Step 1: You will need
a cold pad or ice pack
Step 2: Elevate The Injury
Raise and support the injured part of the body in acomfortable position. This will help the fluid in the swollentissue to drain away from the injury.
Step 3: Use A Cold Compress
There are two ways of making a cold compress, one using a pad, the other an ice pack.
To make a cold pad, use a towel or cloth that has been dipped in very cold water, wrung outand folded into a pad. To keep the compress cool, dip it in the water every few minutes andrepeat the same process. This should be done for at least 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can use an ice pack or a sealed packet of frozen peas wrapped in a thin towel.Don't use the ice pack for more than 10 minutes.
Step 4: Apply Firm Pressure
Now apply firm pressure to the bruise using a cold compress. This will help you to reduce anyswelling and pain.
Step 5: Seek Medical Advice
Bruising may be an outwards sign of a deeper injury. Elderly people as well as those onparticular medications can bruise more easily. If the symptoms get worse or you have anyconcerns, seek medical advice.