Why Do People Put Steak on a Black Eye?

A black eye, common after a facial injury, is typically a minor bruise that heals within three to five days. Many people turn to various home remedies during this time, including the unconventional method of applying steak to the affected area.

Why Put Steak on a Black Eye?

The swelling and the black and blue discoloration occur when small blood vessels in the face break, accumulating blood and other fluids around the eye. Some people place raw steak on a black eye because, after being in the freezer or fridge, it’s cold. This coldness can help reduce bruising and swelling by constricting the blood vessels and minimizing inflammation.

Is This the Best Treatment for a Black Eye?

Placing a raw steak on a black eye is not recommended. Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that raw steak helps a black eye heal faster. Doctors advise against this method because placing raw meat on or near an open wound can introduce harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, potentially leading to an infection.

Similarly, it’s not advisable to use a bag of frozen vegetables. Even if the vegetables themselves are safe, there’s a risk that contaminants from other foods or surfaces in your kitchen might have been transferred to the bag.

Recommended Home Treatment for a Black Eye

Instead of using a steak on a black eye, apply ice wrapped in a clean towel. Hold the ice on the injured area for 10 minutes, then take a break. Repeat this every hour. Switch to warm compresses after a few days of cold treatment to increase blood flow and promote healing. If the injury appears severe or you’re uncertain, it’s wise to consult a doctor.

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Written by: Adam Wojtow

Adam Wojtow is a Polish entrepreneur and writer who founded Steak Revolution in 2020 because of his passion for steaks. Adam has been cooking steaks for over 5 years, so he understands well all aspects of steak, from the types of steaks and their cooking times to choosing the best cooking technique for any steak.