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Do you really put an ice pack into a bag or wrapped around a towel before applying to injured areas?

Do you really put an ice pack into a bag or wrapped around a towel before applying to injured areas?

A thin towel is best: Ice should never be placed directly on the skin to prevent "ice burns" to the skin. Best to wrap the ice bag in a thin towel to keep the ice directly off the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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Catch in my shoulder. Painful. 6 out of 10'at times. I put an ice pack on it. But it seems to have moved to the side and now even more 2 the front??

Catch in my shoulder. Painful. 6 out of 10'at times. I put an ice pack on it. But it seems to have moved to the side and now even more 2 the front??

Shoulder pain: Hi Kate, was there any injury to the joint? If not, it could be Bursitis. If an injury, an x-Ray is in order. If not, and if you can tolerate ibuprofen and no allergies to it, 3 with meals for 5 days. If not better, seek attention, prolonged shoulder issues can lead to "frozen shoulder"! ...Read more

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Where is the best place to put a ice pack on your head when u have a migraine?

Where is the best place to put a ice pack on your head when u have a migraine?

See a neurologist: There are many types of headaches and many reasons for each type. You should speak to your primary care physician who can refer you to a neurologist. It would be helpful for you to keep a "headache calendar" by noting down the timing, frequency, duration, and intensity of your headaches. Ice is not proven for migraines, especially if it is diffuse. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/headache. Html ...Read more

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Ok pinched nerve in my back was hurting me and making it hard to breathe, put some cold ice pack on my back and I started to breathe normal W is tht?

Ok pinched nerve in my back was hurting me and making it hard to breathe, put some cold ice pack on my back and I started to breathe normal W is tht?

Associated symptoms: The nerve (s) in you back was affecting the Muscles of the back that are most likely attached to the ribs, that we all use for breathing. When the pain and inflammation was treated, your accompanying Trouble breathing was relieved too. ...Read more

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Can I put a ice pack on a skin abscess for the swelling and pain?

Can I put a ice pack on a skin abscess for the swelling and pain?

You would be better: You should use heat to bring that infection up and out ...Read more

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Can I put on an ice pack to bring down the swelling from my eyes?

Can I put on an ice pack to bring down the swelling from my eyes?

Cold compress: Peri-orbital (around the eye) edema (swelling) can be reduced by a cold compress to the area. This prevents capillary dilation and increased edema. If the eye itself is swollen, then topical medication will be needed. ...Read more

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If I put and ice pack on a head injury and I put pressure on it is that bad?

If I put and ice pack on a head injury and I put pressure on it is that bad?

No: Trauma to the scalp often produces a "goose egg" swelling due to bleeding into the membranes of the scalp. Ice and pressure will reduce the amount of bleeding. If injury is severe, evaluation may be necessary including ct scan to look for fracture or bleeding inside the skull. Ice and pressure will not affect the fracture or internal bleeding. But additional evaluation would be necessary. ...Read more

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Hurt my ball sack from bicycling. Any suggestions on how to heal them? Could I put a ice pack down there & if so how long?

Hurt my ball sack from bicycling. Any suggestions on how to heal them? Could I put a ice pack down there & if so how long?

Testicular injury: Elevate, ice for 5-10 minute an hour x 2 But since it involves testicles would check out with ER this AM as soon as possible, just to insure no torsion as that can effect future fertility. Testicular injury and perineal injury is common in male bike riders. Go to ER this AM as soon as possible.

http://www. Webmd. Com/men/guide/testicle-injuries? Page=2 ...Read more

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Is it ok to put an ice pack on a possible brain tumor?

Is it ok to put an ice pack on a possible brain tumor?

No: A "possible brain tumor" needs immediate evaluation by a neurosurgeon. An ice pack would not affect anything to the better if there is a tumor. A brain tumor needs to be diagnosed and treated at your neurosurgeon's direction. ...Read more

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I put an ice pack directly on my skin and now I have three large discoloration areas on my leg. What can I do to get rid of this?

I put an ice pack directly on my skin and now I have three large discoloration areas on my leg. What can I do to get rid of this?

Time: Ice applied directly to the skin can damage it. In time the skin cells should be replaced by your body and the discoloration should fade. If it does not you may need to see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Hi I was on my way to work walking down the stairs and my knee popped and I could hardly stand on it and walk back up the stairs when I put pressure or try to walk on it I can't what can I do I have an ice pack on it

Hi I was on my way to work walking down the stairs and my knee popped and I could hardly stand on it and walk back up the stairs when I put pressure or try to walk on it I can't what can I do I have an ice pack on it

There: There are several possibilities in this situation. The clinical presentation is suggestive of a meniscal tear. Other options include a pathologic plica, an osteochondral defect, or a loose body to the knee which was caught during motion. I would have this evaluated further. ...Read more

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This morning put an ice pack on bare skin. Skin is red like a welt, no pain, no blisters and feeling is normal should I be concerned with the welt?

This morning put an ice pack on bare skin. Skin is red like a welt, no pain, no blisters and feeling is normal should I be concerned with the welt?

Well, actually ice: Can injure the skin. Try applying the ice over a thin towel and limit ice application to 15 minutes. ...Read more

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My rib right under my right breast hurts badly, and is making it hard to breathe. I put an ice pack on it, but it isn't helping. Idk why it hurts!

My rib right under my right breast hurts badly, and is making it hard to breathe. I put an ice pack on it, but it isn't helping. Idk why it hurts!

Hard to say: Have you been exercising, or did you lift something heavy? . If you have had a bad cough, that could pull a muscle between the ribs

we also worry about a "dropped lung".

See a osteopathic physician. They can rule out the medical possibilities and can manipulate your ribs if they determine it to be musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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I put an ice pack directly on my cheek for 8 minutes last night. Now the spot is bright red (freezer burn?). Should I go to the doctor?

I put an ice pack directly on my cheek for 8 minutes last night. Now the spot is bright red (freezer burn?). Should I go to the doctor?

Why ice?: My first question is why were you using an ice pack? We're you using it for something at this site. Unless you were using "dry ice" I doubt you could have given yourself frostbite in 8 min with a standard ice pack if there is any question I would have it looked at. ...Read more

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What is the diffrence between ice massage and ice pack (swelling and pain)?

What is the diffrence between ice massage and ice pack (swelling and pain)?

Mechanical effect: Ice massage is usually done for small areas and treatment usually last 7-10 minutes.
Ice pack is applied (but no massage is done) for 15-20 minutes.
Ice massage combines the therapeutic effect of ice (ice pack) with the mechanical effects of massage. Www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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What is the diffrence between ice massage and ice pack for swelling and pian?

What is the diffrence between ice massage and ice pack for swelling and pian?

The massage: An ice pack is just putting cold on an area. Ice massage usually involves freezing water in a paper or styrofoam cup and peeling down the cup exposing the ice on one end. Then you hold the remaining cup and massage the area with the exposed ice. ...Read more

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Ice pack help for acid reflux?

Ice pack help for acid reflux?

No: Ice packs are good for external bruises or injuries to muscles and other superficial tissues. Reflux occurs in the area of the junction between your esophagus and stomach. These are internal organs so ice packs are not helpful. ...Read more

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Ice pack for headaches and tmj?

Ice pack for headaches and tmj?

Yes: Ice packs or cool compresses often help headaches and may also ease the pain from tmj. ...Read more

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Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Chin Pain: Ice usually helps alleviate most discomforts. However, if the pain does not go away I urge you to seek out a professional to find out the underlying problem. ...Read more

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Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Ice pack for pain: Yes, that is a wonderful use for an ice pack. Might use it wrapped in a towel to protect your skin. Use it for 15 -20 minutes every 2-4 hours as tolerated. Good source of pain control and decreases swelling. ...Read more

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Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help. ...Read more

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What will happen if ice pack was not applied several days after the whiplash happened?

What will happen if ice pack was not applied several days after the whiplash happened?

Nothing: You can apply ice or heat now depending on whichever one improves your pain. Good news is whiplash usually resolves on it own. You may use over the counter pain medications if not allergic to them. Subsequently perform simple exercises to build strength and flexibility in the neck muscles.. ...Read more

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How serious is frostbite from an ice pack?

How serious is frostbite from an ice pack?

It depend: How long you held the ice back, most of the time it is superficial and heal in a week, but if it was held for long time could be deep and serious. ...Read more

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My goosebumps have been extremely painful and only relief I get is using an ice pack?

My goosebumps have been extremely painful and only relief I get is using an ice pack?

Try antihistamine: Try non-sedating otc antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine). If these are painful, they may represent a type of small hive brought on by change in temperature. If problem priests, consult with an allergist. ...Read more

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Left an ice pack on for 20+ mins & now my cheeks are really red/pink so I think I'm ice burned. How do I reduce the redness? When will this heal?

Left an ice pack on for 20+ mins & now my cheeks are really red/pink so I think I'm ice burned. How do I reduce the redness? When will this heal?

Diagnosis first: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lost 6 lbs in a week &2 lbs in one day, is this normal? No exercise &i'm eating. Hot at night too, takin ice pack to bed every night. Ideas?

I have lost 6 lbs in a week &2 lbs in one day, is this normal? No exercise &i'm eating. Hot at night too, takin ice pack to bed every night. Ideas?

Thyroid needs test: This is an excessive amount of weight loss and the heat intolerance suggests that your thyroid may be overactive. I would see your primary doctor and let them know your symptoms and ask to see if your thyroid function should be checked. ...Read more

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I have shingles on face can I use ice pack?

I have shingles on face can I use ice pack?

Did not help: Ice pack might decrease the inflammation but not the infection. You need to have dermatologist to give you antiviral like Valtrex (valacyclovir) to stop the virus asap. ...Read more

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Have heard ice pack first and then warm compress after for tmj?

Have heard ice pack first and then warm compress after for tmj?

Moist Heat First: Use moist heat to relaxes tight muscles and joints, increase blood flow and relieve pain. Use Ice to decreases inflammation and reduce swelling. See Orofacial Pain specialist for assessment. ...Read more

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My lower back and buttocks hurt really badly. Would an ice pack help?

My lower back and buttocks hurt really badly. Would an ice pack help?

See your doctor: With these types of symptoms, you need to see your doctor for a personal evaluation to see what's going on. ...Read more

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Can applying an ice pack to a child's bumped forehead have any negative consequences?

Can applying an ice pack to a child's bumped forehead have any negative consequences?

Tissue injury: The skin directly under the ice pack may suffer cold induced damage. A buffer of any conductive material like cloth, vinyl, plastic, etc. Can reduce the damage and frequent observation of the site is important. Blood flow through the skin surface is necessary to avoid cold damage and easy to verify by lifting the ice pack. ...Read more

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I have an ice pack burn from several weeks ago. It is very red and painful, what should I do?

I have an ice pack burn from several weeks ago. It is very red and painful, what should I do?

Aftermath: Direct skin cold temperature exposure can cause injuries to the skin but unusual to have the described symptoms 2 weeks later. Allergic reaction? contact dermatitis? chemical burn? I'm worried about an infection, cellulitis to be more precise. Without knowing more I suggest you have this looked at by a dr asap ...Read more