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 I was hit in my left eye yesterday by a ball traveling at a very fast speed?
I completely lost my vision at the moment of impact and was in severe pain. I washed out my eye with water, applied eye drops and also applied ice to ckeep my eye from swelling. My vision has slowly ...

 Broken arm!?
i broke my arm about 2 weeks ago in cheerleading. i broke it in 5 parts and had 4 fractures. i have to wear a full arm plaster cast for 8 months and then a brace on just my forearm for atleast 3. my ...

 Both of my big toe nails are black and blue and i didnt drop anything on them does anyone know what it might b

 OKAY, I'M confused.....45 cc's? How much is that?
My son, 22 yrs old, went to a ortho, had what HE said was only 45cc's of fluid out of his knee. They took a lot more out of mine, and it was about as swollen....Some DOCTOR or NURSE explain, ...

 When i blink, my eyes make this sound, what could it be?
I've been using the computer sine 1997..so now it's about 10 years. many times i would spend lot of time staring at the monitor cause i had projects to do. then last year i started feeling ...

 Is it bad that my wrists crack so much?
Years of gymnastics have really taken a toll on my wrists. Everytime I move them even the slightest bit, they make a really loud cracking noise, but I can't help it. Is this bad for my wrists? W...

 Knee problem?
I don't have any history of knee problems, but just recently, my right knee feels almost out of place. As if it may give out. It isn't really painful - only if I squat it feels tight and ...

 How can I help my sprained foot?
I don't exactly remember how.. but last night i seem to have sprained my foot.. I have work tomorrow which involves walking round and being on my feet all day! What can I do to make the pain ...

 Ways to sprain your hand? or at least injure your hand? (see details)?
no, i am NOT a masochist. i have a very big piano exam that is comming up in two weeks, and i am not ready, and will fail even if i practice 10 hrs everyday from now until my exam. so basically, i ...

If you hit your head really bad and you got a lump on your head and your eye is becoming black and blue what should you do to prevent the black and blue and the ...

 My eye is leaking??!!?
I just woke up before and my eye is leaking, what should I do?...

 I bought asprin (bayer)but noticed it was expired a couple of months ago. SHould I throw it away?
Just wondering if this is safe?...

 What is wrong? should i see a doc?
at work my co worker dropped a pallet of boxed paper down 20 fifty pound boxes on it and it caught my pinky toe like in my shoe. i couldnt get my shoe out my co worker lifted the pallet and i got my ...

 I have done yoga approx 1 hour a day for 7 months. Suddenly aches in elbows appeared. Any idea why?
I did not do any postures leaning, or using my elbows....

 Do I have a broken tailbone?
Fell on the ice today -- smack! Landed on the top of my butt where my crack is. I also hit the back of myhead. Now my back hurts and of course my rear. It's painful to bend over especially. Is ...

 Why is knee still swollen after injury 7 weeks ago?

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I fell and twisted my right knee 7 weeks ago. Its been in plaster till two days ago and now in knee brace. It is about twice the size of left knee. waiting for mri ...

 If a spider bite stops hurting after a minute, then I'm ok right?
I woke up at 2 am and had a really painful burning small sore on my calf. It bled a bit, but was dried when I woke up. I rinsed it with hydrogen peroxide and it isn't even tender now, but I ...

 I Popped my knee out of place but i popped back into place after and now it's just a little sore what do i do

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I Think It's ok im only 12 but my momz said that she pops her toes all the time that i should just lay down and it will feel better in a few days shesh ppllzz ...

 My little cousins nose is bleeding?
he puts a tissue deep inside his nose and theres one small dot of blood, not always. the blood doesn't roll out or come out by tiself, he need a tissue to get it. whats wrong with him?...

 What do you need to do if you step on a rusted nail?

jeremiah r
Is cold or hot better for swelling?

Beau R
Initially cold, for the first 24 hours. After that heat. Do not apply ice or ice packs directly to the skin, but put a cloth between them and the skin, so as to prevent any damage from occurring.

Kelly H
Ice packs are the best for swelling..Put them on 20 min. on and 20 min. off....Repeat that for at least 24 hrs until the swelling goes down..If that doesnt work see a Dr....Good Luck

heat can make the swelling worse. I suggest ice. It is the only thing used to get the swelling down.

Laurence W
See the R.I.C.E description.

Ice for the first 3 days, warmth thereafter.

If a minor injury, ice for just a day may be ok, if you can use the injured part again.

Collette J
Heat will increase the blood flow to the area making the swelling worse. Cold will constrict the blood vessels and reduce the swelling.

To reduce the swelling....ice!

RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation for Injuries

What is RICE?
The term RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

RICE is used as the first treatment for many muscle strains, ligament sprains, or other bruises and injuries. RICE is used immediately after an injury happens and for the first 24 to 48 hours after the injury. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation can help reduce the swelling and pain and help you heal faster.

What does the rest mean?
After a muscle, bone, or joint injury you need to take some time off from your activities to allow your body to heal. For example, if you sprained your ankle, you need to not walk around or put weight on your ankle. You should rest the injured body part until it no longer hurts to use it or put pressure on it. You should rest the injured body part for at least 1 to 2 days. If the injury is serious, you may need to see a health care provider. In these cases, you may need crutches, a splint, or cast and need to rest the injury for an even longer period of time.

How should I use ice?
Ice helps control swelling and inflammation around the injured area. Ice should be put on an injury as soon as possible. Putting ice on early usually helps the injury heal faster.

Never put ice directly on the skin. Wrap a bag of ice in a towel or a piece of clothing. If ice is not available, use a bag of frozen vegetables such as peas or corn. The idea is to put something cold over the injured area. Even a cold water bottle is fine.

Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes at a time then remove it for 15 to 20 minutes so the area can warm up to room temperature. You may repeat this on and off process for as long as you want. Ice should be used as often as possible during the first 1 to 2 days after an injury.

How do I use compression?
Compression helps limit swelling to the injured area. It also provides some additional support to the injured area. You may use an elastic bandage, trainer's tape, or even a piece of clothing to tie around the injured area. Be sure not to tie it too tightly. Putting it on too tight can cut off the blood supply to the area.

What about elevation?
Elevation is another way to help decrease swelling by using gravity. If you can, keep the injured part above the level of your heart. This helps blood go back to the heart. If you can't raise the injured body part above the level of your heart, at least keep it parallel to the ground.


Cold is best for swelling. Heat is best for relieving muscle injury, soreness, AFTER swelling goes down.

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