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Is it safe to ice an infected knee bursitis or cellulitis?

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is it wise to ice an infected knee bursitis or cellulitis....there is still swelling and heat after first 10 days on eds. But no pain at all. ? i m 57, healthy, 155 male. i am on keflex and bactrim orally . i was in hospital for 3 days on IV antibiotics 10 days ago.
Posted Thu, 6 Dec 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 2 hours later
Thanks for writing in.
Just ice will not help much.
You should give the inflammed area ice cold fomentation with magnesium sulphate.
Mix about 2-3 tsf of magnesium sulphate powder in about 1oo cc of ice cold water and then apply cold compresses to the affected area with a clean piece of cloth or cotton. Apply these fomentations twice a day. This will help reduce the swelling as well as the redness.
Regarding antibiotics you have already completed a course so you need not continue them any more if you are not exhibiting symptoms and signs of infection.
I hope this answers your question.
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Follow-up: Is it safe to ice an infected knee bursitis or cellulitis? 1 hour later
how long should I leave the compress on my knee area???
Answered by Dr. Ketan Vagholkar 1 hour later
Yon need to give cold fomentations three times a day. The duration of each session should be 30 minutes. Continue this for 4 to 5 days until the redness and swelling disappear completely.
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