We do not have accidents often, but when they occur, we need to take treatment fast and rectify the problem. This might happen due to a picking up a heavy bag or due to turning too fast and spraining your ankle. Often, you have pain and swelling, but often the discomfort comes from the swelling alone. This swelling is the indication of the body’s response to the injury and shows that it is trying to rectify the injury.
Simple Home remedies for Everyday Swellings from Accidents
You can do your bit to help ease the swelling by using one of the tried and tested home remedies for swelling. Since these are natural remedies, you will not have any side effects.
Compression of the area
This is effective and will work because by doing this, the blood flow to the region remains reduced and the feeling of pain will subside. The fluids stop accumulating in the area and thus the swelling will go down.
- To do this, get an elastic bandage or ACE wrap and wrap it on the region where you have the swelling.
- Keep the bandage on until you go to sleep. Then, you can remove the bandage.
- Make a note to wrap the bandage firmly but not too tightly otherwise the blood flow will stop.
Epsom salt (Sendha namak) water bath
Epsom salt water bath will make swelling in the foot drop very quickly. Sendha namak is magnesium sulphate that improves the blood circulation. It relaxes the muscles, and thus, it relieves pain.
- Take one basin of water.
- Add about 10-12 liters of warm water. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt.
- Soak the swollen part in the water for 10-15 minutes. Repeat twice or thrice a week.
- Alternatively, use Epsom salt in the bathtub and soak your body well. This will ease the pains and bring down the swelling.
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One of the ways to get good relief when the swelling is insistent and painful is to use the cold compress. This involves the use of ice packs to lower the swelling.
- Take a thin cloth and put ice cubes in the middle.
- Wrap the cloth securely and use this to press against the swelling.
- Keep the cold compress tight against the swelling for at least 10-15 minutes. Repeat after 3-4 hours or as soon as you feel the pain.
- Do not use ice directly on the skin as this may lead to frostbite or damage the skin.
This is one of the basic treatment options. When you get a swelling in your hand or foot, you need to rest it immediately. Immobilize the part so that there is enough relaxation. You should do this during the first 24- 48 hours. If your ankle, knee, or elbow has the swelling or injury, use crutches and slings to give support to the arm and leg. This will help the injured part to recover fully and fast. Immobilize the joint by wrapping in supportive bandages. Avoid doing work or moving about. Use the help from others in the house to avoid doing work. This will help in the quick recovery.
Rest remains essential in all cases of injury and swelling.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the things everyone has around the house is Apple cider vinegar. This is useful since one may use it for a variety of purposes. The anti-inflammatory nature of the vinegar helps use deal with swellings that cause discomfort. The potassium, calcium, and minerals in Apple cider vinegar help in the healing process.
- Take 2 cups of Apple cider vinegar and 3 cups of water.
- Mix them and warm them. Soak a towel in this mix and use it on the swollen part.
- Wrap the towel lightly over the swollen part and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- You can also drink a mixture of Apple cider vinegar and honey to get relief.
- Use 3 teaspoons of Apple cider vinegar in one glass of water. Add 2 teaspoons of honey. Have it twice a day.
- This is an easy remedy and works well for most of the swellings.
Elevating the painful part
By reducing the amount of blood flowing to the painful part, you can get relief. If your hand or foot is swollen, use cushions or an arm or foot rest to elevate the limb. This arm or leg must go above the level of the chest. This will reduce the blood flowing to the leg or arm. The pain remains reduced, and the swelling will subside fast. Keep the arm or leg elevated for 2-3 hours at least. Keep it immobilized to prevent aggravation. If the swelling is serious, you should use a crutch to move around and a sling if the arm is having the swelling.
You need this treatment when you have serious swellings that do not respond immediately to treatments.
Grapefruit essential oil
Reduce the swelling immediately by improving the blood circulation to the affected part with grapefruit essential oil. You can use this in two ways. One is to dilute it in your bath water. The second is to massage it into the body. For the former, use some Epsom salt also in your bath water. In the second instance, use some carrier oil such as almond oil and have a deep massage. This will help to remove the pain and lessen the symptoms of the swelling.
Do this as often as required until the swelling goes away.
Do mild exercises
This is another way to relieve the stress and the swelling. Often, the swelling occurs due to the stress concentration in the muscles. This happens mostly when you play though occasionally it might happen when you move the box to the living room. Do some mild stretching exercise for 10 minutes. Then, relax for one or two minutes. Now, repeat the exercises for another two cycles. This exercise is fun exercise such as swinging your arms from one side to the other or raising your arms or feet without straining yourself. By exercising, you increase the blood flow to the region, and you loosen the muscles. This will help to remove the knots of tension that is causing the swelling.
Stop exercising if you feel an increase in the pain intensity or the swelling increases in size. Take medical advice immediately.