First Aid For Bruises

Bruising is a common injuries experienced by someone. This occurs because some things like fall or a blow to the body that causes a burst blood vessels beneath the skin's surface. Discoloration and swelling of the skin caused by the seepage of blood into the tissues.

By Stanley M. Zildo as quoted from his book 'First Aid, First Aid and How to Correct Handling of Emergency', the symptoms of the affected area bruise is painful, reddened skin and change color to blue or green, sometimes arising swelling or lumps.

Bruising can usually be cured by itself. Even so, some things need to be done to heal bruises faster, namely:

1. Compressed as soon as possible with cold water or ice on a bruised area to reduce bleeding and swelling.

2. If bruising occurs in the arms or legs, lift the section with a higher place of the heart to reduce local blood flow.

3. After 24 hours, use warm compresses to help the healing of wounds. Warm compress will open blood vessels so improving blood circulation in the area.

4. When bruising or swelling worsens the pain was unbearable, immediately taken to the hospital due to possible broken bones or other injuries.