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How Bruises Heal
Bruises go through a rainbow of color changes as the body begins to heal itself. The rainbow of color changes mean that your body is breaking down the red blood cells that collect under the skin. As the red blood cells break down, they eventually get flushed away by the body’s natural process. These red blood cells cause the bluish, purplish, reddish, or blackish marks that are typical of a bruise. That's where black-and-blue marks got their name - from their color under the skin. You can pretty much guess the age of a bruise just by looking at its color:
  1. When you first get a bruise, it's reddish as the blood appears under the skin. 
  2. Within 1 or 2 days, the hemoglobin (an iron-containing substance that carries oxygen) in the blood changes and your bruise turns bluish-purple or even blackish. 
  3. After 5 to 10 days, the bruise turns greenish or yellowish. 
  4. Then, after 10 or 14 days, it turns yellowish-brown or light brown.   
It usually takes 2-4 weeks for bruises to disappear, depending upon the person and how severe the injury is. Bruises can last from just days to months.

It's hard to prevent bruises, but you can help accelerate the healing process. The powerful formulations of BruiseMD products are the ideal line of first-aid products for the treatment of mild to severe soft tissue injuries. BruiseMD is available in topical forms that include Soothing Cream, Cooling Gel, and Analgesic Balm. BruiseMD is also available in a powerful Enzymatic Tablet formulation. BruiseMD topicals accelerate the healing of bruises from the out-side while BruiseMD Enzymatic Tablets attack the bruise from the-inside. For more severe injuries combine one (1) topical and the Enzymatic Tablets for double-strength acceleration.

When to Call Your Doctor
 
Most bruises are easily treated, but it's probably best to talk to a doctor if:
  • A bruise doesn't go away after 2 weeks. 
  • You are bruising spontaneously without any injury, fall, or other reason.
  • A bruise is getting more painful or continues to swell. 
  • You can't move a joint. 
  • The bruise is near your eye. 
  • There are signs of infection around the bruised area. 

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