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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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I have had a puffy red inner eye, haven't been able to get to a doctor. Sore dry when blinking and pain. Salt water help, also very itchy. Contagious?

I have had a puffy red inner eye, haven't been able to get to a doctor. Sore dry when blinking and pain. Salt water help, also very itchy. Contagious?

Conjunctivitis: Pinkeye or conjunctivitis can be very contagious, but isn't always due to infection. It may also be allergic, especially if dry and itchy and in *both* eyes. Keep your hands clean and away from your eyes; it is possible to acquire an infectious conjunctivitis on top of an allergic one. ...Read more

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Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

CELLULITIS: Yes, to avoid Cellulitis (a superficial skin infection), that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil or underlying skin lesion. I also would suggest getting retested for food and environmental allergies by blood and skin testing. Evaluation for RA /LUPUS and IMMUNE SYSTEM is also warranted. ...Read more

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I am assigned in a graveyard shift and being stuck on a PC for 7 hrs. Can I wash my eyes with lukewarm water with salt, after night-shift of work?

I am assigned in a graveyard shift and being stuck on a PC for 7 hrs. Can I wash my eyes with lukewarm water with salt, after night-shift of work?

Eye strain: Go to optometrist - get computer glasses adjusted for computer distance (26 inches versus 14 inches for reading). DO NOT USE TAP WATER WITH SALT-tap water is not sterile. Would get preservative free Systane individual vials at the pharmacy, it is over the counter and use that to rinse refresh eyes and keep them from drying put. Every 30 minutes look away for 1-2 minutes to relax your eyes ...Read more

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Why is rinsing with salt water good?

Why is rinsing with salt water good?

Good cleanser: Rinsing with salt water is a good cleanser. It is soothing and gentle to oral tissues. ...Read more

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Is salt water good for cuts and scraps?

Is salt water good for cuts and scraps?

Clean with water: Wash with clean water, dry and apply a simple antibiotic cream will be better, simpler and less stinging ...Read more

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When is it necessary to drink salt water?

When is it necessary to drink salt water?

When 2 drink saltH2O: 42 asks when is it necessary to drink salt water? Check with your health care team to be sure but I only recommend if a person is salt depleted. ...Read more

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Why salt water after dental work?

Why salt water after dental work?

Speeds healing: No scientific explanation, but salt rinses speed healing. ...Read more

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How can warm salt water heal gums?

Crenation: Crenation causes bacterial cells to contract after exposure to a hypertonic solution, due to the loss of water through osmosis. This causes the bacterial cells to die, thereby decreasing bacterial counts and the toxins they release. The warm water also stimulates blood flow and cleanses the tissues. ...Read more

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Salt water in nebulizer break up mucus?

Salt water in nebulizer break up mucus?

Hypertonic saline: Inhaled hypertonic (7%) saline is used in certain lung diseases to hydrate thick mucus in the airways. This helps with mucus clearance. ...Read more

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Can scabies be treated using salt water?

Can scabies be treated using salt water?

Scabies: Scabicides kill scabies mites and sometimes the eggs. These generally require a doctor’s prescription. No otc products have been tested and approved to treat scabies, but you can try anything. Salt is not likely to hurt you but not using approved drugs may prolong the illness. ...Read more

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How can you treat salt water skin rashes?

How can you treat salt water skin rashes?

Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it often using gentle means. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of bathing in salt water?

What are the benefits of bathing in salt water?

Salt water benefits: Hippcrates encouraged patients to immerse in sea water.

Being in the ocean takes away tiredness, , promotes relaxation

The sodium, contained in sea water helps the body remove toxins and by-products of metabolism.
The magnesium, potassium and the bromides contained in the sea salt, help soothe aches.
Salt in general (NaCl) is a good disinfectant.

sea salt can help improve body's ability to heal ...Read more

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What are the health effects of bathing in salt water?

Epsom Salts: Epsom salt baths can be beneficial and help to decrease inflammation, sooth sore muscles, encourage relaxation, etc. Here is a great article on the subject: http://www. Saltworks. Us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits. Asp ...Read more

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Couldyou rinse with salt water while wearing dentures?

Yes: And the salt water rinse will be most effective with the dentures out of your mouth while rinsing. ...Read more

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How can I make my hoarse voice better besides salt water?

How can I make my hoarse voice better besides salt water?

Voice rest and fluid: Common hoarseness of voice from laryngitis/voice abuse (such as screaming too loud/much at a football game) will resolve with time--simple therapy with jst warm fluid, voice rest will resolve the problem in few days. Motrin/aleve may help if you have too much discomfort etc...If not better in few days, consult doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Can sun exposure and salt water cause itching and rashing?

Can sun exposure and salt water cause itching and rashing?

Certainly: Wash off the salt water, if rash severe see primary care doctor. ...Read more

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How does using salt water on canker sores help it, if it does even help?

OUCH!: Salt water will hurt very badly if you rinse with it over a canker sore. The best treatment is to leave the canker sore alone. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use salt water in your hot tub or will that damage your skin?

Is it safe to use salt water in your hot tub or will that damage your skin?

Salts in bath: Epsom salts, Dead sea salts and other specialty salts can be great. ...Read more

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What can I put on a rash caused by sand and salt water on my four year old?

What can I put on a rash caused by sand and salt water on my four year old?

Hydrocortisone 1% cr: Hydrocortisone 1% cream, used twice a day for 4-5 days, is helpful for minor rashes that itch and irritate. This includes rashes from bug bites, from playing on rough grass, from rough carpeting, etc... If a rash doesn't improve quickly, seems to be spreading, or looks infected (with pus, oozing, skin pain, etc...), a primary care doctor needs to examine the rash. ...Read more

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How long after extraction of a second molar should I rinse with salt water?

24 hours after: You can gently rinse the area with warm salt water after meals and before bed time. ...Read more

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After rinse with salt water, do we need to rinse with water again if dental work?

After rinse with salt water, do we need to rinse with water again if dental work?

Sort of: You could probably get by with out rinsing with plain water but the salty taste can not be pleasant. The salt water rinse will not harm your teeth. ...Read more

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How can salt water rinse make the hole where the tooth was pulled out feel so much better?

How can salt water rinse make the hole where the tooth was pulled out feel so much better?

Cleanses area: Salt water, especially when made with sea salt, has the power to gently cleanse the wound. It helps shrink tissues to aid in the healing process. Regular mouthwashes, even those without alcohol, are too harsh. Make a salt water rinse by adding 1/2 tsp. Of salt to a 4 oz. Glass of warm water. Swish gently. ...Read more

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If I have oral herpes, will it go away? Can I transmit it if I give oral? Also, do I need medication or can I just use salt water

If I have oral herpes, will it go away? Can I transmit it if I give oral? Also, do I need medication or can I just use salt water

Need Rx if new: If a new infection with severe symptoms (multiple sores, sore throat, swollen nodes, etc), you need Rx ASAP with an anti-herpes drug like valacyclovir. If recurrent cold sores, it's too late; they'll heal soon. You can transmit to a partner by kissing or oral sex, if s/he hasn't previously had the same herpes type (probably HSV1). Transmission risk highest during outbreak, low risk at other times. ...Read more