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Swelling From Heat
5 weeks after osteochondroma removed from knee, swelling, heat and slight pain at wound, bloods show elevated CRP levels, what could this mean?
Possible Infection: See your doctor immediately to get this evaluated. ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
It isn't really: The brain is highly protected from temperature extremes. But stay outside in high heat without drinking fluids for a long time, let your core temperature reach 104-105°f (this is called heat stroke), and your brain will swell. But you'll probably be comatose or nearly so, so you won't really notice. Some mammals have evolved more heat-tolerant nervous systems, e.g. The eland and the oryx. ...Read more
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
Heat: Heat will be better for muscle aches or joint stiffness. ...Read more
After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury.?
Calf has been swollen 4 10day. Swell has gone down. Used ice the 1st 72hrs. Should I use heat now until swelling is gone & elevate while sleep?
Swelling from hit to shin from softball-should I continue to ice or switch to heat? If switch to heat, should I use heating pad or will icy hot work?
If your injury occured 72+ hours ago then it is acceptable to switch to heat in an effort to deal with any swelling in the area. Icyhot doesn't cause the same healing effect of ice or heat. Topicals such as this are known as counterirritants that trick pain receptors, but really do nothing more than numb the area.
If you are having severe pain, or are unable to walk on your leg please have a xray. ...Read more
I have POTS. I am travelling south. I have not responded well to the heat in the past. Should my Florinef (fludrocortisone) be increased? And will it cause more swelling?
Not sure: Surely you're all too well aware, POTS is difficult to treat even when conditions are stable. Many triggers can set off episodes in large part dependent upon the specifics of disease (such as the relative involvement of mast cells). Increased Florinef (fludrocortisone) does not automatically increase the intravascular fluid. One could do well with careful titration of salt intake adjust fluid status as needed ...Read more
Leg cut: If there is a leg laceration with heat and swelling, there may be an infection. Wash it with soap and water, cover it with a sterile bandage with an antiseptic and go to your physician ASAP. ...Read more
Do always inflammation in the knee accompanied with swelling, and if not, heating or cooling to be applied?
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Sprained my finger. Been icing for 72 hrs but it's still swollen. Should I switch to heat or continue icing until swelling goes down?
Heat or cold:
These are common questions asked after injury, to relieve stiffness, after surgery. As any answer there is a simple way to explain it but when dealing with a complex set of medical circumstances one answer does not always apply for all.
Simply warm up and cool down means that when you are stiff, and sore that warmth will generally help and after activity cool down
. MOST Acute injury=cold ...Read more
I have reddish skin on both my breasts no heat no swelling no pain and no node swelling just the patches I am 30 with very large breasts?
Very small pain by touch only on left side of left calf no swelling color change or heat touch I can walk normal on it doesn't relly hurt normal?
Need more info: There are several causes for your compliant. The answer comes from a good examination by your family physician. ...Read more
Small pane on the upright side of the calf no swelling, color change or heat other then normal body heat I can walk no problem just tinder to touch?
Cold: I prefer a cold compress....keep it clean (warm salt rinse) & keep up on your infammatories/pain meds ...Read more
Hmm...trauma?: It depends on the mechanism of injury and clinical situation surrounding your swelling. Ice really only works for initial traumatic or post surgical swelling and not for chronic swelling or anything greater than 24 hours after injury. ...Read more
Possible cause of pain in left knee, when swelling only occurs under and to the bottom of knee cap, with heat present?
Tendonitis: Tendonitis is common below the kneecap. Ice is good to decrease swelling. VMO exercises also helpful to prevent further issues. ...Read more
I hv had redness & heat in my knees & ankles off & on for about 8 months. Hv seen Dr, been told not edema, but they r "baffled". No real swelling?
See details: See a rheumatologist for those symptoms.Get a more detailed answer ›
My knee keeps swelling it hurts, I dislocated it bout 4 years ago...What can I do? Its feels like its turing over when I walk! I've used ice an heat
Consult Orthopedics: This sounds like a complicated orthopedic surgery problem. You should consult an orthopedic surgeon. The swelling and symptoms you describe are certainly not normal and suggest a major joint problem. Exam, x-rays, and MRI will likely be needed. Treatments could include therapy, bracing, anti-inflammatory meds, injections, and possibly surgery. You should not let this persist. ...Read more
Searing pain in middle of back between shoulder blades. Some tingling and swelling in fingers. Only relief is laying down. Tried heat, tens, motrin?
Any history: Of trauma? - are you carrying any new things?, wearing new type shoes? Ever have this before? If persists see pcp. ...Read more
Followup: wrist pain;not hand;no heat or swelling;"always" but more severe with use of course; I've used a wrist bandage but it doesn't seem to help?
Use a wrist brace to:
Rest the wrist, and as much as possible during work as well.
Without proper hx or exam, difficult to advise, except see an orthopod.
If any numbness ;/or weakness, it could be a carpal tunnel syndrome. The brace could help then. Take some Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). I am sure seeing your pcp would also be quite helpful to get a dx.. ...Read more
Increases blood flow: Heat increases blood flow to the inflamed area. This helps substances get to the area and help to reduce pain and swelling. ...Read more
Wrist pain: If u fell on you palm in flexed position you may have navicular fracture. Get a x-ray. ...Read more