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Doctor insights on: Heat Compress Vs Cold

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Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Why?: Unless you have a local head injury, (goose-egg), see little utility to heat or cold. However, acute use cold, chronic use warmth. If you feel desire to treat headache with compress, likely to have more success if placed over back of skull, not over forehead, and perhaps here, cold might be best. Maybe see your doctor and find out why you have headache. ...Read more

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Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

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Heat or cold on dislocated shoulder?

Cold: Ice is generally used in the "acute" setting after an injury to reduce inflammation by restricting blood flow to the area. The "acute" timeline is not truly defined but acute can be considered upto a week after injury. Afterwards both cold and heat can be used. Rememeber ice it down after irritation from injury or activity. Heat it up to initiate circulation and healing or before exercise/therapy. ...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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Which is better, cold or hot compresses to treat pain of arthritis?

Which is better, cold or hot compresses to treat pain of arthritis?

Both: Cold is better for an acute flare up of arthritis with red and swollen joints. Hot is likely to be more soothing for the daily stiffness. ...Read more

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Tennis elbow cold wraps or heat?

Tennis elbow cold wraps or heat?

Cold : For lateral epicondylitis(tennis elbow) cold wraps are more effective when they are hurting as they vasoconstrict the blood vessels to the area and thus decrease swelling. Heat may feel better temporarily but the vasodilation(increased blood flow) that it allows sometimes causes more swelling, then more pain...Good luck! ...Read more

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What is better for muscle spasms hot or cold packs?

What is better for muscle spasms hot or cold packs?

Heat: True muscle spasms probably would feel better w / the application of heat as it may help to ' relax' the muscle(s ) involved. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is heat or cold better for tennis elbow?

Is heat or cold better for tennis elbow?

Rest & ice are best: Tennis elbow is inflammation of the tendons in the elbow or tendonitis. This usually improves with rest and ice. Once the condition settles down, doing exercises to strengthen the forearm will help decrease the strain on the tendons and help prevent the condition from recurring. ...Read more

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What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

Generally the Temp: The vaporizer heats the moisture , humidifier does not.The clinical difference appears to be marginal. ...Read more

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Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help. ...Read more

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Heat exhaustion vs sun stroke. Which is worse?

Heat exhaustion vs sun stroke. Which is worse?

Heat stroke: Heat stroke is the medical term for the condition that follows and is more severe than heat exhaustion. Generally the temperature is 104 degrees or more in heat stroke. Untreated heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke. Untreated heat stroke may progress to death. ...Read more

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Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

Heat or ice for swollen joints best?

See below: If the joint is acutely hot, red and swollen, ice would be better than heat which may increase inflammation. For joints that are not hot or swollen but are painful and stiff, i find heat works better. ...Read more

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Cold compress for a fever?

Cold compress for a fever?

Not needced: Fever is not the enemy and is part of our immune response to infections. If the cool compress makes you feel better, it is fine to do. You do not need to to it to "bring the temperature down.". ...Read more