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A 36-year-old female asked:

Do i need to use heat or ice?and do i need meds for inflamation ?how long should it last?

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Dr. Robert Keller
Emergency Medicine 40 years experience
Both: Ice first 24-48 hours after injury. Then heat. Apply 10 mins every 2-4 hours. Don't frostbite or burn yourself. Ice works after it is removed. Ur body says 'hey its cold there', sends a wave of blood to the hurt area and washes out the inflammation toxins. The heat opens up the blood vessels and washes out the toxins.

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Last updated Oct 18, 2016

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