How should you treat blood spots and bruising?

After a car accident, you sustained a few bruises and blood spots under your skin. While exploring your legal options, you must treat your injuries.

The University of Michigan Health Symptoms explains how to treat bruises and blood spots. Learn how to take care of yourself while working to return to your daily routine.


Rest and shield your bruises as much as possible. Ice and cold packs help with swelling and pain, but only apply them for 10 to 20 minutes three times a day. For the first 48 hours post-injury, avoid hot tubs, hot showers, alcoholic beverages and hot packs, as they could worsen inflammation. If your swelling clears after 48 to 72 hours, apply heat to your bruise and use moist heat to encourage flexibility.

Compression bandages also help with swelling. Wrap bandages loosely, so you do not encourage more inflammation. Signs you wrapped the bandage too tightly include tingling, numbness, coolness, elevated pain and swelling below the bandage.

Elevate your bruised body part above your heart level while stretched out or sitting down. Use pillows to stay comfortable.

Additional tips

Stimulate blood flow to bruised areas of the skin by massaging your skin gently. Massages help address pain, so stop if your motions cause discomfort. If your primary physician prescribes pain medication, read the instructions carefully before taking your first dose, and only take medication as prescribed.

Refrain from using tobacco products and smoking. Smoking slows tissue repair and lowers your blood supply.

You cannot afford to take risks with bruising and blood spots. Addressing them the right way helps heal them completely and protects your rights to compensation.

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