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Bruises (cont.)

Bruises Treatment

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Doctors have no special treatment for bruises other than the techniques described under home remedies: ice packs and later heat, over-the-counter medications for pain, and elevation of the bruised area, if possible.

  • A suspected victim of domestic abuse may be referred to a law-enforcement official and/or a social worker.

Prevention of Bruises

  • Wear protective gear while playing contact sports such as soccer, football, or hockey.
  • Place furniture away from doorways and common walking paths within the home.
  • Keep phone and electrical cords away from open areas where one may trip and fall.
  • Be sure floors are kept dry and rugs are slip resistant.
  • Keep floors free of clutter.
  • Install a small night light or use a flashlight if one needs to walk to the bathroom during the night.
  • If a doctor has prescribed anticoagulant medications (blood thinners), have regular monitoring and adjust medications as necessary.

Prognosis of Bruises

Bruises typically take about two weeks to disappear without complications. Repeated bruising of the leg in the elderly can lead to weakened, yellow-brown skin that tears easily when abraded.


Humes, H. David, et al., eds. Kelley's Textbook of Internal Medicine, 4th Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/1/2015

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