Be ‘Bruise-ly’ or Be Bruise Free!

 

Have you been training vigorously like Bruce Lee lately for that mesomorph body figure? You got what you wanted; those well-built and slightly muscular body that you desire. However, small red and purplish splotches called bruises started appearing on your body and you can’t remember where you got it! This time, you realize that you have officially become ‘Bruise-ly’.

 

Situations like the one above is common especially when you exercise a lot. People who exercise are more prone to getting bruises from injuries as compared to people who don’t. Simple exercise like running can also give bruises because of the trauma against areas like knees and arms where joggers get from falling. Now, let us find out how do those little splotches come about and how to deal with them?

How does Bruising occur?

Bruising happens when a blunt force is applied. This blunt force damages the small blood vessels, causing blood to seep into surrounding tissues beneath the surface of skin. This is when we see a red or purple splotch on our skin.

Poor Diet

If you find yourself bruising easily, you could be lacking of vitamin C in your diet!

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for healing. Without it, it weakens your blood vessels which cause you to bruise easily! Also, you may want to eat more vitamin C as it helps you to recover from your bruises faster.

Sun Damaged Skin

Always exercising in the afternoon when the Sun is at its strongest?

Well, being under the Sun may be a good thing but staying for a prolong period of time may weaken your skin and superficial blood vessels, causing you to bruise easily! Too much of a good thing can be bad sometimes.

Sudden Unexplained Bruises

 

If you have other symptoms that comes with bruising like having nosebleeds for no reason, you could be suffering from blood disorder like Hemophilia which warrants immediate medical attention!

Gender

Woman are more likely to bruise due to estrogen weakening the blood vessel walls which is also the reason why woman are more likely to get varicose veins than men!

Aging

As you age, blood vessels weaken and your thin skin is more susceptible to bruising as it loses layer of fats which protects your blood vessels.

Family Genetics

If you have any family members that bruises easily like you, it is probably due to heredity!

Steps to reduce Bruising

If you have a bruise, try doing a simple self-care method called RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

This helps to reduce swelling and ease your pain.

Step 1: Rest

Rest to prevent any more pressure on the injured area which can cause further bruising.

 Step 2: Ice

Using an ice pack helps to reduce blood flow in the injured area which aids to minimize swelling and pain. Wrap your ice pack with a towel and apply it on the injured area for around 10 minutes. Avoid direct contact of the ice on your skin.

Heal your bruises faster? Use Hirudoid Cream/Gel!

A more effective way would be to replace icepacks with Hirudoid Gel/Cream. Hirudoid cream/gel contains MPS (Mucopolysaccharide Polysulphate) that accelerates bruise healing and reduces swelling and pain almost immediately.

Instructions:

Squeeze a small amount of Hirudoid Cream/Gel and apply to the affected area once/twice a day. Massage gently into the skin until it has absorbed all the ingredients.

Step 3: Compression

Immobilize the injury by compressing it with a bandage. This helps to prevent excessive swelling. Never bandage too tightly as it can hinder blood circulation.

 Step 4: Elevation

Elevate the bruised area above heart level to prevent more blood from seeping into the tissue. This also helps to reduce pain.

This RICE method may help to prevent your bruises from getting worse but you should also consider taking measure for a faster recovery like:

Apply Hirudoid Cream/Gel

Do you know that using Hirudoid Cream/Gel heals your bruises 2 times faster? You can also use Hirudoid Cream/Gel even without following the RICE method. So, if you are in a rush to get rid of those unsightly splotches, remember to use Hirudoid religiously!

Increasing your intake of Vitamin C

As we mentioned earlier, Vitamin C aids in wound recovery so increasing your Vitamin C intake more than usual can help to accelerate your recovery speed. The maximum Vitamin C in take for adults are 2,000mg per day. You can eat citrus fruits that are rich in Vitamin C or get Vitamin C supplements from your local drugstores!

Avoid Smoking

Smokers tend to have a lower level of Vitamin C than non-smokers. So if you have bruising, consider ditching that lighter and cigarette now!

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol causes your blood vessels to expand temporarily. This means an increased in blood circulation can cause your blood vessels to be more susceptible to breaking when a blunt force applied. Being drunk can also means being more vulnerable to falls. So, restrict yourself from drinking too much!

Now that we have understood the cause of all these red little splotches, make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet to prevent ‘bruise-ly’ for a bruise-free!