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Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Will ice pack help pain under chin?

Chin Pain: Ice usually helps alleviate most discomforts. However, if the pain does not go away i urge you to seek out a professional to find out the underlying problem. ...Read more

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Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Esophagus: After a bypass your stomach can only hold a small amount of food or liquid . Any excess stays in the esophagus . It isn't supposed to be there so the esophagus cramps up trying to force the food down . These spasms are a strong message to stop putting so much into your mouth . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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Can ice packs reduce sinus inflammation?

Can ice packs reduce sinus inflammation?

No: The sinuses are deep to the skin and the ice packs will not affect them directly. ...Read more

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Does ice or heat work better for back pain? Such as Donjoy iceman?

Does ice or heat work better for back pain? Such as Donjoy iceman?

They both can help: Ice is used for reducing inflammation which occurs most Durring the 1st 2-3 days of injury. Heat helps muscles relax and improves circulation. ...Read more

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Does ice cream help bronchitis?

Does ice cream help bronchitis?

No: Ice cream, although universally desired, has not been shown to provide definitive and reproducible benefit to bronchitis sufferers. On a related but somewhat different topic, although milk products have been implicated to worsen coughs, this is generally felt to be an old wive's tale. ...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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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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Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help. ...Read more

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Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Depends: Ice is good on acute injuries to decrease the inflammation, like when an athlete sprains an ankle. Heat promotes blood flow to the area in order to help healing. Depending on the cause of your calf swelling will dictate which would be more helpful. Many times if both calfs are swelling it can be from decreased venous return and therefore leg elevation, and compressive stockings can help. ...Read more

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What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

What's best for wrist tendinitis, heat or ice therapy?

Ice first, then heat: Ice generally works best in the first 24-48 hours and heat after that time span. Remeber, that tendinitis may not improve with either ice or heat. ...Read more

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Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

Ice or heat therapy for tmj?

Depends: If you have a recently injured tmj, ice is the first thing to try. If that isn't helpful or if the injury is more than a few days old, try heat. If that doesn't help, try alternating ice and heat. If none of these help, get it looked at to make sure it doesn't require splint therapy or surgery. After evaluation, other modalities like neuromuscular massage may be helpful. ...Read more

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Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Heat but it depends: Before advising either you need a specific diagnosis. Why is it vein pain? Could be some other reason pain is the vein swollen red and hot? Other important things can cause pain in the leg like blood clots, muscle inflammation, and other and you need to have your physician check it ...Read more

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Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Can you use ice PACk for shoulder pain?

Ice pack for pain: Yes, that is a wonderful use for an ice pack. Might use it wrapped in a towel to protect your skin. Use it for 15 -20 minutes every 2-4 hours as tolerated. Good source of pain control and decreases swelling. ...Read more

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Does an ice bath help hydrate?

Does an ice bath help hydrate?

No: There is no reason to believe that an ice bath will hydrate your skin. Moisturizers are a better choice. ...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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Is ice pack and warm pack both helpful in eyelid swelling ?

Is ice pack and warm pack both helpful in eyelid swelling ?

Depends: This depends upon the cause. If the swelling is acute, especially if due to trauma, then icing the lids can be helpful for two or three days. If the swelling is inflammatory, infectious or has persisted for more than a couple of days, then heat is usually the best strategy. ...Read more