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First Aid Corner: Bruises & Swelling

First Aid Corner: Bruises & Swelling

 1. Apply cold with cloth between an ice or cold pack and the source of cold and the injury for up to 30 minutes at a time, then remove briefly to allow better circulation to the area before applying cold again.

2. Put pressure on a bruised or swollen area with a stretchy roll of bandage. Make it only tight enough to press on the swollen area, but not cut off blood flow to the injured area. Check the color of tissue below the site of injury to be sure it remains pink, and not pale or blue.

3. Elevate the injured part except when the injured part should not be moved because you suspect a broken bone or spinal injury. Elevation helps to reduce and prevent swelling.

 Prompt first aid for bumps and injuries likely to cause swelling can make a difference in the amount of swelling and the length of time it takes for the injured person to recover.