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How to Treat a Large Bruise
You probably will not be seriously injured in a skating fall if you
wear your body protection, but you may have a large purple bruise to
deal with. Here is what you can do to help it heal quickly.
Treatment for a Large Bruise
Keep the injured area as still as possible for 24-48 hours. This is the
best thing you can do to limit the bleeding under the skin, and prevent
the discolored area from growing. Stay in bed if you can.
Apply a very cold, wet cloth to the injured area. This may help to slow
the bleeding under the skin if it is done immediately after the injury.
If you use ice, take precautions to prevent frost-bite (see tips below).
Some people wrap the injured area with a pressure bandage to prevent
swelling, but this must be done with caution. Remove the bandages
immediately if the surrounding skin becomes slightly pale or blue or cold.
Elevate the injured area, if possible, to prevent swelling. The easiest
way to elevate an arm or a leg is to stay in bed and rest it on one or two pillows.
Avoid pointing the injured area downward (lowering it), because gravity
will cause a fluid build-up that can increase pain and prolong the healing period.
Prevent the injured area from moving while you are sleeping by propping
or padding it with pillows. Do this for 2 or 3 days after the injury.
A bruise is a blue area on the skin, often caused by a hard blow that
bursts the tiny blood vessels under the skin. This releases blood into
the surrounding tissues, and causes the skin to appear blue in the injured area.
Small bruises will usually heal in 7 to 10 days, but a large bruise
can take 2 or 3 weeks.
If you ice an injury, avoid frost-bite by placing a towel between the
ice and your skin. Ice the area for 15 minutes, then take a 15 minute
break. Stop all icing immediately if the skin appears white or feels hard.
If you have diabetes or circulation problems, do not ice a wound or
apply a compression bandage unless you have your doctor's approval.
See your doctor if (a) you have severe pain or swelling, (b) you have
difficulty moving the injured area, (c) an arm or a leg will not support
your weight (d) you still have pain after two days.
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