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Does salt water help wounds heal?

Does salt water help wounds heal?

Yes: Saline is typically used to cleanse a wound from bacteria and debris. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

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My dr put sodium on an open wound that will not heal. What does that do?

My dr put sodium on an open wound that will not heal.   What does that do?

Not sure: He may have cleaned the area with sodium chloride. A salt solution. Wash with plain old soap and water. Cover with antibiotic ointment. Cover with a secondary dressing. ...Read more

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How does salt and warm water help to heal the wound?

How does salt and warm water help to heal the wound?

They Don't: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and 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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Will salt help wounds in my mouth heal?

Will salt help wounds in my mouth heal?

No: What are you trying to heal in your mouth? Have your doctor or dentist look at them or if any thing has been operated on check with surgeon. ...Read more

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I have heard that putting table salt on a wound or cut will stop it from bleeding , help fight infection and help it heal faster. Is this true?

I have heard that putting table salt on a wound or cut will stop it from bleeding , help fight infection and help it heal faster. Is this true?

Salt in wound: Is a valid technique for wound care, called mesalt, a salt impregnated gauze. However it is not as powerful as you suggest and table salt is not recommended. Check with your doc or a wound care center. ...Read more

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I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has not been proven to help or harm healing. Just getting into the tub for 10 minutes or more at least 3x/day helps relieve pain, keep the area clean, and promote healing. If you think it helps, go ahead and use it! good luck with your healing! ...Read more

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What to do if i did the salt and ice challenge, how can I make it heal quicker?

Really bad idea: Your skin is injured from excess temperature. It has inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) may help.. Avoid further damage by using protective dressings if skin is open and minimize further trauma. A visit to a doc is probably a good idea. ...Read more

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What are the cause of ulser? And what is the best way to treat it? My friends said that by putting just a bit of salt, the ulser will heal.

What are the cause of ulser? And what is the best way to treat it? My friends said that by putting just a bit of salt, the ulser will heal.

Ok, there are differ: Ent types of ulcers in different places. There's gastrointestinal from erosion and often infection. There's genital which could be infection, mouth, skin. Very broad, not sure if salt will cure a big genital ulcer from syphylis! in fact very sure it won't. Need clarification, my man. ...Read more

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How to soak open wounds in epsom salt?

Really bad idea: The real question is what slows down healing. Avoid using 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 epsom salt heal skin rashes?

Does epsom salt heal skin rashes?

No: People occasionally use it for swelling but I do not advise it. See a doctor for a proper diagnosis of your rash and get a prescription to get rid of your problem. ...Read more

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If I have a wound in my mouth from biting my cheek, should I put salt on it?

If I have a wound in my mouth from biting my cheek, should I put salt on it?

Warm salt water: Is usually the best solution not direct salt application ...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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Can you soak an open wound in epsom salt?

It depends : It depends on the location and severity of the wound. ...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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Does a sodium chloride ophthalmic drop work as an artificial tear?

Does a sodium chloride ophthalmic drop work as an artificial tear?

No: Sterile isotonic solution is safe but not a lubricant. You can try it. All the best ...Read more

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Is safe to soak a open wound in epson salt? Won't that sting and will it dry out the wound?

Is safe to soak a open wound in epson salt? Won't that sting and will it dry out the wound?

Do not: Soak your wound in anything but regular water. Keep it clean and covered and change the dressing at least once a day . Don't use any epsom salt, peroxide , or betadine. ...Read more

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Does using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.

Sea water: No matter how long I have been in wound care, there always seems to be an endless stream of new products and recommendations. I think that attention to the conditions under which the piercings are done (sterility of tools, for example) requires more due diligence than dealing with problems afterwards. We use sterile Normal Saline all of the time to wash wounds so if it is sterile, i see no issue. ...Read more

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I worked at a dishwasher that gave me a burn on my face from the sodium hydroxide steam what can i do to treat this? Will it ever heal? Been 6 mnths

I worked at a dishwasher that gave me a burn on my face from the sodium hydroxide steam what can i do to treat this? Will it ever heal? Been 6 mnths

Scarring?: six months out of this most likely represents scarring from the burn. Best to see a plastic surgeon or surgical dermatologist for evaluation. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr. R ...Read more

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I have taken lyrica pregabalin capsule with citicoline sodium tablets for over one year but am still having burning pains how long it takes to heal?

I have taken lyrica pregabalin capsule with citicoline sodium tablets for over one year  but am still having burning pains how long it takes to heal?

Burning pain: It is unclear from your question what condition is being treated and what are the dosages and if thr has been any change in the pain.. Sometimes you have to increase the dose, sometimes a different drugs from the class class is more effective in one individual. Discuss your concerns with your physician or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Was told by homapathic doc gallbladder in infected. All med tests neg. told no sugar, salt, starch for months. He said this will heal if you diet?

Was told by homapathic doc gallbladder in infected. All med tests neg. told no sugar, salt, starch for months. He said this will heal if you diet?

Doubtful: homeopathic diagnosis and remedies have no basis in science. as much as I would like to believe the simplicity of this discipline is true, there is simply no scientific evidence to say that it is ...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. Bug bites will have no effect on bath it may actually help them. ...Read more

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I used the salt stone in my armpits. I got a burning rash and quit using it. I have been putting neosporin on it for a week. How do I heal this?

I used the salt stone in my armpits. I got a burning rash and quit using it. I have been putting neosporin on it for a week. How do I heal this?

Vaseline ointment: The abrasions from using a coarse salt stone can be very uncomfortable. I would avoid using neosporin (or triple antibiotic ointment) because you can develop an allergy to one of the ingredients in neosporin (most likely neomycin or bacitracin). Use simple vaseline petrolatum ointment a few times a day and this will heal very quickly. If it does not, you may have a slight infection, see a doc. ...Read more

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Calf cramp because of low sodium. Was a nerve damaged? It has been a week later and it still hurts. No cramps but pain. Sprang? Tear? Whats wrong?

Calf cramp because of low sodium. Was a nerve damaged? It has been a week later and it still hurts. No cramps but pain. Sprang? Tear? Whats wrong?

Muscle pull: Cramp is more likely due to potassium decrease causing a slight muscle pull or tear. It could take 2 to 4 weeks to improve. Use a moist heating pad for 30 minutes twice a day on the area, and take a few Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) twice a day after eating. Also, rest it as much as possible. If it is still sore in two weeks, see a doctor. For the potassium decrease drink orange juice or eat a banana, daily. ...Read more

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Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Would not : Remember the old adage of rubbing salt in a wound?
Use only saline if you use a salt containing product but clear clean water is the best. Mild cleansing with mild soap and water will help keep the bacterial load down. See your doctor for complete care.
Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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