Ice on skin

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  1. gurj_v

    gurj_v Rookie

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    Hi, i put some ice directly on my shins after a run 2 days ago and now it stings every time i take a hot shower. When feeling the skin it feels sore. Will this dissapear soon or should I seek treatment? Cheers guys!
     
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  2. Fee

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    You might have injured the top layers of your skin. You should never put ice directly on your skin unless you are going to keep it moving, so either put a paper towel or towel on your skin and the ice on that, put the ice in a bag, or freeze ice in a paper cup and use the cup to massage the area of your shins that hurts.
     
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  3. Rickson

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    Why didn't you put the ice in a plastic bag? You don't want to get frostbite. Another thing is that it's not likely that the ice that caused your shin pain. You probably strained the tibialis anterior. That's the muscle that runs along the shin.
     
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  4. gurj_v

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    thanks for the replies, the reason for icing was shin splints so you are right about that. will the stinging dissapear any time soon though?
     
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  5. Rickson

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    As long as you don't stretch your calves. Ice was the right thing, but use a plastic bag next time, jeez. Rest, ice, no stretching, no heat, and the pain will go away in a short time. BTW, your hot shower is hurting your healing time.
     
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  6. waves2ya

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    Here's a tool I use related:

    CyroCup

    Just keep it moving; this is the perfect size, about 10/15 min's of icing.
     
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  7. Rickson

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    I have a cheaper solution than that. Buy some foam cups, freeze water, and instant ice pack. If you think that tool saves money in the long run, think again. 100 foam cups cost 1.99. That thing is 7 bucks without shipping/handling. You'll get 400 cups for the cost of that thing and trust me, you won't use that contraption 400 times.
     
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    This is often known as an ice cup. The same thing can be done with Dixie cups. As you massage the inflamed area, the ice will melt. You can peel away the top of the Dixie cup or styro cup as the ice melts. This does tend to get a bit messy tho'.

    Another idea is to fill a small bottled water bottle about 80% full of water. Cap it and freeze it. You can now do your ice massage without the mess.
     
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  9. kairosntx

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    While reading this post I was reminded of someting that still boggles my mind when I think about it. I was working for a major league baseball team in the mid 80's and Don Sutton was at the end of his career. After he pitched he would come into the clubhouse and get into an ice bath up to his neck!!!
     
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  10. gurj_v

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    Quick question (again)! I have these large red dots on my shin after the icing, I still have them a whole week after they appeared! Will these go away any time soon? They are quite itchy so I put some anti histamine cream on them. Any ideas what they are/how long they will stay for?
     
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  11. Rickson

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    It sounds like you have some bug bites. I could be wrong, but don't stress unless you have an itch that won't go away for several days.
     
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  12. gurj_v

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    That is exactly what has happened! They are not insect bites, they are a direct result of putting ice on the skin.
     
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  13. seb85

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    Thay are almost certainly burns from the ice. They will go away eventually- don't scratch them! And next time put your ice in a tea towel!
     
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