DIY cold compress ideas

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A cold compress is an important item for a first aid box. It helps decrease inflammation, bruising and bleeding during the first forty-eight hours after the occurrence of the injury.
The cold compress works by restricting circulation and thus causing the constriction of blood vessels. With blood vessels constricted, bleeding stops or at least is reduced. This is made possible because of the low temperature.
The cold temperature also helps numb the nerves, reducing pain, inflammation and swelling.
Did you know you could make a DIY homemade cold compress yourself and it would be as effective as a store-bought one? It typically takes only few minutes and easy-to-get items. You don’t have to spend so much purchasing cold packs from a drug store.
In this article, we’ll show you exactly how you can make your own cold compress easily. It should be exciting trying them out.

What are the Benefits of Using a Cold Compress?

• Swelling
A cold compress helps reduce swelling within the first forty-eight hours of the injury. Simply apply the compress on the affected area.
• Muscle cramps
A cold compress helps bring relief to the muscles so that they relax. In this case, you should use a hot compress first before applying the cold compress.

• Insect bites
When stung or bitten by an insect, a cold compress will help stop the itching and reduce the swelling
Pimples
With the blood vessels contracted as a result of the cold compress, the pimples get minimised, along with the redness.
Fever
A cold compress will help you bring down a fever, especially in cases when your temperature’s up.
Toothache
A toothache can also be remedied with a cold compress. Remember the numbing effect of the compress?
Rashes
The compress will soothe the burning so that you don’t have to itch so much and get blisters.
Eye strain
When you have an eye strain, a cold pack can help relieve the strain.
Razor burns
You will get instant relief if you use a cold pack to relief the burning sensation that comes from a razor burn. It will also help reduce itching, redness and inflammation.
Black eye
You should use a compress immediately you get a black eye as it will reduce swelling and minimise the risk of internal bleeding.

DIY Homemade Cold Compresses

Cold Spoon Compress

A cold spoon also works as a great cold compress, especially for your eyes. It is particularly good for tired and puffy eyes. Cold spoon compress also works well for reducing the pain and swelling of a hickey.

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by placing a few metal spoons in the freezer for a few hours.
• After a few hours, take it out and place on the affected area.
• When the spoon gets warm, get another spoon from the freezer and leave it on the affected area
• Keep this up for ten minutes for each eye

Rice Grains Cold Compress

Rice grains also work great to make a cold compress at home. Rice is great at retaining cold temperature

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by placing raw, uncooked rice in a plastic bag that can be sealed
• Place the bag in a freezer overnight
• When you need to use the compress, wrap it in a thin cloth and apply to the affected area

Clean Kitchen Sponge Compress

You can also make an ice pack at home with a clean sponge. Kitchen sponges are especially soft, squishy and flexible in nature, which makes them perfect for making a comfortable ice pack.

Here’s what you should do:

• Fill a kitchen sponge with water
• Place the saturated sponge with a zip lock bag
• Place the bag in the freezer for a few hours
• When you’re about to use it, place it down first so that it gets back to its soft state
• Wrap it in a thin cloth and use on the affected area.

Frozen Food Compress

Instead of ice, you can use a bag of frozen food as a cold compress. It works best to use smaller vegetables like peas or corn, so the compress can sit well on your skin

Here’s what you should do:

• Get a bag of frozen peas or any other vegetables
• Dampen a clean wash cloth and wrap it around the frozen food bag
• Apply on the affected area
4. Apply the compress on the affected area
Another cool trick is that you can freeze small packets of ketchup to make tiny ice packs your eyes or nose area

Corn Syrup or Dish Soap Compress

You can use corn syrup or dish soap to make a gel ice pack. The squishy nature of a gel pack allows it to mold according to the affected body part. This makes it more effective in reducing pain .

Here’s what you should do:

• Pour some dish soap or corn syrup into a plastic zip lock bag
• Place the bag in your freezer for a couple of hours
• Get the bag out of the freezer and wrap a thin cloth around it
• Apply onto affected area

Rubbing Alcohol Cold Compress

Rubbing alcohol helps change the freezing point of water, so that the water does not harden into a block of ice. This is helpful when you need a cold compress that is more flexible to apply on various body parts.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mic half a cup of rubbing alcohol in one and half cup of water
• Pour into a zip lock bag
• Seal and place in your freezer for some hours
• Then you can use after wrapping a cloth around it.
• You could even have some fun by adding food colouring the give the gel packs some colour.

Salt Compress

For a cold compress that retains the coldness for a longer duration, ordinary table salt is very effective. Adding salt to water will also keep it from freezing completely, so the ice pack is slushier and more flexible in nature.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix equal amounts of water and salt (1:1 tablespoon)
• Place the solution in a zip lock bag
• Seal and place the bag in the fridge for a while
• After that, take the zip lock bag out and wrap it in a cloth
• Use on affected area

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