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Swelling – Home Treatment

Mild swelling will usually go away on its own. Home treatment may help relieve symptoms. Swelling and pain are very common with injuries. When you have swelling, you should look for other symptoms of injury that may need to be evaluated by your doctor. If you have a medical condition that may cause swelling, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to treat your swelling. Below are tips you can do to help reduce and/or eliminate swelling.

General tips to reduce swelling:

  • Rest and protect a sore area.
  • Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.
  • Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying ice and any time you are sitting or lying down.
  • Try to keep the area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.
  • Avoid sitting or standing without moving for prolonged periods of time.
  • A low-sodium diet may help reduce swelling.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to help prevent swelling caused by dehydration.
  • Keep your skin cool in hot environments.


Recommended nonprescription medicine:

  1. Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol or Panadol
  2. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
  3. Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin
  4. Naproxen, such as Aleve or Naprosyn
  5. Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer

Medicine Safety tips:

  1. Be sure to follow these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
  2. Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box.
  3. Do not take more than the recommended dose.
  4. Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
  5. If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
  6. If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.

Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:

  1. Swelling increases or spreads.
  2. Other symptoms develop, such as pain, fever, trouble breathing, or decrease in urination.
  3. Symptoms become more severe or frequent.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Pinpoint Training disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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