Treatment For Bruises
Facts About Treatment For Bruises
Finding a treatment for bruises is not usually very difficult. A bruise is caused by internal bleeding, usually from a vein or muscle that has suffered an injury of some sort. A bruise can be of any shape or size, and in during the course of its rather short life, can exhibit a variety of different colors.
When considering a treatment for bruises, bear in mind that what is being treated is for the most part a symptom of an injury. The other major symptom is usually pain or discomfort. A bruise occurs when tissue has been damaged, and as a result of that damage, bleeds. When the damaged tissue is near the skin, we see the collection of blood under the skin as a bruise. Since most tissues that suffer damage as the result of a blow, which strikes the skin first, rather than a puncture or penetration, we almost always see a bruise when tissue has been damaged.
Treatment for bruises can usually be done at home, and involve a combination of cold packs or ice packs, rest in some instances, and actions taken to reduce the amount of swelling. Children get bruises quite often, thankfully seldom serious ones, and older people tend to be more susceptible to them as tissues, including the skin, become weaker with age and tend to bleed more easily when injured.
Colors Of The Rainbow - Perhaps the most scary thing about some bruises is their habit of going through a cycle of color changes, including colors that don't appear to be all that natural. These color changes are not only natural, but tell us that healing of the affected area is progressing. As our circulatory system, in other words the blood, is busy repairing the damage and carrying off dead and damaged cells, the injured area goes though a number of color changes, before finally fading away completely.
First Step – Ice - Treatment for bruises initially consists of applying ice to the area. This not only provides some relief from any pain that may be present, but also tends to keep the swelling down. By minimizing the degree of swelling, the healing process will be faster and the amount of pain experienced will generally be lessened. If a standard ice pack isn't readily available, ice cubes in a plastic bag will work fine as will a pack of frozen vegetables (which may be used more than once, but if used frequently should probably be discarded when no longer needed). Wrapping the ice packs in a towel is a good idea for, not only for comfort's sake, but to protect the skin from injury due to contact with a frozen surface.
Elevation And Rest - If the bruise is on an arm or leg, raising the limb and keeping it in a raised position for a time will help keep swelling down by lessening the flow of blood to the area. Sitting or lying down might be necessary at times, and is generally recommended for bruises to the rib area. If the bruise is in a place which normally is in motion, resting that area is usually recommended, and rehabilitation through gentle stretching and light exercise over an extended time is often recommended.
What If Recovery Is Slow? - A very bad bruise, or one in which the pain persists after several days or becomes worse, and shows no signs of improvement, should be brought to the attention of a doctor. As was mentioned at the beginning, a bruise is basically a symptom of an injury. We normally can't see the injury itself, nor can we see if tissue, bone, or an organ in the vicinity of the bruise has been damaged. Part and parcel with any treatment for bruises is to monitor the situation to make certain that the injury isn't something greater than what was initially believed to be the case.