Minor injuries can happen anywhere and out of nowhere, whether you are on the job, cleaning the house, or playing a sport. In the event that you sustain an injury that does not require medical attention, there are steps you can take at home to reduce swelling:
- Rest immediately: Additional impact to the injury can make it worse.
- Elevate the injury above the heart: Keeping the injured area above the heart will reduce blood flow, thus limiting swelling.
- Apply ice or a cold compress: Similar to elevation, applying cold to your injury will also help restrict blood flow and swelling.
- Use an OTC medication to help with swelling.
Before NSAIDs, Try Natural First-Aid Remedies
Since the 1500s, arnica montana has been used for swelling, bruising, and various other medical needs. Following centuries of studies and formulation changes, we now have homeopathic arnica, which is available in both oral tablets and topical gels, creams, and other varieties. In either preparation, homeopathic arnica can help reduce swelling in various locations of the body.*
Swelling in Feet, Ankles & Other Joints After Injury
Minor ankle sprains are among the most common injuries seen in active children and adults. Sprains can be quite painful and lead to instant swelling, so it’s important to begin treating ankle sprains quickly.
Facial Swelling Due to Injury
The face is another sensitive area susceptible to injury, especially among those who play racquet sports, baseball, soccer, or other activities where facial protection is not used.
Goose Eggs and Contusions
Kids are also quite likely to bump heads while playing with friends. In any event, a bump to the head will typically result in slight swelling, which arnica can help remedy.
Plus Pain & Bruising
While homeopathic arnica works to reduce swelling, it can also help relieve pain and heal the bruises that surround your injury.
*Homeopathic arnica is intended for use on minor injuries only. For serious injuries, please seek medical help. In addition, topical arnica should not be applied to cuts, burns, or any form of broken skin.