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I have a bruise on my lip from falling down the stairs yesterday, it doesn't hurt but i want to know how long it will take to heal. can i speed it up?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Ice it: for the next6 24 hours .,..then apply heat! A bruise is a "collection" of burst and "old" red blood cells. By using ice at the beginning you decrease circulation (thus the bleeding is less) afterwards HEAT will promote the circulation to remove the blood products. Hope this helps! Dr Z

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