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Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Why?: Unless you have a local head injury, (goose-egg), see little utility to heat or cold. However, acute use cold, chronic use warmth. If you feel desire to treat headache with compress, likely to have more success if placed over back of skull, not over forehead, and perhaps here, cold might be best. Maybe see your doctor and find out why you have headache. ...Read more

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What should be applied on postop eye trauma (nosejob), warm or cold compress?

What should be applied on postop eye trauma (nosejob), warm or cold compress?

Cold compress: Generally speaking, whenever you have trauma and swelling, whether post op, or accidental - a cold compress should be applied initially. Warm compresses may feel good, but it will cause vasodilation thereby increasing blood flow to the region, potentially increasing the bleeding and tissue swelling of the injured tissue. Cool compresses will help reduce swelling. Staying upright will also help. ...Read more

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Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

Do you place a warm or cold compress on sore muscles?

Depends: Cold to decrease pain and swelling, heat to improve flexibility and blood flow to speed healing. Use ice for the first day or two after an acute injury, then heat later. ...Read more

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Anything that could help spider-web veins in penis? Young, not painful. Very dark and sometimes noticeable. Warm or cold compress? Which better?

Anything that could help spider-web veins in penis? Young, not painful. Very dark and sometimes noticeable. Warm or cold compress? Which better?

Here are some. ..: From what you described, doing nothing with them is the most reasonable thing to do; applying something chemically or physically may induce more unwanted harm. To comfort and assure your mind, it's reasonable to have urologist take a look and counsel you for what they are and you may expect so you will know how to watch. Remember: In medicine, always balance medical necessity & prof-possibility. ...Read more

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I have an abscessed tooth and my face is swollen. Will applying warm or cold compress to it help?

I have an abscessed tooth and my face is swollen. Will applying warm or cold compress to it help?

Do neither!: Heat may help spread the infection and cold will limit your body's own healing mechanism from coping with infection. Therefore do neither! Instead get to a dentist asap for proper antibiotic coverage and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Warm or cold compress for poison ivy in eye?

Warm or cold compress for poison ivy in eye?

Cold: Is generally better for reactions like that. ...Read more

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I got my wisdom teeth removed. This is the fourth day. I need my cheek swelling to go down. Should I use a warm or cold compress?

I got my wisdom teeth removed. This is the fourth day. I need my cheek swelling to go down. Should I use a warm or cold compress?

Time: Resolution of swelling depends on a variety of factors including depth of impaction, degree of difficulty and presence of pre-existing inflammation. 4 days after surgery, warm will work better than cold. If swelling increases, may represent infection. In that case, see your oral surgeon. ...Read more

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A bruise on my shin for the lst 2 yrs has not went away (now brwn in clr). Now, 90% of my bruises won't go away. Cold & warm compress has been applied?

A bruise on my shin for the lst 2 yrs has not went away (now brwn in clr). Now, 90% of my bruises won't go away. Cold & warm compress has been applied?

What you are seeing-: -is rust. As hemoglobin breaks down there is residual iron. If the body does not clean the bruised area completely, the iron rusts. This is more likely to happen with a significant bruise and there is a collection of blood involved. Too late to treat now but the next time, use ice, compression, elevate & later heat to aid in absorption. The ice is 2 stop bleeding and swelling. Ice=immediately. ...Read more

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My dentist told me to cold then warm compress but I did not do it, should I be worried?

My dentist told me to cold then warm compress but I did not do it, should I be worried?

No worries: The suggestion of hot and cold compresses is for your comfort. It helps with swelling and pain management. If you didn't need them you do not have to worry about not following instructions. ...Read more

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Should I keep my daughter warm in blankets to break a fever? Or cold compress?

Should I keep my daughter warm in blankets to break a fever? Or cold compress?

Cold compress: Always use cold compresses to break a fever. Warm blanket gives temporary relief from chills, but always raises the temperature eventually, and even cause dehydration from sweating. ...Read more

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What's a good way to soothe a sore, painful, swollen vagina after long rough intercourse? Is cold compress better than warm?

What's a good way to soothe a sore, painful, swollen vagina after long rough intercourse? Is cold compress better than warm?

Cold Compress is bes: Advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin can alleviate your pain sumptoms but cold compresses/ice packs will be best to decrease inflammation.
Remeber to always practice safe sex - condoms are even more important when intercourse is rough as it opens up even more contact with your blood stream. ...Read more

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My ribs hurt from coughing too much! Feels almost broken, I haven't taken motrin because I'm pregnant. Should I apply cold or warm compress on area?

My ribs hurt from coughing too much! Feels almost broken, I haven't taken motrin because I'm pregnant. Should I apply cold or warm compress on area?

Yes: Could actually use either, but usually start with cool compresses and see if helps. Can use occasional tylenol (acetaminophen) if having discomfort that keeps you from falling asleep. ...Read more

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Have heard ice pack first and then warm compress after for tmj?

Have heard ice pack first and then warm compress after for tmj?

Moist Heat First: Use moist heat to relaxes tight muscles and joints, increase blood flow and relieve pain. Use Ice to decreases inflammation and reduce swelling. See Orofacial Pain specialist for assessment. ...Read more

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I have terrible pain where my eye lashes are. The eye is swollen and feels bruised when I blink. What is wrong? Iv used a hot compress and warm water rinse also I used an ice pack

I have terrible pain where my eye lashes are. The eye is swollen and feels bruised when I blink. What is wrong? Iv used a hot compress and warm water rinse also I used an ice pack

Stye? Blepharitis: Could be couple of things including a stye or blepharitis. Correct identification is required before suggesting a treatment. Please see your eye doctor for an exam. ...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

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I wear ice pack vest and neck wrap when exercising or going outside in warm weater due to heat hives. Any health precautions from this?

I wear ice pack vest and neck wrap when exercising or going outside in warm weater due to heat hives. Any health precautions from this?

No, but U may-: -want 2 add an antihistamine as well. U have 2 B careful since it is hard 2 warm up with the ice. B sure U consult an allergist 4 other recommendations. ...Read more

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My daughter has a red mark that hurts from an ice pack. This wa 2 days ago. There are no blisters, but it's warm. Will this heal on its own?

My daughter has a red mark that hurts from an ice pack. This wa 2 days ago. There are no blisters, but it's warm. Will this heal on its own?

Yes it should heal: If there are no blisters, it should heal on it's own in a few days. If the area continues to get more red, warm, and hard to the touch, it is possible that she is developing a cellulitis (skin infection). if it's getting worse rather than better in the next few days I would have a doctor look at it. ...Read more

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Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

Red and warm knee cap. Add ice pack or call ortho?

See a Doc: A red and warm knee joint could be a sign of infection. This is not something to "sit on". See a doctor, preferably and orthopedist asap. ...Read more

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I accidentally fell asleep with an ice pack on my shoulder. It's bruised with a huge blister and some smaller ones. It's tingling and feels warm.

I accidentally fell asleep with an ice pack on my shoulder. It's bruised with a huge blister and some smaller ones. It's tingling and feels warm.

Frostbite: This thermal injury sounds like frostbite to me. I think you need an urgent evaluation at a burn center. This sounds like third or possibly even fourth degree frostbite. You also need to update your tetanus vaccination and possibly be placed in a hot whirlpool, get debridement of dead tissue and education on dressing changes and follow up with a burn surgeon. This is Advanced Trauma Life Support ...Read more

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