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Bruising occurs after traumatic injury and consists of swelling and discoloration under the skin but no disruption of the skin.

Bruising is a normal body response to trauma. It is only when bruising occurs often and from very minor (often unnoticed) trauma that a problem may exist. Refer to the capillary fragility article for more information. While easy bruising is usually not a cause for concern, people who experience this problem should consult a physician to rule out more serious conditions that may cause bruising. Medical causes of easy bruising sometimes may be diagnosed from a few blood tests conducted by a doctor. More often, however, no clear cause for easy bruising is found

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Symptoms

Bruises look like areas of blue to purple-colored skin that may turn yellow to dark brown over the course of a few days.

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Causes

 

Bruises are usually caused by bumping into something which ruptures the tiny capillaries under the skin leaving the area darkened. Some people bruise more easily than others, and this is indicative of fragile capillaries, poor health or an inability to create collagen. For people who bruise easily, bruises seem to appear for no apparent reason. Research has shown us that the leading cause of frequent bruising is a deficiency in one or more nutrients. The elderly, due to their generally poor diet, are quite susceptible to having bruises. The remedy is very simple: add supplements to your diet. Dieters who have lost a substantial amount of weight are also at risk of developing bruises. This is due to the fact that they have many capillaries that were needed to supply blood to their body, but that body is no longer there, leaving the capillaries exposed.

One of the main causes of bruising seems to be a deficiency in certain nutrients, primarily vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, bioflavonoids, and zinc. A vitamin C deficiency may be caused by several factors:

Eating too few fruits and vegetables (remember the problem sailors used to have centuries ago with scurvy outbreaks on long voyages? It was caused by a lack of vitamin C)

Taking drugs which destroys this vitamin

Llong-time stress from illness, frustration or depression

Smoking (one cigarette can deplete the body of 25 mg of vitamin C)

Frequent emotional outbursts such as anger

Exposure to pollutants, allergens or heavy metals

A deficiency in hesperidin, one of the bioflavonoids (sometimes called vitamin P), naturally occurring nutrients usually found in association with vitamin C, has been linked with abnormal capillary weakness. These bioflavonoids, including hesperidin, Citrin, Rutin, Flavones, Flavonals, Calechin and Quercetin, were found to be essential in correcting the tendency toward bruising.

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Home Remedies

Ice packs work wonder on the wound of bruise. You need to apply ice pack on the wound at a stress for 5-10 minutes and then after a short break again for 5-10 minutes. It will help to reduce the swelling as well as will reduce the pain of the wound.

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Herbal Remedies

In traditional herbal medicine, a compress or ointment of sweet clover is applied to bruises. Enough should be applied to cover the bruise, and several applications per day may be necessary to improve healing.

Arnica is considered by some practitioners to be among the best vulnerary (wound-healing) herbs available. As a homeopathic remedy, arnica is often recommended as both an internal and topical means to treat minor injuries. Some healthcare practitioners recommend mixing 1 tablespoon of arnica tincture in 500 ml water, then soaking thin cloth or gauze in the liquid and applying it to the injured area for at least 15 minutes four to five times per day.

Comfrey is also widely used in traditional medicine as a topical application to help heal wounds.

St. Johns Wort is known to have done wonders for bruise wounds. The anti-bacterial and astringent properties make it apt for treating bruises.

Parsley is another herb which has abundant supply of vitamins and works as a therapeutic treatment for the wound. Apply crushed parsley on the bruised area. Keep doing this till the blue or black marks disappear forever.

Having a soothing bath with Witch Hazel helps in circulation of the blood and in the healing process. The astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic attribute just makes it a great home remedy.

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Wellness Program

Wear protective gear (shin guards) while playing contact sports such a soccer.

Place furniture away from doorways and common walking paths within your home.

Keep phone and electrical cords away from open areas where you may trip and fall.

Be sure floors are kept dry and that rugs are slip resistant.

Keep floors free of clutter.

Plug in a small night light or use a flashlight if you need to walk to the bathroom during the night.

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