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Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Urgent care or ER: If the area was white, cold and stiff or hard and if it then becomes red and swollen as it warms, you need to seek professional medical assistance. Usually the area will form blisters and permanent "bruising" or skin discoloration, which indicates long-term damage and possible destruction of blood vessels. Get it seen asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I cure a red injured eye? Is putting an ice pack on it safe to do?

How can I cure a red injured eye?  Is putting an ice pack on it safe to do?

Simple eye injury: Assuming no penetration, internal bleed or infection, time will cure the red injured eye. Ice against a cloth against the injury can be soothing if used in moderation. ...Read more

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Can i put on an ice pack to bring down the swelling from my eyes?

Can i put on an ice pack to bring down the swelling from my eyes?

Cold compress: Peri-orbital (around the eye) edema (swelling) can be reduced by a cold compress to the area. This prevents capillary dilation and increased edema. If the eye itself is swollen, then topical medication will be needed. ...Read more

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My eyes are really red from rubbing them last night and kind of puffy. Im using an ice pack what else should i do?

My eyes are really red from rubbing them last night and kind of puffy. Im using an ice pack what else should i do?

Puffy eyes: Why were you rubbing them... The causes are often a clue to the treatment. But most of the time the 1st treatment is to stop whatever is causing it in the 1st place. This may sound corny but here I go... Such as, if it was crying then stop. If it was allergies, try to avoid that reason. Ice packs do help reduce puffiness from most causes. Keep us posted Dr.Sibley ...Read more

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What's best for nerve damage, ice pack or heat pad?

What's best for nerve damage, ice pack or heat pad?

Follow rule of thumb: Unless it's a traumatic nerve injury caused by isolated surgical manipulation or other complications then, nerves are usually traumatized in the company of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, ; other soft tissues. Thermal therapy intervention then, should be similar to how muscle strains and sprains are treated. Ice x 72hrs followed by soothing heat ; maybe some electrical stim. If possible. ...Read more

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Sports injuries, sprains== when do you use an ice pack?

Sports injuries, sprains== when do you use an ice pack?

Any injury.: You can apply ice to any injury, sprain or strain. Or if you have pain or soreness from overuse, ice is helpful. ...Read more

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I just fell and hit my head, what do I do? Motrin? Ice pack?

I just fell and hit my head, what do I do?  Motrin?  Ice pack?

Head trauma: Better seek medical evaluation. Sometimes internal bleed can take more than a few days to start getting symptoms. ...Read more

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What does it mean when an ice pack placed on my back stops the pain in my legs?

What does it mean when an ice pack placed on my back stops the pain in my legs?

It means pain is : It means that the pain is referred from your back rather than radiating as would be the case with a sciatica or "pinched nerve." referred pain can be muscular in origin & the ice is acting on the muscles decreasing the pain level. Referred pain generally does not travel that far from its source of origin and is not caused by a pinched or compressed nerve. ...Read more

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