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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...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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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 using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.

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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How to keep mouth wound clean? Is the best way to keep it clean (is it the same as with canker sores, using salt water?

How to keep mouth wound clean? Is the best way to keep it clean (is it the same as with canker sores, using salt water?

Salt water will help: Salt water is good for keeping your oral wound clean. You can also use listerine, which will kill some of the germs in your mouth. The good news is that wounds in the mouth heal very quickly. ...Read more

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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

No: Most gum infections are sub-gingival (underneath the gums) and salt water/peridex cannot reach the bugs sub-gingivally. ...Read more

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What does salt water do for a cut?

What does salt water do for a cut?

It has a: Germ killing effect and can help to reduce inflammation. ...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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How many times can u do hot salt water ?

How many times can u do hot salt water ?

For what?: I don't understand your question. What are you using it for? and where? Ask again, with more details please. ...Read more

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Why does salt water cause vision to be blurry?

Why does salt water cause vision to be blurry?

Refractive index: The easiest explanation is that human eyes are "built" to work in air. Water bends light waves more than air does, and our eyes need a layer of air in front of them in order to focus. That its why a pair of goggles helps you see under water. ...Read more

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Can salt water cure my dandruff?

Can salt water cure my dandruff?

No: Over the counter dandruff shampoo will help in controlling dandruff.
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Can you help? Could salt water help an abscess?

Can you help? Could salt water help an abscess?

To a degree: Rinsing and swishing with hot salt water be beneficial in relieving symptoms of an infection, but is usually not curative.
Usually, the source of the abscess (a bacterial infection) has to be eliminated. This can require a combination of antibiotics and maybe a surgical procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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