What are the contraindications, age limits and side effects of WBC
- Untreated hypertension
- Myocardial infarction occurring less than 6 months prior to treatment
- Decompensated disorders of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- Unstable angina pectoris
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Obstructive peripheral arterial diseases (Fontaine stages III and IV)
- Past history of venous thrombosis
- Acute febrile respiratory illnesses
- Acute disorders of the kidneys and urinary system
- Severe anemia
- Manifestations of cold allergy
- Disorders resulting in significant cachexia
- Extensive bacterial or viral skin infections, disturbances in wound healing
- Person under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Heart rhythm disturbances
- Heart valve defects
- Status post cardiac surgery
- Ischemic heart disease
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Pregnancy after the 4th month
WBC may be used in young children (ages 4‐6) (using cold chamber temperatures of ‐100°C).
For children, the frequency and duration of treatment (maximum of 2 minutes) should be modified.
The upper age limit is determined by the personal general physical condition.
WBC is very well tolerated and has been marked by high compliance.
If one strictly adheres to the indications, contraindications and procedural rules, side effects are extremely rare.
They may include:
- Local 1st and 2nd degree frostbite
- Headaches or intensification of existing pains
- Unphysiological rise in arterial blood pressure
- Symptoms of cold allergy
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