Hematomas. Can’t be avoided to heal!

Photo courtesy by Olga Sinegub

Let’s talk about bruises?  After all, they accompany all women in mountain sports. And although in a way they are evidence that yesterday at training/climbing/rafting/trekking (to underline) you did not cheat, bruises and bloodshed in the end not only do not decorate but also cause pain.
What to do with it? We asked Anna Ershova, our “body investigator,” to tell about it.

Text by Anna Ershova


– Anya, we need a column about bruises.
– Is this about my neighbors or the ones on my body?

I think I used to have them on my body all the time, along with a manifestation of asphalt sickness. When you run, run, and then fly and land on the road with all four limbs. But you don’t stop right away. It happens only after the friction force of the skin against the rough surface is applied.

Climbing, running, cycling. Even when I swim, I find rocks and hit them with my feet. And at home, there are tricky jambs and table corners. They change location on command and throw themselves under my feet and arms, getting close to my head.

But it’s all winter-autumn-spring tolerable. In the Urals, summer ends quickly, but it is not very aesthetically pleasing to bare blue legs (Come on! Who and when did it stop?).

But still.

A question arose: how to quickly settle scores with increased cyanosis?

Smart people call it a hematoma. We hit the vascular breaks. Blood accumulates under the skin. It’s blue, and it’s shining with all the colors of the rainbow.

As soon as it happens, hurry up and put some ice on it! Honestly, most of the time, I won’t remember where I painted so much. If this stage is missed, don’t take advice from amateurs to warm the blue.

The main task is to improve blood circulation at the bruise location. Not to increase blood flow to where it’s already accumulated.

If the bruise is not black, your limbs do not stick out of the wound and do not dangle sluggishly and unnaturally; then, you can work on the nearby arms to disperse the blood. If it’s the legs, the easiest thing is to lift them and work with your feet to create blood outflow.

You can give a gentle massage to the surrounding body parts in the form of stroking in the lymph nodes’ direction, usually towards the knee or groin. Do not touch the bruises or lymph nodes themselves.

If you suddenly find yourself near a pond with stinking healing mud, rub it on yourself bravely. It’s better than plantain, despite the smell. It improves blood circulation, and in addition to fighting against non-artistic painting, it also tones the skin and eliminates cellulite. Again, you can’t see bruises under the layer of dirt.

If the curative mud is as far away as walking to China on foot, you can use an ordinary heparin ointment. You can also use warm salt baths and a contrast shower, which trains the vessels for safe contact with hard objects.

Photo courtesy by Anna Ershova


Another great way to deal with a puffy bruise is to lymph drainage the affected area itself. The tape will increase the intertissued space, improving lymph drainage and circulation, relieving swelling, and cyanosis. Tested: after removing the tape, the skin underneath is usually already gentle pink without any unnecessary color impurities.

For taping, take two strips of slightly longer than the damaged area. One end is rounded off, the other is cut in half, leaving 5 centimeters to the end, and these halves are cut in half again. Let’s round up the ends. “We’ll glue the anchor towards the nearest lymph node. We fix the outer stripes without tension, then the inner lines. The second stripe is glued so that the strips overlap. There should be no open wounds on the skin!

There’s another way to cover up the bruises in the summer adequately. One of my friends goes north every year with the heat! And there’s no problem with your shorts and dresses. And, you know, after the heat of hell this summer in the Urals, I started to understand it!

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