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Does Heat Help Reduce Swelling
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
Insult to injury: If you remember that sunburn is an injury to the skin caused by radiation, the skin is already damaged. Healing inflammation occurs (red, hot, swollen, tender) to heal damaged skin. Ice to already injured tissues will increase the injury like frostbite. Better to use cool cloths, protective creams and take antiinflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more
Possibly: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Ibuprofen is a pain reliever has no effect on swelling associated with a poison ivy rash. Over the counter oral antihistamines such as benadryl or cetirizine can relieve some of the inflammation associated with poison ivy rash. Avoid using antihistamine creams as this may worsen the rash. More about poison ivy remedies http://www.healthline.com/health/outdoor-health/poison-ivy-remedies#4 ...Read more
Massive inflammation in my L foot/ankle when I walk outside in the heat. Elevating my foot & cooling it reduces swelling. What can cause this?
Foot swelling : Need more information but it could be related to heat as it causes vessels to dilate and gravity will keep them pooled around your feet ...Read more
7wk postsurgery for torn rotator cuff, nerve impingement, bone spur ground off&labrum repaired. My thumb,hand,forearm are swollen.have burning nerve pain.hurts bad to move wrist wrong. In pt. Been icing and heating. How can I reduce swelling&pain?
It isn't really: The brain is highly protected from temperature extremes. But stay outside in high heat without drinking fluids for a long time, let your core temperature reach 104-105°f (this is called heat stroke), and your brain will swell. But you'll probably be comatose or nearly so, so you won't really notice. Some mammals have evolved more heat-tolerant nervous systems, e.g. The eland and the oryx. ...Read more
Depends: Ice is good on acute injuries to decrease the inflammation, like when an athlete sprains an ankle. Heat promotes blood flow to the area in order to help healing. Depending on the cause of your calf swelling will dictate which would be more helpful. Many times if both calfs are swelling it can be from decreased venous return and therefore leg elevation, and compressive stockings can help. ...Read more
Possibly: Diabetes can cause neuropathy, which can cause many different neurologic signs such as pain, numbness, tingling, or heat/cold sensations. Swelling is less likely directly from diabetes, though diabetics often have vascular problems that can contribute to it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Increases blood flow: Heat increases blood flow to the inflamed area. This helps substances get to the area and help to reduce pain and swelling. ...Read more
After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?
Calf has been swollen 4 10day. swell has gone down.used ice the 1st 72hrs. should i use heat now until swelling is gone & elevate while sleep?
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
I have POTS.I am travelling south.I have not responded well to the heat in the past.Should my Florinef (fludrocortisone) be increased? and will it cause more swelling?
Not sure: Surely you're all too well aware, POTS is difficult to treat even when conditions are stable. Many triggers can set off episodes in large part dependent upon the specifics of disease (such as the relative involvement of mast cells). Increased Florinef (fludrocortisone) does not automatically increase the intravascular fluid. One could do well with careful titration of salt intake adjust fluid status as needed ...Read more
Do always inflammation in the knee accompanied with swelling , and if not , heating or cooling to be applied ?
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Sprained my finger. Been icing for 72 hrs but it's still swollen. Should I switch to heat or continue icing until swelling goes down?
Heat or cold: These are common questions asked after injury, to relieve stiffness, after surgery. As any answer there is a simple way to explain it but when dealing with a complex set of medical circumstances one answer does not always apply for all. Simply warm up and cool down means that when you are stiff, and sore that warmth will generally help and after activity cool down . MOST Acute injury=cold ...Read more
I have reddish skin on both my breasts no heat no swelling no pain and no node swelling just the patches I am 30 with very large breasts?
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