Have you ever had a sprained ankle or knee? Icy gel packs can offer relief of pain and swelling. They are most effective when they can be fitted around the swollen joint to cool the inflamed area thoroughly. You can make your own version of gel packs from everyday things around your house.

Components Needed

  • Water
  • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • Water tight freezer bag – quart size

 

Directions

  • 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of alcohol to the plastic bag and seal it.
  • Place bag in the freezer for 3 hours (put it in a small bowl to keep it upright).
  • The alcohol will not let the fluid freeze solid, it stays slushy, for a better fit around an injured joint.
  • When needed, remove the bag from the freezer and apply it to the swollen area.
  • Elevate the injured area above the heart if possible. Cold compression and elevation work together to prevent the injured area from swelling.
  • To prevent frost bite or cold burns, place a towel or wash cloth between the plastic bag and the skin.
  • Alternate 20 minutes with the cold compress and 2 hours without the compress for 3 days or until the swelling completely subsides.
  • If the swelling is severe, you can reapply the compress after 30 minutes for the first 1-2 hours after the injury occurs. IF SWELLING PERSISTS, SEE A DOCTOR.

Billie Nicholson, editor
November 2014

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