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A bruise, also called a contusion, is a common injury resulting from damage to the small blood vessels beneath the skin. When the blood leaks out and collects near the surface, the skin becomes discolored.

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How do bruises heal?

Most bruises are minor. If you’ve bumped into something and have a bruise, you probably don’t need medical treatment. Your body will naturally heal and reabsorb the blood.

When should I be concerned about a bruise?

You should talk to a doctor if your bruise doesn’t improve after two weeks, or if you often bruise easily or without an explanation. Bruises can also accompany other injuries that do require treatment, such as sprains and broken bones. In these cases, your medical provider can give you directions for how to alleviate swelling and bruising as part of your treatment.

When should you visit urgent care for bruise treatment?

If you’re concerned about a bruise or contusion, check in online or walk in to a WellNow location nearest you.

This medical information has been reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Robert Biernbaum, Chief
Medical Officer for WellNow Urgent Care

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Symptoms We Treat

WellNow Urgent Care is dedicated to help you feel better, faster. Our dedicated medical team employs a comprehensive approach to treat your symptoms — as well as any illnesses or injuries they may stem from — to help you get better, faster.

This list contains our most commonly treated illnesses and symptoms. If you are
experiencing an illness not listed or are unsure of the source of your discomfort, visit a
WellNow location near you
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