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Health Tip: Care For Your Bruise

Health Tip: Care For Your Bruise


(HealthDay News) -- A bruise forms when a ruptured blood vessel causes blood to pool below the skin.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to help heal a bruise:

  • Apply an ice pack to the area for no more than 15 minutes per hour.
  • Elevate the area that's bruised so it's higher than the heart.
  • Don't exercise the area of the body that's bruised, so affected muscles have a chance to rest.
  • Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to help alleviate pain.
  • Never try to drain the pooled blood by using a needle.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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