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Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Is an ice pack or heat pack better to relief varicose vein leg pain?

Heat but it depends: Before advising either you need a specific diagnosis. Why is it vein pain? Could be some other reason pain is the vein swollen red and hot? Other important things can cause pain in the leg like blood clots, muscle inflammation, and other and you need to have your physician check it ...Read more

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Cold compress or hot compress for teeth pain and infection cold seems make worse but will heat make face swell ?

Cold compress or hot compress for teeth pain and infection cold seems make worse but will heat make face swell ?

Infection: If infection: heat? NO! For tooth pain and infection: what works and should be done is a visit to a dentist asap! Call for advice and office evaluation. ...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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Are you supposed to use a hot or cold compress for a hurting ankle?

Are you supposed to use a hot or cold compress for a hurting ankle?

Ice, ice, ice: Start first with resting, staying off it completely. Wrap it with compressive wraps like an ace bandage, use lots of cold compresses or ice. Hot compresses actually only make the skin feel better, but inside increase swelling and delay healing. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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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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Is it better to use ice or warm compress for a tooth abcess?

Is it better to use ice or warm compress for a tooth abcess?

Abcess: Moist heat applied to the area of the swelling from an abscess will help to consolidate the infection. Just a 10 degre raise intemperature is needed. Ice is recommended after an extraction to prevent imflammation and pain. ...Read more

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Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Can I use a heat pack or ice pack for spleen pain?

Seek medical eval: Spleens don't usually cause pain. If there is enlargement, there is a risk for rupture. I recommend being seen at an urgent care or ER facility to assess the real reason for your problem. ...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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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