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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.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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