|Contusion of Skin|
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- Children and teens
- People who play contact sports
- People with blood-clotting problems
- People taking blood-thinning medicine (eg, coumadin, aspirin)
- Skin discoloration (usually blue and/or purple, fading to yellow)
- Applying ice or a cold pack to the injured are (Do not place ice directly on your skin.)
- Elevating the injured area above the level of your heart
- Taking pain relieving medicine if recommended by your doctor
- Have a more serious injury (eg, fracture)
- Have broken the skin (may need a tetanus shot or antibiotics)
American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.aafp.org/
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/
Canadian Health Network http://www.canadian-health-network.ca/
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/
Bruise control. University of Rochester, Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/Encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=ContentID=1384 . Accessed July 23, 2012.
Common childhood injuries and poisonings. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital web site. Available at: http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/poison/bruises.html . Accessed July 23, 2012.
Contusion. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/ . Updated September 27, 2011. Accessed July 23, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/93/2012 -
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