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Paraffin Wax for Arthritis - Topic Overview

Precautions

  • Do not use paraffin if you have poor blood circulation.
  • Do not use paraffin if you have lost feeling in your hand or foot, such as from diabetes (diabetic neuropathy).
  • Wait until you are fully healed if you have a rash or any open sores on the hand or foot you want to treat with paraffin.
  • Make sure the wax temperature is no more than 125°F (51.7°C) when you start your treatment.
  • Each time you dip your hand or foot into the paraffin, dip a little less far than the time before. That will keep warm wax from getting in under the wax that is already on your skin, which will prevent burns.
  • Paraffin can catch fire if it's heated too much. Follow the instructions above or the advice of your doctor.
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Last Updated: April 08, 2013
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