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What can help keep your bruise as small as can be?

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After you’re injured, it helps if you raise it above the level of your heart. This trick uses gravity to help keep your bruise as small as can be. When the sore spot is below the level of your heart, the blood there pools more easily, which can make the bruise larger. But when the sore spot is lifted above your heart, more blood will flow back to your heart.

For best results, combine steps: Rest the bruise and raise it above the level of your heart at the same time. You can also place ice on the injured spot in 10-minute segments.

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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