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Does gargling with salt water help

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Possibly: Warm water ( salt has no impact) may help relax the sore facial muscles from TMJ problems. It may not help the actual temperomandiblarjoint! get evalu... Read More
Dr. Steven Reubel
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 41 years experience
Possibly: If your "tmj" pain is really muscular it may help. Also warm moist heat over the area, a soft diet and ibuprofen.
Dr. SHERYL POMERANCE
Cosmetic Dentistry 41 years experience
Tmj pain: Salt water gargling may help cleanse tonsils and throat tissues and thereby relieve tightness or pressure but if there is muscle imbalance and/or join... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Who knows: It helps and there are no side effects. Like why does cleaning help?
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Mathison
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Soothing: It is likely that the salt draws out some of the fluid in the inflamed tissues, therefore decreasing swelling.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Why hot water?: I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It al... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Throat problem : This needs to be seen. There are several possible reasons for your concern. Tonsil stones. Tonsillith comes to mind.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Maybe: It will help to keep your mouth and throat clean and potentially help with the pain. It also may help to draw some of the fluid from the vesicles. Th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Gargle: Generally salt water gargle would not cause BP to go up.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Mine pop out...: Usually after they get to a certain size of with a big sneeze. I haven't had then for a while, but mine never "shrunk." If it works for you, keep go... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
No, it could help.: Gargling with salt water shouldn't aggravate acid reflux. It could actually help by alleviating some of the inflammation in the the back of the throa... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faustanswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Tonsil "stones" are concretions of microscopic food particles, sloughing mucosa cells from the lining of the oral cavity, and bacteria (usually in the... Read More

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