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Can ice make swelling go down?

Can ice make swelling go down?

Yes: Ice is the gold standard for initial treatment for swelling and should always be considered in a swollen joint. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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When will my ankle swelling go down if I ice it?

When will my ankle swelling go down if I ice it?

Severity: If the swelling is a result of an injury, the severity will determine the length of time. Get it checked out if it remains concerning. ...Read more

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Hi my pinky finger is swollen i think it is broken is it? I have iced it for 2 days and the swelling has not gone down

Hi my pinky finger is swollen i think it is broken is it? I have iced it for 2 days and the swelling has not gone down

X-ray: You will need a medical evaluation and a x-ray to determine if your finger is broken. That question can't be answered without appropriate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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I accidentally rammed my leg into metal at full force and now it stings when pressure is applied and its swelling .I put ice on it and it wont go down?

I accidentally rammed my leg into metal at full force and now it stings when pressure is applied and its swelling .I put ice on it and it wont go down?

Can you walk?: Which part of your leg did you hurt? If you are able to walk on it there should not be a fracture. Then rest and Tylenol/Motrin should help. If you cannot bear weight on it see dr and get X-ray asap. Or if it continues to hurt in a few days then you should be evaluated by your Dr ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken nose to heal? How long until the swelling goes down and black and blueness goes down? I have taken ib profen and iced

How long does it take for a broken nose to heal? How long until the swelling goes down and black and blueness goes down? I have taken ib profen and iced

It : It takes about 6 weeks for the nasal bones to reset (where they're no longer mobile). The swelling and bruising usually resolves sooner than that, though. Bruising normally resoves after about 2 weeks. If the nasal bones are now misalligned, you would want to have the fracture reset so that the bones heal in the proper allignment. Ideally, this should be done within 10 days of the injury. ...Read more

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Should I use heat or ice on hand swelling that won't go down after 76 hours?

Should I use heat or ice on hand swelling that won't go down after 76 hours?

Hmm...trauma?: It depends on the mechanism of injury and clinical situation surrounding your swelling. Ice really only works for initial traumatic or post surgical swelling and not for chronic swelling or anything greater than 24 hours after injury. ...Read more

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I just had bleph eye surgery and I have eye swelling under the eyes that won't go down with ice, etc. They are little eye sacks of fluid.

I just had bleph eye surgery and I have eye swelling under the eyes that won't go down with ice, etc.  They are little eye sacks of fluid.

Festoons: As long as you are not experiencing any warning signs of decreases vision, bulging eyes, increases pain. And problems moving your eyes, the post op swelling is quite common and gravitationally dependent swelling often clects in the lower eye lids as they are quite thin. Elevate your head at night. Ice wrapped in washcloth only for 1st 24 hrs 20' on 10' off. ...Read more

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