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Can icing help reduce muscle swelling?

Can icing help reduce muscle swelling?

Yes: Icing is usually good idea after any muscle or tendon injury to decrease swelling and speed recovery. ...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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Will massage help the swelling with lymphedema to reduce its swelling?

Will massage help the swelling  with lymphedema to reduce its swelling?

Yes : Lymph massage is called manual lymph drainage -mld check youtube video for techniques. ...Read more

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Does aspirin help reduce eye pain?

Does aspirin help reduce eye pain?

Yes: Aspirin is effective for eye pain. If this doesn't work, see an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Can ice help reduce swelling caused by the sun?

Can ice help reduce swelling caused by the sun?

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

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Does eating ice help reduce swelling with an oral piercing?

Does eating ice help reduce swelling with an oral piercing?

Probably: Ice will reduce blood flow to the area and by doing so, reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Can ice help to reduce sciatica pain?

Can ice help to reduce sciatica pain?

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 more

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Do baths help reduce fever?

Do baths help reduce fever?

Yes: A tepid bath, or a comfortably warm bath, does two things: it keeps the child from shivering, which will generate internal heat, and it will allow for evaporation, lowering heat. Keep the bath from being too hot, but also from being too cold. ...Read more

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How do warm showers help reduce fever?

How do warm showers help reduce fever?

Fever: By coating the surface of the skin with cooling temps that are lower than body temps and you lose heat by convection. Very effective to rub skin briskly with warm towels or give children tepid baths to reduce fever. Good question. ...Read more

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Does nuvigil also reduce swelling

Does nuvigil also reduce swelling

Unlikely: The only way i can imagine that Nuvigil (or provigil) would reduce swelling would be for the drug to energize the user enough to increase exercise, diminishing fluid build-up due to inactivity. There is no direct pharmacological affect of Nuvigil on fluid metabolism. ...Read more

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What will help decrease or prevent wrinkles?

What will help decrease or prevent wrinkles?

Avoid sun exposure: wear sunscreen, do not smoke, moisturize your face and consider using retin-A products and other products. ...Read more

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Does exercising prevent toothaches or reduce the pain?

Does exercising prevent toothaches or reduce the pain?

No: If you have a toothache, it is most likely a sign of infection and you need to see a dentist right away. You may need a root canal. ...Read more

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Does yoga help to relieve of joint swelling & pain?

Does yoga help to relieve of joint swelling & pain?

Sometimes: Because yoga can increase flexibility and strengthen muscles, it can help take strain off the joints. Although this does not directly "fix" the joints, removing some of the stress from the joints can hep a great deal. ...Read more

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Can ice packs reduce sinus inflammation?

Can ice packs reduce sinus inflammation?

No: The sinuses are deep to the skin and the ice packs will not affect them directly. ...Read more

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Can potatoes really help reduce skin redness?

Can potatoes really help reduce skin redness?

No: Red skin is from rosacea usually. Using gentle products, topical Metrogel or using a skin rejuvenation laser can help. Decreasing your alcohol, caffeine intake and eating plant based can improve inflammation which helps the skin. ...Read more

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Can ibuprofen help reduce the swelling associated with a poison ivy rash?

Can ibuprofen help reduce the swelling associated with a poison ivy rash?

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

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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?

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

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I feel like my brain is swelling in this heat?

I feel like my brain is swelling in this heat?

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

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Stop swelling of fingers and feet in heat?

Stop swelling of fingers and feet in heat?

Not easy: The heat will naturally cause your body to swell secondary to vasodilation of your blood vessles. This is why rings and watches will become tighter. Try and stay cool. Drink fluids. ...Read more

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Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

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

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Can heat sensation and/or swelling in the feet be caused by diabetes?

Can heat sensation and/or swelling in the feet be caused by diabetes?

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 more

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I am experiencing ankle swelling. Apply heat or cold?

I am experiencing  ankle swelling. Apply heat or cold?

Cold: At 26 y/o you should not be having swelling unless you are very overweight or wearing non-supportive shoes. If neither is the case, I would speak with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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My back leg laceration with heat and swelling?

My back leg laceration with heat and swelling?

Leg cut: If there is a leg laceration with heat and swelling, there may be an infection. Wash it with soap and water, cover it with a sterile bandage with an antiseptic and go to your physician ASAP. ...Read more

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Is there a reason heat makes a swollen hand feel better if it just makes the swelling worse?

Is there a reason heat makes a swollen hand feel better if it just makes the swelling worse?

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

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After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?

After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has  gone down after about 4 days.  Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?

That gets your knee-: -guieted down, now you need careful eval by an orthopedic surgeon to decide on a plan of care. Anywhere from watching to surgery. ...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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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Redish skin obreast.: If it is under your breast and the breasts are large, it could be intertrigo, a fungal infection due to moisture under the breasts. Show it to your doctor to get the cream prescribed for it. ...Read more