A common injury
Do you feel as if you can’t bump against a piece of furniture without a black-and-blue mark appearing on your body? Do you notice an occasional bruise on an arm or a leg but don’t recall hurting yourself? Those types of bruises usually aren’t cause for concern. That's because marks that appear on the hands, arms, and legs after bumping into objects or getting injured are common. You can speed healing and relieve pain by:
- Applying firm, direct pressure to the area and holding for at least 5 minutes, which minimizes bleeding.
- Elevating the area and applying a cold pack every hour or so for about 15 minutes for a day or two.
- Taking acetaminophen instead of of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
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