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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wounds is also known as Injuries and wounds. A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more

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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Remove the foreign body, if possible
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Clean the wound with soap and water
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Apply pressure if there is any bleeding
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Update your tetnus vaccination
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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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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Know your tetanus status
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Know what punctured you
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Ask your doctor if you need an antibiotic
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Have the wound properly assessed by a doctor
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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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Will salt water and peridex heal a gum infection?

Will salt water and peridex 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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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Remove the object
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Stop the bleeding
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Clean the wound
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Apply a bandage
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Please help docs! is salt water dangerous to drink?

Please help docs! is salt water dangerous to drink?

Drinking salt water: Yes, if that is the only source of fluids because if can lead to hypernatremia which can eventually cause seizures and coma. Otherwise, if used to replace electrolytes, such as sports drinks, it could be potentially be beneficial. Some people drink pickle juice to replenish salt stores after significant exercise. ...Read more

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Sodium (Definition)

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

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