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A 49-year-old member asked:

What to do if i did the salt and ice challenge, how can i make it heal quicker?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 38 years experience
Really bad idea: Your skin is injured from excess temperature. It has inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) may help.. Avoid further damage by using protective dressings if skin is open and minimize further trauma. A visit to a doc is probably a good idea.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

I did the salt and ice challenge and I am scared why do I do ?

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Dr. Christian Assad
Cardiology 16 years experience
Dont do it again: The mixture of salt and ice lowers the freezing temperature of water. This can quickly cause second and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite. It all depends on how long you left this on your skin. The longer the time the worse the lesion. I am assuming a wound here, keep it clean and irrigate it (pour water on it). Make sure it does not get dirty to avoid infection. If concerned go to MD!
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