Post # 1
I’m not feeling even the slightest bit sexy. In fact, I’m feeling quite painful.
I made these ice packs based upon a Pin I found that sounded really great. You combine 1 part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water in a plastic bag and freeze it. Instead of it freezing into a block of ice, it freezes into this firm slushy that you can manipulate around the area you’re icing. I’m always sore or tight, so I made two.
I ran 4 miles this morning, 4 sucky, humid and sweaty miles. My calves have been ridiculously tight so upon getting home I stretched and then iced using one of the ice and alcohol bags that I made. I noticed it leaking a tiny bit, so I put a towel beneath it, but didn’t really think much of it. I spent more time icing my right leg then my left. After icing I stretched a bit more and then got in the shower.
I noticed a bit of tingling prior to the shower, but once the warm water hit the back of my legs it immediately began to burn. I sucked it up and finished showering. Near the end I looked down at them and noticed swelling. My only guess is that the combination of the alcohol that leaked out of the bag and the hot water caused a chemical burn? I have no idea, but it’s definitely a burn. The first two photos are my right leg, where I spent more time applying the ice, and the third is my left. They’ve gone down now, but my right leg is still sensitive to touch and they’re both quite red.
I’m never using those again. And sorry for the photos being huge, I’m sure you all love looking at my sexy calves.
Post # 4
eehh so sorry that happened! if it doesn’t get better in a day, go see a doctor for peace of mind
Post # 5
I’m not too concerned about it since it’s already gone down so much and feels much better, but I don’t understand why it happened. I’m wondering if anyone on here has a smart chemistry brain and can explain to me why this happened. Mind you, I have ridiculously sensitive skin, so it wasn’t too big of a shock to myself or my mom when I sent her the photos.
Post # 6
Pinterest is dangerous. Any chance it’s minor frostbite? When I had a foot injury, my doc warned me that using ice packs without wrapping them in a towel first or using them for more than 20 minutes at a time could cause minor frostbite. I’m thinking maybe it is because alcohol and hot water shouldn’t cause any issue but if you put frostbite in hot water…
Post # 7
@ssttpp: Ughhhh this is so true! And now I’m freaked out. I mean, it was a significant change in temperate and I ice ALL the time and this was much colder than a normal ice pack or thing of frozen peas. I definitely wouldn’t say I had it on for 20 minutes, but I wouldn’t doubt it being frost bite.
Ha. I feel stupid. Gave myself frost bite.
Post # 8
OMG, Im sorry that happened to you!!! I hope it just goes away =[
Post # 9
Yikes! I’ve just made a mental note NOT to do the rubbing alcohol + water = ice pack trick!
Post # 10
It actually looks like frostbite… Hope it goes away soon!
Post # 11
I’m betting it’s more likely to be frostbite (it’ll “pink” right up when you put hot water on it). Rubbing alcohol shouldn’t react with hot water to “burn” you, unless you’re allergic to rubbing alcohol.
(Joint response from me, a nurse & my mom, a chemist.)
Post # 12
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Don’t feel stupid! I did this to myself ages ago when I was a swimmer. Those bags get way colder than regular ice. Also… placing them on wet skin doesn’t help. I have found as long as you wrap them in a dish cloth or something they are ok. Also, I wouldn’t use them for more than 10-15 min at a time.
Hope it feels better soon!
Post # 13
@Jenniphyr: Yeah, it didn’t make sense to me that I’d have a chemical burn, although knowing my reactions to random stuff I wouldn’t surprised if I have an allergy to alcohol.
I’d much rather have a pinkish/red leg that’s sensitive to touch than have legit frost bite and end up a peg leg (hehe).