With our active lifestyle, we cant get away from getting those ugly bruises from small bumps or after hitting something hard. Our skin eventually gets red and after an hour it turns into an ugly dark purplish spectacular bruise. Our usual remedy? A hot or a cold compress. Here is a simple tip when to make use each of these methods.
Cold Compress is recommended when the injury is recent, within 72 hours, this will help reduce the local pain and prevent further swelling of the injury by constricting the flow of blood in the surrounding area, the cold can also numb down the nerves and reduce the pain.
Hot Compress is then recommended for treating injuries after 72 hours, at this point you would now want to promote blood flow to help enhance the healing cycle, Limit the application of heat to not more than 20-30 minutes, and be sure not to fall asleep with a heating pad.
You’ll never know when you or a friend might sprain an ankle. So have ice or a cold pack inside your refrigerator ready for use.
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