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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter. 1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium. There are better ways to replete magnesium. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman soak in epsom salt baths?

Can a pregnant woman soak in epsom salt baths?

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 trimester. If you are sweating in the tub, get out and cool off. ...Read more

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Now that I have some epsom salt (for feet), is there any benefit or harm from doing a full body soak for 15 minutes in epsom salt bath?

Now that I have some epsom salt (for feet), is there any benefit or harm from doing a full body soak for 15 minutes in epsom salt bath?

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. It is good to reduce scar tissue, stop constipation and to remove warts. ...Read more

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Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

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 bothersome it can be drained by your doctor. If the cyst has become infected and is now an abscess then prompt treatment is warranted ...Read more

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Is there anyone who can not take an Epsom salt/baking soda detox bath?

Is there anyone who can not take an Epsom salt/baking soda detox bath?

Wicked witches &...: The wicked witch of the West should not take any type of bath but it should be safe for almost everyone else. However, those who have kidney failure should use epsom salt baths with caution (and have their magnesium levels monitored), as epsom salts are absorbed thru the skin and increase magnesium levels and those with kidney failure can have difficulty eliminating excess magnesium. ...Read more

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When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

1/4 cup: Put warm water into your sitz bath until it's about 1/3 of the way full. Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt. Then add yourself. Hope it helps! ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 yr old was just circumsized thursday, can I give him a bath in epsom salt?

My 2 1/2 yr old was just circumsized thursday, can I give him a bath in epsom salt?

Why epsom salt bath?: Suggest you follow the surgeon's advice. I usually advise to sponge bathe 4 about 3 days after cicumcision surgery. Then shower. This is easy for older children to do, babies and toddlers can be held in shower by a parent.. ...Read more

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Had an unusual reaction to Epsom salt bath- very wired and unable to sleep- second time this has happened. What might that indicate?

Had an unusual reaction to Epsom salt bath- very wired and unable to sleep- second time this has happened. What might that indicate?

Epsom salt: Epsom salt is magnesium, so depending on how much you put in you may be getting magnesium overload. Normally it should relax muscles and but high doses may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion,irregular heartbeat.Stop the baths, get a magnesium level and follow up with your doctor/urgent care. ...Read more

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I am trying to lose weight with Epsom salt bath but i have healing bug bite wounds.. should i take the bath or wait until the bites have been healed?

I am trying to lose weight with Epsom salt bath but i have healing bug bite wounds.. should i take the bath or wait until the bites have been healed?

Epsom Salt: that is not an effective weight loss method. But bites will have no effect on bath it may actually help them. ...Read more

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I've had a boil now for 4 days and have done Epsom salt baths, heat compress, and I've done Epson salt peroxide solution and nothing. What should i do?

I've had a boil now for 4 days and have done Epsom salt baths, heat compress, and I've done Epson salt peroxide solution and nothing. What should i do?

Furuncle: There is not much else to do. I would not lance it on your own as it may introduce infection. You may need to go to your primary if it needs to be opened up to heal. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

Magnesium & sulphur: Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur. Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts. Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...Read more

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I heard lavender Epsom salt isn't safe at 6 weeks is this true? I've had a couple baths in it before I heard this and now I'm worried.

I heard lavender Epsom salt isn't safe at 6 weeks is this true? I've had a couple baths in it before I heard this and now I'm worried.

Below: There are no double blind studies done to insure the safety. I always tell my patients, during a PG done not do anything, take anything, inhale anything that is questionable In your case, a couple of baths should be fine, but I would advise against continuing the practice . ...Read more

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Can I take Epsom salt baths while taking Pantoprazole Magnesium? I take Pantoprazole in the morning, and baths in the evening (if relevant)

Epsom salts: Yes - there should be no problems using epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and Pantoprazole. The magnesium in the pantoprazole is negligible and you won't absorb any magnesium from the bath. Epsom salts should not be used if you have any open areas Good luck ...Read more

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Would someone experience any adverse reactions from a epsom salt bath? Safe?

Would someone experience any adverse reactions from a epsom salt bath? Safe?

No issues: unless the rare individual who might be sensitive to the contents, usually quite gentle when used only externally in bath water ...Read more

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Are Epsom salt baths safe for children ages 6 and up? My son often complain of leg pain at night

Are Epsom salt baths safe for children ages  6 and up? My son often complain of leg pain at night

Approved for Adults: Use of ES baths;FDA approved adults. Nighttime leg pains should be evaluated to exclude treatable conditions. If evaluation suggests growing pain measures like heat application, massages, muscle stretches & use of analgesics are effective. Most children experience nocturnal leg pain after intensive activity during the day so giving a long acting pain reliever at bedtime may prevent pain at night ...Read more

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After Epsom salt bath - burn like lesions occurred on sensitive areas where sat on salt. How to treat pain and lesion ?

After Epsom salt bath - burn like lesions occurred on sensitive areas where sat on salt. How to treat pain and lesion ?

Try vaseline gauze: Applied after a cool soak to be sure all of the Epsom Salts are washed away. Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate) should always be dissolved thoroughly before bathing in it. If you have any skin wounds they would be irritated by the salt. Apply vaseline to any such areas before the bath. Only use Epsom Salts if you are treating some specific condition, like arthritis, not just as a water softener. ...Read more

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