Bruises Mistaken For Hickies: CrossFit Athlete Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit
Bruises are not always painful. They may or may not hurt at all. Some bruises don’t even show up until later on in life because they heal slowly over time. There are many reasons why someone might get a bruise, some of them include:
The person got into an accident and sustained injuries that caused bruising. The person was injured while doing something dangerous such as playing sports or driving a car. The person was injured during sexual activity.
The person had a medical condition that caused bruising.
Injuries that cause bruising include:
A broken bone (like a finger) A concussion (a blow to the head) An injury to the nervous system (such as being hit with a baseball bat). Any type of blunt trauma to the body, such as getting punched in the face or kicked in the groin. Getting run over by another vehicle.
Falling off a cliff or building. Being shot. Getting stabbed. Getting burned. Having acid thrown in your eyes.
Some types of injuries that don’t cause bruising include:
Getting a punch in the nose (this type of injury doesn’t usually result in bruising) Getting hit with a heavy object such as a hammer or brick Breaking through thin clothing, like when you’re wearing boxer shorts and someone throws a rock at your groin.
There are many reasons why someone might get a hickey, such as:
Someone tried to do it on purpose. Someone did it accidentally (e.g.
by leaning up against the person while wearing a jacket with pins, or doing it while playing around). Someone did it on purpose, but the person didn’t like it so they pushed the other person away (or threw them across the room), which caused the hickey.
Some people like being hickeys. Others don’t like it at all and will go to extremes to get rid of them (e.g.
by applying ice, which does seem to help). If someone gets a hickey as the result of sexual activity, most people will assume that it was done on purpose. This isn’t always the case (e.g. it could have been an accident).
Some people like getting hickeys, while others don’t. This is similar to people either liking getting bitten (a bite is another form of hickey) or not liking it. The main reason why people don’t like getting hickeys is because they’re considered to be unattractive, which can be problematic in certain situations (e.g.
at work or school).
There are many ways to get rid of a hickey, such as:
Apply ice. This constricts (narrows) the blood vessels, which reduces the bruise. Applying ice soon after getting the hickey will help it go away faster (however, this isn’t an option for people who don’t know that they have a hickey).
Massage it. This will help it go away faster. Wait. Hickeys go away on their own, however it can take from 2 days to 2 weeks for them to go away completely. Wearing tighter clothing (e.g. shirts) will make the hickey less visible and wearing underwear under your clothing will help protect your underwear from the hickey.
Some other ways to hide a hickey include:
Lying about how you got it (e.g. saying that you got in a fight).
Claiming that it’s an insect bite. Claim that you have a skin condition (e.g. vitiligo) that caused the hickey.
Injury from an animal can cause bruises, but so can an illness. An injury from an animal is obviously caused by an animal, while an illness isn’t usually under your control. Injuries from animals are usually the result of getting bit or scratched by the animal (e.g.
getting bit by a dog or cat). A disease can also cause bruising such as a bruise from the measles.
The best way to prevent hickeys is by not engaging in activities that can cause hickeys. The best way to get rid of a hickey fast is by using ice on it. The best way to prevent an animal from causing a bruise is by not having contact with animals (but if you love animals this isn’t a recommended way of preventing bruising).
An illness is something that can cause a bruise, such as the measles. A bruise isn’t caused by an injury; it’s caused by blunt force trauma. A bruise appears because blood leaks out of the broken blood vessels and remains pooled under the skin near where the break occurred.
A bruise that appears in the shape of a handprint usually indicates abuse. This could be from an animal or a person. A bruise that appears in the shape of an object that hit you usually indicates an accident.
A bruise is different than a hickey because a bruise is caused by blunt force trauma, while a hickey is caused by something penetrating the skin (e.g. a person’s mouth).
A bruise can be prevented by avoiding activities that cause bruising, such as engaging in sports where there is a risk of someone falling and hitting you very hard.
It is best to get rid of a bruise as soon as possible since it can take up to two weeks for it to go away on its own. Applying an ice pack to the bruise soon after it appears will help it go away faster (however, this isn’t an option for people who don’t know that they have a bruise). Massaging the bruise also helps it go away faster.
Having blood drawn can also cause bruising (especially if the needle goes in too deep). Getting a tattoo can also cause bruising.
Most forms of bruising can be prevented by wearing protective gear (e.g. a mouth guard when engaging in contact sports, protective eyewear when engaging in activities where there is a risk of something hitting the eyes), wearing protective clothing (e.g.
helmets, pads) and taking the correct precautions (e.g. making sure that anything that is around you is safely secured so that it doesn’t fall on you and hurt you).
Most forms of bruising can be treated by R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression and elevation.
It is also important to remember that if you find out that you have a bruise, that you shouldn’t do any activity that can cause more bruising.
If someone has been cruel enough to give you a hickey, then you may be tempted to cover it up. There are various ways to hide a hickey, but the best way is to just get rid of it as soon as possible. There are also other ways to hide a hickey that involve make-up or clothing, but these methods are less effective.
It is important to know that covering up a hickey doesn’t actually get rid of it. The only way to get rid of it is to wait for it to fade away on its own (which can take up to two weeks), or to get a medical procedure done (which can be expensive).
The “R.I.C.E.” method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) can speed up the healing process of a hickey.
If you get a medical procedure done to get rid of a hickey, make sure that it is safe and effective. There are many expensive treatments advertised to get rid of a hickey quickly, but many of these are scams that don’t work at all.
An important way to prevent hickeys is to not engage in activities that can cause them in the first place.
The most important way to prevent a hickey is to wear a mouth guard when engaging in activities that are likely to result in a mouth injury (especially if it is a deep cut or wound which could result in heavy bleeding).
Swelling is a common side-effect of most injuries. While many do swell, it probably won’t be very noticeable unless the swelling is around a joint (e.g.
It is important that if you do find out that you have an injury, that you don’t do anything that could make it worse (e.g. .
A cut requires cleaning and bandaging to prevent infection). There are special ways of cleaning a wound depending on where it is (e.g.
abrasion, puncture, laceration). Once cleaned and bandaged, it is important to keep the bandage on unless it is necessary to remove it (e.g. when bathing). It is also important to change the bandage daily since it can get soiled or wet (which can cause skin irritation) or lose its effectiveness over time.
It is important to rest when you have an injury to allow it to heal. If an injury results in a cast or sling, it is important to not linger in the cast or sling for too long since this can result in muscle atrophy (a condition that causes muscles to get weaker). Muscle atrophy can be prevented by regular exercise while the limb is in the cast or sling (as long as the medical professional gives permission).
“Antibiotic ointment” can be bought over-the-counter to reduce the chance of infection. While this is relatively safe, there are certain types of “superbugs” that are resistant to the ingredients in this type of ointment. If you suspect that you have an infection, it is important to seek medical attention immediately since this can spread and become deadly if not treated quickly.
(It is important to note that although most antibiotics are effective against the “superbugs”, there are certain types of these that only hospital grade antibiotics can treat, so it is always best to seek medical attention immediately if you suspect an infection).
Depending on where an injury is, some can be relatively easy to treat while others may be more difficult. For example, a sprain can be easily treated with the R.I.C.E method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation), which involves doing the following:
As well, it is important to keep the injured part elevated so that blood flow is increased and removes the swelling around the injury.
It is important to prevent getting an infection since this can lead to a more serious condition if not treated immediately.
It is also important that you avoid strenuous activity since this can also increase the risk of an injury (e.g. if you sprain your ankle and you put too much weight on it, you can actually do more damage and cause tearing of the tendons or ligaments around the ankle, which would require surgery).
While the R.I.C.E method is relatively easy to perform, others are much more difficult and require professional assistance.
For example, if you get a deep cut, it is important to get the wound disinfected and stitched up immediately since if left untreated, an infection could spread resulting in muscle tears or even necrosis (death of the tissues). An injury like this would require a physician or other medical professional and cannot be treated at home. As well, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction to the treatment (rare, but possible) or if the injury is so serious that it shows signs of muscle tears or breaks bone (including the skull).
Since most accidents do not occur on a predictable schedule, it is always best to always try to be prepared. Having a first aid kit in your home should be essential, and it is important to make sure all family members are aware of where it is and how to use it.
It is also important to have emergency contact information on a bracelet or list stored in your cell phone just in case you need such information (This is especially useful for children that do not yet have cell phones since they do not always carry them).
It is also important to make sure that everyone in your family knows how to react if there is an injury, it is always best to have the person administering first aid stay calm and not get distracted. If you do get hurt, it is important to remain as still as possible until the emergency personnel arrive since this prevents muscles tears and further injuries.
Most injuries that occur at home are minor, such as small cuts and scrapes so following the R.I.C.E method should be sufficient in most cases.
Injuries that happen at work can range from small to life-threatening. It is important to be aware of the risks in your work place and to use caution when performing any task that could possibly put you at risk of injury. If you feel there are risks involved in your work that cannot be avoided, it is important to report these hazards to your supervisor or employer so steps can be taken to eliminate the risk if possible.
When an accident does happen, it is important to try to remain calm and not aggravate the injury. Also, it is important that you do not move the injured body part or apply a tourniquet unless you have been trained to do so AND you have proper medical supplies readily available since this could cause greater damage if done improperly.
Keeping these safety tips in mind can help prevent most accidents from becoming serious injuries. Following the R.I.C.E method can help alleviate some pain and reduce swelling after an injury has occurred.
When it comes to medical emergencies, it is not always possible to reach a hospital on time, this is where first aid training comes in handy. The RICE method is something that has been proven to be very effective in alleviating pain and reducing swelling of injured tissue.
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