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How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast

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author image Christopher Cascio
Christopher Cascio is a memoirist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literature from Southampton Arts at Stony Brook Southampton, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in the rhetoric of fiction from Pennsylvania State University. His literary work has appeared in "The Southampton Review," "Feathertale," "Kalliope" and "The Rose and Thorn Journal."
How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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When you sustain an injury, fluid collects in the area and causes swelling -- if enough fluid collects, it can cause increased pain. A common therapy regimen known as RICE -- rest, ice, compression and elevation -- can be applied to treat minor injuries such as sprains, strains and bruises. This process can quickly reduce inflammation and swelling. In some cases, if the injury is minor and RICE is applied immediately after the injury, you may be able to prevent swelling entirely.

Step 1

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Begin to wrap the injured area with an elastic bandage. Make only one pass over the area.

Step 2

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Place the cold compress on the bandage, directly on top of the injured area.

Step 3

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Continue to wrap the injured area with the elastic bandage, enclosing the cold compress within the bandaging. Finish wrapping and fasten the end to the bandage.

Step 4

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Place enough pillows under the injured area so that it is elevated above the heart.

Step 5

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Wait 20 minutes. Then, unwrap the bandage enough to remove the cold compress. Remove the compress, rewrap the bandage and fasten.

Step 6

How to Bring Down Swelling From an Injury Fast
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Put the compress in the freezer. Wait 40 minutes and then reinsert the cold compress into the bandage.

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