Why Does My Bruise Take Long To Heal?

Why is my bruise not going away?

Bruises aren’t usually serious, and they often clear up without treatment.

If you have a bruise that doesn’t go away after 2 weeks, you bruise for no apparent reason, or you have additional symptoms, see your doctor for diagnosis.

The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you’ll start feeling better..

How do you know when a bruise is serious?

Seek medical attention if you have:increased bruising while taking aspirin (Bayer) or other blood thinners.swelling and pain in the area of bruising.bruising that occurs after a hard blow or fall.bruising that occurs along with a suspected broken bone.bruising for no reason.bruising that fails to heal after four weeks.More items…

How do you heal a deep bruise fast?

Elevating and resting the area, as well as applying ice for up to 20 minutes per hour and using a light compression bandage, can help decrease the blood flow and inflammation that contribute to bruising. Following R.I.C.E. as soon as possible after an injury and throughout the healing process can also decrease pain.

Should I get my bruise checked out?

Talk to your doctor if your bruise hasn’t healed within two weeks. Severe sprains and fractures can cause bruising, along with swelling and pain. In most cases, a bruise is a minor problem that will heal quickly. For more information on bruising and blood spots and how to treat a bad bruise, find a doctor at UPMC.

What is the difference between a bruise and a hematoma?

A bruise, also known as a contusion, typically appears on the skin after trauma such as a blow to the body. It occurs when the small veins and capillaries under the skin break. A hematoma is a collection (or pooling) of blood outside the blood vessel.

What happens when you massage a bruise?

Don’t Touch It. Given that the area is in pain, you might want to massage it — resist the urge. Touching or massaging the bruise may actually resulting in more broken blood vessels and a worse-looking bruise.

What’s the longest a bruise can last?

You can get skin, muscle and bone bruises. Bone bruises are the most serious. It can take months for a bruise to fade, but most last about two weeks. They start off a reddish color, and then turn bluish-purple and greenish-yellow before returning to normal.

Should you massage a bruise?

This will slow down blood flow to your bruise, making it less prevalent than it would be if you continue your workout. Don’t massage or rub the injury because you can break more blood vessels in the process. Instead, give yourself time for the pain and swelling to subside and apply ice immediately and as needed.

Is bruising a sign of low iron?

You may begin to bruise easily if you aren’t getting enough iron. That’s because your body needs iron to keep your blood cells healthy. If your blood cells aren’t healthy, your body won’t be able to get the oxygen that it needs to function. This may make your skin more susceptible to bruising.

Is it normal for a bruise to spread?

As bruises (contusions) heal, usually within 2 to 4 weeks, they often turn colors, including purplish black, reddish blue, or yellowish green. Sometimes the area of the bruise spreads down the body in the direction of gravity.

How do you treat a severe bruise?

AdvertisementRest the bruised area, if possible.Ice the bruise with an ice pack wrapped in a towel. Leave it in place for 10 to 20 minutes. Repeat several times a day for a day or two as needed.Compress the bruised area if it is swelling, using an elastic bandage. Don’t make it too tight.Elevate the injured area.

Can you get a blood clot from a bruise?

The bruise itself won’t cause a blood clot. In very rare circumstances, the hit that caused the bruise can. If a deep-seated vein is damaged during the collision, it could lead to a deep-vein clot. This is called deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

Why does my bruise have a lump?

They are caused by bleeding underneath the skin near the surface. When the bleeding causes a raised area, the area is called a “hematoma.” A bruise may have a bump or knot in the middle. Bruises are very common in people with bleeding disorders.

Can bruises take months to heal?

People with pale skin tend to show bruises more readily than those with darker pigmentation, as do the elderly, whose skin becomes thinner with age. In most cases, a bruise will take from two to four weeks to heal completely.

How long should a bruise lump last?

The swelling and pain of the hematoma will go away. This takes from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of the hematoma. The skin over the hematoma may turn bluish then brown and yellow as the blood is dissolved and absorbed. Usually, this only takes a couple of weeks but can last months.