Swelling - Home Treatment
Mild swelling will usually go away
on its own. Home treatment may help relieve symptoms.
pain are very common with injuries. When you have swelling, you should look for
other symptoms of injury that may need to be evaluated by your doctor.
If you have a medical condition that may cause swelling, follow your
doctor's instructions on how to treat your swelling.
Mild swelling Rest and protect a sore area. Stop, change, or
take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or
soreness. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while
applying ice and any time you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep the area
at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.
Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time.
Exercising the legs decreases the effect of gravity, so swelling goes
down. A low-sodium diet may help reduce swelling. Drink
plenty of fluids to help prevent swelling caused by
dehydration. Keep your skin cool in hot
Medicine you can buy without a prescription Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of
acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Safety tips Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine: Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box. Do not take more than
the recommended dose. Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past. If
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
it. If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to. Symptoms to watch for during home treatment Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
treatment: Swelling increases or
spreads. Other symptoms develop, such as pain, fever, trouble breathing, or decrease in urination. Symptoms
become more severe or frequent.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 02, 2012
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