I think I’ve always been under the impression that chilling a body part that is inflamed/swollen due to infection was not necessarily a good thing, as it would inhibit circulation and thus delay healing, but I’ve recently been given reason to doubt this.
So: In what circumstances, medically, is it considered desirable to either let a swelling or inflammation ‘run its course’, or at least not to relieve it with ice packs, etc?
In what circumstances is the opposite true? - i.e. when is it considered highly important to treat a swelling or inflammation by topical cooling?
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