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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Can I get red splotchy rash from a heating pad? Slept on it with no cover on heating pad but I had a shirt on. Now red on my side

Can I get red splotchy rash from a heating pad? Slept on it with no cover on heating pad but I had a shirt on. Now red on my side

Yes: Prolonged use of a heating pad may cause a rash and possibly persistent pigmentation called erythema ab igne. Hot water bottles and heating pads should be used for no more than 20 minutes at a time to avoid damage to the skin and soft tissues. Caution is advised. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What would you do if you have a netlike rach but you don't use heating pad or anything? What could it be

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

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Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

Can a heating pad be used for mettorrphagia?

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

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Does heating pad help kidney pain?

Does heating pad help kidney pain?

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

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Will I sleep better on a heating pad?

Will I sleep better on a heating pad?

Not necessarily: Most people sleep best in a slightly cool environment. Too much heat could disrupt sleep. In really cold environment an electric blanket may be helpful. It is also dangerous to sleep on a heating pad due to risk of getting burned. ...Read more

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It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

It okay to use heating pad at 34 weeks

Depends: It depends on where you are using it. If you are using it on you back or leg or arm that is okay. Not on your abdomen. ...Read more

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Can a heating pad promote implantation?

Can a heating pad promote implantation?

Implantation: There is no credible medical evidence that heating pads help or hinder implantation. The usual advice is just to rest, but there is no credible evidence that that helps either. ...Read more

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Is a heating pad good for mild kidney pain?

Is a heating pad good for mild kidney pain?

Possibly: Will not affect kidney but can make people feel better regarding a skin/nerve effect. ...Read more

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Is using a heating pad bad for your muscles?

Is using a heating pad bad for your muscles?

No: Heat can be very soothing for muscles, but if it is too hot, or if you have decreased sensation, a burn can develop and this is dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

Can I use moist heating pad to manage sciatica?

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

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Back/kidney pain, would using a heating pad be ok?

Back/kidney pain, would using a heating pad be ok?

Yes it is ok: Yes it is ok and may help with the pain. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat burn from a heating pad?

What is the best way to treat burn from a heating pad?

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

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When using a heating pad does the infection spread?

Yes: If the heating pad is shared with other people without cleaning it. ...Read more

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My back hurts really bad. What can I do at home to make it feel better? Heating pad?

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

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What can I do to help with the pain of contractions? Can I place a heating pad on myself? Would it help?

What can I do to help with the pain of contractions?  Can I place a heating pad on myself?  Would it help?

Heating pad: And tylenol (acetaminophen) may help. You're already taking tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine which should help. If you're talking about contractions related to pregnancy, call your oby right away and ask for advice. Take care! ...Read more

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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 course. 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

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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

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Lower back still continues after car accident 2 months ago. In the morning wake up in pain been streyching, using heating pad but still in pain?

Lower back still continues after car accident 2 months ago. In the morning wake up in pain been streyching, using heating pad but still in pain?

See below: There are many causes of low back pain. The most common cause is usually related to degenerative changes to the discs or joints of the lower spine. It is common for this type of arthritis to be worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks be sure to see your physician. ...Read more

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What exactly is a heating pad and kind to use?

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

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What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

What would be the effect of heating pad to the fetus?

Not a good idea.: Any type of prolonged heat application to the fetus is potentially teratogenic and neurotoxic — avoid heating pads, saunas, prolonged hot-tub immersions throughout pregnancy! ...Read more

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How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

How much time should I put a heating pad on my shoulder?

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

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Would it be recommended to sleep with a heating pad at night?

NO: Do not ever sleep with an electric heating pad on. You could burn your skin, cause a fire, or become entangled in the cord, possible strangulation. Never fall asleep with the heating pad. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with cholecystitis. Can I use a heating pad to soothe the pain.?

I am diagnosed with cholecystitis.  Can I use a heating pad to soothe the pain.?

Maybe: But internal pressure pains from gallstones causing irritation of the gallbladder may have limited relief from external heat. Can try ibuprofen. Avoid fried, fatty & greasy foods. See your doctor to get a referral to a general surgeon to discuss gallbladder surgery. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put a heating pad on an inflamed appendix?

Warming up appendix: If you have inflamed appendix, it is best that you see a surgeon for removal or risk suffering disastrous consequences. ...Read more

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Is heating pad good for pain in lower left abdomen women?

Is heating pad good for pain in lower left abdomen women?

Yes, if...: If it helps decrease the discomfort. But if this is chronic, you need a diagnosis. Could be many things, including diverticulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Dr. Andrew Doe
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Heating Pad (Definition)

Heat can ease muscle pain. Be careful not to overheat ...Read more