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Does Gargling With Hot Salt Water Really Help Mouth Sores And Pain
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 also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while. ...Read more
A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more
Who knows: It helps and there are no side effects. Like why does cleaning help? ...Read more
Soothing: It is likely that the salt draws out some of the fluid in the inflamed tissues, therefore decreasing swelling. ...Read more
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 joint dysfunction, there would be no long term benefits. Consult with a dentist who understands function. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Symptomatic relief: Warm water gargles loosens the muscles of the throat and make it easier to swallow. It does not address the cause of sore throat. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
What is better for strep or a sore throat.... Gargle with warm salt water or warm baking soda water? I tried diluted poroxide water, too much foam.
Peroxide best: I recommend half- strength peroxide to my patients. Instead of gargling take half a mouthful and lean back and swish the solution for a minute or two before spitting it out. Repeat 2 additional times. Peroxide has antiseptic properties which is helpful during an infection. ...Read more
Mouth Sore: Yes. It provides some sort of relief.. ...Read more
I tried, baking soda, salt, honey, yogurt, peroxide, mouth sore ointment, mouth sore mouth rinse. Nothing is working. I keep on having more out breaks?
Canker\Cold sores?: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are totally different from true cold sores that are caused by a virus. There are many otc medications that can be purchased at your local pharmacy. They all help somewhat but normally it just runs its course. The first few days are usually the most painful. Cold sore relief may be helped by antiviral medication but only if taken early enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Salt water rinses have been recommended for hundreds of years to sooth sore tissues and disrupt and kill bacteria. Other rinses you can use are hydrogen peroxide, and chlorhexidine. These may sooth the area or even seem like they are treating it but they are not. An examination and treatment by the dentist is the only true treatment. Early treatment can save you pain, money, and time! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I'm on day three of a sore throat. Hurts to swallow and even hurts to yawn. I've tried warm drinks, cold drinks, gargling salt water, cough drops, etc.
Sore Throat: See your doctor for a culture and possible antibiotics. You should also make sure you are not forming an abcess. ...Read more
Symptons are sore throat, sore glands and neck is sore and aching. I also have sore in roof of mouth. Been gargling with salt water & also peroxide?
When dealing with pulled teeth, they say rinse with warm salt water. What does salt water actually do? It still burns like crazy either way.
Chamomile tea with honey and lemon, gargling with water and salt, but nothing helps my sore throat?
Eval: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. ...Read more
Big lump on gum can't get swelling down tried salt water clove and other stuff please help very painful?
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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