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Why might my bruises not be healing?

Why might my bruises not be healing?

On blood thinners?: If you are on blood thinners, take a lot of Aspirin or Ibuprofen or advil (ibuprofen)... You may take longer for bruises to go away. Ask your family doctornif you can use natural products like arnica cremes or gels? ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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Does bruising indicate healing?

Does bruising indicate healing?

Bruising: Indicates bleeding below the skin. As hemoglobin is released from spilled red blood cells, it becomes metabolized and changes color. As the subcutaneous (or intramuscular or wherever) bleeding persists, the bruise becomes larger. A bruise that is decreasing in size and changing color from purple to yellow is indicative of healing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to speed up healing for a bruise?

Is there a way to speed up healing for a bruise?

There is not: Bruises are blood that has alread escaped into the area and the only way they get better is by being reabsorbed by the body. I am sorry there are no tricks to it. If its recent, ice can help prevent it from getting worse. Best of luck and i hope i answered your question. Have a great night! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hematoma and an ordinary bruise? Are they pretty much the same? Any difference in healing time?

What is the difference between a hematoma and an ordinary bruise? Are they pretty much the same? Any difference in healing time?

Sort of: A bruise is a mild collection of blood in the tissues which come out of the surrounding tissues and superficial vessels where we have been traumatized. They are sort of a hematoma but when we think of a hematoma it is usually a larger collection of blood which forms a swollen area and can be painful or even get red or have other problems. This is a simple explanation and hope this was informative ...Read more

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Does it itch when a bruise is healing?

Does it itch when a bruise is healing?

Itching = Healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The nerves in the area respond to this inflammation in varying intensity as things heal from pain to itching and possibly with numbness. This is a normal part of healing. ...Read more

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Does a knot under bruise get larger in the process of healing?

Does a knot under bruise get larger in the process of healing?

Yes it can: A bruise or hematoma in the process of healing can initially become slightly larger before it shrinks away. If there's is increasing pain ; redness at the site, have the injury examined quickly. See a doctor if you are concerned about your healing. ...Read more

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What if a knot under your bruise start getting larger , is this a process of the bruise healing?

What if a knot under your bruise start getting larger , is this a process of the bruise healing?

Yes it can: A bruise or hematoma in the process of healing can initially become slightly larger before it shrinks away. If there's is increasing pain ; redness at the site, have the injury examined quickly. See a doctor if you are concerned about your healing. ...Read more

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6 y/o son fell beginning of June and still has a bruise. No complaints, no other healing issues. What should we do for it?

Too long.: Get checked. A bruise should not last that long. It may be something else. We can't say for sure without more information and a look at it. Get it checked this week. ...Read more

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Deep bruise in arm- healing time?

Deep bruise in arm- healing time?

Days to weeks: These deep injuries depending on the trauma can take days to weeks to recover from especially if there was some bleeding that turned into black and blue's or clot ...Read more

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Treatment options for bruises? Thanks!

Treatment options for bruises? Thanks!

Warm compresses: Warm compresses and "tincture of time" are the only effective bruise treatments. More important is identifying their cause, unless it is obvious (i.e. An injury). Make sure the bruised person isn't being abused, or isn't developing bruises spontaneously, for no obvious reason. Such people need to be examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more