Random Myths About Treating Bruises

Posted on 10. Feb, 2011 by in Bruising

Here are Random Myths About Treating Bruises

We’ve already listed Doctor recommended ways to deal with bruises and information about Bruise Relief®. Here’s a list of common myths and things NOT to do when treating bruises. Enjoy! And please comment with any other remedies …

Put a raw steak on it.” Who hasn’t heard this advice at one point or another when dealing with a bruise? Yet, advice like our raw steak example isn’t necessarily helpful, and some advice about how to care for bruises can actually cause more bruising and even additional health problems.

Black Pepper. While there have been some claims in natural medicine that black pepper can decrease pain in the body overall and stimulate blood circulation, ingesting black pepper or rubbing black pepper on a bruise does absolutely nothing. In fact, it can actually cause skin irritation. Save the black pepper for the dinner table.

Hot Pepper Sauce or Cayenne Pepper. The idea is the hot peppers “numb” the skin and decrease sensitivity. The opposite is actually true, as hot pepper, like black pepper can cause skin irritation. Hot peppers do nothing to help bruises.

Raw Meat/Raw Steak. Common in old black and white movies from Hollywood, starlets and stars were often seen on the silver screen treating black eyes and other bruises with a big raw hunk of a Porterhouse steak. There are no special properties, enzymes or proteins in raw meat that get under the skin and help with bruises. Raw meat can be cold, which is a great way to prevent the spreading of bruises and encourage clotting. However, an icepack or cold compress does the job just as well, and is way more hygienic.

Mustard. Another big no-no. Mustard “pastes” or “poultices” (a compress with a paste of mustard) have been around for centuries and were a popular remedy when placed on the stomach or back for upset tummies and other intestinal problems. However, some mustard pastes are potent, and can cause skin irritation, eye irritation, and even blindness. They do nothing to help bruises. Please see Wiki-Pedia for the facts about mustard pastes and poultices.

Honey. Ancient texts write about honey as an antiseptic and overall skin conditioner. While popular in beauty masks, honey does not treat bruises. It’s best left as a sweetener for your tea.

Massaging the Bruise.  This is a big no-no. It might be tempting to massage a leg or other muscles that may have some combination of straining, spraining, cramps and bruises at the same time. However, while a massage might alleviate some pain, it can also increase blood flow to the area making the bruise worse. In some cases massage can even cause more damage to already damaged tissues. Wait until bruises diminish before getting a massage to the area.

Petroleum Jelly – Vaseline® There are lots of claims on the internet that Petroleum Jelly can reduce the color of bruises. Boxers and other athletes often do use Petroleum Jelly to prevent and treat abrasions, cuts and other skin irritations. However, there is no scientific proof that Petroleum Jelly can reduce the color or swelling of bruises.

Baking Soda. A bath with baking soda is often recommended to help relax sore and tired muscles. However baking soda, either in a bath or rubbed on a bruise does absolutely nothing to reduce bruises.

Vinegar. Vinegar, especially Apple Cider Vinegar is often touted as a cure-all for everything from headaches to acne. Advice to heal a bruise by dabbing it with Vinegar are completely unfounded. You’ll also end up smelling like a pickle.

Preparation H. Popular w/ models, actors and those into beauty remedies for under eye puffiness and circles. Preparation H does numb the area and can decrease minor swelling on the skin, but will does not treat bruising underneath the skin. It also smells fairly strongly of menthol.

WOW! for Bruises™ These remedies are interesting and worth considering when in a pinch (without WOW! for Bruises™), and some are even entertaining. But its important to remember, we all know what to put on a cut, Band Aids®. Now we know what to put on a bruise, WOW! for Bruises™.

This was a fun post to pull together. Please comment and share any other remedies …



One Response to “Random Myths About Treating Bruises”

  1. Beck 24 February 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I used to soak a cotton ball with stinky vinegar and walk around with it taped to my leg. I’m so happy I found Bruise Relief instead!

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