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Are microwaveable heat packs safe to use?

Are microwaveable heat packs safe to use?

If used properly: Follow the directions be careful and not get it too hot and pay attention not to burn the skin. ...Read more

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Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

Can heat packs help heal broken bones?

No: Heat will make the area feel better, but will not accelerate bone healing. ...Read more

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What can I do, to get rid of this pain, its in the back of my neck, runs up left side my skull to front. I have tried heat packs and ice.

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What can I do, to get rid of this pain, its in the back of my neck, runs up left side my skull to front. I have tried heat packs and ice.

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... I suspect that your pain might be due to pinched nerve. I recommend you seeking help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen.  Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

Ice and elevation: I assume he is on appropriate antibiotics for the infection, the first treatment necessity. Then elevation will help decrease swelling. Ice may ease discomfort. Limit walking and do not press tissues, as this many spread disease. ...Read more

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I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

Ice reduces swelling: Initially after an injury the tissues begin to swell, This can cause pain and stiffness. In the first stages after the injury ice is the best way to reduce that swelling ...Read more

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Would a heat pack dammage the scrotum if it was on it or the testical?

Would a heat pack dammage the scrotum if it was on it or the testical?

Yes if long use...: Heat pack has been recommended by some to temporarily ease the topical discomfort such as after scrotal surgery. Its short-term use poses no proven harm to testes; in long-term use, it can be like working in hot environment has been blamed for male infertility with poor sperm quality. So, its short use is ok, but of course, don't let heat burn the skin but just within tolerable warmness. ...Read more

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Should i avoid heat or ice after hip resurfacing? How should I care for the pain after my hip resurfacing? Should I use ice packs or heat? .

Ice and exercise: If you have had recent hip resurfacing surgery, ice and physical therapy are best to treat your pain. Heat should only be used for muscle soreness after the initial inflammation from surgery has subsided. ...Read more

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Re the issue of ice pack vs heat pack for someone with costochrondritis?Tried a heat pack - disappointed, ice pack seems better, what does each offer?

Re the issue of ice pack vs heat pack for someone with costochrondritis?Tried a heat pack - disappointed, ice pack seems better, what does each offer?

Ice..,: costochondritis is often helped w/ NSAIDs ( Ibuprofen , for example) and ice packs or ice massage to the affected rib, especially when symptoms are of recent origin or after exercise . Ice 'vasoconstricts' ( decreases size of blood vessels ) and thus often improves the swelling associated w/ costochondritis. Additionally it may help to 'numb' the affected area and lessen the pain . Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Seek medical eval: Spleens don't usually cause pain. If there is enlargement, there is a risk for rupture. I recommend being seen at an urgent care or ER facility to assess the real reason for your problem. ...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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For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

For back pain do I use heat pack or cold pack first?

Often heat, but...: If you've acutely injured your back (strain, contusion/bruise, etc) then cold compresses for the first few days will probably help. If this is a chronic recurrent problem, pain related to muscle spasm and tension then often a heating pad, warm showers, massage can be helpful. Don't forget proper posture, gentle stretching and core strengthening as well. ...Read more

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Hi, can sunlight heat damage the embryo if the abdomen will get very hot for one hour like heat pack?

Hi, can sunlight heat damage the embryo if the abdomen will get very hot for one hour like heat pack?

Sunlight is okay: Sunlight will not harm a pregnancy (are you pregnant? how far along?). You should try not to get overheated for long periods. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a heat pack on your back after embryo transfer. Am worried as I did last night as I was cold.

Is it ok to use a heat  pack on your back after embryo transfer. Am worried as I did last night as I was cold.

Should be fine: Your body has a great ability to control your internal temperature and it is incredibly unlikely that you could have made any significant impact on your uterine temperature. ...Read more

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use moist heat on tmj pain or ice pack for 30 min twice a day. i hoping this is just stress. could it just be temporary stress that is causing pain?

 use moist heat on tmj pain or ice pack  for 30 min twice a day. i hoping this is just stress. could it just be temporary stress that is causing pain?

Perhaps: Could be. Try these things. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments. ...Read more

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