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Warming compress


prescribed as an absorbing or distracting procedure for chronic inflammation of the joints, sore throat, otitis, laryngotracheitis, pleurisy. As a result of local and reflex action of heat, there is a rush of blood, and pain sensitivity decreases. Warming compresses are contraindicated in dermatitis, violation of the integrity of the skin, furunculosis. You can not put compresses at high body temperature, with various allergic rashes on the skin. This procedure is not recommended for grade II-III cardiovascular diseases with symptoms of heart failure, with atherosclerosis with damage to the brain vessels, with fresh thrombosis (thrombophlebitis, varicose veins), with a tendency to bleeding. It is impossible to put compresses to patients with teberculosis in the active phase and other infectious diseases. You should not do this procedure in the period of rapid, acute inflammatory process, for example, when the joint pain, swelling, redness, local temperature rise.
Technique blending warming compress. A piece of fabric, folded in several layers, moistened in warm water, wring out, applied to the skin. An oilcloth (compress paper, polyethylene) is applied on top, wider than the damp cloth, and on top is a layer of cotton wool or flannels of an even larger area. All three layers fix the bandage tightly enough, but so as not to disrupt the normal circulation. After removing the compress (after 6-8 hours), the skin should be rubbed with alcohol and a dry, warm dressing should be placed on the heated area.
If you need to put a compress on the entire chest or abdomen, you should sew a vest or a wide belt out of oilcloth and cotton wool (batting); for the wet layer cut out the fabric of the appropriate form, but smaller.