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I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?

I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?

Dilute the Mouthwash: You should be able to start using mouthwash at this point in time. However, I would suggest diluting it and using 1/2 warm water and 1/2 mouthwash. Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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How many different categories of fish allergy exist? Is it salt-water vs. Fresh-water fish?

How many different categories of fish allergy exist? Is it salt-water vs. Fresh-water fish?

No category: There isn't any categorization of allergies between fresh vs salt water fish. Allergy to one fish does not mean you are allergic to all, but may have higher risk of developing such. Shellfish does same thing, but the incidence of allergies to shellfish is higher. Symptoms vary from minor irritation to hives to anaphylactic reaction/shock. Be cautious and consult your doc... Good luck. Read more

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Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.

Is it possible to over-use salt water nasal douche? Been using it for 2 years 2x per day to clear irritants + allergy meds. Worried about any damage.

Study points to yes: Saline irrigation can be beneficial when used for a short period of time. A study presented at the 2009 College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggested that chronic use of saline was counter productive. Although it removes pathogens when used from time to time, chronic use may remove the "good bacteria". Usually 1-3 weeks of use once a day is enough. If symptoms persist, see an ENT. Read more

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What's the best way to detox your body? Also is a salt water flush like used in the master cleanse safe? Reason to detox is allergies constipation etc

What's the best way to detox your body? Also is a salt water flush like used in the master cleanse safe? Reason to detox is allergies constipation etc

NO, don't do it!: This has been addressed many times on healthtap, and the repeated answer is: don't cleanse! It doen't matter whether the snake oil (sorry "detox cleanse") you choose is "organic" or not--there is no enduring value to cleansing. Rather, there is considerable risk to your health. Pull the prior healthtap answers on this subject, and please don't do it. Read more

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Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Is it safe to use a salt water nasal spray clean out your sinuses with hay fever allergies?

Yes: That is the lowest level of intervention you can take, so is good to start there. May have continued help even if need to add medication to it later. Read more

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I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

Time: There is nothing special to do for small volume salt water inhalation. Salt water can be irritating but your body/lungs and throat will be fine in a few hours. Read more

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Lately when breathing deeply from nose it feels like I am breathing in salt water. (kinda tingly) is this an infection? Or allergies? No sneezing.

Lately when breathing deeply from nose it feels like I am breathing in salt water. (kinda tingly) is this an infection? Or allergies? No sneezing.

Nasal irritation: The sensation of tingling in the nose can represent minor irritation in the anterior nasal lining. It can result from something as simple as kleenex use. If you do not have nasal drainage it is unlikely that an infection is present. Sometimes nasal drying can cause these symptoms as well. If it does not resolve soon, see an ENT doctor for an examination. Read more

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Painful sore throat, cobblestones 7+ months. Salt water gargle, steroids, GERD, allergy pills, antibiotics NO help. Mono/std neg. Tonsillectomy time?

Painful sore throat, cobblestones 7+ months. Salt water gargle, steroids, GERD, allergy pills, antibiotics NO help. Mono/std neg. Tonsillectomy time?

GERD?: The problem may well be from the GERD which require anti-GERD treatment and not antibiotic, steroid, or saline gargle. With HIV, one must consider candidiasis as well. Read more

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What happens if I drink salt water everyday?

What happens if I drink salt water everyday?

Dehydration: From diarrhea. High sodium, calcium, magnesium levels in the blood. The entitity is called dead sea water poisoning. Drinking salt water (like sea water) exclusively will kill most people. Read more

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Can I use salt water as mouthwash?

Can I use salt water as mouthwash?

Short term: Salt water mouthwash rinses are an excellent short term treatment when you have wounds in the mouth, for instance, when you’ve had teeth removed. Longer term, the salt water is acidic, so there would be a problem if you were to use it every day, it could erode the teeth, but is not necessarily abrasive to the teeth. It is the acidity of the salt water that could eat away and soften the enamel Read more

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How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

How do I cure cold sores? Salt water?

Lysine: Lysine is an Amino Acid and harmless. You can probably get it at a health food store. Take one tablet or capsule a day until it clears. Read more

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Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Simple Care: The real question-what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, epsom salts, bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. Read more

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Does gargling with salt water help TMJ pain?

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 more

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Please help docs! Is salt water dangerous to drink?

Please help docs! Is salt water dangerous to drink?

Drinking salt water: Yes, if that is the only source of fluids because if can lead to hypernatremia which can eventually cause seizures and coma. Otherwise, if used to replace electrolytes, such as sports drinks, it could be potentially be beneficial. Some people drink pickle juice to replenish salt stores after significant exercise. Read more

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Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

Will gargling with salt water irritate acid reflux?

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 throat and mouth that is brought on when acid travels up from the stomach. Happy gargling! Cheers! Read more

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Will salt water cure my dandruff? Please help me docs!

Will salt water cure my dandruff? Please help me docs!

Of course not: Dandruff isn't curable. You need to manage it; this is done mostly by using things that kill the fungi that keep it going. Any competent dermatologist, family physician or pharmacist can give you advice about managing it. Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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