Apply an arnica-infused ointment
A herb used in homeopathic medicine, arnica has anti-inflammatory effects when applied to the skin.
Applying ice to a bruise can help reduce swelling, pain and make the bruise smaller.
Elevate the limb
Elevating the bruised area as soon as possible can help prevent more blood pooling in the injured area.
After 24 hours of being injured, apply heat to the bruise to encourage circulation in the affected area to clear away pooled blood.
Take some bromelain supplements
Bromelain is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce bruising, swelling and pain.
Check your meds
If you’re acquiring bruises beyond what you think is normal, blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen may be the culprits. These medicines can make you bruise easier by making your blood pool more easily under the skin.
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