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Warming compress

prescribed as a resorbable or distracting procedure for chronic joint inflammation, tonsillitis, otitis media, laryngotracheitis, pleurisy. As a result of local and reflex action of heat, a rush of blood occurs, 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 cardiovascular diseases of the II-III degree with symptoms of heart failure, for atherosclerosis with damage to the vessels of the brain, for fresh thrombosis (thrombophlebitis, varicose veins), with a tendency to bleeding. You can not apply compresses to patients with tuberculosis in the active phase and other infectious diseases. You should not do this procedure during a turbulent, acute inflammatory process, for example, when the joint has pain, swelling, redness, local temperature increase.
The technique of applying a warm compress. A piece of tissue, folded in several layers, moistened in warm water, squeezed, applied to the skin. An oilcloth (compression paper, polyethylene) is applied on top, wider than the dampened fabric, and on top is a layer of cotton or flannel of an even larger area. All three layers are fixed with a bandage tightly enough, but so as not to disturb normal blood circulation. After removing the compress (after 6-8 hours), the skin should be wiped with alcohol and put on a warm area with a dry warm bandage.
If you need to put a compress on your entire chest or stomach, you should sew a vest or a wide belt from oilcloth and cotton (batting); for a wet layer, a tissue of an appropriate shape, but smaller, is cut out.