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Bruises

What are Bruises?

A bruise is an area of discolored skin on the body, caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels which can take up to two weeks to heal. In some cases, easy bruising can be a sign of a medical problem such as a low platelet count or abnormalities in clotting factors, which requires medical evaluation.

Treatments

A bruise usually heals on its own without treatment. Applying cold compress to the area limits swelling. Vitamin K cream can speedup the healing process. Arnica is an herb that’s been used for medicinal purposes since the early 1500’s because of its anti-inflammatory benefits. As it turns out, it’s also useful for treating bruising. Always check with your dermatologist.

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All about Bruises

Most people have bumped into something or fallen at one time or another and experienced a nasty bruise as a result. Bruising can happen following a fall, other injury or after a surgical procedure. Bruises can take on a multitude of colors and may change hues as they progress through the stages of healing. Those colors come from the leakage of blood from damaged blood vessels into the surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, they can take up to two weeks to heal.

What Causes Them?

As mentioned above, any type of blunt trauma that damages blood vessels and causes them to leak can cause a bruise to form. Older people usually have thinner skin, which makes them more likely to bruise. Women are also more susceptible to bruising. In some cases, easy bruising can be a sign of a medical problem such as a low platelet count or abnormalities in clotting factors, which requires medical evaluation. Bruises usually look more prominent on people with a lighter skin tone.

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