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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


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My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

Ice and elevation: I assume he is on appropriate antibiotics for the infection, the first treatment necessity. Then elevation will help decrease swelling. Ice may ease discomfort. Limit walking and do not press tissues, as this many spread disease. ...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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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I got an an ice burn about 3 weeks ago from an ice pack. The skin is not hard but it is still discolored. How do I fix this?

I got an an ice burn about 3 weeks ago from an ice pack. The skin is not hard but it is still discolored. How do I fix this?

Let it be: You have a "freezer burn" and it will take its time to heal. You may apply a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and keep the affected skin soft. ...Read more