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Health- have bashed shin, now swollen and painful ,how should i treat it?

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You need to apply an ice pack to your shin to reduce the swelling,keep it there for 10 minutes at a time,a few times a day until the swelling goes down.If there are scratches involved,wash them with soapy water and disinfect the area with peroxide.this may sting but that shows that its cleaning the wounds.I hope Ive helped you out some.rubberstampr

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Elevate, but waist height is adequate.

Apply ice pack or damp cold towel if you haven't got ice, or a bag of frozen peas.
Don't apply ice directly to your skin, keep it in a cotton bag or handkerchief sort of thing.

If the swelling doesn't significantly reduce after a three or four hours, or if it's bleeding profusely, get someone to take you your nearest casualty department for an x-ray or take a taxi (Even it's painful it is not worth a 999 call. The ambulance crew wouldn't appreciate it, they have more life-threatening things to go to).

Good luck and bags of sympathy.

You could try wrapping an ice pack (or a pack of frozen peas) in a towel and putting that on the affected area for a while. Arnica ointment (or cream) gently rubbed in can also help the bruising, but do not use if the skin is broken.
Elevation of the shin should also help with the swelling.

Rest, ice and elevation

What snooksville said and Ibuprofen for the pain.

Wrap some ice packs in a damp towel and wrap it around your shin. The towel will keep the ice packs from burning your skin, and keeping it damp will help the cold penetrate the towel. Alternate 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. If you do not have an ice pack, try a bag of frozen vegetables. If it does not improve in a day or two seek medical attention to ensure no serious injury has taken place.

Icepack and keep it elevated.


if the skin is broken, cover with a clean dry dressing .

A swollen and painful shin,
Can be eased with cold compress.
(( a clean face flannel . wrung out on ice water .
re -cool as needed))

Also keep your leg up .
this should ease the pain and reduce the swelling .

protect from further knocks, with a soft dressing pad

take 2 Paracetamol, every 4 hour if necessary , for pain

Should it become more painful ,
or you are unable to bear, weight on that leg .

go to your Doctor or A & E,
it is possible you may have a fracture

Hope it soon feels better


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