Begin by pouring some hot water into the bowl. It is essential to make sure that the water is as hot as you can stand to touch with your bare fingers. This can either come from a tap, or, if you prefer, you may use a kettle or pot to boil some distilled water.
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Next, prepare the cloth for the compress. Take a cotton or flannel cloth, and fold it in half several times. It should form a neat, compact square that has around two to three layers.
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Then, proceed to submerge the folded cloth in the bowl of warm water, until it is completely saturated. This shouldn’t take too long, but be careful the bowl isn’t brimming over with water, as this will cause the water to overflow if you dip the cloth in.
Place this damp cloth over the area you wish to treat, and cover it with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap is wide enough to overlap the edges of the cloth, and seals the warm cloth against your skin.
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Wrap the entire compress up gently with your bandage, in order to hold it in place. Now, proceed to sit back and allow the healing powers of the warm compress to work their magic.
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