Neck Swelling Home Care
- Stop smoking.
- Elevate the head of your bed.
- Apply cold compresses:
- Always use cold compresses (rather than warm) for the first 3 days following an injury.
- Apply warm compresses:
- As directed by your doctor
- Take oral antihistamines for allergic swelling:
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Neck Swelling Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have neck swelling and any of the following:
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