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Hematoma (cont.)

Hematoma Self-Care at Home

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Most hematomas of the skin are due to contusions and can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). They will gradually resolve over time. Depending upon the location, immobilization of the area for a few days may speed healing, but there needs to be a balance between healing and retaining range of motion of the affected body part.

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications including acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be useful in controlling the inflammation and pain. It is important to remember that even OTC medications have side effects and their use should be discussed with a health care practitioner or pharmacist. For example, patients taking blood thinners should be cautious about taking ibuprofen because of the risk of stomach bleeding while patients who have liver disease should carefully monitor the amount of acetaminophen they take.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2015

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