Swelling can be incredibly painful and occurs when fluid in tissues builds up following injuries like sprains and strains. It can also result from allergic reactions, medication side-effects and heart failure, to give just a few examples. Whilst some people may experience localised swelling that only affects one part of the body, generalised swelling impacting on various areas is also common. You may be able to minimise injury swelling and reduce the pain attached to it by taking a number of steps.
Useful acronyms for treating swelling
A special acronym, PRICE, refers to five steps you can take if you are experiencing swelling and wish to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing. Protection involves taking measures like using a support to prevent other injuries, whilst Rest can also help you recover. You are advised to avoid activates that involve the area for up to three days after the injury. Use ice wrapped in a towel to reduce swelling. You should apply this for 20 minutes at a time. Compression bandages can support the area and control swelling, and elevation of the affected limb can also reduce pain, swelling and bleeding. Some people opt to add painkillers to the mix to overcome their pain and injuries.
Another acronym, HARM, is used to instruct you on what not to do in the first three days. Heat should be avoided, which means not taking hot baths or exposing the area similar heat sources. Alcohol should also be avoided as this can slow healing down whilst increasing swelling. For R, running should be avoided as it can cause more damage, as can massage, which is known for increasing swelling and bleeding.
Do you need legal help?
If your swelling doesn’t go down after 72 hours and you have followed the instructions related to these acronyms, it could be time to see a medical professional. If you have been in an accident and found yourself trying to minimise injury swelling, we may be able to help you gain compensation. The accident should have happened in the last three years and it should have been caused by someone else’s negligence. We have been in the personal injury business for over 16 years and have an excellent track record in getting compensation. If you do suspect you have a case and wish to go ahead, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile).
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice