Wrap frozen water bottles or ice packs in wet paper towel or wet thin clean dish towel. Ice areas 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Be sure to keep the ice packs wrapped, as placing them immediately next to skin may cause frostbite.
Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen per package instructions for discomfort.
Cleanse the underams with soap and water twice per day for the first few days.
Avoid applying antiperspirant/deodorant for the first 3 days.
Wear a loose top to avoid irritation.
Avoid vigorous activity for a few days.
Use aquaphor or petroleum jelly if desired to soothe skin, particularly if you experience any small blisters in the treated area.
The following effects are expected and temporary: swelling in arm or torso, numbness or tingling, redness or bruising, bumps you can feel under the skin, darkening of the skin in the treated area.
Call the office if you:
Develop signs of infection such as increased swelling, pain, surrounding redness, or if the treated area appears to be getting worse
Experience significant pain that is not relieved by over the counter pain medication and icing.
Develop severe swelling, redness, bruising that persists more than 2 weeks
Develop large or painful blisters (few small blisters less than the size of a pencil eraser are ok)
Have persistent tingling, pain or weakness in your hand or fingers