Bruising is fairly common after your iv infusion. please follow these aftercare tips for minimal bruising: 

To help relieve pain, swelling, and stiffness.

  • Rest and protect a bruised area.

  • Ice will reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice or cold packs immediately to prevent or minimize swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day.

    • For the first 48 hours after an injury, avoid things that might increase swelling, such as hot showers, hot tubs, hot packs, or alcoholic beverages.

    • After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply heat and begin gentle exercise with the aid of moist heat to help restore and maintain flexibility. Some experts recommend alternating between hot and cold treatments.

  • Compression, or wrapping the bruised area with an elastic bandage (such as an Ace wrap), will help decrease swelling. Don't wrap it too tightly, as this can cause more swelling below the affected area. Loosen the bandage if it gets too tight. Signs that the bandage is too tight include numbness, tingling, increased pain, coolness, or swelling in the area below the bandage.

  • Elevate the bruised area on pillows while applying ice and anytime you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep the area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.

  • Gently massage or rub the area to relieve pain and encourage bloodflow. Do not massage the bruised area if it causes pain.

  • If your bruise is causing pain, take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label.

  • If desired, apply a natural product directly to the bruise.

    • Witch hazel may help heal damaged veins.

    • Arnica may stimulate healing.

  • Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair.

Symptoms to watch for during home treatment

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  • A bruise lasts longer than 2 weeks.

  • Signs of skin infection develop.

  • Symptoms become more severe or frequent.

  • New symptoms develop.

Contact us immediately if you have any questions or concerns about a bruise from your IV infusion: