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What's optimal from a cosmesis standpoint between applying a single or a double freeze-thaw cycle to treat a thick seborrhoeic keratosis?

I'm reading contradictory statements. {2} states: Two freeze/thaw cycles (with a shorter freeze time) are more effective for thicker lesions such as seborrhoeic keratosis and warts. However, {3} ...
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What is the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic keratosis between cryotherapy and electrodesiccation?

There exist different treatments to remove a seborrheic keratosis (SK), such as cryotherapy and electrodesiccation {1}. I wonder what the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic ...
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Is cold temprature shock harmful for healthy people?

I often take cold showers and I also usually go under the cold water suddenly because I think it makes me stronger and makes me have more control over my nerves. I can imagine it could be bad for ...
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Is cryotherapy contraindicated in sporting injuries or not?

RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is a standard procedure when dealing with sporting injuries. However, the "inventor" of said principle recently discouraged longer cryotherapy. However, the ...
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Is exceeding the recommended time for ice application detrimental (delay healing) for soft tissue injuries?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=RICE_(medicine)&oldid=732386650 RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is considered a first-aid treatment, rather than a cure for soft ...
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Can you thermoregulate a fever externally with e.g. an ice bath?

If a fever becomes too high, like 42.22 °C, you can die. Is it possible to put the patient in an ice bath to cool the fever down before that point and save their life?
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How to ice a part of the body when falling asleep?

I sometimes wants to ice a part of my body (e.g., elbow, shoulder, ankle, etc.) when going to sleep in other to prevent swelling stemming from exercises. What's the proper way of placing ice so that I ...
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Does applying ice patch to flea bites help heal faster?

Applying ice patch is a command remedy against flea bites help heal faster?. Example http://www.thebugsquad.com/fleas/flea-bites-solutions/ : If you have a cold pack that you normally use on ...
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Why should one avoid icing the ulnar nerve directly when icing the elbow?

I read on http://www.nirschl.com/elbowten.asp: Ice is an important element in the healing process and should be used any time signs of inflammation or intense pain are present, no matter how soon ...
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What's the issue with icing for too long?

What's the issue with icing for too long, when used to treat a tendinopathy? The only issue I am aware of is the risk of frostbite. E.g. http://www.active.com/running/articles/do-s-and-don-ts-for-...
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Applying ice to tendinopathy: how long should the icing and non-icing periods last?

When applying ice to a tendinopathy, how long should the icing and non-icing periods last? I am looking for scientific studies. http://www.uhs.wisc.edu/health-topics/muscles-and-bone/rice.shtml says: ...
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Cold spray vs cold gel vs ice pack vs ice bath for tendinopathy

How do cold sprays, cold gels, ice bath, and ice packs compare when treating a tendinopathy?
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Does ice pack therapy have any healing effect for a tendinopathy?

When suffering from a tendinopathy, ice pack therapy reliefs pains. Does it have any healing effect as well?
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Why does icing work best when applied shortly after tendinitis symptoms appear?

It is recommended to apply ice as soon as possible after tendinitis symptoms appear. Is icing quickly after the injury much more effective than after a while (e.g. a few days), and if so why? This ...
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