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Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Does salt water help wounds heal?

Dr. Wesley Marquart
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Does salt water help wounds heal?

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

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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


Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
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How does salt and warm water help to heal the wound?

Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
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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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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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Will gargling salt water help heal mouth sore or at least make it less sore?

Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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Will gargling salt water help heal mouth sore or at least make it less sore?

Mouth Sore: Yes. It provides some sort of relief.. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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I have a bad habit of biting my cheeks. This has made them sore & cut inside. As well as warm salt water, what else can I use to help heal them?.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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I have a bad habit of biting my cheeks. This has made them sore & cut inside. As well as warm salt water, what else can I use to help heal them?.

Hydrogen peroxide: You can rinse your mouth out with hydrogen peroxide which will help the healing process. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Dr. Michael Miller
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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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How can warm salt water heal gums?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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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Dr. Michael Korona
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Will salt water rinses and peridex heal so the gum looks normal?

Dr. Michael Korona
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Will salt water rinses and peridex heal so the gum looks normal?

Time: To see dentist.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Board Certified, Wound care
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Does using purified sea salt water, several times a day, benefit healing wounds? This specifically concerns new piercings.

Dr. Scott Bolhack
Board Certified, Wound care
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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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Dr. John Kong
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Will salt water and peridex heal a gum infection?

Dr. John Kong
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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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