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.

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