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HealthWiki > New Where There Is No Doctor > First Aid > Bruises

A bruise means that the tissue under the skin has been damaged and some blood is leaking out of the blood vessels. Bruises can hurt a lot and cause concern to the person, but they are usually not a problem. Treat a bruise the same way you would a sprain or strain: with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

A bruise on the head or abdomen may be a sign of a more serious problem. See what to do if the person recently suffered a hard blow to the head or was struck in the abdomen.

If you notice someone getting bruises often, or with several bruises at different stages of healing, it may be a sign of abuse. See Violence (in development).

This page was updated:04 May 2019