ACCURATE.CO Hickey alias love bitesor as hickeys are affectionately known, are dark red or purple markings caused by strong suction.
When your partner sucks and bites your skin, the pressure will damage the tiny blood vessels beneath the surface. love bites It’s harmless, but leaves visible marks on the skin and can sometimes be a little sore.
Like bruises, love bites may change color over time, and go away on their own in about 2 weeks. The body breaks down the leaking blood cells and reabsorbs them into the bloodstream.
“love bites basically a bruise that develops from pressure on the skin. When the walls of blood vessels become damaged, blood cells leak out in the skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD 1NEWS, Monday (18/4/2022).
“love bites it starts out purple, then goes pink, then green, then yellow, then fades away completely,” Zeichner said.
While there is no medicine that is claimed to eliminate love bites, this condition is certainly quite disturbing if it is in an easily visible area. Although it can be anywhere, the neck is a common place for love bites because of its easy access. Although there is no definite cure, here are some remedies you can try to speed up the healing process love bites.
Ice can be a useful way to prevent love bites. Ice can also help with pain if love bites felt hurt. The Mayo Clinic recommends polishing the bruise for 10 to 20 minutes several times a day.
“Ice can reduce severity love bites by constricting blood vessels so they don’t spread to surrounding tissues,” says Cameron Rokhsar, MD FAAD FAACS, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
While Zeichner says that a topical cream like Arnica (orange blossom) or Vitamin K is the best choice for a speedy recovery.
Vitamin K is a nutrient that helps blood clot, and some studies have found that Vitamin K cream can help reduce the severity of bruising after laser treatment. Not much different from vitamin K, a 2010 study published in British Journal of Dermatology found that topical Arnica could help reduce laser bruising. However, the study concluded that Vitamin K cream was five percent more effective than Arnica cream (20 percent).
Therefore, Zeichner recommends trying Vitamin K cream first, but can also combine it with other products.
Plus, Zeichner also said if the skin barrier is disturbed and love bites becomes dry or itchy, you can also apply Vaseline petroleum jelly to protect the skin from infection and keep the wound clean.
love bites it shouldn’t cause any real problems, but see a doctor if:
- love bites doesn’t go away after a few weeks.
- Feels very sore.
- Other bruises appear on the body, especially if you don’t know the cause.
- There is a lump over the bruise.
These symptoms can be a sign of a medical condition, such as a blood disease or blood clotting disorder. It’s unlikely, but some serious injuries have occurred after love bites.
Remember, you should also consider covering up love bites with makeup or clothes. But overall, dermatologists say that prevention is the best option in this case love bites.
“The best way to treat love bites is actually preventing it from happening in the first place – by telling your partner to go easy on the neck,” says Zeichner.