How to Treat Black Eyes

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There is no magic cure for a black eye, but with a few simple steps you can reduce the pain. Some say that if you start treatment quickly, you reduce the amount of time your black eye stays around and even the intensity of the coloring. Read on to learn how to treat black eyes.

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Things you need

  • Ice pack
  • Acetaminophen
  • Vitamin C
  • Wash cloth
  • Plastic bags

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    As soon as the eye injury occurs, start apply ice to the area. If you don't have an ice pack, take a plastic zip top bag and fill with ice. Wrap the bag in a hand towel and apply to the eye. Leave it on your eye for 15 minutes and then remove for another 15 minutes. Repeat and do as often as possible for a two days.

  2. 2

    Take some acetaminophen as directed on the package. This will ease the pain and help the blood flow.

  3. 3

    Consume Vitamin C. Getting the vitamin from food is the best method, so eat green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, strawberries and melon.

  4. 4

    After two days, switch to a warm compress. If you don't have a compress you can put in the microwave, take a wash cloth and soak it in very warm water. Place the cloth in a plastic zip top bag and wrap in a towel. Just like with the cold compress, leave it on for 15 minutes and remove for 15 minutes. Repeat for a day or two.

  5. 5

    After using the compresses, you may want to moisturize the area more than usual. Look for a lotion with vitamin A because it will help you skin heal.

Tips and warnings

  • Generally, black eyes last five to seven days. If the extreme pain, increased redness or blurred vision, see a doctor.

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