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    Products which are good for helping bruises?

    Has anyone got any good products which can be used on bruises?
    I've got some really big nasty ones which just won't go away, so wondered if anyone had any magic lotions or potions.

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    Arnica is supposed to be good for bruises I believe. Comes in cream or tablet form.

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    dcx_badass

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/VictimsOfCrime/DG_4003136



    I got asked by someone today if I was being battered! Not at all - not even got boyfriend!
    I have just been a bit spatially unaware and walking into things and bruising rediculously badly, I even have a massive one on my knee cap - how the hell can you get one on your knee cap, there's no flesh there!
    Any particular brands anyone can recommend?

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    dcx_badass

    I think bio-oil is supposed to be good, never used it myself though.



    Oh fab idea, I have some of that in my cupboard, thanks.

    heat pad on it (or hot water bottle or whatever)?

    don't think i've had a bruise for longer than a couple days

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    Lol, here's the sympathy shot: http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab3/sickly_sweet_photos/CIMG0774.jpg

    And that bruise is about 2 weeks old, and the least bruised part of me at the moment

    I will get some Arnica tablets and cream from Boots tomorrow (great way to use up the advantage card points and in keeping with it being HotUKDeals it appears as though they are on 3 for 2 so I'll get something else too), bio oil twice a day, it's a bit too hot for the heat pad (sooooo warm right now which is why I can't sleep!) but will bear it in mind.

    Any other remedies or old wives tales?

    Thanks for the suggestions so far, I would rep you if it was possible.

    Don't put heat on it - keep it cold! Especially as it's warm and you can't sleep because of the heat! (although it's colder where I am)

    From bbc health website (Your text here):

    •Apply a cold compress - a small towel wrung out in cold water, a bag of ice cubes or a packet of frozen peas

    •Keep compress on injured area for about 30 minutes, changing it periodically to keep it cold

    From Your text here:

    Dangers to be aware of:

    Never apply ice directly to the skin as it can cause an ice burn.

    Ice should not be applied to the following vulnerable areas, as it can cause damage to peripheral nerve tissue:
    ◦the neck
    ◦the upper part of the collar bone
    ◦the bony aspects of the elbow
    ◦the front of the hip region
    ◦the outer side of the knee

    Ice therapy should not be applied to the kidney region, under the back of the ribs.

    The use of ice therapy should ideally be under the direction of a Chartered Physiotherapist and should be avoided where patients have extreme reactions to cold, have high blood pressure, impaired sensation or circulatory problems.

    My advice would be to go to see your GP. Two reasons for this :
    bruising easily can be a sign of a blood disorder
    your lack of spatial awareness
    Have you had your eyes checked recently?

    Put toothpaste on them

    Over The Knee

    From Your text here:Dangers to be aware of: Never apply ice directly to … From Your text here:Dangers to be aware of: Never apply ice directly to the skin as it can cause an ice burn. Ice should not be applied to the following vulnerable areas, as it can cause damage to peripheral nerve tissue: ◦the neck◦the upper part of the collar bone◦the bony aspects of the elbow◦the front of the hip region◦the outer side of the kneeIce therapy should not be applied to the kidney region, under the back of the ribs.The use of ice therapy should ideally be under the direction of a Chartered Physiotherapist and should be avoided where patients have extreme reactions to cold, have high blood pressure, impaired sensation or circulatory problems.



    rawr heat is actually useful after the bruise has stopped spreading (which im guessing it has by now) as it dilates the blood vessels allowing blood flow more easily which increases the healing process

    cooling it will only stop it from spreading and slow the healing process (should only be done when you first get a bruise)

    and have you considered coating yourself in bubble wrap?

    A bit of steak - advce from my mother - don't know if it works.

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    Thanks guys, I'm slathered in Arnica and have a Mr Bump cool pack (yep, I'm a kid at heart) which is so nice and cold in the warm weather, I don't think I could cope with a hot water bottle but will bear it in mind.
    If I had steak it'd be in my tummy not on me - I'm craving steak now, mmmmm.
    And I might consider the toothpaste if arnica doesn't work its magic, my friend always used to use toothpaste on her spots.
    Doc knows about it all cos I've been poorly but she is too so off work for 2 months.
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