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Bruising Easily? – Tips to Treat and Prevent Bruises

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Bruising Easily? – Tips to Treat and Prevent Bruises

 Do you bruise often or easily? Explore the causes of bruising and take simple steps to prevent bruising. Read our tips for prevention and treatment here.

What is a Bruise?

 Bruising can be painful and unpleasant. They commonly occur following an injury, such as a fall or collision with a hard surface. This causes the small blood vessels under the skin (capillaries), to break and leak red blood cells just under the surface of the skin.

Sometimes unexplained bruises can occur due to certain health conditions, medications, or underlying conditions. We would recommend to visit your GP for a physical exam if you notice frequent or sudden bruises, or if you have a hereditary condition of easy bruising or bleeding. 

As your body heals itself, the bruise will generally turn from a dark blue or black to a greenish yellow and then it will disappear. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to speed up the healing process as well as some simple steps we can take to prevent bruises from surfacing altogether. 

 

Causes of Easy Bruising: Why do I bruise so easily?

If you are one of the many people who bruise easily, then you might have wondered why it happens. There are many reasons why some people are more prone to severe or long-lasting bruising, including:

Excessive Straining - When we put out bodies under strain, through exercise or excessive lifting and moving, blood vessels may burst and create bruising on your body.

Sun Damage - Extended exposure to the sun can burn your skin, which causes it to lose resilience. This means that any knocks and bangs are more likely to lead to bruising.

Medications - Certain medicine can reduce your blood’s ability to clot, which makes bruising more likely. Medications to be mindful of are aspirin, prednisone, and prednisolone.

Diseases and Disorders - If you bruise easily and often, with no strong identifiable cause, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional to rule out certain blood disorders or illnesses, such as diabetes. 

 

Treatment for Bruises: How to get rid of bruises?

When it comes to treating a bruise, it helps to remember R.I.C.E.R

Rest - Remove yourself from any danger and rest the affected area to protect it from further damage or straining.

Ice - Cold will reduce the swelling and sooth the pain. Apply and wrap an ice pack around the bruise using our Hi-Stretch Support and Compression Bandages for 10 to 20 minutes, as needed. 

Compression - Another way to decrease swelling is to wrap the bruised area, gently but thoroughly, with a medium weight Elastoplast’s Crepe Bandage

Elevation - Keeping the bruised area at the level of your heart, or higher, will minimise swelling.

Rest – Resting the injured area will help to reduce further damage or swelling.

 

Steps to Prevent Bruising: How to Prevent Bruising

One of the best ways to prevent a bruise is to make sure our capillaries are strong and flexible. A balanced diet, with plenty of bioflavonoids is your best bet. Good sources of bioflavonoids include dark, leafy greens, garlic, onions, and dark-coloured berries. To supplement this, you may wish to look at increasing your intake of vitamin C, hesperidin, and rutin, which have all been shown to reduce incidences of bruising.