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Swollen gland in my neck.Heat or ice it?

Swollen gland in my neck.Heat or ice it?

Neither: You have to have somebody determine what they are. Swollen lymph nodes are from infections, usually. Muscle hard spots are just that. Swollen salivary glands are another thing. Have it looked at. ...Read more

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Is it better to use cold/heat on swollen neck glands?

Is it better to use cold/heat on swollen neck glands?

Neither: Tray taking an NSAID such as advil (ibuprofen) or motrin, if the glands are too large and causing you to have difficulty swallowing, call your doctor. ...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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Should i ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Should i ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Neither: The question should be why is it swollen and address the cause. Local heat or cold does not help. ...Read more

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Ice or heat for swollen bruise on sole, what to do?

Ice or heat for swollen bruise on sole, what to do?

Ice vs heat: Ice compresses will shrink blood vessels, reducing inflammation and bleeding. Warm compresses increase blood flow and are generally more relaxing to the muscles. With acute (new) injuries, it is generally recommended to ice the first day or two. ...Read more

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My eyelid is swollen and hurts. Should I ice it? Or apply heat to it?

My eyelid is swollen and hurts. Should I ice it? Or apply heat to it?

Probably stye: Most likely this is a stye which will respond to frequent applications of a very warm (not hot) washcloth. Try this for several days provided that the vision is not affected and there is no obvious pus. If persistent past 3-4 days then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Would heat or ice help the pain for a swollen spleen (I have diagnosed mono)?

Would heat or ice help the pain for a swollen spleen (I have diagnosed mono)?

No: It is an internal affair and will likely take time for the immune response to EBV to resolve. ...Read more

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My thumb got slammed in a car door 3 days back, treated with ice bags and took pain killer.Its swollen now. What can I do? Heat up thumb? How?

No heat: Heat to this type of injury will only increase the swelling and black-n-blue. This is a crush injury and can hurt and take as long to resolve even if not broken. Ice at least 3/day and anti-inflammatories are appropriate and heat may feel good is counterproductive. You can expect possibly weeks for full resolution, or longer. ...Read more