How is bruising managed or treated?
Most bruises fade away within two weeks without treatment. More severe bruising and hematomas may last a month or longer. These steps can help you heal faster:
- Rest and elevate the injured area to prevent swelling and relieve pain.
- Apply ice packs for the first 24 to 48 hours after injury. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and apply ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Repeat throughout the day.
- Apply a heating pad or warm compress to the injured area after two days. You can apply heat several times throughout the day.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®). Check with your doctor prior to using NSAIDs.