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Allergy To Salt Water
I had a molar extracted a week ago I've been rinsing with salt water when can I start using Listerine?
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 went to the doctor and he said my bad sore throat is from bad seasonal allergies. I started taking Zyrtex and symptoms improved noticeably. Then I went swimming laps in a salt water pool and later that day noticed a sore throat forming again. Today is t
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Red irritated sore throat lasting 6 months! Nothing helps (antibiotics, salt water gargle, acid reflux, allergy meds, steroids). Remove tonsils help?
Painful sore throat, cobblestones 7+ months. Salt water gargle, steroids, GERD, allergy pills, antibiotics NO help. Mono/std neg. Tonsillectomy time?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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