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Bruises are a common occurrence in most types of pain play. While they may be great to look at, and even better to show off, they can cause a good amount of discomfort in your sub!
What is a Bruise?
A bruise, (aka a contusion), is caused by the damaging of tiny capillaries and blood vessels due to trauma. (Yes… Medically speaking, your sub can claim you’re “traumatizing” them!) The resulting leakage of fluids causes a build up in the surrounding tissue. Now you’re bruised…. But what about the pretty colors? Well, that’s caused from the breakdown of different cells. Simply put, as you heal, the colors come out and change, then fade.
Once playtime is over, if you know it’s been intense, or your sub is prone to bruising, offer some tylenol. 2-3 500mg pills will be fine to help with the pain and any associated swelling. Try to avoid any NSAIDs (ibuprofen) for the first 48 hours after the bruise. After that, apply ice, in any form you can. Don’t apply it directly to the skin, put on some clothing or use a small wash rag.
When to Seek Medical Help
If bruise is accompanied by extreme pain and swelling, especially if the person is taking a blood-thinning medication.
If any joint near the bruise cannot be moved.
Any swelling/bruising of the face or neck.