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How to Heal a Bruise

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Daniel Wozniczka, MD, MPH

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This article was medically reviewed by Daniel Wozniczka, MD, MPH and by wikiHow staff writer, Glenn Carreau. Dr. Wozniczka is an Internal Medicine Physician, who is focused on the intersection of medicine, economics, and policy. He has global healthcare experience in Sub Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He serves currently as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and a Medical Officer for the Epidemic Intelligence Service in the CDC. He completed his MD at Jagiellonian University in 2022, and also holds an MBA and Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. This article has been viewed 963,305 times.

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While it takes time for a bruise to heal, you may be able to help speed along the healing process by applying an ice pack to the bruise for no more than 15 minutes every hour. After 24 hours, apply a hot compress for about 20 minutes to help circulate the blood that has gathered under the skin. Applying arnica gel, vinegar, or witch hazel to the bruise may also help it to heal more quickly. Keep reading to learn tips from our medical reviewer on when to seek medical help for a bruise, such as if you feel extreme pressure in the area.

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