If you have a bruise, you should know that it is just an injury under the skin. Most bruises are the shade of purple and blue, which eventually fades to yellow, brown, and green. If you suffer a fall, bump, or a blow – broken blood vessels then bleed into nearby tissues causing a bruise. [...]
A bruise or contusion is an injury to tissues deep to (underneath) the skin in which the skin itself is usually not broken. Bruises are caused by a blow, falling against a hard object, or being struck by a solid object. The small blood vessels rupture and bleed into the tissues. Disintegrating blood causes the familiar black and blue discoloration that is evident as the lesion heals.
Treat a bruise naturally
- Cold compress during the first twenty-four hours tend to reduce swelling.
- Contrasting hot-and-cold applications thereafter increase circulation and promote healing.
Bruised fingertip (fingernail)
Fingertips are often caught in a door or smashed with a hammer. Blood often accumulates under the nail and because of intense pressure from within, the pain is excruciating.
Treat a bruised fingernail naturally
- You can treat a bruised fingernail like you would a bruise (contusion)
- To relieve the intense pain from blood accumulating beneath the nail, heat a paper clip or wire (the thickness of a pencil lead) in a flame till it is red hot, and then gently press the red-hot end on the nail above the accumulated blood. A hole will be formed and the blood released.