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I fell on my knee at the rollerskating rink 2 weeks ago. I keep ice on every night. It feels like a squishy ball on my kneecap and it's red and hot?
Need i be worried about pressure in the front of my head, a stiff neck, and mild dizziness after hitting back of my head on an ice rink two days ago?
Should i be concerned with a feeling of pressure in my head, dizziness, and a very sore stiff neck after hitting the back of my head on an ice rink?
Yes: Please to the emergency room immediately. I would go by ambulance. Please do not drive yourself. ...Read more
Ice baths: Ice baths are good for penguins, polar bears, seals, and certain fish! Just kidding! Ice baths are good for cooling the body when it is very hot. They are seldom used in hospitals- there are cooling blankets that can do this, which do not make a watery mess. Sometimes, for a fever for example, cooling the body prevents damage from an excessive temperature. ...Read more
How much is too much: Eating ice is probably not bad (except it is bad to chew ice as it is hard on the teeth.) however, there are reports of people getting water intoxicated due to drinking too much water leading to an electrolyte imbalances. Avoid too much of anything is a good rule of thumb. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: That's a really cold idea. It is not ok to insert ice cubes into a vagina. Vaginas are not designed to handle ice cubes. ...Read more
Acutely Yes: Acutely icing an injured area reduces the inflammatory response/swelling to the area. There is no exact period that defines the acute phase but icing upto 2-3 days post injury is recommended. Afterwards icing following irritating activities (including physical therapy) should be continued for several days/weeks. Heat can be introduced 3-4 days after injury to encourage blood flow to injured area. ...Read more
Habit: We need to eat, and drink water, and breathe. Feeling one must chew ice or some other nonessential behavior means it may have risen to a habit or even a compulsion. Compulsions usually interfer with activities and tend to produce a lot of anxiety if they are nto performed. Clincial psychologists can help with habits and compulsions with cognitive behavioral techniques. ...Read more
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