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Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Left an ice pack too long on my skin, now skin is ice burned. Skin went from cold/stiff, to red/slightly swollen skin. How do I remedy?

Urgent care or ER: If the area was white, cold and stiff or hard and if it then becomes red and swollen as it warms, you need to seek professional medical assistance. Usually the area will form blisters and permanent "bruising" or skin discoloration, which indicates long-term damage and possible destruction of blood vessels. Get it seen asap. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

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Fever of 100.2 and swollen lymph nodes in groin, armpit, and inside of elbow.... blood work says no sign of infection. What else could be going on?

Fever of 100.2 and swollen lymph nodes in groin, armpit, and inside of elbow.... blood work says no sign of infection. What else could be going on?

Thoughts: Blood work may not be definitive. Infection remains most likely. Other possibilities include lymphoproliferative disease or even lymphoma, both rare compared with infection. Continue to work with your physician to determine cause, and lymph node biopsy may be the next step (not knowing what blood work was done and more about your medical history). ...Read more

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I had a stomach flu recently is gone now, but I have swollen lymph nodes everywhere collarbone, neck, groin, armpit. No fever, night sweat weightloss?

I had a stomach flu recently is gone now, but I have swollen lymph nodes everywhere collarbone, neck, groin, armpit. No fever, night sweat weightloss?

Unusual. Follow-up.: Was the cause of the "stomach flu" ever determined? Was it viral? Epstein-Barr / Mono? Are you sure nodes are swollen? How? (Doctor's exam?) Swollen lymph nodes without symptoms (fever, wt loss, &c) is unusual. If infectious, they should go away in 2 wks. It's impossible to tell in this forum, so use HealthTap Prime or TTYD about what the causes may be. A biopsy may be necessary or reassuring. GL. ...Read more

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Dizziness, lightheaded, nausea, extreme weakness, muscle ache, painful lympnode at right side of neck, armpit, groin, no fever, skin rash, tongue blister?

Dizziness, lightheaded, nausea, extreme weakness, muscle ache, painful lympnode at right side of neck, armpit, groin, no fever, skin rash, tongue blister?

Physical exam: Is warranted. The symptoms you have described are serious medical conditions and need to be addressed by your primary care physician. See your PCP for evaluation, tests and imaging. Good luck. ...Read more

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For a fever, when are you supposed to apply an ice pack on your forehead and when are you supposed to bundle up in blankets for extra warmth if ever?

For a fever, when are you supposed to apply an ice pack on your forehead and when are you supposed to bundle up in blankets for extra warmth if ever?

Grandmother's advice: Both of these treatments are wive's tales like the theory that going out in the cold without a jacket causes you to catch a cold. Use a blanket when you feel cold; if you're shivering it's your body's way of generating heat and, if that heat results in a fever, take tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil, it will stop your shivers and start you sweating. Ice works to reduce fever if you're submerged in it. ...Read more

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How can I numb my arm with ice pack before getting blood test?

How can I numb my arm with ice pack before getting blood test?

Local anesthetic gel: Ice pack is not a good idea as it will reduce blood flow make drawing blood more difficult. You should consult your doctor about using Lidocaine gel to numb the skin before needle stick. ...Read more

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Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Is it better to use heating pad r an ice pack on a swollen arm?

Good question: Western medicine says use ice/cold to decrease swelling and then warmth after a coupe days.
Eastern medicine does not like cold at all as it causes constriction and keeps toxins local where heat increases circulation and removal of toxins. Do what makes it feel better for you. If injured, take homeopathic arnica. It helps. If it is not an injury, please be seen. ...Read more

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Body pain fatigue reduced appetite feeling feverish but no fever. 36.7 under armpit. Should I add 1? what could it be?

Body pain fatigue reduced appetite feeling feverish but no fever. 36.7 under armpit. Should I add 1? what could it be?

? Viral illness: Viruses can cause infection, often in the upper respiratory tract (URI). Sometimes in the GI tract. It usually lasts one week to 10 days and then you feel well. If it persists beyond 2 weeks then you have to be checked by a physician for something more serious. Take a couple of tylenols (acetaminophen) for symptom relief. ...Read more

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45 male with tenderness in both arm pits/groin for approx 1 month. Rash x 2 months being tx with steroid cream. No fever or night sweats. Thoughts?

45 male with tenderness in both arm pits/groin for approx 1 month. Rash x 2 months being tx with steroid cream. No fever or night sweats. Thoughts?

See derm: If you have pustules at the armpits and groin, it may be from infection of the glands. Antiperspirant and/or low-dose antibiotic may be helpful but steroid cream may make it worse. ...Read more

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My Digi thermometer shows 97.9 F taken in armpit. Everyone says I need to add 1 F while taking in arm pit. Is that true? Do I have fever then?

My Digi thermometer shows 97.9 F taken in armpit. Everyone says I need to add 1 F while taking in arm pit. Is that true? Do I have fever then?

Inaccurate: Axillary temps are very inaccurate, Oral is much better.
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You do add one degree however to the axillary reading.

At 97.9 axillary you do not have a temp.

Use oral readings in the future for accurate determinations. ...Read more

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My 23 month old woke with a 101.6 fever under arm. Gave 1stp motrin, woke 6 hours later with 99.8. Motrin again. At what point do I take her to dr?

My 23 month old woke with a 101.6 fever under arm. Gave 1stp motrin, woke 6 hours later with 99.8. Motrin again. At what point do I take her to dr?

Fevers not respondin: Viruses are common this time of year & can lead to fevers. Fevers <102 that respond to Tylenol/ Motrin are less worrisome than high fevers that don't respond. Seek medical attention for prolonged or high fevers, fevers that don't respond to over the counter meds, and changes in your child (such as problems breathing, poor oral intake/ decreased urine, excessive irritability or fatigue, ect). ...Read more

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I was bit five days ago under arm iv experienced fever fatigue and sever pain now even though there's no more puss I'm can't raise arm sever pain fati?

I was bit five days ago under arm iv experienced fever fatigue and sever pain now even though there's no more puss I'm can't raise arm sever pain fati?

Get checked at ER/UC: Assuming that you are referring to a sweat gland infection under your armpit area (hidradenitis) you must be seen and treated ASAP, since this infection seems to have spread into your arm muscles. Call or go NOW! ...Read more

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I've had a fever for 7days it's gone but now I'm extremely sore under arm pits and shoulder blades in the back area?

I've had a fever for 7days it's gone but now I'm extremely sore under arm pits and shoulder blades in the back area?

Lymph nodes: Sounds like you may have swelling in the lymph nodes in your armpits that is causing your pain. Even though the fever is gone I would suggest getting checked by your physician if the pain persists another 2 days or more. ...Read more

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Under arm temperature of 36.8. Is it a fever when 1 degree is added?

Under arm temperature of 36.8. Is it a fever when 1 degree is added?

SimpleMathForDummies: A "fever"is usually considered to start around 100.4 and then get scarier the higher it gets. Anything up to around 102 is usually not too worrisome (depending on the circumstances); 102-104 gettin' up there;and 105 above getting towards hard boiled egg territory. So, 36.8 plus one is 37.8 (OK)---OH!! that's centigrade!! Duh! Substitute these #/s: 38, 38.9, 40, 40.6, 98.2, 100. There, a twofer fer free ...Read more

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Is 37.4 degree in thermometer under arm is a fever..?

Temperature: Underarm temp is approximately0.3 -0.5 c lower than oral temperatures. By that criterion you have a low grade temperature. ...Read more

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My 2 year daughter is run a fever of around 100.3 under arm temp with no other symptoms. She not feeling well. What could this be?

Many Things: This is most likely the beginning of an infection, usually viral. Without other symptoms it is hard for me to give specific advice. Continue to monitor her closely, make sure she drinks enough (i.e. Pees at least every 6 hours), and seek medical attention if concerning symptoms develop. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a rash armpit, back of knee, down arm, back of neck with fever?

My 2 year old has a rash armpit, back of knee, down arm, back of neck with fever?

To vague for dx: There are far too many conditions or agents that could be linked to this set of symptoms. You may need to see a doc if the problem doesn't self heal over a day or two. ...Read more

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What to do if my armpit that I can feel but it is sore like my arm. I have a fever right now too, and also a small infected cut on my knuckle. Could?

What to do if my armpit that I can feel but it is sore like my arm. I have a fever right now too, and also a small infected cut on my knuckle. Could?

Lymphangitis: Sound like you may have an infection in your hand which spread through lymphatic into your axilla area. Definitely see a doctor asap or go to ER or urgent care center ...Read more

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29. mild chest pains on the left side that extend into my armpit and occasionally upper arm. Fatigued. Have GERD. No fever. Resting ~70 BPM (elevated)?

29. mild chest pains on the left side that extend into my armpit and occasionally upper arm. Fatigued. Have GERD. No fever. Resting ~70 BPM (elevated)?

Non cardiac: You are not telling if this pain is associated with activity. . I am going to assume it happens at rest. You are probably having Esophageal Spasm which for all practical purposes resembles cardiac chest pain. . See your doctor for evaluation, since we do not know what your risk factors are. Eliminate fats caffeine, alcohol & large meals. Start on Omeprazole. Elevate the head of your bed. ...Read more

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I stepped on a piece of glass, cut my foot. Didn't go to the doc. Had td shot. Low grade fever, swollen lymph node under arm past week. What's wrong?

I stepped on a piece of glass, cut my foot. Didn't go to the doc. Had td shot. Low grade fever, swollen lymph node under arm past week. What's wrong?

Mixed message: You describe a weird situation. Is the cut on the foot red, hot, swollen, tender and getting worse? No lymph nodes in the groin? Are you coughing, nauseated, burning on urination...Etc.? A foot wound should have local nodes involved. You may have a virus, or something else going on besides the healing foot cut. If you are not getting better, a doc visit is probably a good idea to sort this out. ...Read more

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Got a cut on finger a few days ago. Now glands under arm are swelled up like an egg. Weto clinic and got bactrim and augmentin, 28 hours ago. Just took 3 dose a bit a go. Still running fever and swelling is not improving. How long until it works or I need

Got a cut on finger a few days ago. Now glands under arm are swelled up like an egg. Weto clinic and got bactrim and augmentin, 28 hours ago. Just took 3 dose a bit a go. Still running fever and swelling is not improving. How long until it works or I need

Infection: Anytime there is a swelling of your nodes there is an infection. If the fever is still present after taking your first round of antibiotics, you may need to seek the advice of your family doctor who may advise you to have IV antibiotics or you may have to add warm compresses to the swelling. ...Read more

Groin (Definition)

The region or crease between ...Read more