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What does a cold-compress (for a sprained ankle or other swelling) do for you exactly?
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In brief: Swelling & pain
It helps to reduce swelling and relieve pain.

In brief: Swelling & pain
It helps to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Compress
Less edema, swelling, pain.

In brief: Compress
Less edema, swelling, pain.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Michael Mirochna
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Stop swelling
The cold compress is applied to the twisted ankle because the cold induces blood vessel constriction in the area.
By reducing the blood flow to the area, swelling is decreased, less white blood cells come to the area to release inflammatory causing molecules as well. This is felt to ease the recovery of the twisted ankle.

In brief: Stop swelling
The cold compress is applied to the twisted ankle because the cold induces blood vessel constriction in the area.
By reducing the blood flow to the area, swelling is decreased, less white blood cells come to the area to release inflammatory causing molecules as well. This is felt to ease the recovery of the twisted ankle.
Dr. Michael Mirochna
Dr. Michael Mirochna
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