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Old 06-16-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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My tissues near my base of my thumb are swollen. I think it is from overusing of the fingers. Which is better to use? Cold compress or Hot compress? Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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Ice reduces swelling and heat increases it. Heat is good for relaxing muscle spasms ofter the initial swelling of an injury has gone down.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:19 PM
 
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Heat dilates blood vessels and can cause increased swelling. Ice it.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Ice and elevate if possible.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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Ice! No heat.
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Add some ibuprofen too, or aspirin....meds and ice=relief....

if it continues, see your MD...a cortisone injection might be indicated...


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My tissues near my base of my thumb are swollen. I think it is from overusing of the fingers. Which is better to use? Cold compress or Hot compress? Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Thanks for the tips.
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