Should I use Hot or cold to reduce joint inflammation to reduce the pain? My knee joint is in pain due to Lyme's disease.

The first step is to treat the underlying bacterial infection -- so please ensure you seek the advice of a trained health care professional to do this. To palliate symptoms in chronic joint pain, typically a combination of hot and cold is used to increase circulation to the joint, and help the body eliminate. A simple rule is 3 minutes hot/30 sec. cold (compresses) to the area, three times. (Repeat this sequence at least twice a day when the pain is most difficult. There are some herbal anti-inflammatories and homeopathic medicines which may be helpful, along with some topical essential oils and combination herbal/homeopathic gels.

answered by Dr K B N

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