What Causes A Bruise, And How Can It Be Treated?


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lakeesha Hennessy Williams Profile
A bruise is a minor injury.

The body responds by bruising if something causes an impact on the skin. Even though the skin is not broken, blood vessels just under the skin break and release blood.

This blood releases into the open spaces in the tissue under your skin.
What causes bruising

When blood vessels are ruptured, blood leaks into spaces under the surface of your skin.
This makes the area look red at first, but then it turns black, green, or even yellow as the clotted blood is broken down in different pigments. Eventually this is cleared up by the body's immune system.

Bruises don't normally need very much treatment, but if the bruising is severe and is combined with tissue swelling, the best treatment is cold compresses applied directly.
This is the method I used to treat a bruise that appeared on my ankle recently, and it worked very well!

How to treat a bruise

I used an ice pack, but you can even use something like a pack of frozen peas out of the freezer to ease the swelling.

You might also be interested to know that some people bruise much more easily than others. Also, bruising usually disappears by itself within two or three weeks.

If you get a bruise, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better after a few weeks, I'd really recommend visiting a doctor, as it may be a symptom of an underlying condition.
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Anonymous answered
The body responds by bruising if something causes an impact into the skin and breaks open or releases blood in the tissue spaces.

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