Hot Fomentation

About "Hot Fomentation"

Applying hot water with the help of a cloth, sponge, or rubber bag on any part of the body is called hot fomentation. The heat from the hot water helps in improving the blood circulation in the area of its application, which makes the muscles in that area relax and soothe.

Related Terms: Diclofenac, Physiotherapy, Proper Posture, Paracetamol, Back Pain, Ice Pack, Anti Inflammatory Medications

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Hot Fomentation vs Icing
Article Overview: Fomentation is the application of hot or cold packs to the site of internal injury to ease body pains. They are most effective when used in back pain, knee pain, and eye irritation.  Read Article »
Dr. Vikram S Bharadwaj
Orthopaedician And Traumatologist

Icing Icing should be done when you injure yourself during day-to-day activities like walking, running, etc. There will be swelling after 24 hours but icing should be done for under five minutes every one and a half hours, for the first five days. Some injuries may respond to icing alone and some o ...  Read Article »
I have crackling sound and soreness in my TMJ area. Will it go away by itself?
Query: Hello doctor, I had pain in my left ear and I went to an ENT specialist. He said that my ears are fine and there is no infection. He said that I have soreness in my TMJ joint as I have a tendency to sleep on my left side with my left arm tucked under the pillow. That puts pressure on my TMJ joint a...  Read Full »
Dr. Mehak Agarwal
ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can be because of two reasons: Due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem. For that, you can do dry hot fomentation and eat soft foods preferably from the other side. It can be due to a nose block or a mild infection. Put decongestant nose drops like Otrivin (Xyl...  Read Full »
Why am I not able to urinate from today evening even after drinking lots of water?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old woman, who weighs about 50 kg, and I am 5.6 feet tall. I did not urinate today from 4 PM, even after drinking plenty of water. My stomach is also paining. Can you please give me some tips for this?  Read Full »
Dr. Raja Ramesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sudden retention of urine in a female may be due to infection. A rare cause is Fowler's syndrome. Give hot fomentation in the lower abdomen below the umbilicus. If you feel like you need to pass urine, go to the toilet and open the tap. Let the cold water touch your feet....  Read Full »
Why am I having a painful swelling in my upper eyelid?
Query: Hello doctor, There is swelling in my left eye upper lid. There is a pain and small pimple from inside at the corner for last two days. Currently, I am using Nevanac and Pataday eye drops.  Read Full »
Dr. Rahul Vaswani
Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems like a mild staphylococcal infection and has caused a stye (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apart from medicines, you can do some hot fomentation two to three times a day for relief. It is usually caused by touching of the eye with dirty hands ...  Read Full »
Why is there acute pain and inflammation behind the neck and shoulder?
Query: Hello doctor, I have acute pain and inflammation behind the neck and shoulder. Tingling pain in the left-hand finger and pain in the middle back and sometimes lower back. I am male, 27 years old.  Read Full »
Dr. Vikram S Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I think you must be suffering from cervical spondylitis with radiculopathy. This must have arose due to long time sitting posture or carrying a backpack. I suggest hot fomentation by hot water bag for 10 minutes with three sessions per day. Then, apply some local pain r...  Read Full »
How to treat my upper back pain?
Query: Hi doctor, While sitting on a sofa, I was completely relaxed, and my body was lying unbalanced against it. Suddenly, I felt some pain that started in the upper back area. But it did not disappear even after I got up and did a lot of body straightening and stretching. It was minor. Particularly in ...  Read Full »
Dr. Anshul Varshney
Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like an acute muscular pain. In such situations, I recommend following these steps: A muscle relaxant like tablet Flexura D (Diclofenac and Metaxalone) twice daily for three days. Hot fomentation. Volini gel (Diclofenac) for local application. Bed rest. ...  Read Full »
I have a pimple sort of red bump in my vagina. Can I wait for it to go away on its own?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a pimple sort of red bump inside my labia minora (I guess that is what it is called) outside the vaginal opening. It is scary because just like any other person my thoughts are roaming around the word cancer. This is the first time I have a pimple (or whatever it is) inside the V...  Read Full »
Dr. Richa Agarwal
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and understand your concerns. It is simple folliculitis, no need to worry about it. It will go away on its own. You should do some hot fomentation and antibiotics if require...  Read Full »
How can I increase my breast milk production?
Query: Hi doctor, I am having a 1-month-old baby. I am giving breast milk and formula milk to my baby due to insufficient breast milk. However, my breast milk was not too low. I used to provide formula feed for one or two feeds. Before three days back, I was sick, and so I could not breastfeed my baby for...  Read Full »
Dr. Sonal Prasad
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Breast milk secretion works on a demand-supply basis. The more you breastfeed, the more milk is produced. Here is what you can do to increase your breastmilk supply: Breastfeed or pump a lot. It creates more demand and thus increases the amount. Hot fomentation of t...  Read Full »
What to do for back soreness?
Query: Hi doctor,My back is really sore. I feel dizzy and I sleep on the floor. Please help.  Read Full »
Dr. Zubair Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are feeling too dizzy, then please visit the nearest emergency hospital as soon as possible. For back ache, if it is acute that is started or increased in the last 24 hours, then you can apply ice pack or otherwise apply hot fomentation.  Your back soreness needs ...  Read Full »
I have knee pain after wearing high heels. What to do?
Query: Hi doctor, I have pain in my knees and around the ankles, since the last two weeks. It all started when I walked around in high-heeled shoes one day. After that, I got my periods and the pain got aggravated. The pain has decreased, but is still quite bad. Also, I recently went to get a Pap test done...  Read Full »
Dr. Vidya
Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is unfortunate that you are suffering from knee pain and it got aggravated by periods. Any pain already present can get aggravated with menses. The best thing to do now is rest and avoiding straining the same muscles. I suggest you try hot foment...  Read Full »


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