How to treat/look after a bruise

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A bruise by itself needs no medical treatment, however, it is often recommended that ice packs be applied on and off for the first 24 hours to reduce the bruising. After that, heat and rest should help. 

Vitamin K cream can be applied directly to the site of the injury and herbs such as witch hazel can be used to speed the healing process and reduce the pain. Homeopathic remedies, such as Arnica Montana are often highly recommended to reduce bruising and swelling. 

Very rarely, if a bruise is so large that the body cannot reabsorb it, the bruise will need to be surgically removed.

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