How to Heal a Bruise Quickly with Toothpaste?

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Remember that time when you scraped your knee or when you had a bad bruise? Everyone is prone to have bruises on their body from time to time. We all know how severe bruises could be! Neglecting them could only mean opening a window to several pathogens and infections

Injuries and bruises cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Some of these bruises heal very quickly while some take a longer time to heal. Bruises are not only severely painful but also cause a hindrance in the movement of the patient. They also make our movement limited.

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It often experiences damage in the form of cuts, injuries, and bruises.

‘Bruise’ is the term used to identify the effect of any traumatic incident on the skin. It is a common type of injury which causes discoloration of the skin.

This discoloration occurs as the blood vessels beneath the skin burst and leaks blood into the surrounding tissue. This blood is collected near the surface of the skin which results in a black/blue mark.

There are various home remedies that prove to be effective in treating subcutaneous bruises(1) that affect the layers of the skin. Inflammation and Hematoma are the two most common forms of bruising.

Hematoma is the discoloration of the skin where the capillaries in the underlying layers beneath the skin are injured, and the skin might change colors from blue to red, yellow, and purple. Inflammation refers to swelling, which may or may not accompany a bruise.

One of the best remedies to treat is to use toothpaste for bruises. Toothpaste helps in breaking up the clot and increases the flow of blood to the bruised area. There will be a considerable amount of healing overnight if you use toothpaste for treating a bruise. Toothpaste also helps to reduce swelling caused by bruises.

Below is the procedure on how to use Toothpaste for treating bruises.

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Method – 1

Ingredients

  • Mint Toothpaste
  • Bandage

Procedure

  1. Apply a dab of toothpaste on the bruise
  2. Cover with a bandage to avoid staining on clothes and bedsheets
  3. Leave it overnight
  4. Remove the bandage in the morning and wash with water

How much to use:

Do this every night for two to three days.

Benefits:

The toothpaste helps in increased blood flow to the bruised area by breaking the clot(2). There will be a significant recovery overnight. Toothpaste also helps in reducing the swelling on the bruised area.

Method – 2

Ingredients

  • 1 toothbrush (Medium bristled)
  • Mint Toothpaste (required amount to apply on the bruised area)
  • A clean and a dry bandage

Procedure

  1. Apply a generous amount of toothpaste on the bruise
  2. Gently massage the bruise with the toothbrush in a circular motion
  3. After this, Cover the bruise with a bandage and leave it overnight.

How much to use:

Follow this procedure 1 time a day by massaging for 2 minutes.

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Benefits:

This massage with toothpaste promotes blood flow and helps in the bruise to fade quickly. The healthy blood carries chemicals that will clean up the bruise.

[Read: Home Remedies for Inflammation and Pain]

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Method – 3

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Toothpaste
  • 1 tablespoon Sunscreen lotion
  • A small bowl to mix both the above
  • A bandage or a clean cloth

Procedure

  1. Add 1 tablespoon of toothpaste into a small bowl
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of sunscreen lotion to it
  3. Mix well to an even consistency
  4. Apply this mixture on to the bruised area and around it.
  5. Cover the bruise by tying a bandage or a clean cloth to it
  6. Leave it overnight
  7. Remove the bandage the next morning and wash with clean water.

How much to use:

You can follow this procedure 1 time a day for 2-3 days.

Benefits:

The toothpaste helps in increased blood flow to the bruised area by breaking the clot. It also brings down any swelling in and around the bruised area.

There are a variety of remedies that can cure bruises at home. Toothpaste is one of the best remedies that offers quick healing and repairs the damage done to the skin.

FAQs

How to Get Rid of Bruises with Toothpaste?

You can reduce bruises and blemishes with toothpaste. Make sure to use a toothpaste that contains menthol. Apply the toothpaste to a bruise or blemish topically and cover it by tying it with a bandage. Repeat for a few days and blemishes will disappear and bruises will go away faster.

How Do You Know When a Bruise is Serious?

A fresh bruise looks reddish. It will then turn blue or dark purple within a few hours, then yellow or green after a few days as it begins to heal. A bruise is commonly tender, and painful for the first few days but the pain goes down as the bruise fades off.

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