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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!

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.

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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.

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After how long using lid scrubs and warm compresses will blepharitis get better?

After how long using lid scrubs and warm compresses will blepharitis get better?

Time: Usually takes a week or two to resolve although some improvement should be seen within a few days.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ultimate method to make warm compresses for the eyes?

Ultimate method to make warm compresses for the eyes?

Rice: Warm compresses using a face towel becomes cold too fast. You can take uncooked rice, put it in a clean sock, and microwave until warm. The rice retains heat much longer.

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How do warm compresses help styes? I've always heard that moist, warm places are where bacteria grow and thrive.

How do warm compresses help styes? I've always heard that moist, warm places are where bacteria grow and thrive.

Styes: Styes are just blocked oil glands in the eye lids. The heat helps unplug the ducts, similar to putting cisco oil on a hot frying pan, it melts.

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Hi. I've seen my opthamologist for this and now the stye is slightly bigger. I've been using toderdex and warm compresses since friday?

Diluted TTO & 100/d: See Eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com on how to use Diluted TTO & 100/d hot compresses over stye (but don't burn skin) to try to naturally open stye to avoid surgery

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How do u know when a stye is HEALED. I've been putting stye med + warm compresses for 2 weeks. Looks gone but I think I feel a tiny bump still?

How do u know when a stye is HEALED. I've been putting stye med + warm compresses for 2 weeks. Looks gone but I think I feel a tiny bump still?

Healed: It is "healed" when pain, redness and swelling have resolved. A tiny, painless bump is likely nothing to worry about and should continue to get smaller. If it enlarges and stye recurs, you should follow-up again with your doctor.

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I've heard warm compresses have been shown to reduce (but not cure) other types of cysts. Would a warm compress have any effect on an epididymal cyst?

I've heard warm compresses have been shown to reduce (but not cure) other types of cysts. Would a warm compress have any effect on an epididymal cyst?

Probably not at all: Warm compression may alter sensation and ease discomfort, but would be very unlikely to change the fate of cysts deep inside the sac, which, to begin with, is very rich in circulation. So, why do we need warm compression for epididymal cysts? More? Ask doc or contact www. HealthTap. Com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login.

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MGD go away on its own? If not, how to safely do warm compresses without damaging my dry skin. Skin extremely dry, inflamed and crust. How to heal skin

MGD go away on its own? If not, how to safely do warm compresses without damaging my dry skin. Skin extremely dry, inflamed and crust. How to heal skin

MGD: Meibomian Gland Dysfunction may not resolve on it's own. Would only leave warm washcloth on area for about two minutes. Consider taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids. See: https://www. Whatisdryeye. Com/what-is-meibomian-gland-dysfunction-mgd/

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Can too many warm compresses harm my eyes? I put them on like 4 times a day at most

Can too many warm compresses harm my eyes? I put them on like 4 times a day at most

No.: Warm compresses are not harmful. Be careful not to be too hot - this is especially true if you are heating anything in the microwave.

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I believe I have a Bartholin's cyst. What should I do to help it go away? I have started warm compresses. It is about the size of a small grape.

I believe I have a Bartholin's cyst. What should I do to help it go away? I have started warm compresses. It is about the size of a small grape.

Bartholin's cyst: If someone has a small cyst which causes no symptoms and is not infected, it may be best to simply leave it alone. However, we should not assume a lump in areas around vagina or vulva to be bartholin's cyst. It is best for a doctor to examine and confirm the diagnosis and rule out other causes of lumps in vulva.

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