Indications for heating compress are: sore throat and associated hoarseness, neck pain, tense muscles, and any inflammation or infection of the throat.
Chilling should not be experienced during this treatment. Keep warm either in a bed or wrapped up in a blanket. Change the compress at least every 8 hours and allow the skin to dry for at least 1 hour between treatments. Do not tie compress on too tightly around the neck. This treatment should be comfortable. Please consult your doctor if your condition does not improve or you have any questions regarding this treatment.
- Cotton cloth – wide and long enough to wrap around the neck
- Wool flannel to cover the cotton cloth. A wool scarf works well. Alternatively, cloth may be made long enough to include ears when wrapping throat
- Safety pin
- Face towel
- Warm the throat area first with a warm face cloth for 5 minutes. Alternatively, a hot shower can be taken a few minutes beforehand. This is very important as the treatment will not be as effective and could be harmful if your neck is not warmed first.
- Soak the cotton cloth in cold water and wring out so that it does not drip.
- Wrap the cotton cloth around your neck or include the ears if desired.
- Wrap the wool scarf over the cotton cloth and secure with a safety pin.
- Leave on at least half an hour but overnight is more effective. Follow treatment with a quick cold sponge to area and dry with the face towel using upward strokes.