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If we first treat sore muscles and joints with ice, why do we treat a sore throat with warmth? Thanks

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Excellent

Although in children, i recommend cold for sore throats .
It seems to have an anesthetic effect.

In brief: Excellent

Although in children, i recommend cold for sore throats .
It seems to have an anesthetic effect.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Great question

Using ice and heat for various ailments is often based an anecdotal reports.
..Meaning, what patients or doctors think works the best after some level of experience. Ice is typically used to produce vasoconstriction, and thus, may decrease pain and inflammation. Heat can be soothing & can help to warm-up muscles or relieve spasm. Some sore throats do respond to cold liquids. Go with what works best.

In brief: Great question

Using ice and heat for various ailments is often based an anecdotal reports.
..Meaning, what patients or doctors think works the best after some level of experience. Ice is typically used to produce vasoconstriction, and thus, may decrease pain and inflammation. Heat can be soothing & can help to warm-up muscles or relieve spasm. Some sore throats do respond to cold liquids. Go with what works best.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ice or heat

If muscles/joints are swollen, we use ice to calm inflammation; gradually we switch to heat to increase circulation to areas & relieve pain.
Sore throats, especially when accompanied by fever, may be treated with popcicles to numb discomfort & reduce fever.

In brief: Ice or heat

If muscles/joints are swollen, we use ice to calm inflammation; gradually we switch to heat to increase circulation to areas & relieve pain.
Sore throats, especially when accompanied by fever, may be treated with popcicles to numb discomfort & reduce fever.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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