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For stiff neck do you use warm or cool compresses to reduce swelling?

For stiff neck do you use warm or cool compresses to reduce swelling?

Whichever feels good: Both heat and cold can feel good. Experiment and see what feels better for you. Be careful that you do not burn or freeze the skin. ...Read more

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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Are you supposed to use a hot or cold compress for a hurting ankle?

Are you supposed to use a hot or cold compress for a hurting ankle?

Ice, ice, ice: Start first with resting, staying off it completely. Wrap it with compressive wraps like an ace bandage, use lots of cold compresses or ice. Hot compresses actually only make the skin feel better, but inside increase swelling and delay healing. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Should I use hot water or cold water for eyelid swelling?

Should I use hot water or cold water for eyelid swelling?

Both: Any swelling in the eyelid caused by trauma or surgical intervention should be treated with cold compresses in the first 24 hour period and then after that with warm compresses. ...Read more

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Should I use Cold or Hot compress for tired feet? . And is it okay to use hot compress for Achilles tendinitis ? . . . THANK YOU :)

Should I use Cold or Hot compress for tired feet? .  

And is it okay to use hot compress for Achilles tendinitis ? . . .  THANK YOU :)

Cold is better: For inflammation. for an acute tendinitis u would benefit from ice packs. Rest, elevate, and ice. If the tendinitis has been there for longer than a few days, u may want to alternate between hot and cold. ...Read more

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Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Ice is best: Ice is best in the first 24-72 hours following an ankle sprain. This helps decrease the swelling and inflammation which in turn decreases the pain. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15-20minutes. Use a towel to protect your skin against the ice. This can be repeated several x day. Price (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation). *if pain continues or worsens please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

Do you place a warm or cold compress  on sore muscles?

Depends: Cold to decrease pain and swelling, heat to improve flexibility and blood flow to speed healing. Use ice for the first day or two after an acute injury, then heat later. ...Read more

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Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should i continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should i continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?

Treatment options: If your injury occured 72+ hours ago then it is acceptable to switch to heat in an effort to deal with any swelling in the area. Icyhot doesn't cause the same healing effect of ice or heat. Topicals such as this are known as counterirritants that trick pain receptors, but really do nothing more than numb the area. If you are having severe pain, or are unable to walk on your leg please have a xray. ...Read more

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Please tell me if I should use hot or cold packs to reduce swelling after my wisdom teeth removal?

Please tell me if I should use hot or cold packs to reduce swelling after my wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth post op: Initially ice packs. Two bags filled with ice, or ice packs should be applied to the sides of the face. The ice packs should be left on continuously while you are awake. After 24 hours, ice will not help. You may have pain and swelling for a few days. This is a normal reaction to surgery. After 36 hours only moist heat (warm washcloth) is recommended. ...Read more

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Cold compress or hot compress for teeth pain and infection cold seems make worse but will heat make face swell ?

Cold compress or hot compress for teeth pain and infection cold seems make worse but will heat make face swell ?

Infection: If infection: heat? NO! For tooth pain and infection: what works and should be done is a visit to a dentist asap! Call for advice and office evaluation. ...Read more

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Should you use a cold cloth or warm cloth for a fever?

Should you use a cold cloth or warm cloth for a fever?

Body temp: The cold cloth will more likely cazuse chills . You especially do not want to put a child in a cold bath to get a fever down.. It could send them in shock. ...Read more

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If your bodys tense do you take a hot bath or a cold bath?

Anxiety: Take a hot bath which will relax your muscles. ...Read more

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Is a ice bath better or a cold water bath. What do you recommend?

Is a ice bath better or a cold water bath. What do you recommend?

What is your goal?: If you are trying to bring down swelling after an injury to your foot or knee, etc., than an ice bath would be better. If your are trying to reduce a fever, than the preference would be a cold water bath. ...Read more

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I'm not really one for meds. What happens if you don't take the antibiotics for cellulitis with red streaking and instead apply cold compresses?

I'm not really one for meds. What happens if you don't take the antibiotics for cellulitis with red streaking and instead apply cold compresses?

Maybe...: You will be lucky and your body is able to mobilize enough defenses and heals itself. OR the infection can worsen and spread and lead to long term or even life threatening consequences. Your choice. ...Read more

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