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Human anatomy: if you're rinsing a cut on your skin, why does cold water feel better than hot?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: Vaso-constriction

Cold water constricts blood vessels, and therefore helps to prevent accumulation of inflammatory chemicals that cause it to hurt.

In brief: Vaso-constriction

Cold water constricts blood vessels, and therefore helps to prevent accumulation of inflammatory chemicals that cause it to hurt.
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