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Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Urgent care or ER: If the area was white, cold and stiff or hard and if it then becomes red and swollen as it warms, you need to seek professional medical assistance. Usually the area will form blisters and permanent "bruising" or skin discoloration, which indicates long-term damage and possible destruction of blood vessels. Get it seen asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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I put an ice pack directly on my cheek for 8 minutes last night. Now the spot is bright red (freezer burn?). Should i go to the doctor?

I put an ice pack directly on my cheek for 8 minutes last night. Now the spot is bright red (freezer burn?). Should i go to the doctor?

Why ice?: My first question is why were you using an ice pack? We're you using it for something at this site. Unless you were using "dry ice" i doubt you could have given yourself frostbite in 8 min with a standard ice pack if there is any question i would have it looked at. ...Read more

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I have a burn from an Ice pack on my chest.. I have went to the doctor I got a cream. But my question is how long is this red mark going to be there. ?

I have a burn from an Ice pack on my chest.. I have went to the doctor I got a cream. But my question is how long is this red mark going to be there. ?

FEW DAYS IF NO BLIST: Burn caused by ice pack leaves a red mark which will disappear gradually in few days most of the time with or without treatment as long as there are no blisters or there has not been damage to the blood vessels or muscles underneath.Since you just have a red mark and no blisters and no deep tissue damage the redness may disappear in few days ...Read more

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My son has blisters all over his knee after using an ice pack. Looks like a burn. Should he see a dr?

My son has blisters all over his knee after using an ice pack. Looks like a burn. Should he see a dr?

Ice burn: Ice can cause as much or more damage than heat. When an ice burn blisters, it indicates there is a burn that extends through a skin layer. You get him (his knee) into warm water between 104 and 106 degrees and observe, the area should begin to pink up, feel numb and tingling and then regain sensation. If this does not happen, he needs immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my finger? I got something stuck underneath my fingernail today. When i took that thing out my finger tip started to hurt, throb, and burn. I tried using an ice pack and that didn't work too well. What is wrong? How long will it take to

What is wrong with my finger? I got something stuck underneath my fingernail today. When i took that thing out my finger tip started to hurt, throb, and burn. I tried using an ice pack and that didn't work too well. What is wrong? How long will it take to

The : The only thing that can go wrong is infection (whether or not there is something still in there). You need to give it time. It's too early to have an infection, so the pain associated with the injury is making it feel like things will not go well, but the odds are nature has this one covered and all you need to do is give your body's healing system some time. ...Read more

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I have an ice pack burn from several weeks ago. It is very red and painful, what should I do?

I have an ice pack burn from several weeks ago. It is very red and painful, what should I do?

Aftermath: direct skin cold temperature exposure can cause injuries to the skin but unusual to have the described symptoms 2 weeks later. Allergic reaction? contact dermatitis? chemical burn? I'm worried about an infection, cellulitis to be more precise. Without knowing more I suggest you have this looked at by a dr asap ...Read more

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I got an an ice burn about 3 weeks ago from an ice pack. The skin is not hard but it is still discolored. How do I fix this?

I got an an ice burn about 3 weeks ago from an ice pack. The skin is not hard but it is still discolored. How do I fix this?

Let it be: You have a "freezer burn" and it will take its time to heal. You may apply a topical antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and keep the affected skin soft. ...Read more

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I have been on a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack for the last 6 days I am worse off now then before the burning pain and numbness is terrible? When do I see a doctor?

I have been on a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack for the last 6 days I am worse off now then before the burning pain and numbness is terrible? When do I see a doctor?

Herniated disc: The neck and arm pain are due to a pinched nerve in the neck. The addition of Neurontin (gabapentin) may be more effective in calming the nerve irritation. Cervical traction, neck exercise, and physical therapy can help too. Call the doctor in the morning for additional treatment options. ...Read more