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Can a pregnant woman soak in epsom salt baths

A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Epsom salt baths are not harmful to a pregnancy. You do want to make sure that the water you are soaking in isn't too hot, particularly in the first ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe: Epsom salt contains magnesium. If it gets in the GI tract, it will cause diarrhea. It is also a drying agent and may irritate "sensitive" tissue. I ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
NONE: What makes you think that any kind of bath or anything applied to the skin will have the slightest effect on a hydrocele? If you want to do something, ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not likely: A bath of any kind may be soothing but neither a regular bath or salt bath is likely to solve the problem of a Bartholin cyst. If the cyst is bothers ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Singh
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Helpful: Can be helpful as a natural remedy.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Simple Care: The real question-what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, epsom salts, bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
Epsom=Jetsam: Quote: " As an ideal means of relieving stress at the end of a hard day, two cups of Epsom salts in a tub of hot water can help to soothe jangled nerv ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: That is typically what is recommended. You need to squat in the sitz bath to get the painful external hemorrhoids wee-soaked.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
No problem: EPSOM or Sitz baths can be very relaxing and helpful to breastfeeding mothers, and pose no risk for breastfeeding. Excessive bathing however (more th ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
yes: It will help to dry them out.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yusuf Mathai
11 years experience Family Medicine
Epsom salt baths: Soaking in a bath with epsom salt should not cause diarrhea. It can cause sensitivity around your genitals and anal region if you are sensitive to the ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
44 years experience General Surgery
No: If you have an abscess, it needs to be drained. You need to see a surgeon.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Warm sitz bath: About a cup of epsom salt in a tub of warm water should do the trick.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: ...however, it is very important to finish a ten day course of antibiotic therapy.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lonnie Smith
38 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably not: But why would you want to soak your feet in bleach????
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Sure you can: But why? Suggest you add some water.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Soak away. There should be no problem at all with your soaks.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not likely to heal.: Epsom salts are safe, but may only provide symptomatic relief for a short time period. Healing usually requires medications and/or physical therapy.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Georgia Latham
34 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: There is no harm in soaking your penis in warm salted water, unless it causes discomfort. It currently occurs all the time when bath salts are used i ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not recommended: As above.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
38 years experience Pediatrics
Only in cool: Only use in cool mist humidifiers. Not units that create heat.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Not Safe: Ingestion can cause death.In one tablespoon there is 35 grms of magnesium sulphate which is toxic dose.

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