A bruise is an injury that is characterized by skin discoloration due to bleeding under the skin. The bruise is usually black or blue. A bruise could be caused by hitting something, rigorous exercise, or thinning skin. Bruises are usually treated with cold compresses, elevation, rest, and pain relievers. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how a bruise is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
An Overview of Bruises
Learn more from WebMD about bruises, including ways you can treat them at home and tips for when you should seek medical care.
When Should I See My Doctor About Bruises?
If you’re bruising but you don’t know why, your doctor can help you figure out the reason. Bruising can happen as a drug side effect, because of aging or as a symptom of a health condition.
Top Arm and Hand Injuries From Exercise
Got a sports injury to your shoulder or arm? Find out what the treatment is and how to help prevent it from happening again.
Covering Bruises After Cosmetic Surgery
To get back to your daily activities after cosmetic surgery, learn to use makeup to cover scars and bruising.