A bruise on your breast can often be quite painful, and it is scary because you inevitably wonder whether it is cancer. I remember having a massive bruise on my breast when I was a teenager after being hit by a cricket ball. Only, I didn’t remember the cricket ball incident and was petrified when this bruise appeared.
Bruises normally form when you collide with an object that break the blood vessels below your skin. When the blood escapes these damaged vessels, it accumulates in your skin tissue, often towards the surface of your skin. This gives rise to the discolored patch characteristic of a bruise.
A bruise is often accompanied by some inflammation and soft tissue damage, because your body creates the inflammation to send a signal that the excess fluid (blood) in your skin tissue needs to be removed. This is why a bruise is sometimes tender and swollen.
You will be happy to hear that a bruise is almost never a sign of breast cancer, except for inflammatory breast cancer. This is a type of cancer that invades your lymph nodes. It does not manifest as a lump, like other types of breast cancer, but as a large, inflamed, swollen spot. It is often painful and presents as pink or reddened spots that look like bruises. It is almost always bigger than a bruise, to the point of stretching across a third of your breast, and your skin often becomes dimpled or bumpy, like the peel of an orange. It is the most aggressive form of breast cancer for which you need immediate diagnosis and treatment, but it is very rare.
Mastitis also causes swelling and redness, but it’s usually set apart from a normal bruise by causing a fever, chills, and nausea.
If you lack the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer and mastitis, it’s probably just a normal bruise which you need to treat similarly to bruises elsewhere on your body. Breast bruises are not that uncommon, just wearing a poorly fitting bra can pop the blood vessels below your skin.
Bruise on Your Breast: Prevention
- Pick a bra that fits properly.
- When you play sports, wear special padded sports bras to protect your breasts from the inevitable bumps.
- Ensure that your blood vessels and skin are strong enough to withstand occasional bumps. The best way is to eat a healthy diet that contains enough fruit, vegetables, whole http://eteh.com.ua grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. These are the foods from which you receive the vitamins and minerals to keep them strong. The typical North American diet of refined bleached grains, red meat, creamy dairy, and hydrogenated vegetable oils contain almost none of these essential nutrients. Vitamin C, for example, strengthens both your blood vessels and your skin, and it is primarily obtainable from citrus fruit, berries, guavas, kiwifruit, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and turnip greens; no meat, dairy, or bread in sight!
How to Get Rid of Breast Bruises
- Apply ice to it for the first two days. As you probably know from open wounds and swollen tissue, ice is a great way to stop the bleeding and control the swelling. If you start doing this immediately after the bump, the bruise will be a lot smaller because a lot less blood will escape from the broken blood vessels.
- Do not massage the bruise, as this may cause further soft tissue damage.
- If you notice the bruise only when it is already a large red or purple patch, you are probably too late to control the bleeding. By then, the blood has already been spilled and your job is to apply a cream that helps your skin and blood vessels recover. Aloe vera gel contains vitamins A, C, and E, three of the best vitamins for this task. Alternatively, you can buy Revitol Eye Cream. It contains aloe vera, but also plain vitamins C and E, and several other ingredients like silica, sodium hyaluronate, and dimethicone that build your skin up with skin cells to replace the blood cells that are now present.