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I've read about using arnica to help bruises go away faster. How exactly does it work? Is it safe to use? Side effects?

I've read about using arnica to help bruises go away faster. How exactly does it work? Is it safe to use? Side effects?

Safe,MinmalSideEff: The active ingredients of arnica are sesquiterpene lactones, such as helenalin and 11,13- dihydrohel-enaline and chamissonolid. Also, pinoresinol, epipinoresinol, phillygenin, matairesinol, nortrachelogenin, and nortracheloside (six dibenzylbutyrolactol derivatives).helenalin and dihydrohelenalin, may be responsible for anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. **[P.S. Never worked for me]** ...Read more

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Is it too late to heal bruises with arnica gel?

Is it too late to heal bruises with arnica gel?

How late?: I'm not sure how old the bruises are? Depending on this, arnica gel may help some. It's also helpful for swelling and soreness. It's very important to investigate the reason for your bruising, though. Were you injured? Bruising can also come from systemic bleeding problems, and arnica may not address those. ...Read more

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Arnica, although controversial has been suggested to lessen swelling and bruising after a facelift. Is it too late to start the tablets and/ or gel at 72 hours post surgery?

Arnica, although controversial has been suggested to lessen swelling and bruising after a facelift. Is it too late to start the tablets and/ or gel at 72 hours post surgery?

Arnica best before: While the evidence is not very convincing, arnica (a herbal homeopathic product) may help with swelling and bruising from surgery. It seems to work best if started before surgery or right after, so at 3 days it probably won't do a lot of good. On the other hand, it is inexpensive and probably low risk. Be sure to talk to your plastic surgeon before starting any medications or supplements though. ...Read more

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Does using Arnica gel help heal a 5th metatarsal fracture bruising etc? What about the pill form?

Does using Arnica gel help heal a 5th metatarsal fracture bruising etc? What about the pill form?

Arnica: Arnica won't heal a fracture or a bruise. It can help keep inflammation down, which will lessen pain. It is derived from the Mountain Daisy. ...Read more

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I have severe bruising 24 hours after Juvederm lip injections. What will help most to speed healing. Arnica gel, bromelain pills, heat or cold packs?

I have severe bruising 24 hours after Juvederm lip injections. What will help most to speed healing. Arnica gel, bromelain pills, heat or cold packs?

Swelling/filler: Swelling after injections is not unheard off. Follow your injectors post procedure instructions which may include using a cool compress. ...Read more

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Arnica ointment good for fast healing bruises? Got a week old black eye. Went to the ER on 4th day. No fracture. Just want it to go away already. Help

Arnica ointment good for fast healing bruises? Got a week old black eye. Went to the ER on 4th day. No fracture. Just want it to go away already. Help

For suckers only: No form of arnica is of any value for any condition. It is a complete waste of money. All homeopathy, by definition, is strictly placebo. It was invented before we had much medical science. Belief in this requires ignorance of science. ...Read more

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What's the best bruise or dark skin coverup cream?

What's the best bruise or dark skin coverup cream?

Dermablend: I recommend dermablend but there are others. Your department store cosmetologist can help you. ...Read more

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Hi, i have a 5years bruising ago and until now stil black and im trying to remove of some cream but it does'nt go what would I do. Pls helpme?

Hi, i have a 5years bruising ago and until now stil black and im trying to remove of some cream but it does'nt go what would I do. Pls helpme?

OK: Hi Ruby 246. If the bruising actually involved abrasion (bleeding due to little cuts) then you could have a tatoo of dark material, which could be fixed with lazer treatment. If it's a melanin response, then one of the products discussed on the internet might help (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_whitening). If its deeper than the skin, you might consult a plastic surgeon, ...Read more

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I have like a scar bruise on my thigh it's been about 1 year & still there Ive tried scar creams & massaging it but it just won't go away what can I do?

I have like a scar bruise on my thigh it's been about 1 year & still there Ive tried scar creams & massaging it but it just won't go away what can I do?

Other options: For scars or bruises that do not respond to topical agents, you may need to get an evaluation by a dermatologist to see if you qualify for prescription topical agents or even laser treatment. Lasers can treat certain brown and vascular marks. There are lesions that still may not respond to lasers. ...Read more

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I am itching all over my body. I am covered in bruises. I went to a clinic and they gave me a cream. It's not helping what could be the cause?

I am itching all over my body. I am covered in bruises. I went to a clinic and they gave me a cream. It's not helping what could be the cause?

Second opinion: I would see another doctor or the same doctor to review the testing (if any) to explain the bruises. Without seeing your body/rashes it is certainly difficult to ascertain what could be causing your complaints. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you could help I have like a yellow almost like bruising under my eyes it's not bruises obviously is there cream I can buy thanks?

I was wondering if you could help I have like a yellow almost like bruising under my eyes it's not bruises obviously is there cream I can buy thanks?

? cholesterol: You should probably get checked by a doctor. A physical examination would help us in order to determine whether you have extra cholesterol deposits, jaundice or any other vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Over memorial day weekend, I tripped down a flight of stairs, and have had bruises on my shins now for over three months. Is the bone not healing? Can I get a cream to make them go away? They are extremely noticeable and ugly.

Over memorial day weekend, I tripped down a flight of stairs, and have had bruises on my shins now for over three months. Is the bone not healing? Can I get a cream to make them go away? They are extremely noticeable and ugly.

Three months later: These are probably not bruises, but rather post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So I would start some OTC lighteners with hydroquinone and retinol or hydroxy acid. If not improving in a few months see dermatology for hydroxy acid peels or lasers to improve. ...Read more

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My body is constantly itchy. I use cortisone itch cream, but it only helps a little. My fingers, neck, elbows are now bruised. What is going on?

My body is constantly itchy. I use cortisone itch cream, but it only helps a little. My fingers, neck, elbows are now bruised. What is going on?

Allergy or systemic: Is there an associated rash? Could be allergy to something — soap, detergent, food? You should try to ID the source and eliminate of course. Stress can also cause a general itchiness. Try an antihistamine or Claritin (loratadine) to help calm it down and see your MD. Cortisone cream all over the body is not ideal, nor getting bruises from itching! ...Read more

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Have a bruise on the back of my thigh for 2 wks it itches like crazy for 2 wks been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and itch cream not working I need suggestions plz?

Have a bruise on the back of my thigh for 2 wks it itches like crazy for 2 wks been taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and itch cream not working I need suggestions plz?

See a dermatologist: Could be several things, mainly infection needs to be ruled out, cannot suuggest online, history and physical examination by a dermatologist or your doctor first is needed, good luck ...Read more

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How do I get rid of scratch marks and bruises on my legs? What's a good cream?

How do I get rid of scratch marks and bruises on my legs?  What's a good cream?

Try vitamin E: You can try vitamin E creams and lotions. If this doesn't work, see your dermatologist for more treatment options. ...Read more

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I have left my hot water bottle on my stomach its left a heat bruise on my stomach what cream can I use to clear it up?

I have left my hot water bottle on my stomach its left a heat bruise on my stomach what cream can I use to clear it up?

Like a burn.: When a hot water bottle or heating pad is left on the body surface for too long, it burns the skin. It should be treated like any other burn: OTC antibiotic ointment, oral pain medication such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. An ice pack to the area can also help alleviate pain. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor and got a cream for a ringworm patch I have on my leg, it wasn't working and now it has spread and there is bruising by the area?

I went to the doctor and got a cream for a ringworm patch I have on my leg, it wasn't working and now it has spread and there is bruising by the area?

Reevaluation Needed: Unfortunately a lot of dermatologic condition require direct observation to diagnose. Most cases of tinea, or ringworm, improve within a week of consistent medication use. Should recheck with your health provider. ...Read more

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I have several mosquito bites. They itch non-stop. They are hard red bumps with painful bruising. Anti itch cream doesn't help. What should I do?

I have several mosquito bites. They itch non-stop. They are hard red bumps with painful bruising. Anti itch cream doesn't help. What should I do?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): There are over the counter medications that can help provide relief for insect bites. Diphenhydramine (benadryl) can certainly help, but can also cause drowsiness. Loratadine and cetirizine work similarly, but without the drowsiness. NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen can also help reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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1M old crushed index finger on door. Xray has no brokenbone. Swelling and bluish bruise in the middle bone of her finge. Any topical cream available?

1M old crushed index finger on door. Xray has no brokenbone. Swelling and bluish bruise in the middle bone of her finge. Any topical cream available?

No it wiil not help: Your baby has a bluish bruise which is due to the bleeding under the skin and it will get better by itself as the bleeding is limited to under the skin
Cream will only help if there was a break in the skin. As long as there is no break in the skin no cream is needed
Ice pack locally may help for first 12 hours ...Read more

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Yeast infection under breast, applying anti-fungal cream. Tiny bruise under breast from scratching, any danger of infection spreading deeper?

Yeast infection under breast, applying anti-fungal cream. Tiny bruise under breast from scratching, any danger of infection spreading deeper?

Not from a bruise: If you scratched hard enough to cause open sores there'd be a chance of further infection, but most likely it'd be a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Is Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) cream effective for removal or minimizing traumatic tattoo/permanent bruises? Thank you

Is Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) cream effective for removal or minimizing traumatic tattoo/permanent bruises? Thank you

No: The medication you mentioned will not alter the course of the injury.
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Why would my breast be leaking milky cream stuff and my breast is tender?

Why would my breast be leaking milky cream stuff and my breast is tender?

Prolactin hormone: When the hormone prolactin is secreted from the pituitary gland in the brain inappropriately then a milk like breast discharge will occur. A MD can run a blood test to check on the value of this hormone and treat it if prolactin is elevated. ...Read more

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My brother is 23 he has a mobile painful and tender lump in the armpit area it appears after shaving, increased in size with antibiotic cream.

My brother is 23 he has a mobile painful and tender lump in the armpit area it appears after shaving, increased in size with antibiotic cream.

See a doctor: The list of possible causes for an enlarged lymph node in the axilla is very long. The key here is to excude conditions that may have the potential to become progressively worse (particularly cancers), and could be cured with early intervention. See your primary care doctor and get this diagnosed and managed. ...Read more

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Last night I have developed a sore and tender nipple. Its slightly swollen. I applied antiseptic cream and a dressing but still very tender?

Last night I have developed a sore and tender nipple. Its slightly swollen. I applied antiseptic cream and a dressing but still very tender?

Get it checked : You are describing the beginning of an infection (swelling and soreness). For this you applied the right remedy. If the soreness resolves within 24 -48 hours you are fine. However, if this is getting worse, or you develop additional symptoms like redness, drainage, pus, fever, and chills, then you are developing a more serious infection and need to be seen by a health professional right away. ...Read more

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