How to Make a Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress is a time-honored way to reduce inflammation and ease pain in countless situations, from bruises and migraines to bee stings and scorpion bites.

You will need

  • A bowl
  • Some ice-cold water
  • A clean washcloth
  • Some ice cubes (optional)
  • An ice pack (optional)
  • A towel (optional)

Step 1 Fill bowl Fill a bowl with ice-cold water.

Step 2 Dip washcloth & wring out Dip a folded washcloth into the bowl for about 10 seconds and then wring out the excess water.

Step 3 Press to area Press the chilled washcloth to the inflamed area and keep it there until the compress loses its chill.

Step 4 Refresh water supply Refresh your cold water supply if it loses its chill and continue dipping, wringing, and applying as needed.