Last Modified on Jun 19, 2014
What Is a Hematoma?
Medically defined, a hematoma is a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel, much like a bruise. Typically occurring as a result of damage to the blood vessel wall, artery, vein or capillary, a hematoma may range in size from a tiny dot to a large spot with excessive selling. The blood that leaks out of the blood vessel is irritating to the surrounding tissue and may cause issues such as inflammation, swelling and general redness.
The specific symptoms associated with a hematoma depend on the location and size of the issue. For example, a brain hematoma may cause vomiting, headache, drowsiness, confusion, weak limbs, increased blood pressure and even seizures or unconsciousness while a hematoma located in the skin or muscle may cause little more than skin discoloration and slight swelling.
The most common cause of hematoma is trauma. Such trauma can be initiated by car accidents, falls, broken bones, head injuries or even an aggressive sneeze or twist of a limb. As the trauma occurs, blood escapes the damaged vessel and leaks into the surrounding tissue. As the blood leaks, it begins to coagulate and clot, resulting in a hematoma. Additional factors that may affect the development of hematomas include certain medications and disease that decrease the number of platelets in the bloodstream.
Natural Hematoma Cures
While more excessive hematomas, such as a brain hematoma, may require medical treatment, many hematomas can be treated naturally. Nutrient supplements such as vitamin C and flavonoids increase immunity and help repair damaged cells. Additionally, topical applications including anti-inflammatory creams, rosemary extract, rosemary essential oil, sweet clover, arnica and comfrey help control pain and ease inflammation. Using a compress of a cabbage leaf over these creams also helps shrink hematomas.
[YEA] I had a huge hematoma on my left shin from a bad fall last year. My Physiotherapist said it was the largest hematoma he had ever seen and was not responding to treatment as it should. He then suggested to me to go home and buy some big fresh dark green outside leaves of a cabbage, smother my hematoma with Voltaren cover over with the cabbage leaf and then wrap in plastic or glad wrap as we call it here. I did this every night and it shrunk in size amazingly everytime I did it. Only at night when you go to bed though it does not work as well during the day but could try it. I must tell you the doctor who sent me to the physio was absolutely amazed how this worked on my hematoma when traditional methods had failed and also can I say saved me from an operation where I would have probably been left with a rather large dent in my leg!