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How to Heal A Bruise Quickly

How to Heal a Bruise Quickly

Bruises are the most common minor injury experienced in daily life. They may be a major inconvenience and often embarrassing, especially when they’re obvious, but when you discover these 10 tips on how to heal a bruise quickly, you can repair them in just a few days.

How Bruises Happen

how to heal a bruiseLike it or not, bruising is your bodies natural reaction to trauma. Bruises appear whenever there is a breakage in the capillaries near the surface of the skin.

The discoloration comes from the pooling of blood near the surface of the skin. Over time, the pooling will lessen and fade. In most cases, bruises happen due to bumps, bangs, and accidents.

Sometimes, more serious problems cause bruises to happen for no reason at all. Most bruises do not require medical attention, but there are cases where you should see your doc.

Some of the most common causes of frequent, unexplained bruising include:
  • Bleeding disorders – There are certain medical conditions that cause the blood vessels to break more easily.
  • Medications – Certain medications can make you more prone to bruising. Blood thinners, for example, can cause bruising.
  • Poor nutrition – In some cases, a nutritional imbalance may be the blame for bruising easily.
  • Age is a factor which causes the elderly to bruise more easily.
  • A deficiency of vitamin K which is involved in blood clotting. (Vitamin K is in dark green, leafy vegetables)

When to Seek Help

how to heal a bruise quicklyIf you bruise easily, there are various potential causes. Seeing your doc when you have a serious bruise is generally a good idea. Some other potential reasons to contact your doctor include:

  • Unexplained bruising on any part of your body that is extensive
  • Bruising that happens under normal, everyday actions. In some people just doing something that causes the slightest pressure can cause bruising. This is not normal.
  • If a bruise doesn’t fade after two weeks, medical advice is generally advised.

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How to Heal a Bruise Quickly

Now comes the most important part… Discovering how to heal a bruise quickly.

To heal a bruise quicker, you the first thing you need to do is be prepared.

A fully-stocked first aid kit is always a good idea. You cannot afford to wait until professional medical help arrives. If you react immediately and apply a good ice pack on the bruised area, you can prevent most of the damage.

And if immediate treatment was not available, there are still techniques to heal bruises quicker. 

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The Methods

Treating bruises is something that generally can be done at home. In most cases, bruises need nothing more than time to heal. It is, however, possible to speed up the healing process a bit.

To help lessen their appearance and heal them faster try:

1. Hot and Cold Therapy

how to heal a bruise quicklyFirst of all, it’s important that you follow a daily treatment regimen. Experts generally recommend using cold therapy every few hours for at least 10 minutes at a time. (take care not to leave ice on the wound for too long.) Icing can help reduce pain and swelling.

Consider heat later therapy later. Warm heat can be useful for helping with the healing process. It should be used after swelling has been reduced and/or completely removed.

If possible elevate the affected area to reduce swelling and pain to speed up the healing process.

2. Vitamin E or K Cream

Another method is to apply vitamin K cream to the bruise directly. Research has proven that Vitamin K can minimize the look of bruised skin.

3. Apply Pressure

Though it might sound impractical… One home remedy is to push the bruised area quite hard for about 30 seconds to stimulate blood flow to the spot.

4. Salt and Butter

Rub a mixture of salt and butter on the bruised area as soon as possible to prevent the bruise to help it heal faster. Butter is a fat and contains phosphate which is the leading ingredient in phospholipids that make up your blood vessel cell walls. By applying butter you encourage phospholipids and prevent bleeding into the tissue.

5. Minty Toothpaste

This is a strange one, but it actually works. Apply a dab of fluoride toothpaste directly on the bruise. The toothpaste helps to break up and release the blood. Keep it covered with a band-aid overnight.

6. Toothbrush

Interestingly enough, some have even tried gently rubbing the bruise with a toothbrush and found it to be quite effective. Comb out the bruise gently with a toothbrush. (You may want to try combining this with the toothpaste suggestion above)

7. Bromelain Tablets

Bromelain is a super protein-digesting enzyme used because it’s an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. It works because it breaks down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after an injury.

8. Arnica Gel or Cream

The use of Arnica gel for bruises has been around for hundreds of years. Cover the affected area of your bruise with Arnica gel or cream for best results.

9. Essential Oils

After your bruise stops swelling, it’s important to encourage circulation to the area. Circulation is what speeds healing. Lavender, lemongrass and geranium essential oils mixed with helichrysum and cypress will promote faster healing.

10 drops Helichrysum essential oil
8 drops Lavender EO
6 drops Cypress EO
5 drops Geranium EO
4 dropsLemongrass EO

Mix oils with an equal amount of carrier oil in an amber colored glass bottle with an orifice reducer. Shake well to blend and apply 3 drops of the blend onto the bruised area. Repeat this 3 times a day until the bruise completely fades.

10. Vitamins and Minerals

Increase your intake of Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and Zinc to help the health and strength of the capillaries.

How to Heal A Bruise Quickly – Conclusion

These natural remedies on how to heal a bruise quickly are safe to use as long as the bruises are not associated with extreme pain or swelling. While there are cases where medical advice is called for… Typically doctors have no more options at their disposal than the basic home remedies I’ve given you above.

The passage of time is the best remedy of all, but when you don’t have that luxury, choose a daily treatment plan and stick with. It takes the body a while to collect the pooled blood and remove it from an injured area, but these natural remedies can speed things along.

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  • Great article! I work with patients and have recommended ice therapy to my patients for their bruising to help reduce the swelling. I also had no idea that tooth paste and butter could get rid of bruising – I will definitely look into that!

    What would you recommend for bruising in hard to reach areas, like your back?

    • Hi Erich,

      If the bruise is in a difficult to reach area, it would be best to have someone else assist you. Hopefully that someone loves you. There’s nothing like love to heal! 🙂 Here’s to love! Be well, Jackie

  • I think this is a fantastic site, very informative. All the links seem to work and the pictures look great. On the about page your fonts are different sizes but it looks great. I found some things to try with bruising, I take blood thinners for my mechanical heart valve and sometimes I get bruises. Keep up the great work.

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks so much for your feedback and I’m thrilled that you found the post on How to Heal a Bruise Quickly useful! Thanks for taking the time to connect. 🙂 Be well, Jackie

  • I had never really thought about the fact that a bruise looks the way it does due to the blood rising to the surface just below the skin. I would think that applying pressure would hurt but I will give it a try next time I have a bruise! I have never heard of vitamin K cream either, Great tips, thank you.

    • Hi Louise,

      Thanks for connecting… And happy to give you a few remedies for the next time you find yourself with a bruise.

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