How do bruises happen? Well, they happen when blood vessels break near the surface of the skin (e.g., hitting your arm on something). As a result, blood leaks into the surrounding tissue, and a bruise appears on your skin. Bruises fade on their own in a matter of days. However, we all hate seeing them, and we want to eliminate bruises as quickly as possible.
The good news is that there are ways to speed up the process. How fast a bruise heals depends mostly on the severity, but there are instances when bruises need more than few days to heal. That being said, I’m sure you’ll find one of the following remedies helpful when trying to get rid of a bruise.
This is your first option. Arnica gel is part of the survival kit for every athlete, as it can reduce bruises, relieve aches, relieve a sprain, and much more. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, arnica gel can reduce swelling as well. Even models in the fashion world use it.
For minimal bruises, topical arnica is the best way to go; you’ll notice results in a few hours. Apply arnica gel or cream at least 3 times a day, and you’ll have nothing to worry about. Just wait a few hours before applying the gel again.
A word of caution: the actual herb is poisonous. Therefore, never, ever, try to swallow raw arnica. The herb is for external use only.
Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth and apply it to the affected area. You can even use some frozen food if you don’t have ice cubes. Hold it on the area for 15 minutes, and repeat after one hour.
Ice treatment works only in the first 24 hours, in the initial moments after the bruising, when it will give you pain relief and reduce the inflammation. After that, switch to another remedy, preferably a warm compress.