Paraffin Bath

Anyone have any recommendations on a quality paraffin bath?

My middle finger on my left hand has been swelling and aching consistently in the last 3 months or so.

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Uh oh, is there an injury? If not it might be arthritis :persevere:

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paraffin baths are like slow cookers, you really can’t get a bad one. I think you are in the US? You can pick one up for a fair price at any Sally Beauty supply and get a sampler kit of waxes. The worst that will happen if you buy it online is that you may get an inferior feeling or smelling wax, but it won’t harm you.
If it does not come with good gloves, buy oven mitts to put over your hands during the treatment, and place them on backwards so you won’t be tempted to use your hands . You can also wrap your hands in parchment paper or wax cloth instead of plastic, if you are not into single use plastic.

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Have you tried epsom salt soaks? That also helps with swelling and aches!

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I swear by magnesium for many things, but it won’t be much help with an arthritic knuckle

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That makes sense! I have used salt soaks in the past (not for arthritis, but for sore and achy muscles) so it was just a suggestion!

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I’m so sorry! I don’t know very much about Paraffin Baths, but I hope you get better soon!

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@grannyroomcrafts thank for sharing your wealth of discerning knowledge!
I do try to take magnesium every day but golly no one should need to go to the bathroom 3-4 times a day. So I take every other day.
I’m certain it’s an inflamed joint, it only started after I started making amigurumi.
Sally Beauty Supply/ excellent store!

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I know it sounds like the opposite of what will feel good, but you can try ice on the joint. Do you take MSM yet? Usually paired with glucosamine, it’s a powerful naturally sourced anti inflammatory that doesn’t have the side effects of NSAIDS

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Well, I’m already on Queceritin with bromaline , black currant oil, along with B12, C, zinc, D3, and Pepcid Fish Oil with some kind of EA something, which are all geared towards reducing inflammation in long COVID. Oh, and the magnesium.
These are all products my insurance does not cover- big chunk of change because I buy supplements that have been vouched for by my doctor.

I actually don’t take NSAIDS except rarely. But the Voltaren gel is definitely helpful!

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Make a little finger glove for it from the Chunky soft yarn

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what’s a parrafin bath?

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  • paraffin is a type of wax, softer than candle wax, that is easily infuse with oils
  • a paraffin warmer is a device much like a slow cooker (crock pot) that keeps the wax melted at a safe temperature for humans to use on the skin: it’s often called a paraffin bath
  • a paraffin bath in the act of quickly dipping a body part (usually hands, feet, or elbows) into the melted paraffin and quickly wrapping the body part to hold in the heat
    the paraffin will open the pores in the skin and allow you to absorb some of the oils from the wax. These oils can include any mix of beautifying and medicinal properties. The heat from the wax will slowly transfer to the body part over a long enough period of time to relax stiff tendons and muscles and provide some relief in injuries or arthritis. It is also routinely used for repetitive motion injuries like carpel tunnel or tendonitis
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thanks!

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Very well said. Thanks!

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