Frost Burn From Ice Pack

I used a commercial ice pack with gel for about 20 minutes. I hadn't read you needed to put something between the ice pack and my leg. I now have a red mark on my leg and think I have an ice burn. How do I treat it?

Thank you!

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Jul 02, 2008
Aloe vera or antibiotic ointment
by: Bart - SII

If you only had it on for 20 minutes, you probably do not have a severe burn. Aloe vera or other types of ointment for burns are a good way to treat the area.

It is common for the area to be red after ice application - just keep an eye on it for the next few days and if it doesn't get any better, make sure you get in to see your doctor.

Bart

May 16, 2009
Burn from single use gel pack
by: Mark L

I used a single use ice pack directly on my leg for about 30 minutes until it was really squishy. I burned my skin. Not just red, but burned it. two days later it still looks like a bad sunburn, but darker. I've been icing my leg for weeks with just ice, but that'll be the last with an ice pack. I've never seen it o that before in all my years in athletics, go figure.

May 18, 2009
ouch
by: Craig

I have been using ice to treat my plantar fasciitis - unfortunately I left the ice pack on for too long (~30min) and now have a bad case of frostbite on my heel (which is now even more painful to walk on!). I definitely learned my lesson about excessive ice application directly to the skin!

May 20, 2009
FROST BURN FROM ICE PACK
by: RC

HEY EVERYONE,
SAME THING JUST HAPPENED TO ME. PUT AN ICE PACK ON FOR 20 MINUTES & NOW I HAVE A BURN ON MY LEG. HAVE YOUR BURNS GOTTEN BETTER YET? I'M JUST WONDERING IF I SHOULD WAIT A FEW DAYS & SEE HOW IT GOES, OR IF I SHOULD GO AHEAD & SEE A DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY.

May 22, 2009
ME TOO Ice pack burn
by: Minster

OMIGOSH, me too just did that this morning. I feel so dumb. I was in a hurry and placed the ice pack directly on my leg...BAD IDEA! Its painful and red. Its right on my shin so I hope that it doesn't turn black.

May 23, 2009
frost burn
by: truble

I just did the same thing today & its exactly like a sunburn!! I guess I should have put something between my skin and the ice pack. I have never had this happen before & im an athlete!!

May 26, 2009
frostbitten
by: Anonymous

I did the same thing last night on the bottom of my foot. probably left it on for 30-40 mins and now i cant walk even more than i couldnt before. never again will i apply an ice pack without anything between it and the skin and never for more than 15 minutes.

Jun 03, 2009
(Sigh...)
by: Anonymous

I don't feel bad anymore. I thought I was completely incompetent to get 'burned' from and 'icepack!!!' I read that we should wait 3-5 days to see if the burn goes away. If it doesn't, DOCTOR, HERE I COME!!!

Jun 11, 2009
severeburn
by: Anonymous

I was sitting at desk working on AM reports...(was in pain from 2 hours of physical therapy the day before) my neck started burning 20-40 minutes later(?got busy) as if I had some super duty icey/hot on it... took it off...next thing you know I had an area about 8-12" long swollen about 1 inchoff my neck/back...super pain...went to health nurse as the ohs and ahhs stopped it was a severe ice pack burn stage 1... next day, it is black and purple, got a script for silver sulfadiazine from doc. It looks like the worst beating a boxer ever got...pretty scary.. by the way always put a barrier between ice pack and skin. Been icing for years and oh yeah I am a nurse so stupid is....

Jun 11, 2009
severeburn
by: Anonymous

I was sitting at desk working on AM reports...(was in pain from 2 hours of physical therapy the day before) my neck started burning 20-40 minutes later(?got busy) as if I had some super duty icey/hot on it... took it off...next thing you know I had an area about 8-12" long swollen about 1 inchoff my neck/back...super pain...went to health nurse as the ohs and ahhs stopped it was a severe ice pack burn stage 1... next day, it is black and purple, got a script for silver sulfadiazine from doc. It looks like the worst beating a boxer ever got...pretty scary.. by the way always put a barrier between ice pack and skin. Been icing for years and oh yeah I am a nurse so stupid is....

Jun 15, 2009
Blisters?
by: Anonymous

Did anyone have blisters form with the burn from the ice pack?

Jun 16, 2009
Burnt top of bum and lower back.
by: Anonymous

Ice Packed my lower back for about 20 mins took it off in horror to see a massive lump of burnt flesh, it still hurts dreading to see what it looks like in the morning.

Jun 16, 2009
burnt cake :)
by: Anonymous

Wow! I've been having tail bone pain, so I placed an ice pack on my tail bone and a couple of days later I had a huge blue and purple circle burn on my bottom... :( I was so scared I panicked... Unfortunately, it is now a black rough circle... I think it's time for me to see a doctor!



-scared :(

Jun 19, 2009
Frost Burn From Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

Thanks for all the comments...... Guess I am part of the "too long icing club"...... I did get very bad blisters and still am seeing raw skin and no sign of healing..... Any ideas????

Jun 27, 2009
Ice pack burns/blisters
by: Anonymous

My hubby tweaked his back moving a couch. I put an ice pack on it and he left it on too long. He has a huge blister and it looks like a 2nd degree burn on his back. He's still in pain from the back, any suggestions?

Jul 01, 2009
Ice pack burns/blisters
by: Anonymous

I injured my hamstring last night playing sport. Immediately I put an ice pack on for about 20min and applied another about 45min later for another 20min. When I took the ice pack off, my skin had turned hard like leather, it was dark purple and straight away the pain kicked in. This morning I woke up and the back of my leg had swollen to the size of my fist with blisters. I have rubbed Aloe Vera (straight from the plant)onto my skin, within 2 hours the pain and inflammation has reduced. Aloe Vera seems to work!!!

Jul 01, 2009
Ice pack burns
by: Anonymous

Hi all, I'm the one who's husband tweaked his back and had ice pack burn so bad he had huge blisters.

I had to take him to the Emergency room for some silvadene and sterile wrappings. They also gave him percoset and flexeril for the pain.

I can be very serious if left untreated. If the blisters get too large, they have to be drained.

Keep the area sterile! Yes he's an idiot and forgot to put something between the ice pack and his skin and the 20 minute on 20 minute off rule!

Jul 15, 2009
Ice Burn!!!!
by: Anonymous

i came from karate and i had a bruise on my leg from fighting. I thought i would put ice on it. i was getting tired of putting ice on my leg so i wrapped an ice pack around my leg. I was caught up watching House and when it was over i took the ice pack off only to find mushy and pale looking skin. It scared me so bad. The skin was icy and i guess frozen? The bruise that was just one inch has now left a mark covering 1/2 of my shin. When it warmed up it was red and now a day later the outline is purple and the inside is a mix of light purple and skin color.i can't even find the bruise anymore. I never would of thought that it would happen and now a bruise that was so small start with has left a mark and and a huge impact. DOES ANYBODY KNOW HOW LONG THAT IT WILL TAKE FOR THE MARK TO GO AWAY?

Jul 16, 2009
ughhhhh
by: Anonymous

just got done playing baseball and my arm was hurting. so i decided to put some ice on it, hoping that the soreness would go away. i put the ice directly on my skin (which is what ive always done) and when i put it on it started burning. naturally, i thought the burning was my arm healing, turns out, it wasnt. woke up this morning with a big red spot on my arm and now my skin is all leathery. it doesnt hurt that bad, but i could really do without this big mark on my arm. anyone know how long it takes to go away??

Jul 16, 2009
Ice Pack burn
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm the one who's hub tweaked his back. I wanted you to know I had to take him to the Emergency room because it turned into 2nd degree burns. He needed to keep the area sterile for 7 days and apply an antibiotic ointment called Silvadene and keep that sterile, too!

If the skin around the blisters starts turning black, don't mess around!

yeah yeah, we all know the golden rule, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off and keep something between your skin and the ice! Thanks for all the comments!

Jul 20, 2009
ICE PACK BURN 2ND Degree
by: colin

how many of these burns are from the one time only ice packs that you twist and break and a chemical reaction takes place. It can be from leakage of the contents, that will give you a very nasty 2nd degree. Feel free to email cvsigna@shaw.ca

Jul 22, 2009
ICE PACK BURN
by: Anonymous

My husband put ice pack on his arm for 20 minutes for pain. When he took it off it looked frozen and swollen. It was red the next day, the 3rd day it also turned into a bruise, 4th day he kept scratching it and it seemed to spread, I took the advice and put aloe vera and antibiotic ointment. Tomorrow I will see what happens for now has anyone trying this got better? Does it go away?

Jul 24, 2009
gel ice pack...never again
by: Tami

OMG...I just did this last night. My plantar fasciitis was flaring up, so I put a gel pack on my heel for about 15 min., and when I removed that pack, I experienced a horrible pain of burning and stinging inside my heel. I didnt think it was ever going to stop, but it did shortly. This morning my heel is tender to touch and red. Do you think maybe I have what you are calling frostbite? Thanks...I dont feel so bad knowing there are others out there with the same problem..

Jul 28, 2009
Ice Pack-Shin splint
by: Runner Girl

I tried to cut corner by not reading the directions on how to use the ice pack and now am paying for it.I applied the ice pack directly to my shin splint for about 45 minutes and i ended up burning myself, oh gosh! Its painful. At the moment am using Aloe Vera skin cooling lotion. Hopefult it will help. Please, always read directions!!!

Jul 30, 2009
Yup me too
by: Anonymous

So got hurt playing a football game this morning (females playing fooball hmm....) well it was no contact and an accident but I ad my shoulder and arm severly taken out. I went to the doc and had my shoulder popped back in, and got some muscle relaxers because it was just muscle damage. But I was old to ice for 15 minutes every chance I got because I was at work, and I put an ice pack on my arm (with two layers of ace bandage under it) and wrapped it on to my arm. Well apparently the pack was so cold, that when I took it off about 20 minutes later, my skin was frozen. I didnt think it was a big deal but then it got puffy, and wa really hot to the touch. Now it is a huge dark bump and it itches. No one has commented back on how long it will be like that...does anyone know?? I am going to try to put some aloe and stuff on it, but I hope it doesn't stay long!!!! God I feel like and idiot. I should have taken it off when I kept complaining it was too cold!!!

Aug 10, 2009
Even the experts make mistakes...
by: Anonymous

Yep me too. Had been treating a shin bruise from the dog park and got hit again in the same spot so when I got home I put a gel pack on with compression and elevated the leg. I set my timer for 20 minutes, unwrapped and picked my eyeballs up off the floor! Not only was the area hard but looked and felt like Silly Putty. The center was milky-beige in color with a red ring all around. I quickly massaged the area to increase the circulation and soon jumped in the tub. I figured some vasodilation couldn't hurt...didn't help. I'm out now and it basically feels like a bruised sunburn :( . I'm going to take some ibuprofen and rub some aloe on it just for superficial relief. The embarrassing part is I am a physical therapist who uses actual ice on patients daily. I was lazy at home and used the gel pack and didn't check myself throughout the 20min. Good news is I did it to myself and not a patient. Lesson learned.

Aug 13, 2009
SUCKS
by: Frostbitten

Yeah, I cracked a rib by falling. So I talked to my future mother and law and she told me to ice it, so I did, throughout the night:( Now, three days later, I my stomach where the ice pack was is red and swollen and super painful. I went to the doctor and they gave me some cream, but really there isn't much they can do. They told me to lay off working out which really sucks because that is my one stress reliever. I am really hoping this doesn't take much longer until it goes away. Luckily the area of the redness hasn't gotten any larger.

Aug 20, 2009
My poor husband
by: Anonymous

my husband used an ice pak, with a cloth wrap on his elbow for no longer than three to four minutes, he took it off because it started to really hurt and be cold...he removed the pack and his arm was red and the area was hard and cold like an ice cube...he developed blisters and sores and it literally looks as if he touched his arm to a hot exhaust pipe or something...we are still quite freaked out about this since it has happened within the past week...we are not sure what to do, some blisters have popped open and are sore and there are still some remaining...is this a defective ice pack...and should we contact the manufacturer?
he is currently deployed in japan and is reliant on the medical staff on his small military base.
thanks! : )

Aug 24, 2009
Ice burn
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone I'm so glad I found this site as I don't feel quite so dumb knowing I'm not the only one to have done this. I've hurt my ITB band and had a painful sports massage on my leg yesterday and the guy sold me an ice pack...I used it this morning for about 20 mins (without a towel as I didn't think it was getting cold enough!) When i removed it I was horrified to find that my leg was frozen solid! I had a cold shower to slowly warm it back up but it was very painful. I now have a big red rectangular burn on my leg. After reading the comments here I will apply some aloe vera later and fingers crossed make a full recovery else I'll be off to the docs in a few days! Fair enough it does say use a towel but I wish it said "Whatever you do do not use on bare skin as it will burn you"

Aug 24, 2009
Finger Burn
by: Anonymous

I burned my finger on the grill and got nerve damage which was like an electric shock everytime i picked something up. I managed to overcome this by putting a frozen lamb chop on my finger for 20mins which froze the tip of my finger solid. it burned, then blistered and the nerve damage was not there. So burns are not all bad. even though i did panic that my figner would have to be chopped off it was sol solid!

Aug 25, 2009
gel pack frost burn
by: Anonymous

After a long walk, I wanted to cool down so I took my flexible freezer gel pack and placed it behind my neck/shoulders.

Left it there for about 30 minutes and thought nothing of it until I was fixing the back of my hair the next morning and saw what appeared to be a bunch of hickies along the top of my shoulders.

One in particular is quite sensitive to the touch. Having to wear collared shirts to hide the marks so I do not have to 'splain anything to anyone ;.)

Aug 31, 2009
help
by: Anonymous

Everyone nhas shared thier burn stories but can any well tell me how long it takes to heal? and will it have a bad scar? Id say mine looks similar to what your skin looks like if you singed yourself with a curling iron...the skin has turned dark and there are blisters. Please advise

Aug 31, 2009
help
by: Anonymous

Everyone has shared thier burn stories but can anyone tell me how long it takes to heal? and will it have a bad scar? Id say mine looks similar to what your skin looks like if you singed yourself with a curling iron...the skin has turned dark and there are blisters. Please advise

Sep 01, 2009
Me Too......
by: Mike Rotch

Sweet its good to see so many people who are just as stupid as me!!! I was playing basketball and got a pretty bad knot in the middle of my right quad. I quit playing and put a gel ice pack on when I got home. Well even though I knew perfectly well NOT to put the pack directly on my skin, I went ahead and did it anyway (under spandex shorts for compression and to keep it in place). I wanted to "turbo cool" it I guess! Anyway I eventually took the pack off and my skin was literally frozen, very stiff and white (whiter than usual even). I rubbed it a bit to get the blood flow going and took some ibuprofin. Now (6 hrs later) its very red and inflamed (puffy). Coincidentally it looks almost like someone branded my leg with the Transformers symbol. Hope it gets better soon. I will try to remember to post again in a few days for all you (most likely every single person who reads this) who did the same stupid thing and are wondering how long till it feels better.

Sep 01, 2009
upper arm killin me
by: Paul

Use a cold pack on my upper arm late last night.
Thought if i put the ice pack on the matress and roll my upper arm on top that this would take away the pain. IT DID and I FELL ASLEEP! woke up 4am this morning and I'm sure it's a second degree burn...blisters and red. Also may have slight nerve damage - size of tennis ball is kind of numb...maybe

Sep 06, 2009
ice pack burn
by: Ivan

I thought I was the only idiot to do this. I put the damned ice pack ay too long on my biceps to relieve pain, and I developed a red skin and a quarter size clear blister. I learned my lesson. Read the instructions people.

Sep 10, 2009
Frost bite from ice pack
by: Anonymous

I just did this to myself last night. ouch!!!!! I thought I would leave it on my hip just a little longer than my doctors reccommended 10 min. and waited to just over fifteen. I also didn't put anything between my skin and the ice pack- they should put a bold print warning on the box or something since it appears to happen to alot of people.....

Sep 10, 2009
Ice pack blister
by: Ivan

Well, after developing a big blister (about half an egg size)full of clear liquid I decided to go to the doctor. The Dr. drained the blister as much as possible and they put me on oral antibiotics, a painful tetanus shock, and antibacterial cream. 5 days later I still have lots of pain and I will have to take a strong pain killer. My best advice is do not wait, if you have blisters, go to the doc right away!!

Sep 13, 2009
burned
by: Anonymous

i pitched in my baseball game yesterday and forgot to ice my elbow, so the next day i did...today i literally put ice on it for 10 minutes tops, take it off and my skin is frozen...i got the blood flowing until the frost was gone and now i have a mark of bubbly skin where it was, no redness yet, any help?

Sep 16, 2009
TENNIS BALL SIZED BLISTER FROM GEL PACK
by: Anonymous

ive had nerve damage to my calf for 5 yrs. use ice daily. bought a new neoprene wrap with a leeve for a gel pack and used it sunday night. now mind you i always fall asleep with ice on my leg because of the pain killers im on...but woke up monday morning with a HUGE blister when i unwrapped the ice wrap. wasnt sure what it was, thought maybe a lister from the material rubbing in my sleep, but now im affraid its a burn from the gel pack....like an idiot i popped it because it was so massive didnt want it to pop inadvertantly anyways. have had it covered with sterile gauze and neosporin, but its developing a yellowish/green drainage and fear i have an infection anyways even after being so careful to keep it sterilized....will check in the morning (day 3) and probably head to the E.R. wish me luck

Sep 28, 2009
CALF BLISTER FROM ICE PACK
by: Ohio Girl

I had a charlie horse and my husband wrapped my calf with a large ice pack. He was doing me a favor so I didn't want to complain but it was uncomfortable, so he loosened it. It stung a little bit, I fell asleep. A few hours later I woke up and it hurt so I took it off. In the morning it was very red and hard. I went off to work and thought I had like a sunburn-type injury. Later in the day I felt something running down my leg and to my horror I had a two-inch by three-inch blister and the whole affected area is probably four to five inches by two inches...unbelievable. I went doctor and they said I was very lucky, my muscle tissue does not appear to be involved. I will likely have a scar so my leg modeling days are over...hahaha. I have some sensation abnormalities but hopefully that will return to normal. Lesson, NEVER put ice pack directly on skin and, two, there is a reason they say no more than 15 minutes...skin death. I can't believe this is so common

Sep 30, 2009
ice burn
by: cory

same thig happen to me but i had this for about 3 days so far i have a football game this saturday if the bubble pops or blister u should say. im gonna play this weekend but if it doenst i want play looks like it gonna pop today tho aloe and sliver stuff

Oct 14, 2009
Yep. Me as well!!
by: Mackie

I suffered a torn groin last night as I did two years ago. I applied a bag of ice from the fridge like I have done in the past. No problem at all. I've just applied a 'Corelce' ice pack and left it on for 30 minutes. Took it off to find my inner thigh completely frozen - hard as rock. Its now extremely red and stinging. I don't feel so bad after reading the above posts. Oh by the way, I've now read the instructions that say 'Do not apply directly to skin'!! But why does it not happen with bags of freezer ice?

Oct 15, 2009
All healed
by: Anonymous

I did this about 2 days ago. I put the ice pack on my knee for about 10 minutes (I was in a hurry and didn't leave it on for as long as I planned, thank goodness). When I removed it I had a large frozen section on one side of the knee and multiple smaller areas on the other side. The day after it happened the redness was significantly reduced and today (3rd day) it is almost completely gone. The redness is completely gone from the small areas and only a small section of the previously large area is still a little red. I had no blisters or anything so I did not go to a doctor. Unless you develop blisters I would just give it a few days.

Oct 21, 2009
Nerve Damange
by: Elle

I had 4 dislocated ribs and used ice packs excessively, sometimes for more then an hour at a time and now my back constantly burns and the skin on the outside is numb. Its not going away!!

Oct 23, 2009
Nine days later and almost better.
by: Mackie

Nine days later and the redness has almost gone. Didn't go to the doctors. There was no blistering just itchy and very tender. Still slightly sore to the touch but nothing too bad.

Oct 26, 2009
Frost burn from ice pack
by: Bella

yeah yeah yeah...same here lol..thought i was the only dummy lol...ice pack and wrap on my tennis elbow for bout 15 to 20 minutes...purple sensitive patch on elbow now...not horrible thought but sore to touch...ill b more carefull next time..my arm did feel froozen when i took pack off..it wa all numb and stuff...

Nov 22, 2009
use ice cubes
by: Luis

All last summer I iced my knees after runs with ice cubes in zip locks. I was very comfortable. I just started training for the winter season and used a gel pack and..ouch...freezer burn! I am going back old school.

Nov 23, 2009
Gel Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

My husband gave my daughter gel pack for her ice treatment. We never thought about it causing ice burn. She put it directly on her ankle for about 30 minutes and just showed me her ankle (2 hours after her ice treatment) and yep it is burned. Guess we will see what it looks like tomorrow. It never crossed my mind that it would burn her. Her physical therapist is going to freak out when she sees her burned ankle. (I guess her ligament pain will now pale in compairison :-(. We feel really bad, and will NEVER use gel pack again.

Nov 23, 2009
Gel Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

My husband gave my daughter gel pack for her ice treatment. We never thought about it causing ice burn. She put it directly on her ankle for about 30 minutes and just showed me her ankle (2 hours after her ice treatment) and yep it is burned. Guess we will see what it looks like tomorrow. It never crossed my mind that it would burn her. Her physical therapist is going to freak out when she sees her burned ankle. (I guess her ligament pain will now pale in compairison :-(. We feel really bad, and will NEVER use gel pack again.

Nov 23, 2009
Gel Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

My husband gave my daughter gel pack for her ice treatment. We never thought about it causing ice burn. She put it directly on her ankle for about 30 minutes and just showed me her ankle (2 hours after her ice treatment) and yep it is burned. Guess we will see what it looks like tomorrow. It never crossed my mind that it would burn her. Her physical therapist is going to freak out when she sees her burned ankle. (I guess her ligament pain will now pale in compairison :-(. We feel really bad, and will NEVER use gel pack again.

Dec 04, 2009
ice packs...
by: Anonymous

I used an ice pack on my leg and took it off before it burned me because i'm not an idiot. the things are safe if you aren't stupid

Dec 07, 2009
Ice Burn
by: Not Stupid

Anonymous must work for an ice pack company . . . I DID put a layer between my knee and the ice pack and still got a burn. I go to the MD tomorrow anyway, so I'll have her look at it. So far, no blisters.

Thanks to all for sharing your info. Good luck!

Dec 17, 2009
Frost burn too
by: guilty mum

My daughter was stung by an ant on the top of her foot, so I too put an ice pack on it. Stupid me didn't put a cloth in between her foot and the pack. After about 15 minutes I took the pack off to find her foot frozen hard in places and red! It took about three days for her foot to return to normal. Luckily no permanant damage, but I will be more careful in the future. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Dec 31, 2009
What happens in the end?
by: Alex

I did it to my back five days ago--one blister the size of a squash ball burst early on, and a few smaller ones later. Nasty looking red, somewhat dark skin around. Been keeping it clean and putting on Neosporin and bandages. I had been abroad and unable to get to a doctor, will do so tomorrow. I sure would like to hear from folks who had this weeks, months, and years ago--what happened, how did the recovery go? How long did it take for the wounds to heal? Did the skin recover? Do you still have pain, or loss of sensation? Is it scared? How badly....and so on. Appreciate any feedback.

Jan 01, 2010
Long term effects
by: Mackie

In my case it took about 4 weeks for the skin to return to normal. But after about 4 days the pain had gone and it was just discolouration that remained.

Jan 03, 2010
Gel Pak Bun OUTCOME.....
by: Anonymous

Well I started this thread a long time ago searching for answers and thinking i was the only one out there... i ended up in the emergency room because the burn was so severe. the softball sized blister ruptured and the doctor said I suffered from a 2nd degree ice burn. It had to be sterilized and cleaned and dressing applied 3X daily. I had silvidine cream and anti-biotics. Dr said it was damned good i got there when i did. it was a nasty burn and the infection could have traveled thru my bloodstream. Although I had it very clean it was still posing threat of infection. dont wait goto the hospital!!!!!

Jan 06, 2010
my burn looked like a mermaid
by: robin

so i got shin spints from working out too hard i got an ice pack that even had the cloth part attached to it but used the other side instead like an idiot i had been doing this everyday for 3 days and it wasnt a problem, put it on today secured to my leg so it wouldnt move i iced past the part where it felt like pins and needles and went numb took it off it started itching super bad and it started to form a shape of what i thougnt looked like a mermaid from the raised skin then the whole part that had contact with the ice pack started to raise up and itch and burn like a mother i have been putting stuff on it but the pain is tourture im glad im not the only one i didnt think this kind of stuff could happen from an ice pack but any way thanks for the help.

Jan 10, 2010
chilly hips
by: Scasello

Hey Everybody,
I am panic'd, I held the icepack to my hip for 25 mins, Now balls are frozen to my leg. WTF!!! i know this has happended to someone before..... What do I do?

Jan 30, 2010
OUCH
by: Anonymous

I was sitting in my car and my friend thought my window was rolled up so he decided to take a huge chunk of ice/snowball that was about the size of a softball or larger and threw it at the window(which was actually rolled down) and ended up hitting me in the face and now i have an ice burn and cuts from getting hit..

Feb 23, 2010
U Guys are wussbags
by: MYOB

God awww u kept ice on for 30 min and got a little ice burn if even that..... try snowboarding for 1 hour in shorts and no jacket then come on here and tell a story about your experience of an ice burn.

Mar 05, 2010
Ice Burn on the elbow
by: Anonymous

My son applied an ice pack on his elbow last night for about 20 minutes. His elbow in red and a little swollen this morning. He is supposed to pitch tonight. Will he be able to?

Mar 07, 2010
honey is the solution!
by: track runner

ok so this happened to me - i left the gel ice pack on my heel for too long, and it became extremely tender and very bright red. its been a little less than a week since that happened, and its all back to normal!

DO NOT PUT ALOE VERA on the burn!!! it made my burn worse and hurt more! put some honey on gauze and tape it to the burned area. do this as often as u can - school/work, sleeping, etc. It works amazing, and it started feeling better after just 1 day!

If you're skeptical, check out this article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/health/19real.html

Mar 09, 2010
ice burn! ouch!!
by: Anonymous

Okay well, the same as everyone on this page...I got an ice burn on my leg. I had an icepack in a ziplock directly on my leg and lost track of time. When I removed it there was a patch on my leg that felt as if the skin was raised that made it feel like a sticker that wus stuck on my leg...Only it wus my skin. I left it alone and then it became a ginomormous, stinging welt. I put some aloe on it and now it resembles a hickey except it hurts. For further reference, just be careful to place something between the ice pack in the skin. I've certainly learned MY lesson!

Mar 13, 2010
WITW (WHAT IN THE WORLD)
by: ANONYMOUS

I WAS IN A ACCIDENT AND WAS TOLD TO PUT A ICE PACK ON MY LEG FOR SWELLEN (I WAS NOT TOLD TO PUT CLOTH BETWEEN ICE PACKAND THE SKIN) SO I DID A WEEK LATER ONE NIGHT AND IT START HURTING LIKE PINS STICKIN , "ME IT'S HEALING" YAH RIGHT BUT TO MY SURPRISE WHEN I TOOK THE ICE PACK OFF MY LEG THERE WAS A BRUISE THE SIZE OF A PIECE OF ICE IN THE PACK THAT I PUT ON MY LEG, SO I WENT ONLINE TO GET INFO AND FOUND THIS SITE, WENT TO THE PHARMACY AND WAS TOLD TO GET ANTI-BIOTIC AND SOME CREAM APPLY 3X'S A DAY IF IT BURST CLEAN AND THEN PUT A GAUGE ON IT.

PS I'VE LEARN MY LESSION AND KNOW NOW TO ALWAYS PUT SOMETHING BETWEEN ICE PACK AND SKIN, I'LL PROBLY NEVER USE ICE-PACK AGAIN

RESOUGHTS LATER

Mar 19, 2010
OMFGOSH!!
by: MJ

I cannot believe what i have read. I ...like so many of you i have played sports all my life and never ever thought something like this could happen. My back is my *major* case of pain nowadays so after my 5k walk i iced my back.(i always ice) well this time after 20 min +- icing then i took a nice (for the most part) hot shower. Well when i got out and looked at my lower back it was totally inflamed with red swollen burn marks from where the ice pack was. I couldnt believe it. So this morning i got a little freaked out when it was still there. I am just putting some cortaid on it. Im glad to know that im not the only one out there who has experience this ice pack burn crap! O well live and learn i guess. for sure though keen an eye on it and if it does not get any better go see a doctor :)peace out***

Mar 22, 2010
Concern for our students
by: Anonymous

How long did it take for theses ice burns to heal.
I need to know if I should use ice packs or not.

Mar 26, 2010
Frozen thigh...
by: Cyndi77

Ahhhh! Now I don't feel so silly. i fell down a steep ravine and landed on a stump. The bruising and swelling was severe, so I decidied to use an ice pack to help. The area was already numb so I never even realized that I was freezing my upper thigh! I removed the pack about 40 min. later and the whole area felt like frozen chicken. I thought the plastic from the ice pack had come off or something, but upon further inspection, the whole area was frozen solid. Today, 24 hours later, the area is still dark red and raised. Yay me! Guess I should have used a bit more common sense.

Apr 09, 2010
BEWARE
by: Anonymous

Left my ice gel pack on my chronic neck pain for one hour and 1/2. Now, 9 days later I am in another type of severe pain - only for frostbite. My Dr. put me on a cream but it too has some bad side effects but I have no choice as I am in terrible burning and itchy pain from hell. Please only use ice for 10 minutes then wait 20 minutes before you use it again. I will never be that stupid again. I know people will try to escape chronic pain as I did, but you will only end up with another equally as bad of pain from the over use of ice packs.

Apr 10, 2010
I feel so understood . . .
by: Lisa

Well, it's nice to know I'm not the only idiot who puts the ice pack directly on my skin. We should start a support group.

I iced my hip with a gel pack for just 15 minutes, and when I removed the pack, there were several large, white, hard patches on my hip, butt, and thigh. Two hours (and a hot shower and a cold shower) later they are very red and swollen (the skin is raised at least 1/8 an inch), hot to the touch, and still somewhat numb. I just hope they'll stay numb.

Apr 17, 2010
?
by: Anonymous

i iced my hamstring last night, after i took the ice pack off some of my skin was actually frozen solid.

Apr 21, 2010
going to the doctor today
by: Lisa

i did the same thing - i left an ice pack uncovered on my foot for too long and now its very swollen and red - a little scary so I am going to see my doctor. I will post what she tells me to do, might help some people here.

Apr 24, 2010
Watch out!
by: Anonymous

I injured my knee at work and was told to see the employee nurse. The nurse applied an icepack directly on my skin and wrapped in up with a bandage. I didn't think anything of it at the time that she didn't place anything between my knee and the icepack. When she removed the pack about 30 min later I noticed that the skin surrounding th inner part of my knee was frozen nearly solid. I asked if this was normal and she said yes! Now it is 8 hours later and my knee is still numb from the ice burn!

May 13, 2010
ice burn
by: Anonymous

I too left a ice gel pack on my back for about 20mins. Even though it was in its cover I burnt my back 6 days ago and it is still irritated and itchy. I plan to go to see a nurse tomorrow but when I saw the Osteopath he said that you shouldn't leave ice on for more than 7 mins

May 13, 2010
i did the same thing
by: besart jajaga

i did the same thing but for 30 to 40 minutes and now i have 4 inch bubbles on my leg 2Nd degree burn

May 25, 2010
Ice Pack Burn
by: Anonymous

I burnt my foot quite bad. One question why does the bag have in BIG PRINT the name of the manufacturer and in TINY PRINT " don't apply directly to skin" It had been in my freezer for over a year I had not used one before. I think they should swap the font size on the Warning vs Manufacturer. It's almost qualifies legally as "attractive nuisance" of course I am over 18 Lol.

May 31, 2010
Help!?!?
by: Anonymous

The same thing happened to me too! I hurt my back at gymnastics practics and my coach told me to lay on an ice pack for 30 min. It was on my bare back too! Now I have a huge red blotchy bruise thing there and it won't go away!! Putting aloe on it is not helping Can someone please help!?!?

Jun 01, 2010
scarr
by: Anonymous

SAME!!! I accidentally left one on my hip and it burned me. Now I have a fat round scar!!! weird....

Jun 06, 2010
frost burn
by: Anonymous

yesterday i pitched a whole game so i iced my arm afterwards. when i took the ice off, i had a huge bump that was white and overnight it turned into a red rash. now it has turned purple.

Jun 12, 2010
fuckk
by: Anonymous

i just put a gel ice pack on my leg for 40 minutes and now my leg is patchy bubbly and purple and killing me!cant even walk. What do i do??

Jun 13, 2010
frost bite burn on bottom
by: Anonymous

Help. Three and 1/2 weeks ago I burned by bottom with an ice pack which I had on it for 30 minutes. It blister approx. 1/3 of one of my cheeks. Went to the doctor and he gave me salivene cream. Within a week after all the blisters disappeared it turn a very ughly black.Its now to the point where I am screaming with pain and haven't a clue as to do what next. Should I go back to the doctor on monday/ I have had no sleep in a couple of days I just keep putting more and more cream on it and just lay here and cry.

Jun 19, 2010
So blessed by these comments
by: Anonymous

My husband just fell asleep with an ice pack on his hamstring. You guessed it, just what you all are talking about. It hasn't blistered...yet. I will keep watch and get him to the doc if needed.

Thanks for all the comments. I had no idea what we were dealing with!

Jul 04, 2010
Feeling better now
by: Anonymous

I had a ice pack on my upper thigh from a grown type injury i received playing soccer. It is winter here so i figured it was just the cold as to why my leg was bit red. now i have a big red burn and its hot and bit sore. It hasn't blistered but it looks horrid. I am silly for not putting anything between my skin and the ice pack and will do in the future. Thanks for your comments, i feel better now and that its happened to someone else and what they have done about it. cheers

Jul 04, 2010
Feeling better now
by: Anonymous

I had a ice pack on my upper thigh from a groin type injury i received playing soccer. It is winter here so i figured it was just the cold as to why my leg was bit red. now i have a big red burn and its hot and bit sore. It hasn't blistered but it looks horrid. I am silly for not putting anything between my skin and the ice pack and will do in the future. Thanks for your comments, i feel better now and that its happened to someone else and what they have done about it. cheers

Jul 10, 2010
ice burn
by: Anonymous

two days ago, i got a sunburn, and decided to put an ice pack on it, only to find that about twenty minutes later, i had a huge frozen lump on my chest. its about the size of a toonie. it hasnt blistered yet, so i dont see a point in going to the doctors yet. any suggestions on how to make it heel faster ?

Jul 15, 2010
frost bite by ice pack
by: scotty

Hi, I had a similar experience with an ice pack - I torn my bicep, and purchased one of those refreezable ones that had little colored beads in it. I put directly to the bicep afixing it with an ace bandage; fell asleep woke up hours later with the ice pack no longer cold and still on my arm. I had frost bite for weeks. My skin went from red to purple/brown and looked briused it was very hot to touch. Eventually my skin fall off and had to regrow new skin, that was one of the dumbest things i did in all my life!!! very painful, becareful for sure.....

Jul 20, 2010
frost burn in 5 minutes!
by: Anonymous

Same things here! i used an icepack on my knee for JUST 5 MINUTES, and when i took it off blotches on my knee we white and stiff, it reminded me of frozen chicken, over the next days the swelling went down but it turned into a red, then purple bruise, and to touch it feels like a fresh scab. Ive been using lotions and aloe, and burn ointment. it doesn't appear to be working that well but it sure feels better! i wont be icing with out something in between ever agian!

Jul 21, 2010
Ice pack burn
by: Red Burn Mark

I agree with those of you who said the warning should read that you will get burned if the gel pack stays on too long or a thick towel is not placed between the gel pack and skin!!! And it should be in bold large print!!! I have never had a burn and I've been using the gel pack for a few years!! I am throwing mine out today and going back to the old fashioned ice in a plastic bag routine!!! Of course, I hate marks on my skin and I hope it clears up. I am going the website nytimes.com to read about using honey on the burn and I will give everyone an update soon!

Good Luck!!!

Jul 26, 2010
Ice Burn on Tush
by: Anonymous

Ok, I was treating my severe sciatic pain last week and placed a frozen gel pack directly on my skin for only a few minutes before it began to sting (been doing this forever and this is the first time this happened!). I now have a red, painful, itchy blotch on my buttocks; really don't wanna see the Dr for this! I first noticed it felt like a bruise, but it never turned purple, only bright red. Now it stings a bit and itches (It's been almost a week). I'll try the Aloe.

Aug 06, 2010
burn mark
by: Anonymous

So, I burned myself with an ice pack last night for the 2nd time (genius, I know). The last time I had a dark brown area on my leg for about 2 months after the burn which finally went away. I am hoping this one is going to fade away quickly!

Aug 16, 2010
Yeah me too
by: Jen

My leg has been hurting for the past few days so I iced it. I ALWAYS out something between the ice pack and my skin. But I was lazy today and had just taken off a normal bag of ice 20 minutes ago that wasn't wrapped. So I put in on my thigh for about 15 minutes, then I had to go. Thankfully I was forced out of the house of my leg would have been much worse. It is red and in some places a bit elevated. It doesn't hurt, its just numb and very unsightly. At first I was scared, I was OMG OMG whats wrong will my leg?!?!?! Then I found this site and I think my burn isn't that bad and will go away in a few days. Rawr. Haha

Aug 17, 2010
You think that is bad!!!
by: Anonymous

I just have to chime in. I was watching my friend's 18 month old today. I gave her a frozen yogurt pop-next thing i know she is screaming, and her finger where the pop was started swelling, and it formed white blisters. i couldn't believe it. I called the doctor's office and they didn't believe it either. they keep saying she was having an allergic reaction. I knew it wasn't an allergic reaction. No one would listen though. I found this site , and I knew I was right. Burned by a frozen yogurt pop. I know it isn't sports related, but it just goes to show how sensitive our skin can be to the cold.

Aug 28, 2010
Frost Burn From Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

I got an ice pack burn about 6 weeks ago and I am extremely worried because it has left an enormous bruise on my leg that does not seem to get better, even after 6 weeks. I know the problem stems from leaving the ice pack on my thigh without any protective measures for approximately 30 mins. After I took the ice pack off, my skin looked like a bumpy rollercoaster that was not painful but felt like needles was pricking me when I touched it. There was one person who stated that his bruise went away after 2 months. Has there been any individual who has had their bruising last more than 2 months.......or not gone away at all?

Aug 28, 2010
help me please
by: Anonymous

ok so i was pitching my face cause i had like three sits on my cheek so i was pitchinq them and i heard to riduss redness u have to put ice i left the ice pack for two min then i took it of and then i look at the myself and i had like red pumps and i freaked out i swear i got so mad of how bad it looked so what can i do ??

Aug 31, 2010
Red Welt on neck from ice pack
by: Anonymous

I did alot of gardening and my neck hurt so before I went to bed I put an icepack on my neck and FELL ASLEEP. I woke up with a big red welt on the left side of my neck. Last night I put silvadine cream and gauze over it with tape, but it is just as red this morning. I have lace at the top of my robe and it iritates it? How long before the redness goes away?

I hate to have to go to the doctor.

Sep 06, 2010
Also have Freezer Burn from Ice Packs
by: Anonymous

I set an ice pack on my upper arm for about 10 min. and was shocked to see three ugly red patches on my skin... I went to Urgent Care and was given care instructions for "frost bite"... These type of ice packs should be illegal... Are there any attorneys out there listening to these stories?? And why has no one answered if these ugly freezer burn marks go away? And if so, how long does it take??

Sep 07, 2010
HELP!
by: 2nd Time Getting Freezer Burn From Ice Packs :[

So my hip started to bug me today so I put an ice pack on it for 15 minutes and i took it off and my skin was almost leathery and I guess frozen. This is the 2nd time that this has happened to me, except that the first time was on my ankle. The mark on my ankle has not gone away and it has almost been a year. I dont know what to do about my hip burn though. Any suggestions? And I am a runner...

Sep 11, 2010
ADD MY DUMBASS TO THE CLUB
by: Anonymous

did anyone notice better results

Sep 19, 2010
FAILLLL
by: Anonymous

i just wrapped my leg with not 1 but 2 gel ice packs and didnt put anything between the ice pack and my knee and as soon as i took it off it was pale white and rock hard. 30 minutes later it is red numb and tingly.

fml, first and last time icing a body part

Sep 23, 2010
ice burn
by: Anonymous

*Sigh* Just did this myself with an ice pack. Some blisters and redness. oh well, I guess it'll heal up in a few days. Boy, I'm stupid

Sep 29, 2010
Answers
by: Anonymous

Those of you who are looking for answers.....Honey or Aloe Vera every hour. I tried honey at first and then switched to the aloe vera. Took me about two days to heal.

Oct 26, 2010
anwer
by: Anonymous

i was stupid and gave myself a salt and ice burn a while back. it gave me frost nip. it was a brown pink color and peeled...it took about 2 weeks to heal. i put silver sinstein on it to make it better. you dont really need to go to a doctor unless its infected or a dark, dark color..like black. just treat it well

Oct 26, 2010
anwer
by: Anonymous

i was stupid and gave myself a salt and ice burn a while back. it gave me frost nip. it was a brown pink color and peeled...it took about 2 weeks to heal. i put silver sinstein on it to make it better. you dont really need to go to a doctor unless its infected or a dark, dark color..like black. just treat it well

Oct 28, 2010
Wait til you hear this supidity!!!
by: Anonymous

Dr. Oz had a show about new, easy, cheap
"fixes" for problem areas, which included new studies showing that fat is VERY sensitive to cold. Now they have a device that sucks your tummy, skin and belly fat and all, into this machine and nearly freezes it for about an hour. Gradually, the fat cells self-destruct and your body absorbs those fat cells - cool beans, right?? My tummy has been expanding a little over the past couple of years, so I decided that, instead of paying about $2000 for this therapy, I'd buy some gel ice packs, tie them tight around my waist, bundle the rest of me in an electric throw and watch TV while my fat starts dissolving. Trouble is, when I took the pack off, my skin is totally numb and unusually red. I'm assuming that by the other stories that I heard hear, mine isn't THAT bad, no blisters, white peeling skin, etc, I did keep a T-shirt between tummy and ice pack, so hopefully this will not mean a trip to the ER...I'll keep you posted about what happened to my belly fat...

Oct 30, 2010
Frost Burn from Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

My experience parallels all the reports cited here, but worse. I stupidly put a frozen gel pack on a sore shoulder and fell ASLEEP. At first it was like a sunburn and I treated it w/ Aloe Vera. But it moved on to a full fledged burn w/ infection by day 10 and I went to the M.D. Nurse Practitioner thought it was a burn w/ an infection from the pack's surface. The Doc came in & claimed that gel pacs "don't get cold enough to cause a burn" and diagnosed shingles (Well that is how bad it looked and felt). The M.D. is definitely wrong-- this is an infected burn that I'm treating w/ topical antibiotics. (Any ideas anyone). The reason I am posting this is that athletes and weekend warriors need to be really careful w/ these packs as they can get cold enough to burn unprotected skin badly. So, ya'll be really careful.

Nov 08, 2010
Got burn too:(
by: Anonymous

Now i feel terribly bad. After I realized i put ice pack on wrong side on my leg due to pain i was feeling, i did not take it off immediately. I thought it won't matter for few minutes. I only did it for 15 -20 minutes. Totally stupid of me. I have burn now at side of my left foot..hopefully it will fix soon. Good suggestions here. Hopefully many others won't do stupid things like me

Dec 22, 2010
Burn
by: Anonymous

I had a burn so i iced it because it hurt and then it turned into like scar tissue over time so i looked up how to get rid of scar tissue and it said to rub it, i did and it turned into a blister. The blister popped and i bandaged it and it healed but now it is like a hard piece of skin that is scab like and a bit of a bump like the scar tissue is still there. when i press on it or it hits something it hurts pretty badly like there is a bruse on the nuckle bone!! PLEASE HELP!

Dec 31, 2010
ice BURN
by: Anonymous

I had an ice pack on my entire back for about 30 minutes,
part of my shirt was up so i got a TERRIBLE burn on my lower back. it's swollen and a big big patch and blister of white. It's really big too):

Jan 02, 2011
Yet another victim!
by: Emily

Just another stupid person who burned myself with an ice pack last night. I have a sore place in my right buttock from a fractured pelvis five years ago, and it was really aching, so I used an ice pack directly on the skin for 20 minutes. I initially had a cloth between my skin and the ice, but it didn't feel cold enough, so I removed the cloth. Bad decision! After 20 minutes the pain was gone b/c everything was numb, but my skin (about 1/2 my right buttock was totally white, hard, and frozen. Panic! I had no idea what I had done to myself. After sleeping on it, the skin is just pink and kind of burned to the touch (very warm) and slightly raised. Hopefully it doesn't progress to blisters. I'm just ignoring it for now and hoping it will heal relatively quickly. Never again!

Jan 03, 2011
Thanks to all of you
by: Alex

Dear Barton and all contributors,

I want to thank you, Barton, and all of the people who have posted their stories here. You all save my a$$ a year ago--I had found this site and sent a question, read the stories and got the treatment I needed--just in time. I'm an American living in Eastern Europe and did this to myself in a bad way over the holiday a year ago--and ended up with a serious and spreading infection, horrible hospitals you wouldn't enter unless you wanted to die, and all private doctors on holiday. I found antibiotics good for a week in my cupboard, and bandages and thankfully had Neosporin from the US--it ended up being a really intensive protocol of changing bandages every three to five hours over the course of three to four days in which the infection was clearly teetering on the brink. I had done it to my lower back, across the entire back (blue ice, stunned the pain with alcohol and therefore tolerated the deep freeze for about an hour). The burn was so bad it's clearly visible to this day--dark, mottled skin. But without you I would have been in deep, deep doo-doo. It was only here that I figured out I was in serious trouble and I took all the best advice--and it worked, just barely because I had waited almost too long.

So thank you, Barton and everyone who puts their stories and insights and information here. And for all of you going through this now--do take it really seriously but also know that with proper care it will pass.

Alex

Jan 09, 2011
srsly?
by: Anonymous

MAYBE...one would look it up online first before they go and burn themselves....with ice. google has everything.

Jan 12, 2011
iced back leather skin
by: Idiot

I iced my back with a gel pack due to a hike with a heavy backpack. Initially after 30 mins. my skin looked like white leather. Next morning there was an area the size of a small football red and imflamed but no pain ....a bit numb. There is one spot that is darker and after reading this site I fear it may become a blister. I'm not much for going to the doctor unless it's serious so I will wait this out a couple of days. Thank you all for your input. I like the honey idea best and may use that today.

Feb 14, 2011
Aquaphor helped tremendously!!
by: Anonymous

I sprained my wrist snowboarding and icing it was helping so much! I started using an ice pack so it was easier to wrap around my wrist. The pack was burning and really too cold. I mentioned it to my boyfriend including the fact that I think I should have something in between the pack and my skin (it was not an official ice pack but a wine cooler that resembles one, so did not have a warning). He told me "It didn't hurt" and playing sports he had to sit in much colder ice baths and it's uncomfortable but I need to grin and bare it. He stated I only need a protective layer for direct ice contact. In order for it to get better I needed to leave it on no matter what. Well, I second guessed myself and I ended up with an ice pack burn. How frustrating! Now I have a sprained wrist and on top of it a burn!!! Grrr. Well, I started researching the net and was really scared. My burn was turning a brighter pink and getting puffier by the second! I didn't want it to turn black or form a blister like other readers mentioned happening. I immediately put some aloe on it under the advice of some commenter on here. Looking at other various places on the internet though, one persons Mom was a burn unit nurse and told her to use Aquaphore - which ended up helping her. I'd never heard of it but it's a medicated healing gel. Like a thicker aloe vera almost. I sent the boyfriend to the store to get it STAT. Slathered it on, put a large bandaid over it and 1 hour later, THE BURN WAS NEARLY GONE!! I couldn't believe it. I took the large band-aid off after a few hours and it started turning red again - I'm not sure why. I put a new band-aid on overnight and all that's left this a.m. is a light pinkness. I'm sure it will be gone in a few days if I keep using the Aquaphor with a large bandaid. I'm not sure about more serious burns. . .My "ice pack" was probably only on 15 -20 min. and still left a burn. . .but for more minor stuff I would put Aquaphor on it with a large bandaid or something else to cover it ASAP. It really helped me.

I will hesitate using ice packs from now on - I knew the 15-20 min rule and adhered to it, but I still got burned. I went back to the ice-in-a-plastic-baggie method.

The comments on here are great! Hope my shared experience helps someone!

Feb 19, 2011
DO NOT USE GEL ICE PACKS
by: Anonymous

Guys the reason why this is happening is ice freezes at 0 degrees and ice packs can get as cold as -10 degrees. The answer here is do not use gel ice packs they are dangerous. Just use normal ice. I am an experienced Physiotherapist working in sports medicine.

Mar 01, 2011
Misleading Packaging!!!!
by: Smachimo

I haven't had a burn yet but I have been using frozen veggie bags on my cheek bone. I picked some ice packs up this morning and now after reading will definitely not use them. *I do want to point out that ALL THE PICTURES ON THE ICE PACK BOXES SHOW THEM BEING APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN!!!!. I know it's important to show your product, but come on, when it does that amount of damage to so many people, forgo the misleading picture on the box, right?

Mar 04, 2011
Weird
by: anthony

Ok this morning i applied an ice pack on my bicep, for it was sore from heavy weight lifting the day before, so i put it on my bicep, and wraped it tightly with a bandage wrap. About an hour in a half later i took it off with more pain than before, it started to swell up, and turn dark red, like a bruise, went home took a hot bath for one hour, then i applied Neosporin, yet a few hours later, it seems as if it is getting bigger, it hurts a little but if i touch it i cant feel a thing, am i doing this right? and how long will it take to heal?

Mar 04, 2011
sounds dangerous
by: Anonymous

Dear Weird: Go to a doctor asap. 1.5 hours is insane, esp if it was blue ice. You may need more than Neosporin. Run, do not walk, to clinic.

Mar 09, 2011
HONEY
by: Anonymous

hi everyone-
I had the same problem - I left an ice pack on my foot for too long, resulting in very sore, raw, red looking skin.

all i did was put honey on it - i put honey on a gauze and taped it to the burned area. do this as often as possible! morning, night, sleep, after/before showering, during the daytime, etc. It'll start to feel better after just one day.

don't believe me? google it. or check this out:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/19/health/19real.html

Mar 12, 2011
Ice pack burns
by: Lulu

Three days ago, I had a laser used to remove broken capilairies on my face. I used the ice packs given to me by the nurse, and I now have a large brown area on each cheek. I'm assuming it has been burned by the packs even though they each were covered. Will this go away soon??? Leave scars??

Mar 22, 2011
Ice Burn & Blisters
by: GP

I had a sore foot from playing 36 holes of golf. came home and put my foot in a pale of ice water for about 25 minutes. Then followed that with a ice pack directly to the top of my foot. well the ice pack burned my foot and it developed hugh blisters on top. Finally the swelling and blisters sent me to the ER. They drained it and sent me to a specialist. I'm now getting treated for a 2nd degree burn to the top of my foot. when in doubt, go to Dr and be as specific as you can about the injury.

Mar 23, 2011
Update to ice pack burns
by: Lulu

It's been exactly 2 weeks since my face was burned from ice packs. Thankfully there are no scars. In fact, the acne scars I had have become less noticeable from the peeling. My advice-do not peel the brown flaky skin from the burns.
Good luck to all.

Mar 27, 2011
feeling a bit better the next day...
by: Anonymous

Same thing happened to me. I iced my elbow for 20 minutes with an ice pack directly on the skin. I have been doiong this three times a day for two months wi no problems, but this timw when i took the pack off my arm had large spopts that were white, raised and hard. i was advised to saok my elbow in warm(not hot) water for 30 minutes to slowly raise the temperature of my elbow. technically the cold bits are a mild version of frostbite. After soaking my arm for 30 minutes, the spots became deep red and stung a bit, Like a heat burn. Many people recommend putting aloe or honey on the burn at this point, and contunuing application until healed. I saw a doctor who gave me a steroid cream which I applied and went to sleep. The next morning the red spots are 75% healed. hope this helps...

Apr 06, 2011
Ice machine
by: Soccertakedown

So, I've been injured from a soccer incident for a month now. I borrowed an ice machine that wraps around my knee running ice water on a continuous basis. This is my relief at the end of every work day. So, I slept with it on all night long for four....yes four weeks. Well, you guessed it..bad news!! Three days ago had the red blotches and had no idea what it was. Today...large red blotches, very swollen, and rock hard. I'm still not healed from my injury and now I'm dealing with this? Seriously. After reading this awesome site I have applied neosporin and will call my orthopedic in the morning. Cross your fingers I don't blister or get infections but with this pain level......not too sure.

Apr 14, 2011
Healing Time
by: Caribbean Burn

Hey everyone. I notice that very few persons have responded on the issue of healing time for the marks caused by the ice pack burn... Very frustrating for people like me who are dying to know hahaha!

I had a calf strain and rather than take the time to take ice blocks and make up an ice pack, I decided with my lazy self to simply rest my calf on a package of frozen hot dog sausages (frankfurters). BIG mistake! The first day I did it, no problem, but I actually removed it after 10 minutes. The second day i went for 20 to 25 mins directly on the package, with no towel in between.

Result? Painful (burning sensation) calf within an hour. Soon, the horizontal (hot-dog shaped) lines (4 in all, decreasing in size lol!) turned red. Within a little over a week, they turned dark purple, and then slightly darker a few days later. It has now been 12 days, and they are not painful (pain stopped within first couple days actually, and was never excessive).

However, between day 10 and day 12 I have had to tell me "hot dog burn" story at least 12 times. The marks are now VERY noticeable. At the same time, you can see that it's going to heal just fine. No blisters, they actually just look like I sat with my calf against some soot-filled object and got scuffed up. In fact some people have said "Hey, you've rubbed your leg against somethign dirty, wipe it off". If only it were that easy!

I'm inclined to believe, therefore, that it will in fact take at least another month before the marks are not as noticeable as they are now, and probably at least a full two months (from time of injury) for them to go away entirely. I've got the type of skin that generally does not scar easily, so I'm praying!

Hope this helped.

Apr 17, 2011
I'm am a idiot!!!
by: Anonymous

I have placed an ice packet on the side of my wrist and instead of applying it for 20 mins, I have left it on for an hour. It hurt like hell and my wrist turned red with a blister. Three days later the pain and the blister went away but now the skin is a dark blue color. Hopefully it goes away. I'm am a idiot and I will now follow the directions when applying ice to an injury:)

Apr 22, 2011
blue ice 2nd degree burns
by: Painful

I had been training for a race and my knees had been sore from training so hard so I decided to put a blue ice pack on while at work to help with the pain. Not even 20 min later did I take it off and was in excruciating pain with a huge red welt on my knee. I thought it would go away after putting some neosporin on it but it just got worse. My knee was VERY hot to the touch and by the time I got home it had blistered over very badly. Went to patient first and he said I had 2nd degree burns from the ice pack (frostbite) and to not use artificial cold packs it the thermacare heat wraps. There is a chemical reaction in those things that cause them to get below freezing and to only used crushed ice in a bag in a towel to prevent this from happening again. No matter what, ice will never get colder than 32 degrees. Anyways gave me silvadene and bandaged me up. He said it will take 3-4 wks to completely heal and that my skin will turn dark brown and my blisters will eventually go away. Definitely seek medical attention if you have this problem because you will need to get a tetanus shot as well. Hope this helps, I will never use blue ice again!!!

May 13, 2011
Update
by: Caribbean Burn

A total of 6 weeks have passed, and my marks have lightended somewhat but are still clearly visible. I've been pasting them with Vitamin E oil (the effects of which are debatable online). Prior to using the oil, the skin in that are had started to dry and peel. I was excited by this as I figured new skin would mean the marks would be gone sooner. But since I've started with the oil, the area no longer peels (for obvious reasons), so of course I'm wondering what kind of progress I'd have made had I just let it heal on its own.

May 18, 2011
Yikes
by: Anonymous

yea i held ice dirictly to my face for about thirty min finally realizing wow it doesn't hurt because it's numb! LOL,needless to say...burnface. Seriously worse than a sunburn...ouch. And it hurts and isn't the best spot to have a burn right on your face...pretty inconvenient:/ it hurts my face pretty bad, but more the ego.

May 22, 2011
Frozen Fingers
by: Delirious

My mother bumped her fingers and I wanted to make sure she didn't bruise so I wrapped a freezer gel pack around her fingers (front and back) for appoximately 25 minutes. The gel pack instructions said NOT to cover it with anything. When I removed the gel pack, all four fingers were a white-waxy color and hard as ice. I had to call the paramedics and have her taken to the ER. We were there for 2 hours while her fingers thawed out. Afterwards, her fingers and the knuckles of her hand had a perfect red outline of where the gel pack had been and her fingers and hand are extremely pink and swollen. I will be taking her to her doctor in the morning. We won't be using gel packs again.

May 28, 2011
freese burn
by: Anonymous

I'm 15 and I spraied athleats fool fungus stufff on my arm really close to the skin 16 times and then they turned red and i thought they were bruises ans ignored them then a day later i learned they were blisters so i popped all of them and i peeled the skin off all of them and now the skin is yellow any help?

Jun 01, 2011
Hello from snowy Russia!)
by: Alexey

I'm too! I'm with you!) I just burned my leg with a plastic freezer's accumulaor from my Liebherr (-20C) freezer! It's Scary! Tell me what should I do? I have a large blisters! And my skin (in damaged area) is like a pork skin! I don't want my blisters became black or poping! SOS!

Jun 07, 2011
It took about 2-4 wks
by: Anonymous

I left an ice pack on my pinky finger first joint and it started to get red and burn. I thought it was my inflammation causing redness so continued to leave ice pack on. Then realized that was bad idea. It immediately began to swell and by following day I had a blister in middle of small bump on first joint of pinky finger. I only applied aloe vera once a day at night. I did not use cream from doctor. I left finger exposed and did not cover it. It started to get brown on sides of blister. Luckily blister did not break. Slowly blister started go down after a week and then the whole bump turned dark brown with a light red on edges. After about 2 wks it started to crack and peel. Once it completely peeled away I was left with a lighter skin but then that has now also gone away. So now after a month I can say that it looks fine like before. There is still a tiny bit discloration in area but I think that will go away with sun exposure.

Jun 17, 2011
Ice Packs, or Gel Packs?
by: Anonymous

Not sure if you guys are using the Gel Ice packs, or actual Icepacks, like the kind for lunchboxes. I get terrible stomach aches my hubby and I discovered that Ice helps keep the pain at bay. I use the Box lunch ice packs like the ones he uses for work. I tend to use one for hours using just a thin cloth shirt (a few times I've skipped out on the shirt altogether when I couldn't find a thin enough one, to no ill effect thankfully) until the shirt is too much insulation to let the cold through then I put it against my skin. Often through the night. I know the gel packs are more flexible, but other than some mild stinging at the start I havn't been having trouble with them. Mind you I was a little bit concered about the possibility of damaging my cells, perhaps even my internal organs, via frostbite till I read some of your accounts. Looks like it will be pretty painfully obvious if I do overdo it. Thank you all for your stories.

Jun 21, 2011
Another frostbite victim from gel ice pack
by: Anonymous

I NEVER imagined this would happen. My arms have been super sore from tendonitis from work at the computer and other chores involving lifting. Tonight after I went for a run, I put one gel ice pack on each arm while watching TV. After about 15 minutes it was nice not to feel the pain anymore, but when I removed them I was shocked and very worried to find my sking numb and white and raised - like frostbite... so scary!! I ran them under the warm water tap, and tried to get through to telehealth to no avail. Then I googled and found this site. My arms are still really red. I'll try the aloe vera lotion on them tonight.... I don't care if they go bruised, as long as they're alright in the end!!! This is a really under-communicated issue. I have NEVER even heard of this possibility.

Jun 25, 2011
Burn from gel ice pack
by: Estella Escobar

My bicep had been hurting from softball so I decided to ice it and I put a little gel ice pack on it. I went and laid down and dozed off for about 20 minutes but when I woke up my arm was burning. I took it off and now my arm is red in most spots but there's a part that is like a dark black/purple-ish color. I don't know what to do about it.

Jun 26, 2011
Frozen Abdomen - from Dr Oz show
by: Anonymous

Oh my Word -- I saw the same show on Dr. Oz as another poster and laid on an ice pack for 20 minutes. I could feel areas that were frozen under the skin (fat freezes faster then flesh) and not an hour later it is bright red and hot..

Thanks for the Aloe suggestion. I am doing an experiement and put Aloe on one half and Arnica Gel on the other and spayed it all with solarcaine (has .5% lidocian) in it.

Jul 07, 2011
Ice treatment worse than the bite
by: Anonymous

I was sitting outside with my husband and was bitten by either a spider or an ant. My husband wrapped it with a gel pack for about 20 minutes, and part of my skin turned completely white. I immediately took a shower and the white spot (large circle) turned red. I put 100% aloe vera gel on it throughout the night. The red circle is still there, and I can't even find the markings of the bite. So in my case, it looks like the treatment for the bite ended up being
worse than the bite itself!

Jul 07, 2011
Ice treatment worse than the bite
by: Anonymous

I was sitting outside with my husband and was bitten by either a spider or an ant. My husband wrapped it with a gel pack for about 20 minutes, and part of my skin turned completely white. I immediately took a shower and the white spot (large circle) turned red. I put 100% aloe vera gel on it throughout the night. The red circle is still there, and I can't even find the markings of the bite. So in my case, it looks like the treatment for the bite ended up being
worse than the bite itself!

Jul 07, 2011
Ice treatment worse than the bite
by: Anonymous

I was sitting outside with my husband and was bitten by either a spider or an ant. My husband wrapped it with a gel pack for about 20 minutes, and part of my skin turned completely white. I immediately took a shower and the white spot (large circle) turned red. I put 100% aloe vera gel on it throughout the night. The red circle is still there, and I can't even find the markings of the bite. So in my case, it looks like the treatment for the bite ended up being
worse than the bite itself!

Jul 07, 2011
Ice treatment worse than the bite
by: Anonymous

I was sitting outside with my husband and was bitten by either a spider or an ant. My husband wrapped it with a gel pack for about 20 minutes, and part of my skin turned completely white. I immediately took a shower and the white spot (large circle) turned red. I put 100% aloe vera gel on it throughout the night. The red circle is still there, and I can't even find the markings of the bite. So in my case, it looks like the treatment for the bite ended up being
worse than the bite itself!

Jul 17, 2011
Reason for Burn from Ice Pack
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone,

So I use ice packs directly on my skin straight from the freezer, and leave them on usually for about 15 minutes at a time, and I have never been burned. However, yesterday I used an ice pack that had frost on the outer coating. My foot got nicely frost burned, and now it still burns with a big red mark. I think the key to not getting frost burned is to NOT USE AN ICE PACK WITH FROST ON THE OUTSIDE OF IT. I think the reason would be that the ice pack is cold, but all the heat from your body is being sucked out in order to change the phase of the water from ice to water. This means that the low temperature is maintained for much longer than with a regular ice pack without frost on it. Supporting my claim is the fact that I had another injury which I iced for the exact same amount of time yesterday but without a frost coating, and there is no freezer burn on this skin. I could be wrong, and if you know that I am, please let me know!

Jul 18, 2011
Healing
by: Alex

Hello Everyone,

I posted about a year and a half ago with a bad ice pack burn on my back. Big blisters and infection. Some people have asked how long the healing takes and if the discoloration goes away. In my case, I had had blue ice on for some 45 minutes after throwing out my lower back, covering an area about 4 by 6 inches.

The infection was bad enough that it required up to six bandage changes and disinfections, plus topical antibiotics, for over a week. The blisters healed fully in about a month, though redness and soreness persisted longer. A lot of the skin came out brownish and mottled, and has remained so, though gradually it has been fading. The shape of the ice pack is still clearly visible though perhaps because it's in an unobtrusive spot it doesn't look that bad.

Jul 22, 2011
Another idiot
by: Anonymous

I have a heel spur and used an ice pack (not with ice from freezer)for about 20 mins three days ago. Heel looks like it has been burned with red outlines and white in the middle, but no blisters yet. I'm trying the honey and aloe vera gel. Putting pressure on the heel trying to walk hurts like he##. I hope the remedy of honey and aloe from some on here does the trick.

Jul 26, 2011
It happens
by: I don't have time to read warnings!

I have plantar fasciitis (of course self diagnosed!)I was icing with the gel pack (3 X day for 10-15min) directly on the skin. On the night of the third day of icing, I had pain on the bottom of my foot. It felt like a blister and looked a little red. Determined it was burned from the gel pack. The next day there were three dark pink spots and continued to darken through the second day. A blister never formed and the pain only lasted two days. It's now day four since noticing the first spot and all three areas are much lighter in color, foot is returning to normal, except for the pain from the plantar fasciitis! Now I use the gel pack while wearing a sock. I also rubbed a little aloe on day two and three, seemed to help, but the redness seemed to be a little deeper than surface.

Aug 07, 2011
Add me to the list
by: Anonymous

A 62 year old male, athlete just about all my life and considerable my self intelligent when it comes to treating injuries. Though I recall reading the directions regarding ice packs and warnings, I sat here at the computer after placing an uncovered ice pack on my shoulder, and then proceeded to get lost in something else. Finally, reality set in, (Ice pack had softened by then) and I removed it. I happened to go into the bathroom, and for the first time saw the results of this stupidity in the mirror. I was quite taken back by the sight. Whoa! Incredible burn covering a 4 x 8 in. area. Totally frigging amazing. Glad to see I am not the only one.

My Best to all of you. Hope this hurries up and gets better. I rubbed in some Shea Butter to see if that helps. Will see I guess.

Aug 16, 2011
Gel Pack Burn
by: Anonymous

My 17 year old daughter has a terrible back from years of dance and cheerleading. After the first long day of cheer practice for the new season her back was killing her. She took a hot shower and then placed a gel pack on her lower back. She fell asleep and awoke to horrible blisters across her lower back. I have covered it with silvadine cream and wrapped it in gauze. I pray it looks better in the morning. I will probably take her to the doctor just to be safe.

Aug 16, 2011
Gel Pack Burn
by: Anonymous

My 17 year old daughter has a terrible back from years of dance and cheerleading. After the first long day of cheer practice for the new season her back was killing her. She took a hot shower and then placed a gel pack on her lower back. She fell asleep and awoke to horrible blisters across her lower back. I have covered it with silvadine cream and wrapped it in gauze. I pray it looks better in the morning. I will probably take her to the doctor just to be safe.

Aug 19, 2011
Ice pack burn on thigh
by: Anonymous

I hit my thigh against my bed post and it began to bruise. I thought if I iced it before the bruise became visible, I could eliminate it all together. Of course I had no idea that using the ice pack without a cloth barrier would do damage. I left the pack on for about 20 minutes and to my horror a big red blotch was left. I figured it would go away in a few days like a bruise, but now it has been 3 weeks and the blotch is still there. I experienced no blisters or even pain, just an unsightly red blotch. I have been researching how these types of burns affect the skin and I am worried I might have a lasting scar. Something about broken capillaries.... I am also dark-skinned so I am worried about hyperpigmentation. I am seeing a dermie tomorrow and hope that he can help me get rid of this thing. Would anyone else have any insight on possible permanent scarring? Thanks.

Sep 04, 2011
Mongo
by: Adam Escobar


I applied ice packs to my injured calf yesterday and freaked out when I realised the pack had frozen sold the first few layers of skin - looked like the ice pack had somehow got underneath my skin.

I am in no pain becaus I'm hard but, according to my long suffering wife who isnt a doctoir but believes herself to be an expert at most things, I will heal slowly over the next month or so.

Sep 22, 2011
Any ideas on what this could be?
by: Here's hoping

Wow! After having my 34th (yes, 34th) surgery I was given a blue gel ice pack with a wrap. Always put the ice pack in the wrap BEFORE wrapping it around my knee. I am also wearing a compression sock. I am going to the doc tomorrow due to possible frostbite. Swelling had gotten a bit better, then over the last 48hrs it started getting really bad again. No blisters, but my skin has a purplish hue to it with one area looking somewhat like a hickey. Am very concerned that I may have done some deep tissue damage at this point. (surgery was sept 2nd so I am almost 3 weeks out.) Never, after any of my surgeries have I EVER had this issue. Will post again tomorrow and let you know if it turne out to be frostbite. Followed all the "safety" protocols called for with icing and still possibly have frostbite. Well I guess I will know more tomorrow, but after reading all these posts I am truly afraid it is frostbite.

Sep 25, 2011
again
by: Anonymous

had an ice pack on for 40 min on a sore shoulder with a knot the size of a golf ball. The instant icepack was refrozen and was given to me by a lifeguard at a local pool. it didnt even feel cold, didnt give me the usual feeling of regualar ice. When i removed it,i had burning where the ice pack was. I looked in the mirror to find a swollen think patch of purple red skin. I thought it must be the chemical from inside the pac. Later that evening i realized this was not the case, the pac was only leaking from a corner and the burn was the square shape of the pack. Frostbite its is. My poor damaged skin. :( cant get the knot massaged out till it heals, cause the ice was right on top of the inflamed area! I will learn from this mistake, but the hundreds of times i have iced injuries in the past, ive never used a barrier because its just not cold enough with one!

Sep 27, 2011
Fell asleep on an ice pack! But healed!!!
by: El Bogarto

I recently had a shoulder injury that applied ice to. I fell asleep on the ice pack overnight - probably 5-6 hours!!! When I awoke I had a dark red blotch on my upper arm. It was sore, but not overly painful. In the next week, the blotch went from red to dark purple - almost brown/black. It stayed that color for about 2 weeks, then the entire area peeled off to reveal new skin below. I thought I may end up with a permanent scar on my arm, but about a month later it was entirely gone. Now looks like it never even happened.


Oct 06, 2011
*slaps forehead*.
by: Marathon Training

Me too *slaps forehead*. Managed to turn a very slight muscle strain into two weeks out, with a thigh length 3 inch wide streak of pain down my leg. It really hurts and is warm to the touch. My masseuse and physio's recommendation? Ice.....

Oct 26, 2011
gel ice packs
by: Anonymous

i use gel ice packs on my neck almost daily to point now i dont even feel cold of pack. dont know if is burn or not careless anything to numb pain way. ill do it. but gel packs dont stay cold for long.

Oct 28, 2011
Frost Burn from Ice Pack
by: Tennis Mad

I always have an ice pack ready to use on muscular injuries - it provides pain relief (a sort of anaesthetic) and takes blood away from the area to prevent over-stimulation to the injury. I used an ice pack for a quad strain and somehow sustained a slight ice-burn to a small area. I always put the ice pack in a cloth tube - this should prevent the area getting too cold, but it still happened. I am re-assured to read that Aloe Vera gel should help - always make sure that any ice pack/frozen vegetables are wrapped in something, even a t-towel and don't leave on longer than about 15 minutes. Ice is a great thing to use for muscular pulls - do it for about 3 days about 3 - 4 times a day, then if you need treatment the therapist should be able to straight to ultra-sound and/or heat treatment and a programme of exercises and re-hab treatment.

Oct 30, 2011
I should have known better....
by: Marg

I'm almost in tears now, from the itching and swelling. I've been berating myself for being stupid enough (at my age,65, why was I so dumb?)to put a gel ice pack (it had already warmed up quite a bit) directly on my knee after I had fallen. My knee was numb but I had such a burning sensation....and I wanted to stop the burning. Well I really made a mess of it!

The blisters are round, about an inch in diameter, a half inch high, excruciatingly itchy, and I want them to GO AWAY! I'm not sure what to do about them...have been to the doctor a few days ago (X-rays show that I have nothing broken in my knee), and he just warned me not to puncture them. But they are not showing signs of healing on their own.

What can I do to stop the itching? Should I be putting anything on these blisters? Should I soak in a tub? Compresses? A large area of my knee is still numb. We live in a small town...ER is closed in our hospital, and doctor is 90 minutes away. I go back to him in a couple days.

Oct 30, 2011
Response
by: Anonymous

You should keep the area clean and disinfected. Seriously-disinfect it often and sit tight. If the blisters break use hydrogen peroxide five or six times daily and triple antibiotic. Keep covered with antiseptic bandages. Be patient. Take extreme precaution to prevent or minimize infection. It may take a month to heal.

Nov 01, 2011
Thanks.....
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your suggestions! I went back to the dr. today, and he informed me that I have a hairline fracture of the tibia, just below the knee cap. My whole leg is swollen, and blisters that refuse to be resorbed, so not much can be done for a week or so. This ol' 65 yr. body was thrown into a state of shock, when Crutches came in the door. Just can't get the hang of them. The unaffected knee before this was my weakest one....and of course, now, it's taking the brunt of the load. A clear message for me to 'LOSE WEIGHT, NO MORE EXCUSES!"

Nov 12, 2011
I did it too!
by: Anonymous

These messages are therapeutic-thanks for the postings. After playing sports all my life and constantly using ice packs and ice baths in college, I have burned myself pretty good. After a run, my back was inflamed as always. I usually leave the ice pack on for about 20 mins but this time, lost track of time (about 45 mins). I didn't think anything was wrong (back was feeling better being numb with the ice pack than aching w/o pack-and I never had a problem before) until I was changing for bed and saw a 3x4 dark red blotch on my lower back. It was a bit prickly and I put lubriderm on it. Woke up the next day-even redder and now purple!. Went to the Doc after a day (applied honey-which made it feel GREAT!) but the doc said I have a nasty 2nd degree burn. He gave me silvadyne and said to keep it covered. 2 small blisters have popped and it's now day 6 and the itching is increasing!!. It's raw, reddish/purple and ugly. I'm just hoping to avoid an infection. I'll take the pain and ugliness instead of infection as punishment for being STUPID. Never thought an ice pack would do that!..especially after so many years of doing that for 20 mins. I bet it would have been worse on a fatty area instead of on the small of my back where there is only muscle. Thanks for the posts, people.

Nov 19, 2011
ice burn
by: lewis

hey guys i put my ice pack directly on my from the freezer for an hour and i have several big blisters i have had it for a week and it hasent got better should i see a doctor?

plz help!!!
thank you

Dec 03, 2011
follow-up from Nov. 12, 2011 post NEW
by: Anonymous

My second degree frostbite burn has healed. For those that want to know how long that took?...it was about 10 days when the brownish, blackish skin peeled away and there was fresh pink skin underneath. PHEW!. There is a bit of a skin discoloration in the small of my back but it seems to get lighter and lighter and becoming less noticeable. The itching is gone and everything is fine. The silvadyne is actually 'miracle' cream, I think. It prevents infection and allows the burned area to heal quicker. You must clean the area 2x per day and keep it covered. (Clean with hydrogen peroxide-let it dry-apply silvadyne (generous coating). I would say after 2 weeks, if it's not noticeable better, go back to the Dr.

ps-I'd go to the Dr. to get the Silvadyne and also to have a piece of mind that it's NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK...it just LOOKS bad. Relax and it will heal.

Dec 31, 2011
CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!! NEW
by: SHIRLEY N CALIE

DAMN ICEPAC, Where do I start my left knee is swollen so I did conservative care till I see my ortho surgeon in 2 weeks, applied sparatically for
5-10 minutes under me knee so the swell would go down and the pain would go away, 1 week later I felt behind me knee my leg was burning and swollen I did not notice it till I pull up my pants, OUCHHHHHHH, I went to the ER, they gave me Silversaldane and Vicodin, and wrap it up, I learned my lesson, this was worse then a popped blister. RED, BURNED AND UGLY, That is all I need a swollen knee and a burnt leg, Calgon take me awayyyy!!

Dec 31, 2011
CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!! NEW
by: SHIRLEY N CALIE

DAMN ICEPAC, Where do I start my left knee is swollen so I did conservative care till I see my ortho surgeon in 2 weeks, applied sparatically for
5-10 minutes under me knee so the swell would go down and the pain would go away, 1 week later I felt behind me knee my leg was burning and swollen I did not notice it till I pull up my pants, OUCHHHHHHH, I went to the ER, they gave me Silversaldane and Vicodin, and wrap it up, I learned my lesson, this was worse then a popped blister. RED, BURNED AND UGLY, That is all I need a swollen knee and a burnt leg, Calgon take me awayyyy!!

Dec 31, 2011
CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!! NEW
by: SHIRLEY N CALIE

DAMN ICEPAC, Where do I start my left knee is swollen so I did conservative care till I see my ortho surgeon in 2 weeks, applied sparatically for
5-10 minutes under me knee so the swell would go down and the pain would go away, 1 week later I felt behind me knee my leg was burning and swollen I did not notice it till I pull up my pants, OUCHHHHHHH, I went to the ER, they gave me Silversaldane and Vicodin, and wrap it up, I learned my lesson, this was worse then a popped blister. RED, BURNED AND UGLY, That is all I need a swollen knee and a burnt leg, Calgon take me awayyyy!!

Jan 25, 2012
ice burn from physical therapist. NEW
by: Jana

I had physical therapy today for my knees and like always we iced them after for 15 minutes at the pt office. This time though we iced the back of my knee, too. When I removed the ice, my skin on the back of my knee was hard and red. Now its burning, red, and has a few blisters. This was only 15 minutes and the ice was in a fabric case! What can I do to heal this?

Feb 01, 2012
Yikes NEW
by: Anonymous

So I've been icing my skin directly for years with no problems... Until I invested in a couple of reusable gel ice packs... Took it off my shoulder today to find a beautiful red raw mark across my pec around to the back of my shoulder... So glad that I'm not the only turnip this has happened to... Especially as I'm an athlete. For the future... Hello cloth :/

Feb 02, 2012
ice burn NEW
by: Dotty1412

i am a college baseball pitcher and have iced my arm and shoulder for years. yesterday i used and ice pack on my arm for 20 minutes and i got an ice burn. I have never had this happen to me. I was told to always have some sort of clothing or cloth between ice pack and skin. using aloa vera and lotions to help my burn go away.

Mar 18, 2012
Duh NEW
by: Anonymous

After reading all of these post i feel better, i placed an ice pack directly on my lower back and after 20 min my skin felt like rubber. My kids thought that i was fake and gross. I thought i knew what i was doing considering i am in the medical profession. Maybe i need to ramediate....

Mar 18, 2012
Duh NEW
by: Anonymous

After reading all of these post i feel better, i placed an ice pack directly on my lower back and after 20 min my skin felt like rubber. My kids thought that i was fake and gross. I thought i knew what i was doing considering i am in the medical profession. Maybe i need to ramediate....

Apr 06, 2012
bad idea.. NEW
by: Anonymous

My knee had been hurting after I was running so I applied a gel ice pack directly to my skin (bad idea!) for 15 minutes. When I took it off, my skin was very pale and cold and I got really nervous. That was 4 hours ago and I now still have a big red blotch on my knee where the ice pack had been... Hopefully it will go away soon and is not too severe...any advice?

Apr 17, 2012
ice burn NEW
by: MikeG

I was just icing my partially torn bicept tendon and it was feeling pretty odd so i looked to find that there is a large white blister looking mark where i was icing. hopefully it goes away soon it doesnt hurt but is pretty erritating

May 03, 2012
Sprained Ankle-Ice Burn NEW
by: Anonymous

HI,
i;M FROM North Tx. One Morning about 2 months ago.
When I got up I slid out of bed, I;ve had a sprained ankle ever since-I overiced it-Leg-Seemed like Burned sores. I;ve fallen a couple of times since, 2 mornings ago. I just suddenly fall-I take a lot of med for a problem-past! I found out a few min ago, tech. That my medicene was low. I;m hoping my doc will call from Dallas-Neurologist! Does anyone wear a brace that is too
Small. I have a sprain on my good leg now-the other day. They said I had Tendinitus! Maybe my doc will help me out-med! Does anyone know what to do for a sprain. I;ve been doing exercizes
The past 2 days I started back-Icepack! I think my sore is getting better. I;m feeling better everyday. Still not too balanced

May 16, 2012
+1 NEW
by: Anonymous

+1

May 22, 2012
Hurrah for other idiots NEW
by: Johnfused

Pain above left heel. 'Ice it', was the advice I read. How the hell can I ice my heel? Discover ice-pack in freezer. Lay heel on it. Because I have thick heel skin (I have been using a softening cream for a week, it's noticeably softer) after 20mins I didn't know if I could feel anything...I didn't know if I was numb! I've been doing this for a few days, and when I took the bag out of the freezer I noticed the writing...Oh, arse, no wonder I'm worse. This explains the painful redness and the increased pain. Thanks to all you idiots I'm mentally feeling MUCH better. Amazon will probably sell aloe vera.

May 29, 2012
irony NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a sore arm from pe so the teacher but an ice pack on i left it on for around 20 mins and i got frostbite ironicly the ice pack made my arm feel worse.

May 29, 2012
20 min no cover - no visual sign but is still cold and stings a bit NEW
by: J

I put an ice pack down by my tailbone area for 20 minutes with no cover. I read the outside after applying it (idiot, I know, I know). It has been about 3 hours. It stings a little on the top of my left cheek down there and is cold still, but I see no redness or burn mark. Did the burns that you guys experienced show up hours later? If I have no visable signs will I be in the clear?

May 30, 2012
I now hate chemical ice packs NEW
by: Anonymous

Got back from the gym and to prevent soreness in the tendons in my elbows I threw a couple Ice packs on. My skin was hard as a rock when I pulled it off after about 15 minutes of direct contact. I ran my skin under cool water to stop the frost bite, and now have a nasty, red/ pink area covering my inner arm from the elbow to mid forearm. I put some baking soda on it after running it under the cool water, and I am treating it with aloe. I'm just wondering how long it will be this way..

Jun 10, 2012
burnn NEW
by: manda

Icepack burn how can I make it go away

Jun 10, 2012
burnn NEW
by: manda

Icepack burn how can I make it go away

Jun 10, 2012
burnn NEW
by: manda

Icepack burn how can I make it go away

Jun 11, 2012
another ice burn idiot ..... NEW
by: Anonymous

I pulled the right leg quads after running hard. I normally use iced gelpacks on my knees for 5 minutes and never had a problem. Never. So I tried the pack on my right thigh for 5 minutes using the RICE method. Wow, after 5 mins, the skin was raised, swollen, and red. It hurt. It's now over a week ago. The area looks scarred like a jellyfish sting kind of scar. It is getting smaller thank God. I had no idea an icepack could cause so much damage. Will use with caution and respect from now on. God Bless.

Jun 14, 2012
so, after 3 screwdrivers.... NEW
by: Anonymous

i was told by my chiropractor to ice my shoulder blade for 15 minute intervals for 3 to 4 hours every night. so last night i came home from the bar and settled on the couch with my ice pack under my shoulder. i guess it was about 30 minutes, and even though i was wearing a regular t shirt, the next day i began to notice that my skin was sensitive to the touch right about in the center of where the ice pack was. by the end of the day the painful spot was the "shape" of the ice pack, though my skin shows no signs at all of burn or swelling or anything. still hurts like heck... guess i got off a bit luckier than some posting here, but lesson learned. 24 hours later and still no sign of redness, just sensitivity and persistent pain. but i know it will go away now.

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Jun 19, 2012
I got ice burn from gel pack NEW
by: Anonymous

I fell alseep last year with an ice pack on my hamstring after I have pulled it and after 1 hour I woke up and my leg was burning. When I looked at it it was a huge welt and within minutes of taking the ice pack off it turned blackish blue. I went to the doctor and turns out this can happen a lot with gel packs. If your leg starts to peel like a sunburn or if it itches, then go get it checked out. Other than that, anything serious would look black or feel like you burnt yourself on a hot grill.

Jun 21, 2012
gel pack burn - skin color NEW
by: emd

I burnt the skin around my elbow with a gel pack that I had placed there uncovered for approx. 15-20 minutes. The damage wasn't too serious, i.e. I didn't get any blisters. However, I had a large red spot which didn't look good. I didn't go to the doctor, and after 2-3 days the burn receded by about 50 percent. I then became nervous because the rest which had become a dark red/brown color didn't go away. Yet 2 weeks later the skin started to peel like a sunburn, leaving the whole area a normal color.

Jun 21, 2012
gel pack burn - skin color NEW
by: emd

I burnt the skin around my elbow with a gel pack that I had placed there uncovered for approx. 15-20 minutes. The damage wasn't too serious, i.e. I didn't get any blisters. However, I had a large red spot which didn't look good. I didn't go to the doctor, and after 2-3 days the burn receded by about 50 percent. I then became nervous because the rest which had become a dark red/brown color didn't go away. Yet 2 weeks later the skin started to peel like a sunburn, leaving the whole area a normal color.

Jun 21, 2012
gel pack burn - skin color NEW
by: emd

I burnt the skin around my elbow with a gel pack that I had placed there uncovered for approx. 15-20 minutes. The damage wasn't too serious, i.e. I didn't get any blisters. However, I had a large red spot which didn't look good. I didn't go to the doctor, and after 2-3 days the burn receded by about 50 percent. I then became nervous because the rest which had become a dark red/brown color didn't go away. Yet 2 weeks later the skin started to peel like a sunburn, leaving the whole area a normal color.

Jul 01, 2012
Try this NEW
by: Anonymous

For burns, ice will actually increase the severity of the burn. If for example you apply ice direclty to a first dgree burn you can actually make a third degree burn if left on long enough. Never put ice on a burn! Now as for cold compresses make sure you keep a dry barrier bewteen your skin and the ice. Never apply ice directly to your skin. Cold compresses are good for initial injuries however when applied correctly. using a dry barrier, apply for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 48 hours after an initial injury. This will reduce swelling and pain. After 48 hours, switch to warm (not hot) but warm compresses 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. This will increase circulation to the area and promote healing. If the warm compress is unomofortable it might be too hot. Remember your trying to warm the area not burn the area. here is a quick and easy way to make a cold pack. Take a sealable baggy and fill it with lots of ice and a little water. Seal the baggy and wrap the bagy with a dry paper towel. Place the paper towel wrapped baggy into a second baggy. You now have a cold pack with a dry barrier. Good luck and be safe.

Jul 18, 2012
2nd degree ice pack burn NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had a fusion on my back. After shots,meds, physical therapy failed, I started putting an ice pack directly on back to freeze back to get things done around house, and while driving, to aleve pain.I did this for over a year with no problems, except discoloration on back.A couple of weeks ago it got extremely hot outside, and after applying ice pack while mowing lawn, came inside and bubbles all over ice pack area.I ended up at the burn center, still going weekly.It is about 9 inches long of burn by 6 inches.This is the only way to relieve my back pain,and though the burn is extremely painful, I will put ice on back again.I showed the drs. over the past year that it was changing colors, and neither thought anything of it.So, I am glad to see I am not the only stupid person to put ice pack directly on back. Lesson not learned though.

Jul 26, 2012
DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO NEW
by: shayla

omg i dont know what to do i have sports carnival tomorrow and i have sore thighs both of them are sore i looked up on google what too do and it said put ice packs on it so i did and my thigh has gone all red and it is stinging i dont know what too do HELP HELP IDO NOT WANT TOO LOSE MY RACE TOMORROW

Jul 26, 2012
DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO NEW
by: shayla

omg i dont know what to do i have sports carnival tomorrow and i have sore thighs both of them are sore i looked up on google what too do and it said put ice packs on it so i did and my thigh has gone all red and it is stinging i dont know what too do HELP HELP IDO NOT WANT TOO LOSE MY RACE TOMORROW

Jul 26, 2012
Shayla NEW
by: Anonymous

You are screwed for your race ..go to some kind of emergicare and make sure you tell them exactly what you did. Expect at least a month to have your skin back to
normal.

Aug 03, 2012
The correct use of cold therapy NEW
by: Anonymous

Caution should always be used when applying cold packs or ice to an injury. Everyone's skin is different. Low or weak subcutaneous circulation or flaccid skin condition can get an ice burn if cold packs or ice is applied for even short periods.

When applying cold therapy on a injury the safest way to apply the cold is to use a buffer between the cold pack and the skin,i.e. thick sock, hand or dish towel or several layers of paper towel etc.. Then check every 2 minutes to see if the skin is a bright red. If it is stop the application and find a thicker buffer.

In order to get the desired effect, the cold must be applied long enough to reach the deep tissue. It must be sustained long enough to go through the following process; endorphin release, vasoconstriction and vasodilation.

Cold therapy works on a heat exchange principal, meaning cold doesn't go into the joint or muscle it pulls out the heat.

It has and continues to help millions of people. You must pay attention each and every time you use cold therapy. No matter if it's the first time or the 20th time.

Aug 12, 2012
all night long NEW
by: Anonymous

i left and ice pack on my bare ankle all night long i had it strapped on and i woke up to a massive dark purple blob on my leg HELP?!?!?

Aug 12, 2012
Pay attention to what you do to yourself!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Anonymous who left a cold pack strapped to his/her skin all night.....your and idiot!! Don't take that personal, even though it might sound that way, its just...why would you do that??!!

Try applying aloe because it sounds like you have a "royal" purple freezer burn. If it swells and/or blisters go see a doctor.

Aug 21, 2012
Ankle burns NEW
by: Anonymous

Sprained my ankle and have been icing it for about a week now. A couple days ago i noticed the redness appear and then the pain. It was super hot, and heat was coming from my ankle. Skin was leathery like too... I never put anything between my foot and the pack for about a week, im just thankful the burn isnt worse!! looks like im not the only victim :P

Sep 03, 2012
zooper dooper burn NEW
by: guilty mummy

My 11 month old split her lip, i gave her a zooper dooper icy pole to soothe and comfort her.
The next morning she had developed a bright red ice pack burn on her face where her skin had come in contact with the ice block.
It has now been 5 days, still red, & warm to touch, however no blisters (thankfully).
I have been applying a topical gel called solosite which is just a hydrating gel the chemist recommended.
I will make an effort to update you all on her progress.


Sep 06, 2012
freaked out after seeing it NEW
by: Anonymous

i heard that aloe vera helps so i tried it and it really helps speed up the healing process.

Sep 28, 2012
2nd degree ice pack burn :( NEW
by: Anonymous

My right ankle had been swelling regularly so I wrapped it in an ace bandage with an ice pack. I had done this before with little small kid gel ice packs but this was a big pack. After about 15 minutes I started having stabbing pain and screaming as I took it off. It looked like a severe sunburn for the next 2 days and hurt. I put Calendula gel on it (heals sunburn) and breastmilk (dont laugh- it heals everything!lol). It had blistered by the 3rd day and was oozing pus and infected looking by about the 4th-5th day. Started using peroxide and Neosporin. Saw dr. today at 12 days past burn. Its a 2nd degree burn and the blister is infected and now I'm on oral antibiotics and just praying this heals and doesn't turn to a worse infection like cellulitis :( Lesson learned! I'll never do ice on skin again!! Be careful everyone

Oct 08, 2012
another victim NEW
by: Anonymous

i accidentally sprained my ankle a week ago and i did the rice method few days ago. i kept applying ice packs directly on the skin and i got ice burn the day after.it was painful, addition to my ankle pain :'( im so unhappy right now and my mom scolded me for not adding any cloth between my skin and ice pack. im going to the doctor for my ankle and im sure the doctor will scold me regarding the burn

the burn is reddish and painful. its been 3days now but the redness did not subside..

Oct 08, 2012
another victim NEW
by: Anonymous

i accidentally sprained my ankle a week ago and i did the rice method few days ago. i kept applying ice packs directly on the skin and i got ice burn the day after.it was painful, addition to my ankle pain :'( im so unhappy right now and my mom scolded me for not adding any cloth between my skin and ice pack. im going to the doctor for my ankle and im sure the doctor will scold me regarding the burn

the burn is reddish and painful. its been 3days now but the redness did not subside..

Oct 10, 2012
Answer the Question!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I like how everyone is explaining their story and not answering the questions....

Oct 16, 2012
Bummed out with Ice Pack Burn & Blisters NEW
by: SAM


Terrible pain in my leg (from nerve damage) put ice pack (not the squishy type but the type with some chemical or hard ice inside)----Never Use This Type without a barrier; I learned the hard way. Kept it on way too long (over 30-40 minutes I think) thought the pain was from nerve pain.

Anyway, about 2-3 hours after taking the ice pack off, some blistering had started.

Today, 1 and a half days later blister is huge; about 3 inches round (gotten progressively larger since yesterday). Oh ya, do I feel stupid.
The only consolation I have is now I think my family understands (to a greater extent) how much pain I am in.

Currently I don't know if the pain is from the nerve pain or the burn blister (OMG). I know; wa, wa, wa.

Advice on internet varies (go figure). Some sites are saying puncturing with a steriled needled is ok others say elevate as much as possible and let body reabsorb the fluid.

Keeping it covered is recommended but with light sterile gauze and I also read that it's wise to let air at it a bit. So alot of help I am.

If it's no better (or doesn't stop getting bigger) by tomorrow I'm going to the DR.
He'll probably tell me he could puncture or I could wait for the fluid to be reabsorbed by my body ....ha. ----

Oct 16, 2012
Bummed out with Ice Pack Burn & Blisters NEW
by: SAM


Terrible pain in my leg (from nerve damage) put ice pack (not the squishy type but the type with some chemical or hard ice inside)----Never Use This Type without a barrier; I learned the hard way. Kept it on way too long (over 30-40 minutes I think) thought the pain was from nerve pain.

Anyway, about 2-3 hours after taking the ice pack off, some blistering had started.

Today, 1 and a half days later blister is huge; about 3 inches round (gotten progressively larger since yesterday). Oh ya, do I feel stupid.
The only consolation I have is now I think my family understands (to a greater extent) how much pain I am in.

Currently I don't know if the pain is from the nerve pain or the burn blister (OMG). I know; wa, wa, wa.

Advice on internet varies (go figure). Some sites are saying puncturing with a steriled needled is ok others say elevate as much as possible and let body reabsorb the fluid.

Keeping it covered is recommended but with light sterile gauze and I also read that it's wise to let air at it a bit. So alot of help I am.

If it's no better (or doesn't stop getting bigger) by tomorrow I'm going to the DR.
He'll probably tell me he could puncture or I could wait for the fluid to be reabsorbed by my body ....ha. ----

Oct 16, 2012
Bummed out with Ice Pack Burn & Blisters NEW
by: SAM


Terrible pain in my leg (from nerve damage) put ice pack (not the squishy type but the type with some chemical or hard ice inside)----Never Use This Type without a barrier; I learned the hard way. Kept it on way too long (over 30-40 minutes I think) thought the pain was from nerve pain.

Anyway, about 2-3 hours after taking the ice pack off, some blistering had started.

Today, 1 and a half days later blister is huge; about 3 inches round (gotten progressively larger since yesterday). Oh ya, do I feel stupid.
The only consolation I have is now I think my family understands (to a greater extent) how much pain I am in.

Currently I don't know if the pain is from the nerve pain or the burn blister (OMG). I know; wa, wa, wa.

Advice on internet varies (go figure). Some sites are saying puncturing with a steriled needled is ok others say elevate as much as possible and let body reabsorb the fluid.

Keeping it covered is recommended but with light sterile gauze and I also read that it's wise to let air at it a bit. So alot of help I am.

If it's no better (or doesn't stop getting bigger) by tomorrow I'm going to the DR.
He'll probably tell me he could puncture or I could wait for the fluid to be reabsorbed by my body ....ha. ----

Nov 24, 2012
I with all of you !!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Well everyone i al literally writing to you while im experiencing the blister sensation.

I played football thanksgiving day and I play line backer for all those interested :

Anyways i reinjured my shoulder and it wasn't bad until I could not move the next day. So I'm at work and there was already ice packs in the freezer. Pop shake and place on. Well I only left it on for maybe 20 to 40 minutes. Took it off and my skin popped like a 3D book. I figured I'll be ok, put burn gel on it and the stinging went away. Didn't check on the wound until later and noticed my skin was blistering quickly. When I came home my wife took a sterile needle and popped the blisters. Clear warm fluid leaked through. She placed antibiotic Neosporin and bandaged it. Couple hours later the skin bubbled up again. The doctors are gonna drain it and tape you up. This is day 1 ... Good luck god bless and good night😁

Dec 28, 2012
Lose Belly Fat NEW
by: Abigail

I searched on line for ways to lose belly fat. I watched a video on getting rid of Belly fat by using a suction device and a cold pack that would freeze the fat. It did show that the belly was red and swollen after the procedure. Well I tried it at home using a frozen ice pack. I left it on for an hour. I changed positions of the ice pack twice. I took it off. Later that night when I was getting dressed for bed, I looked at my stomach and had very big burns on it. They looked like big hickeys. I just did this yesterday. The burns are lighter today. I also looked for a way to lose belly fat. Dr. Oz says to put an ice pack on the back of your neck and shoulders and the fat from your belly will go there where the cold area is to warm that area. i haven't tried it yet, but I will try it. Someone did say they tried it and it left Red Hickey looking spots all on the back of their neck and shoulders. I will try it. I google all the new crazes. And if I can do it for free I'm definately not going to pay money for someone to do it for me. Let me know if anyone has tried this.

Dec 28, 2012
Lose Belly Fat NEW
by: Abigail

I searched on line for ways to lose belly fat. I watched a video on getting rid of Belly fat by using a suction device and a cold pack that would freeze the fat. It did show that the belly was red and swollen after the procedure. Well I tried it at home using a frozen ice pack. I left it on for an hour. I changed positions of the ice pack twice. I took it off. Later that night when I was getting dressed for bed, I looked at my stomach and had very big burns on it. They looked like big hickeys. I just did this yesterday. The burns are lighter today. I also looked for a way to lose belly fat. Dr. Oz says to put an ice pack on the back of your neck and shoulders and the fat from your belly will go there where the cold area is to warm that area. i haven't tried it yet, but I will try it. Someone did say they tried it and it left Red Hickey looking spots all on the back of their neck and shoulders. I will try it. I google all the new crazes. And if I can do it for free I'm definately not going to pay money for someone to do it for me. Let me know if anyone has tried this.

Jan 21, 2013
DIY coldsculpting NEW
by: Samantha

In response to abigail, I cannot believe it but I did the same thing, saw the diy coldsculpting at home tried it with ice pack for 45mins and ended up with mild frostbite/2nd degree burn blisters! This is the third day, I went to a clinic brefore the blisters came and got ibuprofin and a topical steroid cream... Then the blister came like the size of a lemon on my hip... What should I do? Go back to the clinic and have it drained? This is scary stuff! Btw, I too read 4hr body by Dr. Oz! How crazy are we? Jeeze

Jan 22, 2013
Ice burn NEW
by: kelly

Hi Guys,

I did the same thing last night and this morning and applied a ice pack to my hip only for 20minutes but nothing inbetween ice pack and skin so i obvoiusly burnt my skin. I've been searching the internet today and most sites say apply aloe vera and have a warm bath for 20minutes and keep the area warm and covered up and it will eventually thaw out - if it doesnt after a few days or it gets worse then the sites say go to doctors.

Feb 09, 2013
yepp NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I did it too. Slipped on the driveway this morning and hit my leg, it started to swell so I put an ice pack on at work 35 mins later it stopped hurting but it turned all white and was hard as a board, I nearly freaked. Turned red two minutes later when I warmed it with my hands. Now I have a red burn mark thats stinging constantly the size of my fist. It sucks. I'm sure the colors are going to be really pretty in the morning....

Feb 19, 2013
Not An Ice Pack frostbite but... NEW
by: Anonymous

I gave my 5 month old a popsicle made of breastmilk while someone else was holding him. Just a minute late or so later I looked and noticed his face had blanched white on his cheek. It went back to normal that day but the next day it turned really dark red. I realized right away he had frostbite but I didn't know that I should have warmed the skin right away. It was very dark red for a week. We go to a natural peds. Dr. and she said to put Calendula oil on it every 2 hours, it helps heal the skin especially from a burn. (You can order it from Amazon, it's Herb Pharm brand.) It has worked well, but it's been 2 weeks and he still has a light pink mark on his face. Does anyone know how long it takes for this to totally go away? Thanks!

Feb 19, 2013
ice pack NEW
by: sistemix

I used to put icepack on my knee for three years regularly . I have a bleeding disorder and my knee bleeds without any reason . My doctor adviced me to put ice pack to prevent new bleedings after long working days. I didn't had any bad experience before. However yesterday I used icepack not directly on my skin, over my trouser and fix it with bandage. After 15-20 minutes I feel a sudden pain. I changed the position of the pack. When I take off the bandage I realized I was burned with a pinky skin and an egg shaped rigid swelling just above my knee. I took advil pill to prevent inflammation. The area is very hot and as well as I took Advil I have really big pain.

I will write you back for further situation. I hope It wouldn't cause any permanent damage: (((

Mar 04, 2013
2nd degree burns from ice PAC NEW
by: Anonymous

I pulled my calf Muscle playing tennis. Wrapped a gel PAC on it with an ace bandage and left on way too long apparently when I took it off my skin was rock hard. Started blistering that day and by the next morning the blister was huge. Went to dr and they put neosporin and bandaged it and put me on oral antibiotics. It's been 5 days And I am still in so much pain. The smaller blisters have drained but the huge one still has a little liquid in it. Trying to leave it alone For fear of infection. Hard to walk and sleep. Felt so stupid until I saw how Common this
Is. Very frustrating not to be able
To do anything and tired from the pain. Taking 9 Advil a day. I hope my stomach survives this and that the pain stops soon. By the time this heals maybe my calf
Muscle will be better. Can't tell yet due to burn pain. Argh !!!!!

Mar 18, 2013
All for trying to stop a bruise! NEW
by: Seriously not worth it!

Another one.... I got a small kick from a horse friday morning, had a night out at the weekend so didn't fancy a bruise so grabbed an instant gel ice pac and put it on my calf muscle for about twenty mins and YES! took it of.. hard frozen skin about 5" x 4". Looked like there was plastic film over the skin but it was my skin! throughout hte day it thawed but went red and burning by 5pm the blisters had started forming, but 7pm i was in A&E with huge water filled blisters. Had them drained and scraped off (OUCH) and bandaged. 3 days later I cannot get the bottom pad off under the bandage as it is stuck :s going to try and soak it off tonight...i am dreading what is underneath!

Mar 20, 2013
Ouch!! NEW
by: Sinead

So pleased I found this website, and I'm not the only one! I can't believe I didn't realise to put a cloth around a gel ice pack. I applied the ice pack directly to my calf muscle for 20 mins, and was left with a inflamed, very painful red patch. I don't understand why the ice pack doesn't have some kind of warning message on it, unbelievable. I was in so much pain and sure it was going to blister, I soaked my leg in a warm bath (not hot just tepid) and sent my husband down the supermarket in search of some aloe vera, which I applied several times before bed, as well as putting on Calamine lotion. Woke up this morning still in pain, but thankfully no blisters, looks like really bad sunburn, never again!!!

Mar 30, 2013
my recovery time, hope this helps someone NEW
by: Anonymous

Greetings from another dope who did the same thing! I had a pack directly on skin for 20 minutes, and when it came off, the surface skin was white and hard like half-frozen chicken. Cue major freaking out - I warmed/kneaded the frozen part w/ my hands and put a kneesock on. From reading up online after the fact, it sounds like I should've thawed it out in water and not rubbed it, but I was so panicked I guess instinct kicked in.

It turned into a VERY scary bright red mark that was slightly raised, and for the next day and a half, I took ibuprofen for pain & swelling and put aloe gel on the burn. The version I used wasn't straight aloe - it had quite a few ingredients like water, alcohol, & glycerin listed above 'aloe leaf juice powder,' but it was all the drugstore had. I re-applied frequently, and it's now almost three days later and the mark's almost completely faded. It's still tender to the touch and I wouldn't be surprised if a light layer of skin eventually dried & peeled off; since the initial freeze & freakout, it's felt & behaved exactly like a bad sunburn. Anyway, I'm so relieved that it went from looking SO terrible to not that bad in just a few days.

Lesson learned, though!

Apr 19, 2013
I'm a nurse and I got burned.... NEW
by: Anonymous

Now by the title I know you may be thinking "go back to school". However, I just last night in a desperate moment of lower back pain, reached for a "one time use" cold pack. I placed it on my back knowing I would only have it on for 10-15 mins max. Yeah best of intentions left me with a first degree burn the size of a slice of bread with an interior softball sized 2nd degree burn. I will warn anyone who will listen the dangers of ice packs. There must be a correlation between the temp and chemical structure of ice packs that can cause such severe reaction compared to regular ice. No more ice packs in my freezer that's for sure!!

May 03, 2013
Burn to burn NEW
by: Anonymous

Had boiled water explode in my face while at work the night before last. I kept a bag of ice wrapped with a towel on it on and off for about an hour, it didn't feel cold but rather cool and soothing however this morning an area of my cheek is slightly darker, now I can only wonder if it is from the cool pack or the initial water burn? In any case it seems pretty mild... Needless to say Aloe Vera is my best friend, any other anti scaring ointments I should apply?

May 18, 2013
pain and blisters NEW
by: gio

I had a soreness in my left hamstring yesterday and thought i could use some ice to take the soreness away.I put the ice pack on my leg and suddenly felt a stinging pain.My dad told me to leave it alone for a little bit but the pain got to bad to bare. I took the ice pack off feeling the ice pack colder then usual only to see it left a 6inch frozen mark on my skin.The frozen skin hurt and stung badly.It was red it swallow up.I had only left the ice pack on for 7 minutes. today i woke up only to see blisters in the spot where i had iced.Do you have any suggestions for my problem and the biggest baseball game of the season is tomorrow. thanks

May 31, 2013
Ice Pack from Hell NEW
by: LK

My shoulder was injured and I was afraid it would bruise. I put a gel ice pack directly on my shoulder. It turned red and spread for a couple days. Last week the area was smaller, but still red and blotchy. Now, it is brown, smaller, and blotchy. I just called my doctor and she said it is hyper-pigmentation and a scar, which will go away in 2 months. She said to keep sunscreen on it, use Vitamin E gel on the spot, and to see her next week. LOVELY. Of course it happens the first day of summer. I am throwing my gel ice packs away and sticking with regular ice in a Ziploc.

Aug 30, 2013
Ice pack burn on heel NEW
by: Anonymous

Thought I'd chime in with my .02. I have plantar fasciitis so I usually apply ice to the bottom of my foot and to the heel and Achilles tendon area. Well three nights ago the ice felt so good I let it sit for longer than I should have , maybe close to a half hour. When I removed it I had massive pain and the heel skin was bright reddish purple. When I cleaned up there was still some dull pain and the area felt sore. Woke up the next morning with a huge blister on my heel. I mean huge. After trying to drain it myself to no avail, and after two days of no visual signs of improvement I went to a podiatrist. He drained it with a syringe, and there was a ton of fluid in that sucker. He then made a hole in the skin large enough to allow more drainage and prevent it from filling up all over again. Cleaned it off, applied some silvadine, and put me on a course of antibiotics. I'm to change the dressing and apply silvadine twice daily for at least a week. Lesson learned!! I would urge anyone with any blistering to see a doctor. Self diagnosis does not work in this case.

Sep 04, 2013
frost burn from ice pack NEW
by: rkid

So I got tendinitis and I put ice on it for 15 mins and I got a frezzer burn when I had took the ice pack off my arm was swollen and white when I touched it it was hard frozen now it hurts to do anything with my arm

Nov 04, 2013
I did it too. NEW
by: Anonymous

Sciatica was acting up badly after a fall. Was at my daughters house and found a blue ice fell pack in her freezer. At home I use a bag of peas directly on my back and it works wonders and never burns me. I had no idea the gel ice was this cold. Needless to say after about 15 minutes I checked it and the skin was white and hard. I warmed it up with my hands and it is now 5 hrs later and it is very red swollen and painful. I have been using aloe Vera gel on it How long did it take others to blister? Does it blister right away ? I hope I caught it in time. I need to drive home (2hrs) tomorrow and I can't believe I did this.

Nov 04, 2013
I did it too. NEW
by: Anonymous

Sciatica was acting up badly after a fall. Was at my daughters house and found a blue ice fell pack in her freezer. At home I use a bag of peas directly on my back and it works wonders and never burns me. I had no idea the gel ice was this cold. Needless to say after about 15 minutes I checked it and the skin was white and hard. I warmed it up with my hands and it is now 5 hrs later and it is very red swollen and painful. I have been using aloe Vera gel on it How long did it take others to blister? Does it blister right away ? I hope I caught it in time. I need to drive home (2hrs) tomorrow and I can't believe I did this.

Nov 15, 2013
icepack burns on rash NEW
by: cc

I was cooling a very hot itchy rash with icepak. I used the icepak cover & left the icepak on each area for 15-20min. Now I have red frostbite patches all over my torso & underarms. I think it has made the rash worse.

Jan 07, 2014
Ice Pack Burn NEW
by: Rick

Seems like a lot are sharing the story, but no one is saying how long it lasts. I burned by heal/arch 3 days ago, and still in pain. No blisters, just red and sore. Using Burn Jel and Hydrocorisone. Will update as soon as it goes away. Still havent been able to run.

May 20, 2014
Woe is me! NEW
by: Anonymous

After getting rid of a cast for a broken wrist I put a gel pack on fir 10 minutes. Skin turned red. Next day large blister. Went to Dr. Said was ice burn . Putting silver sulphur cream on it and sterile bandages. Very ugly. Looks like alligator skin. Been 7 days now. How will it end?

May 20, 2014
Woe is me! NEW
by: Anonymous

After getting rid of a cast for a broken wrist I put a gel pack on fir 10 minutes. Skin turned red. Next day large blister. Went to Dr. Said was ice burn . Putting silver sulphur cream on it and sterile bandages. Very ugly. Looks like alligator skin. Been 7 days now. How will it end?

Jun 30, 2014
Even a veteran burned NEW
by: Anonymous

Have been using the Cramer flexi-cold ice packs for years on just about every joint you can injure after 25 years in the military. Made the mistake of placing one under the hip for about 50 min to treat a mild bursitis. I did ensure there was a cotton t-shirt between ice pack and skin but it was too thin. Never place ice packs or ice directly on skin unless it is a constantly moving ice massage. Main problem for me was that even my usually reliable Cramer's can over-freeze and form solids that are at very low temps and can cause frostbite essentially on contact... or on contact through a cotton shirt. Day two and it is still red, swollen and looking like either a first or second degree burn. The aloe "after sun" gel seems to help. Do not use any solid ice pack or any gel ice pack with partially solid freezing on the skin-- even with cloth cover.

Jul 30, 2014
Bruised-turned ice burn NEW
by: PK

A few weeks ago, I got a pretty nasty bruise on my arm, and immediately after, I began icing it aggressively for 2-3 days. During the icing, I did not use a towel or barrier between my skin and the ice pack. The result was a 2nd degree ice burn where the bruise was. When I finally realized that the bruise had turned into a burn (about 10 days later) I went to my primary care doctor, who prescribed me Silvadene. I used the Silvadene burn cream for a week, and by then much of the burned first layer of my skin peeled off. Today makes 25 days since the day the original bruise was sustained (after which the initial icing began). Now, I am left with a large area of discolored skin (nearly double the size of the original bruise) in varying shades of pink, white, and brown-- none of which match my normal skin tone--which is tan. I am worried that my normal skin color will never return to the area, and was wondering if you could offer any suggestions, or recommendations about how to restore my normal skin pigment to the area.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this.


Sep 04, 2014
Bruise-turned-2nd degree thermal burn NEW
by: Vanessa

I got a pretty nasty bruise on the back of my upper arm, and immediately after, I began icing it aggressively for 2-3 days. During the icing, I did not use a towel or barrier between my skin and the ice pack (I know, I know. I'm an idiot-- lesson learned). The result was a 2nd degree thermal burn where the bruise was. When I finally realized that the bruise had turned into a burn (about 10 days later) I went to my primary care doctor, who prescribed me Silvadene. I used the Silvadene burn cream for a week, and by then much of the burned first layer of my skin peeled off. Today marks 2 months since the day the original bruise was sustained (after which the initial icing began). Now, I am left with a large area of mottled/discolored skin (nearly double the size of the original bruise) in varying shades of pink, white, and brown-- none of which match my normal skin tone--which is tan. Additionally, the area is still a bit sensitive to the touch, I assume this is because it's new skin.

I am worried that my normal skin color will never return to the area, and was wondering if you could offer any suggestions, or recommendations about how to restore my normal skin pigment to the area. Have any of you had similar experiences? If so, how long did it take for your skin color to redevelop?

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance with this.

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