The difference between Hot compress vs Cold compress

The difference between Hot compress vs Cold compress

The difference between hot compress vs cold compress

Hot and cold compresses are used as first aid. Physical therapy is one method for patients with muscle aches in different areas. But many people do not know that the hot compress. or cold compresses are used in situations or different symptoms thus leading to misuse resulting in increased pain.

Now let’s take a look at when and how to use a hot-cold compress.

Cold pack

It is the use of cold to relieve pain and swelling caused by an acute injury because the cold will constrict the blood vessels. and less bleeding If there is pain or injury, cold compress should be applied immediately within 24-48 hours. Apply 2-3 times a day for 20-30 minutes. Symptoms that should be cold compress include headache, high fever, toothache, pain, swelling, ankle, joint sprain, blood. Nosebleed or swelling in other areas caused by injury or new symptoms, etc.

The device for making a cold compress may be using ready-made hot and cold gel packs to place in the refrigerator or ice bucket or hot and cold herbal compress pads or make your own ice packs. By using an appropriately sized plastic bag, add half the water and ice into the bag, but be careful not to overcool. Applying a compress to the skin, if the affected area is the hands, arms, legs or feet, may be soaked in a container filled with cold water for 15-20 minutes at a time.

 Hot Pack

Using heat to improve blood circulation Reduces muscle spasm injuries and helps increase flexibility for muscles to relax better.

The hot compress will start to be applied after the pain has passed for more than 48 hours. Apply the compress for 15-20 minutes 2-3 times a day to reduce pain and relax muscles. Symptoms that should be hot compress, such as muscle stiffness in the neck, shoulder pain, back pain, calf pain, menstrual pain, etc. Use the gel sheet for instant hot and cold compress, hot and cold herbal compress, herbal compress, hot water bag. Alternatively, you can use a towel moistened with hot water. The optimum temperature should not exceed 45 degrees Celsius. The important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t compress with too much heat because it will cause a burning sensation on the area of ​​the compress. You shouldn’t compress for too long or too often. And do not apply heat to the area with open wounds or bleeding, as this will increase the inflammation, can only be heated when the inflammation is reduced. which can be observed from no swelling, redness, or heat in the area

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