How to Get Rid of a Bruise From Cellulitis

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Knowing how to treat cellulitis bruises can make the condition less obvious. Cellulitis can be a serious skin condition caused by bacteria getting under the skin. Treated quickly, cellulitis isn't dangerous. The biggest problem is the bruised, red, swollen skin that it causes. Following a few simple steps can help your bruise heal faster.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pack
  • Ice (optional)
  • Plastic zipper bags (optional)
  • Clean towel
  • Pain reliever (optional)
  • Heating pad (optional)
  • Put an ice pack on the bruise. If you don't have an ice pack, you can put ice cubes in a plastic zipper bag. Wrap the ice pack in a clean towel and apply to the bruise for 20 minutes.

  • Elevate the bruised area. Keeping the bruise elevated will restrict the blood flow to the bruise, limiting the swelling and blood clots that cause bruising.

  • Apply heat if the bruise is painful. Put a heating pad or warm towel on the area. This will help relax the muscles and dull the pain. You can also take a pain reliever.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use clean towels when treating bruises caused by cellulitis. Because this condition is caused by bacteria, using clean towels will lessen the risk of further infection.
  • If the bruise remains painful or looks to be infected, see you doctor immediately.

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