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How To Make a Cold Compress

Watch more How to Give First Aid videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use a cold compress to reduce inflammation. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Fill bowl Fill a bowl with ice-cold water. Tip If ice cubes are available, add them to the bowl to make the water as cold as possible. Step 2: Dip washcloth & wring out Dip a folded washcloth into the bowl for about 10 seconds and then wring out the excess water. Step 3: Press to area Press the chilled washcloth to the inflamed area and keep it there until the compress loses its chill. Tip An ice pack will stay colder longer than a washcloth, but wrap it in a clean cloth or towel first; it should never come in direct contact with the skin. Step 4: Refresh water supply Refresh your cold water supply if it loses its chill and continue dipping, wringing, and applying as needed. Did You Know? For acute injuries—that is, sudden trauma—ice helps constrict the blood vessels, decreasing swelling in the area.
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