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Bewildered by Bruises!

6 things to know, including home remedies for bruises

Sophia Bradley, DO

Most people get bruises occasionally, from children to seniors. Bruises or contusions as they are also known may occur after an accident, such as a fall, or from bumping into or being struck by a blunt object.

Usually a bruise, which is marked by bleeding into the skin of the bruised area, is nothing to worry about and eventually heals on its own and the skin discoloration disappears.

“Bruising is a normal response to an injury,” says Sophia Bradley, DO, a primary care physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Vista.

“Tiny blood vessels beneath the skin can be damaged by even a small impact, such as bumping into a coffee table,” says Dr. Bradley, who specializes in family medicine. “While they can be challenging to treat, there are home remedies for bruises that may speed up healing and minimize their appearance.”