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Many people experience the encumbrance of bruising. Whether you’ve bumped into something while walking or taken a tumble, you can be at risk for those tender black and blue marks.
A bruise occurs when the blood vessels underneath the skin break and leak blood into the affected area, showing a purple/blue or green hue. Then the body works to heal that area and reabsorb that blood, causing the bruise to fade.
There are many reasons why bruising can occur. Web MD lists several different factors that can affect your body and its likelihood to bruise.
Click on each contributing factor if you'd like to view more information.
There are other factors that can cause bruising as well, but bumping into things, contact sports and falls are going to be the leading cause of bruising in the lives of most people, with or without other contributing factors. There are several ways to help avoid bruising around your household.
1) Keep your home well-lit. Having a well-lit area can help you avoid troublesome collisions and falls. If you are walking outside in the dark, take a small flashlight or use the light on your phone to light the path you are walking.
2) Eliminate Clutter. Clutter is easy to trip on and can cause serious injury in addition to bruising if your fall is severe enough.
3) Make sure your furniture is arranged in a way that makes it simple for you to walk around your home.
4) Get regular hearing and vision tests. Keeping your senses sharp is vital to avoiding those moments where you can fall and bruise, or become injured.
When bruising does happen, it is important to rest and treat the affected area. Occasional elevation and icing will be helpful to the healing process and will keep the likelihood of swelling to a minimum. You might also try some light compression, wrapping the bruised area loosely to relieve bruising symptoms. Legs, shins, ankles, feet and toes are the areas most likely to be affected by bruises. If you find that you have stubbed your toe, dropped something on your foot, or run your shin into a table, make sure you rest and ice the area right away, and repeat the process regularly over the following days. If you find that your bruise does not disappear after two weeks, it is probably time to seek a medical opinion.
In addition, a natural pain relief cream can reduce the pain associated with bruises. The herb arnica in particular has been proven to help with the symptoms of bruising. By applying a thin coat of natural pain relief products to dry, clean skin, you could experience pain relief and comfort in as little as five minutes. That definitely beats waiting for pill taken by mouth to disperse through your digestive system! BLUESPRING’s over the counter pain relief creams Super Blue Stuff OTC, Super White Stuff OTC, and Foot and Leg Comfort are all FDA registered treatments targeted at bruising, among other problems. Specifically, Foot and Leg Comfort was designed to increase the comfort in the lower extremities, and includes all natural ingredients like emu oil and arnica.
It can be frustrating to wait for relief, and that’s why Foot and Leg Comfort is considered to be one of the best all-natural pain relief creams that is sold over-the-counter. Its natural healing properties provide quick relief and long-lasting comfort, to help you get through your day and night.