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Warm Or Cold Compresses
NECK STRAIN: Warm compress will dilate the blood vessels on your neck to relieve the strain. ...Read more
Initially cold: Cold packs will prevent swelling initially. Use them as much as possible for the first 24 -36 hours or so. After that, as a general rule, you will begin to do warm, gentle salty water rinses and apply warm, moist heat to the area from day 3 to 5 or until as needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really bad pain on right side of head, it would start in my cheek bone area, then spread to my right temple and down my neck. I've tried moist heat, cold compresses, OTC medication, nothing works. Please help.
Either?: However, it will be temporary as it takes a lot to get down into the spine which might not work. Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Why are cold compresses recommended for pain from a piercing rather than hot which would technically increase the blood flow and promote healing?
Swelling post-op: As in any minor operation or injury increased perfusion of blood will occur as a natural process, but this will also increase swelling and potential complications including infection. An added bonus is that the cold compresses also should decrease post-op pain. ...Read more
What can we do to make our child's toothache feel better until we can get to the dentist? He's six, and is in a good deal of pain from a toothache, with a swollen face. Cold compresses don't seem to be doing much. Is there anything else we can use?
GET HELP: Toothache with swelling almost certainly means infection. Advil (ibuprofen) may help mask symptoms, but will not cure infection that will only get worse and spread (quickly in children). Yhou son needs help, and he needs it now. Please call your dentist, endodontist, oral surgeon, pediatric dentist, or go to er. Don't wait. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers