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Apart from Arnica, what's good for bruises?

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Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:36:20

Good morning all.

I had an unfortunate incident with a wheelie bin last night, and now have a very painful bruised shin. I can't get to anywhere other than the village shop, so any suggestions as to what I can do?

It's so sore that when Maurice brushed against it I nearly jumped through the ceiling!

Mishap Wed 24-Jul-13 10:42:54

If you were a child I would suggest something cool like a wet flannel, but when we get to a certain age shins are slow to heal because of their poor blood supply. I would stick with the arnica and allow nature to do its work.

Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:44:24

But I haven't got any arnica!

Tegan Wed 24-Jul-13 10:50:14

Witch Hazel perhaps? I did something similar in the winter; rushed outside to feed the birds, slipped and knocked my shin on the side of a flowerpot. It just seemed to get worse and worse [didn't help by the dog jumping on it one day when I was resting it on the sofa]. Eventually had to get it looked at by the practice nurse cause I thought I was getting phlebitis [I wasn't]. Showed it to a doctor last week as the skin is slightly brown still and it gets darker when I have a hot bath. I told her I was worried about blood clots, but she said it was just tissue damage and I must have given it quite a wack [I didn't; it was just a slight knock]. I did soak cotton wool with witch hazel and kept it raised whenever possible but probably did too little too late sad. The moral of this tale being take it more seriously than I did as that part of the body doesn't heal itself too well.

Tegan Wed 24-Jul-13 10:51:08

...and don't let Grace jump on it....

Tegan Wed 24-Jul-13 10:52:08

...oops phoenix; thought you were Gracesmum; start again...don't let the cats jump on it blush....

Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:52:40

I haven't got any witch hazel either sad

Mishap Wed 24-Jul-13 10:52:48

Nature will do instead of arnica phoenix.

Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:54:33

It really does hurt! I do hope the neighbours didn't see.blush

Elegran Wed 24-Jul-13 10:56:44

Alcohol of any kind? Dabbed on for its astringent qualities and taken internally as an analgesic.

Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 10:59:18

I think it was partly alcohol that caused the "incident" blush

Bez Wed 24-Jul-13 11:00:57

I have found quite by serendipity that Atrixo hand cream seems to aid skin healing - found it was very good last winter when I had a few run ins with the door of the wood burner and more recently when I had a bit of a do with a very hot frying pan- the burns healed very well and the burnt skin peeled off and left new pink skin underneath. Maybe worth a try.
Hope it feels less painful soon.

Nelliemoser Wed 24-Jul-13 11:03:37

Well phoenix go for a homeopathic approach and take more alcohol! wink

JessM Wed 24-Jul-13 11:10:59

grin treat like with like eh?
ice it phoenix is what your chiros and physios always say.

Anne58 Wed 24-Jul-13 11:21:38

I wish I'd just left the damn knife in there, but it was part of a set.

annodomini Wed 24-Jul-13 11:35:30

I was going to suggest ice too. Whether you administer it to your shin or add it to a glass of brandy is up to you, phoenix.

Mishap Wed 24-Jul-13 11:49:46

My only reservation with ice is your age! - poor blood circulation in the shin which can compromise healing so don't want to constrict the vessels too much I would have thought.

Take a couple of paracetamol maybe??

shysal Wed 24-Jul-13 11:54:34

I would agree with the suggestion of witch hazel. Years ago a friend's daughter was hit in the eye by a cricket ball. I was convinced that a black eye would follow, but her mother immediately applied a pad soaked in witch hazel, after which there was no sign of any bruising - I was amazed, and have used it myself since then.

Bags Wed 24-Jul-13 12:04:05

I just ignore bruises and they deal with themselves eventually.

Bags Wed 24-Jul-13 12:05:37

If the skin is broken, you could cover it with a dressing until that heals over. Hope it stops being sore soon.

JessM Wed 24-Jul-13 12:14:34

phoenix is still a sprightly young thing mishap guess circulation is fine.

MaggieP Wed 24-Jul-13 12:34:31

Definitely witch Hazel.
My Mum born in 1916 used it, my kids especially the boys with bumps on foreheads, shins etc always seemed to benefit and now the Grandkids too.

Aka Wed 24-Jul-13 12:43:43

Agree, witch hazel, cold from the fridge. I tend to ignore my own bumps and bruises (which for some reason are becoming more frequent these days) but it is great for GC's bumps.

Notso Wed 24-Jul-13 13:17:26

Have you got any cabbage leaves phoenix? They're very soothing and can reduce swelling.....just replace them after a few hours as they warm up on your skin.

Charleygirl Wed 24-Jul-13 14:16:31

If you apply ice, do not apply it straight on skin. Wrap ice up in a light towel or something first.