Use of external hot or cold packs

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What is an Use of External Hot or Cold Packs?

An use of external hot or cold packs is a medical procedure where heated or cooled compresses are applied to the skin, typically on the affected area. The packs may be heated or cooled to varying temperature.

Why Would I Get an Use of External Hot or Cold Packs?

A doctor may suggest the use of external hot or cold packs to reduce the pain or swelling of a specific area of the body. These compresses could be used to treat muscle pain, joint pain, sprains, strains, inflammation, and other medical disorders.

What Happens During an Use of External Hot or Cold Packs?

The procedure typically begins with the doctor carefully washing and drying the area. After that, a heated or cooled pack is then applied to the skin and held on the area for 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on the situation, the doctor may occasionally move the pack around the area or switch it with a fresh one.

What to Expect After an Use of External Hot or Cold Packs?

After the procedure is finished, the affected area may feel flushed or warm. Patients may also experience temporary numbness or tingling in the area.

Conclusion

The use of external hot or cold packs is a relatively simple procedure that may help to reduce the pain and swelling in a specific area of the body. After the packs are removed, it is normal for patients to feel temporary numbness or tingling in the area.

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