Types of ice packs
- Frozen towel. Wet a towel with cold water and wring it out until it is only slightly damp. Fold and place the towel in a plastic bag in the freezer for 15 minutes. After that, it can be placed on the painful and injured areas.
- Ice pack. Put about half a kilo of ice in a plastic bag or ice pack. Squeeze the air out of the bag and close the bag well. Wrap the bag in a damp towel and place it on the area to be treated.
- Bag of instant ice cream. In the pharmacy there are reusable ice packs that contain a gel that freezes to ice in a few seconds. All you have to do is press or hit the bag. Some are made to fit on the injured areas, such as the shoulder or knee.
- Ice spray. Ice spray is very helpful in sports competitions or when it is not possible to keep the ice in contact with the body for at least 10 minutes.
- Bags of frozen corn or peas are cheap, cool for about 10-20 minutes and adapt well to body shape.
Where to buy ice cream products?
Bags of instant ice cream are available in pharmacies (as medical items), sporting goods stores or on the Internet.
There are different sizes that fit different parts of the body.
Prices for synthetic ice packs depend on the brand and range from one euro to about 10 euros. The cost of an ice pack starts at around 7 euros and goes up to about 15 euros.
Self-made ice packs
If you cannot get a specially made ice pack in a pharmacy (for example, ice pack PIC), a house gel pack can be used.
These home-made gel ice packs are more convenient than a bag of frozen peas because they adapt better to body shape.
Ice packs for joint pain relief
What is needed:
- Freezer bag
- 1/2 litre of water
- 1/4 litre alcohol
- Fill the freezer bag with alcohol and water.
- Vent as much as possible before freezing.
- Put the freezer bag with its contents in a second freezer bag to prevent leakage.
- Leave the bag in the freezer for at least one hour.
- Once frozen, place a towel between the gel ice pack and the skin to avoid a skin burn.
- Use a bandage to attach the ice envelope to the affected area (for example, elbows or ankles).