Both contusions and ecchymosis are the result of blood leaking into the tissue from damaged blood vessels. The degree of damage to the area normally dictates the size and severity of the bruise, but some patients are more susceptible to bruising because of their age or other medicines that they take.
What exactly is a Bruise ?
Treatments for Bruises
There are many potential treatments for Bruises, but most have no evidence that they work that well. It was thought that certain plant based extracts and some vitamins work, because in some tests they have been found to break up blood, they were thought to be effective against bruising. In the majority of published studies both plant extracts and vitamins have not shown any real difference from no treatment at all. iii iv
Myths About Bruising
There are quite a few myths about treatments for bruises that are still used today: