There has always been a great debate over the merits of using heat to treat infections. Some swear by it, while others are convinced that ice is the way to go. So what’s the truth? Does heat actually help with infection? Well folks, put on your thermometers and let’s explore this topic in-depth!
The Science behind Heat
First things first: how does heat affect our bodies and infections? Heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, has been used for centuries to alleviate pain symptoms and promote healing. When exposed to high temperatures, blood flow increases in a particular area as blood vessels dilate. This leads to an increase in oxygen and nutrient delivery, which can promote tissue repair (1).
Additionally, heat can stimulate nerve endings and interfere with pain signals sent by damaged tissues (2). It’s believed that applying moist or dry warmth may improve circulation (blood flow). Increased blood flows mean more nutrients necessary for cellular metabolism are delivered faster where they are needed most.
However not all types of heat have proven useful when it comes to managing inflammation caused by an injury or infection.
Types of Heat Therapy
There are different forms of heat therapy used today such as hot water bottles (which we will discuss further later), warm compresses and heating pads among others but one type stands out: Far-infrared Radiation (FIR) sauna therapy also referred as Biomat treatment/therapy.
Can FIR relieve stress?
Yes… if money worries keep you up at night like me seeking perfection then I’d advise it – my bank account now flits around joyfully daily gossiping about its good life after I tried saunas!
Back on track… so what exactly is far infrared radiation therapy? Unlike conventional saunas which use heated rocks or steam rooms heated by boilers [boring], these ones typically emit low-energy radiant waves that penetrate far deeper into the skin’s layers (3).
These waves provide a gentle warming sensation that is easily absorbed by cells as compared to traditional saunas. FIR therapy raises the body’s core temperature thereby such can help in boosting one’s immune system naturally and increasing circulation thus significantly accelerating recovery of infections, wounds or injuries.
The benefits of FIR heat therapy are widely recognized due to increased competition from various manufacturers who concoct high-quality heaters ensuring users achieve maximum results.
Using Heat for Specific Infections
Now let’s explore how effective heat is on specific types of infections:
Staph, also known as staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterial infection which consists of several strain groups ranging from mild (non-bacterial) pimples to more server MRSA cases.
Can applying heat reduce discomfort associated with staph?
YES! Applying warm compresses will bring relief/ aid in drain abscesses after doctor(s) (bummer right?).
To best-utilized Healing Efficacy: ensure it remains clean & continues its Home-Care Application … done properly no one will notice!
Sinus pressure is uncomfortable and often leads us down memory lane for those cough syrup-drinking grand dad moments – oh I miss you grandpa!. But let’s focus …sinusitis occurs when mucus accumulates within your nasal cavities making breathing through your nose sometimes difficult.
Does heat help relieve sinus congestion inflammation?
Absolutely YES… Within reason while consistency during application must be observed overtime until healing has occurred because burn-outs aren’t appreciated 🙁
Warmth increases blood flow helping increase drainage of fluids while reducing both pain & swelling sensations (6) SWEET VICTORY!
A great point to note though: Prevention always supersedes cure so… use preventive + good hygiene practices…it pays off!!!
Also known as large “zits” or pimples; cystic acne lesions are often deep & painful with a greater risk of scarring due to the depth at which they appear but more than anything…. embarrassing!
Can heat hasten reduction /resolution?
Welp, warm compresses will help reduce sebum (oily substance) accumulation and improve blood circulation around that area.
Actually FYI: The so-called study by these scientists have explained the appearance pattern of acne occurs during high-temperature days (4). However… sad fact, common sense alone tells us that warmth does not heal these flesh infections sufficiently UNLESS CONJOINED WITH ORAL MEDICATION(s).
If symptoms persist contact your dermatologist for professional guidance.
When Heat is Not Recommended
So far we’ve explored extensive benefits of using heat to treat specific infections – but note this isn’t always true in all cases (5):
While it may be intuitively sound to use warm water on burns as protection… NO! On contrary- cool water will immediately help relieve pain.
When exposed tissues come into quick contact with frozen substances after heat exposure, rapidly controlled aggressive decrease temperatures allows for shock response while limiting inflammation/swelling potential in skin tissue hence vital when one needs immediate relief. Therefore first aid recommendation should only involve cold compresses (e.g., running cool tap water or immersing burned areas inside bucket especially if involving larger body parts e.g.the leg/arm etc..).
Do NOT put any kind/ degree/quantity of pressure without doctors’ consent on such injured burn-age/hot surfaces or fabrics e.g., piling wrapping bandages over – this can escalate possible complications like rapid production/dissemination pus whereas you ideally want crusted gentle surface covering only especially beginning week two.
Surely bacteria hiding beneath the skin’s earliest layer suggests applying external topical heat simply won’t penetrate enough to eliminate it – this is based on experience and/or observation of occurrence happening in unison with systematic conditions. (7)
In conclusion, heat can indeed be effective for treating certain kinds of infections such as staph and sinus infections. The FIR great taste (without unnecessary calories) saunas mentioned can provide relief from large variety of conditions.
However, before applying heat or contemplating whichever method best suits your recovery there are a few things to bear in mind:
- Always start with the least invasive option e.g., cold water
- Ensure application has been well-informed/ guided by doctor(s)
- Consistency pays off during application but also note duration + time frames involved over which they should be used.
Remember folks, regardless how one stubbornly resists seeking medical attention when showing severe signs & symptoms stemming from acute bacterial illnesses…let’s think about worse possible trauma complications his/her immune system could face overtime.
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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