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Is It Better To Use Ice Or Heat On An Infected Tooth
Depends: If not ongoing re-injury & no chronic/other issues, cold recommended for first 48-72 hrs (no ice directly on skin, or will get cold injury--put in a towel/etc.). If arthritic, or ongoing work/injury occurring, heat may feel better, but only while on it. (don't mix heat-rubs with heating pads, they can cause burns). If severe, prolonged (>5days), or recurrent, see a dr. ...Read more
Good question: Western medicine says use ice/cold to decrease swelling and then warmth after a coupe days. Eastern medicine does not like cold at all as it causes constriction and keeps toxins local where heat increases circulation and removal of toxins. Do what makes it feel better for you. If injured, take homeopathic arnica. It helps. If it is not an injury, please be seen. ...Read more
In acute injury ice: First day or two, heat should be fine after that. ...Read more
Is it safe to use cortizone around or on the testicles? I get a rash/stubs after shaving in that area. I'm looking to try it and see if it helps
Maybe heat: Can help some with cramps caused by obstruction. Inflammation might cause severe pain that will improve only with stronger analgesics and many patients need surgery. If you have severe pain lasting more than 2 hours you should seek immediate medical attention. Also if you experience severe nausea, persistent vomiting or notice yellow skin, eyes or dark urine. ...Read more
Muscle injury. : Acute stage, usually with 24 hours or slightly more, use ice pad. After acute stage, use warm pad. ...Read more
I have an abscessed tooth and my face is swollen. Will applying warm or cold compress to it help?
Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
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