How to treat a bruise

A bruise is caused when tiny blood vessels (capillaries) break or burst under the skin often caused by a bump, knock or fall.  When these capillaries get damaged, blood seeps in to the tissue area around it- hence the purple coloured appearance of a bruise. There are five stages to a bruise following the colours as outlined in the below circles:

Bruise chart 


A fresh bruise is usually bluish purple, after a day or two it will turn blue. The bruise will turn brown to green then yellow and finally back to the normal skin colour as it heals. 

Don’t let a bruise stand in your way of looking your best when showcasing a new outfit or heading out with friends at the weekend. After all, a bruise isn’t an accessory you want to be showing off. Try Nelsons® arnicare® Arnica Cream, A traditional herbal medicinal product for use in bruises exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Contains Arnica montana. Always read the label. 

Top Tips for bruise relief

  • Raise the bruised area if possible, as this will reduce blood flow to the bruised area.
  • Wrap a bag of ice (or frozen peas) in a cloth and gently place over the affected area- remember to keep removing at regular intervals to avoid damaging the skin.
  • Apply Nelsons® arnicare® Arnica Cream gently to the bruised area, avoiding any broken skin.

Some people  are naturally more likely to  bruise than others such as the elderly as their skin is thinner and the tissue underneath more fragile. If you suddenly start to bruise for no obvious reason it’s best to seek medical advice from your doctor.

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