You usually expect it the moment you bump your knee into a table or fall on the ground. You feel a sharp pain and already anticipate what is to come. Everyone gets a bruise at some point in time, and unfortunately some people bruise much more easily than others.
So what exactly is a bruise? A bruise (contusion) is a minor hematoma (blood clot) that occurs when veins and capillaries break, causing blood and other floods to leak under the skin, leaving the skin slightly discolored. Do you have warrior marks (aka Bruises) on your legs, arms, or anywhere else on your body and want to get rid of them, but not sure how? Well a few simple tricks might help with those unsightly purple, blue, and even green spots on your body. Though, showing off your hard work is nice, sometimes those warrior marks are not a cute accessory to your outfits, especially during the social hours you spend this holiday impressing people.
Top 10 Ways To Get Rid of Bruises
- Put something cold on the bruise. You want to do this as soon as possible because when you quickly cool the blood vessels around the bruised area, less blood leaks into the surrounding tissue. Your cooling options include: a bag of frozen peas or corn, ice cubes in a sandwich bag, or even flexible gel-filled ice packs. Just make sure you apply them with a barrier such as a couple of paper towels wrapped around. Also only leave it on for up to ten minutes to allow the bruised body-part to warm back up before re-applying it.
- Next, make sure you are keeping the bruised area elevated, meaning elevated above heart level. This will reduce blood flow to the bruise and minimize discoloration
- Then be sure to rest the bruised area. Don’t keep walking, running, or whatever you were doing. The more you move around, the more blood will flow, and the uglier the bruise will be.
- If you need and the pain is significant, Take a pill. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) will help with pain relief, and ibuprofen will help with both pain relief and to reduce swelling. Avoid aspirin, as that is a blood thinner and could make your bruise worse.
- Then give your bruise a nice gentle massage if you can handle it. This will help with the blood flow and give you a nice relaxing moment.
- Apply heat. Do this within 48 hours of cooling the bruise to bring more circulation to the area and help clear away the pooled blood. Apply a warm washcloth to the bruise for ten minutes or so, two to three times a day.
- If you are looking for a home remedy, you can try vinegar mixed with warm water, it increases blood flow near the skin’s surface, so it may help to dissipate the blood that has pooled in the bruised area. Witch hazel will also do the trick.
- Another home remedy is found in eating pineapples. Bromelain breaks down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after an injury. What a sweet treat for a nasty bruise!
- Even eating more vegetables can help due to their antioxidant benefits; even fresh parsley leaves spread all over the bruise and cover the area wrapped with elastic bandage. Parsley decreases inflammation, reduces pain and can make a bruise fade more quickly.
- Finally one last home remedy, a sweet one, try melting some chocolate and smear it on the bruised area. Make sure it’s not scolding hot! Cover the area with light gauze or a bandage and leave it on overnight.
Now, your bruise won’t magically disappear but the above ideas will help fade the ugliness of the bruise and create a better blood flow in the area. Try it out for yourself, and next be a little more careful to prevent your warrior marks, though it is pretty fun seeing that you are challenging yourself hard enough to get those marks. Good luck and don’t forget to share your tips and ideas!