let your bruise rest without ice for 10 to 20 minutes, then apply ice again for another 20 minutes. If the bruise is particularly bad and you see immediate swelling and discoloration, repeat the process throughout the day as much as possible.

In addition to ice, try the following home remedies for bruise care:

  • Comfrey: Comfrey is an herb that will reduce inflammation and swelling of a bruise. You can apply a layer of ointment infused with comfrey or you can brew up a tea bag of comfrey, then apply the tea bag directly to the bruise.
  • Heating Pad: Once you've passed the 24-hour mark, heat can actually help accelerate the healing of a bruise more than ice. Try using a heating pad for 10 minutes at a time (allowing rest periods in between, just like you did with the ice pack) to stimulate blood circulation and healing. Do not overdo the heating pad. If it feels painful or too hot, don't use the heating pad anymore. You don't want to further traumatize this delicate area.
  • Take Extra Vitamin C: Vitamin C assists in healing. Eat foods rich in vitamin C or take supplements.

See your doctor if the following complications arise:

  • Extreme Swelling: If the bruise becomes unusually swollen and discolored, see your doctor and ask about a potential hematoma. This is a walled-off pool of blood that may need to be drained or compressed.
  • Painful, Hard Swollen Lump: If the bruise becomes firm or hard and feels tender to the touch, see your doctor and ask about calcium deposits in the bruise. This is a medical condition your doctor can treat.
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