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Warm Compresses (Overview)

Warm (not hot) compresses increase circulation to the skin and have a soothing effect.


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Can someone explain how the "warm compresses" work on a wound?

Can someone explain how the "warm compresses" work on a wound?

Blood Supply: Hot compresses increase blood flow to the area and can increase the elasticity of the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the joints, thus minimizing stiffness and pain, and preparing the muscles to work more efficiently.Hot compress should not be applied longer than 15 to 20 mins at a time. Moist heat penetrates more effectively than dry heat. Warm, not hot! ...Read more

Warm Compresses (Overview)

Warm (not hot) compresses increase circulation to the skin and have a soothing effect.


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In case of stye, should warm compresses be wet or dry?

In case of stye, should warm compresses be wet or dry?

Either will work: Anything warm or hot will help dilate and open up the clogged oil gland causing the stye. Either wet or dry will work. Typically we recommend damp/wet warm compresses as these are easier to make at home with hot water and a wash cloth. You could also place rice in a sock and place it in the microwave for 45 seconds. This will stay warm for up to 20 min, thus increasing heat to the stye. Good luck. ...Read more

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Besides warm compresses, what are other ways to remove a stye?

Besides warm compresses, what are other ways to remove a stye?

Incision;drainage: After a consistent course of warm compresses and eyelid massages, if a sty fails to resolve and there is still desire to have it decompressed, a sty may be surgically incised and drained in the office. Infrequently an intralesional corticosteroid infection may be administered to aid its resolution, or if an individual is suspected of having an infected lid associated with the sty, oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have a recurring vaginal boil. How and when do I know it is improving? I am using warm compresses daily.

I have a recurring vaginal boil. How and when do I know it is improving? I am using warm compresses daily.

Less pain, swelling: If you are treating it at home you should know it is resolving when it quits draining and there is less pain and swelling. If it is not resolving or seems to be getting worse see your doctor. Sometimes these types of recurring boils or abscesses need to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Can a stye get worst before it gets better? Doing warm compresses for 4 days. Stye seems to not change in size. It's on lower outside lid.

A chalazion (stye): can increase in size before surfacing and then expressing itself. Using warm comprises aggressively with gentle massage to break up solidified material will allow the material to surface and exit thus reducing the size. If in the rare case it does not resolve then your Ophthalmologist can remove it for you. ...Read more

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I have blepharitis & my eyesight has been getting good lately with the warm compresses until right now;it got blurry again could it be the cold i have?

I have blepharitis & my eyesight has been getting good lately with the warm compresses until right now;it got blurry again could it be the cold i have?

Possibly: It is good that you are on a successful regimen to help your blepharitis. A cold is usually a viral inflammation of the membranes of the throat and nasal passages. Since the eyes drain into this are, there can be some interaction and back up while the cold is florid. Wait and see what the vision offers you when your cold is finished. ...Read more

Compresses (Definition)

Warm compresses can increase milk flow and cold ...Read more