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It's hard to imagine how you might have done permenent damage.
Regular ice in a bag will cool the skin to near freezing
good to hear.
And it is perfectly possible that you gave yourself 'frost nip', the early stages of frostbite, but the fact that it is red now means the blood flow is good
and that this should resolve shortly
the concern would be if it was NOT red
but almost all cold injuries, provided they do not proceed to actual freezing of the skin and underlying tissue, will resolve with time
in fact, for people who DO get frostbite from being out in the cold too long
most tissue returns to normal with time
ok... great. about how long should i expect it to take? couple of days... a week?
i think that a few days is a reasonable guess. you do not need to do anything in particular, but until the skin returns to normal i would not re-apply the ice packs.
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actually I already have a followup question. The reason I put ice on the area is because I'm nursing an injury...obviously. But generally, I've been applying heat to the area so I could more easily stretch it, to get the blood flowing, etc... [yesterday I iced it because I felt like I overdid some activities]. Anyway... is it ok to put heat on it or should I just totally leave it alone?
The debate of heat versus cold therapy rages. Generally ice is recommended for muscular injuries as the initial therapy, then, after a few days, heat is preferred.
HERE IS A GOOD LINK FOR YOU
Of course, if this injury or pain has become chronic and you don't know exactly the cause, it would be good to check with your physician, but it sounds like this is a relatively minor injury, so using heat or cold, depending on what you read in the above link is certainly reasonable.
The therapy I've been using for that injury has been working very well. I'm really asking if it's ok to put heat on the already damaged area [from the ice].
ah, yes, it is fine to do this. in one of the links above there is a section on 'chill blaines', this may be what you have so do take a look at that.
but heat therapy would be fine at this point. warm moist towels work well.