A bruise occurs when you have an injury to the skin, which results in discoloration of the skin. Usually, this is a result of being hit by something. There is redness, itchiness, sometimes pain, and swelling in the area.
A bruise can occur anywhere on the body. This condition has a variety of causes, including trauma, injury, deficiency, sprain, muscle strain, and bone fractures.
Because a bruise can occur at any time, it's essential to understand its symptoms and manage it.
GuruMD offers online advice for a bruise, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from the comfort of your home. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What is a Bruise?
A bruise or contusion, appears on the skin, due to some form of trauma. Trauma occurs when there is a cut or something that hits the area on the body. Once this injury occurs, the body's physiological mechanism is that the tiny blood vessels called the capillaries burst and blood gets trapped below the skin's surface, causing a bruise.
Treatment focuses on alleviating any discomfort and finding the cause to treat it.
Symptoms of Bruises
The most common symptoms of a bruise or contusion are:
- Discoloration of the skin
How Does GuruMD Treat Bruises?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with bruises. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose contusions by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The doctor may send you to a lab for blood work because this will help the healthcare provider identify the cause.
The main goal of bruise treatment is finding the cause. The physician may recommend several lab workups, especially if the bruising is a recurring pattern. In some cases, this could indicate the reason to be a more severe form of bruising such as Thrombocytopenia, Leukemia, Von Willebrand disease, Hemophilia A, Hemophilia b also known as Christmas disease, Varicose veins, or Deep vein thrombosis.
If an injury causes the bruise, then the doctor may require an ice pack to reduce the swelling for about 15 minutes while keeping the injured area raised above your heart. Over the counter medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be recommended for use to help reduce any pain in the area. Please avoid taking medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin as they may increase bleeding.
The physician will provide medical advice on how to manage the symptoms of bruises once you receive the proper treatment.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with bruises. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing a bruise? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.