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How can you soothe your bruise to heal it?

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Your pain should begin to subside about 3 days after you were bruised. In the meantime, if the bruise really hurts, you can take over-the-counter drugs to relieve your pain. Some drugs (like acetaminophen) help to reduce pain, while other drugs (like aspirin and ibuprofen) help to relieve pain and also reduce swelling. This may be helpful if your bruise looks or feels very swollen.

From: What Helps a Bruise Heal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bruise: First aid.”

Nemours Foundation: “Bruises.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Muscle contusion (bruise).”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Black eye treatment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Bruise: First aid.”

Nemours Foundation: “Bruises.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Muscle contusion (bruise).”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Black eye treatment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 29, 2019

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