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    Treatment for Bruises

    Treating a Bruise at Home

    1. Reduce Bruising and Swelling

    • Ice the area on and off for the first 24-48 hours.
    • Apply ice for about 15 minutes at a time, and always put something like a towel or wash cloth between the ice and your skin.
    • Rest the affected area.
    • If possible, elevate the affected area.

    2. Treat Symptoms

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    3. When to Call a Doctor

    • If bruise is accompanied by extreme pain, swelling or redness
    • If the person is taking a blood-thinning medication
    • If bruises appear on skin for no apparent reason
    • The bruise in on the face or head
    • You can’t move a joint
    • You may have a broken bone

    4. Follow Up

    • Two days after a bruise develops, apply a heat pack or wash cloth soaked in warm water to the area several times a day to promote healing.
    • Pain and tenderness should get better within a few days and the bruise should go away within a couple of weeks.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on April 15, 2015

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