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How do you chill a bruise to heal it?

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Put ice on your bruise right after you get injured. That can reduce the size of your bruise, which may allow it to heal faster. The cold temperature from an ice pack makes the blood in that area flow more slowly. It may reduce the amount of blood that leaks out of your vessels.

Don’t put ice directly on your bruise -- protect your skin by wrapping the ice in a washcloth or paper towel. Remove the ice from your skin after about 10 minutes. Leaving it on too long could harm your skin. It’s OK to put ice on your bruise several times a day, as long as you take a break after every time you do it.

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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