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Heating Pad On Chest
I think erythema ab igne appeared on breast after using heating pad on chest but went away. Does this mean I can't use heat on my chest any more?
I am experincing pain on right side. From middle of chest through shoulder blade and right arm. A little pain in left arm last night it was pain all in chest and back. I have taken asprin, tylenol, used heating pad to get pain to ease. I have htn, hxo p
I use a heating pad to increase circulation. Will this increase my breast size and if so how long will it take?
No: Heating tissue may cause some dilation of the blood vessels and swelling but it is only temporary. There is no safe non-surgical way of augmenting your breasts. ...Read more
I have red spots on on my breast after using heating pad. They are pretty minor one big reddish-purplish spot. Is there anything I can do?
Ref spots: Keep area clean and cool and spots will resolve within 48 hr if you did not burn skin. Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. ...Read more
Will keflex and a decongestant take care of ear pain/pressure? Will a heating pad also help to ear. Started with chest cold a week ago. Moved to my head. Have also had a fever for 1 week. Sudden onset of pressure/pain in left ear yesterday. Some yellowish
Unless: Unless the ear pain and pressure are secondary to a bacterial infection, antibiotic therapy is unlikely to be helpful. We often prescribe antibiotics for persistent complaints beyond a week that may have been initiated by a viral prodrome to prevent secondary superinfection. Keflex, in general, would not be considered the drug of choice for community acquired otitis media. An oral decongestant can assist in relief of nasal, sinus, and mucosal congestive changes leading to eustachian tube dysfunction resulting in ear pain and pressure. Topical afrin is more effective as a decongestant as it works more directly at the target site as long as you respect the 3-5 day maximal useage recommendations to avoid rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa). A heating pad for inflammatory conditions may actually worsen the pain by increasing the firing rate of the nerves carrying the pain impulses. If you continue with ear drainage of the type you are referring I would have the ear examined to rule out sponataneous perforation of the eardrum. ...Read more
Sure.: If you mean metrorrhagia, meaning irregular bleeding between periods, a heating pad may not help prevent bleeding but may help with the cramps you get when you bleed. You should be evaluated by a gyn though b/c bleeding between periods isn't normal and usually is easily treatable. Could be a polyp, an infection, fibroid, or perimenopause. ...Read more
20 minutes: In generally heating or icing a shoulder is done for 20 minutes out of an hour. It is important to ensure the heating pad is not left on too long as they can burn the skin particularly in the elderly. Most people find that icing the shoulder is a better pain reliever than heat. ...Read more
Heating pad: A heating pad is basically a thin flat plastic pad with coils inside, which when plugged in, warm the pad. There are many brands available, but choosing one with a washable fabric cover and at least three heat settings would be best. Most drug stores sell them. ...Read more
What would you do if you have a netlike rach but you don't use heating pad or anything? What could it be
Livedo reticularis: Netlike rash (livedo reticularis) could be a normal variant with cold exposure. In this case it disappears once skin is warmed up. If it is a persistent skin pattern, some investigation & possibly a skin biopsy are needed. Livedo is a vascular pattern, meaning there is some inflammation of blood vessels, which can be seen in lupus, vasculitis, certain meds & others. Please see dermatologist. ...Read more
I've had this pain in my back in between my shoulders off in on for the past few weeks, I've laid on a heating pad and it dosent help what can I do?
FIBROMYALGIA: THORACIC MPS/FIBROMYALGIA Ultrasound usually relieves pain by improving blood flow to tender muscles. If it flares symptoms you may have fibromyalgia or a herniated disc stay the T2-T6 levels. You need a full exam labs. X-ray of thoracic spine and potential MRI If symptoms persist or worsen. TRY TENS TX. Start a gluten free diet WholeApproach. Com and gutbliss. Com MEDS: LYRICA/SAVELLA/CYMBALTA. ...Read more
NO: Heating pad usually help relax the muscles /ligaments which can improve pain. Sometimes muscles around kidney can go into spasm from kidney infection called pyelonephritis and in that case a heating pad may provide temporary relief. ...Read more
Yes: The sciatic nerve can be irritated because of a herniated disc, arthritis that results in tightening of the spinal canal, falls, injuries, or other rare reasons (tumors, infections). Anti-inflammatory medications, alternating heat/cold therapy, physical therapy (especially with traction) can be helpful to relieve sciatic pain. ...Read more
Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok and may help with the pain. ...Read more
Depends on the: Depth of the burn. Only a trained medical person can tell the depth. If it is a heating pad burn, it is usually superficial, second degree at the most. If it is truly only second degree, topical antibiotic ointment and occulsive dressing for a week should do it. But, more importantly, why did you not feel the burning in the first place? If it is on leg, you might have problems with nerves. ...Read more
Yes: If the heating pad is shared with other people without cleaning it. ...Read more
Heat, rest, magnets: A heating pad (or hot water bottle) may help. Rest often helps. Avoid activities & positions that cause pain. You can try stretching & massage.Applying therapeutic magnets can reduce pain & speed healing. Anti-inflammatories like Aspirin or ibprofen can help, as can natural ones like curumin. If there is spasm, natural anti-spasmodics like magnesium & valerian may help. See a doctor if not improving. ...Read more
What can I do to help with the pain of contractions? Can I place a heating pad on myself? Would it help?
I have sciatica and have been literally sitting on a heating pad for hours at a time. Could this be making the pain worse?
No, but watch burns:
Sciatica can be treated. If your heat pad doesn't resolve this (likely) see a pain or PMR doc for, work up of cause. Then treatments including home stretching.
Prolonged use of high heat can burn tissues, causing them to discolor. This should be avoided.
I n reality the sciatic nerve is over 5 inches deep, and the heat just doesn't get down that far ...Read more
My wife sleeps all night with a heating pad to take care of her back pain. 1 month already with a heating pad at night. Is it really useful?
It may make her feel: Better but it will not solve the cause which may be self limiting with time. Otherwise, try lifestyle changes like exercise, not smoking & weight control. Otc meds if no contraindications may help. If not better & the pain is bothersome enough, see your physician. If mattress is old, a new one may also do the trick. ...Read more