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How To Take Care Of A Bruise

How To Take Care Of A Bruise

This great first aid video will provide tips on how to best treat bruises. Bruises can look rather painful and ugly, so let VideoJug show you how to take care of them properly.

Step 1: You will need

  • a cold pad or ice pack

Step 2: Elevate The Injury

Raise and support the injured part of the body in a comfortable position. This will help the fluid in the swollen tissue to drain away from the injury

Step 3: Use A Cold Compress

There are two ways of making a cold compress, one using a pad, the other an ice pack.

To make a cold pad, use a towel or cloth that has been dipped in very cold water, wrung out and folded into a pad. To keep the compress cool, dip it in the water every few minutes and repeat the same process. This should be done for at least 10 minutes.

Alternatively, you can use an ice pack or a sealed packet of frozen peas wrapped in a thin towel. Don't use the ice pack for more than 10 minutes.

Step 4: Apply Firm Pressure

Now apply firm pressure to the bruise using a cold compress. This will help you to reduce any swelling and pain.

Step 5: Seek Medical Advice

Bruising may be an outwards sign of a deeper injury. Elderly people as well as those on particular medications can bruise more easily. If the symptoms get worse or you have any concerns, seek medical advice.