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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter. 1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium. There are better ways to replete magnesium. http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects to taking Epsom salt baths for muscle pain/anxiety relief (it helps)? How often should I include Epsom salt in my baths?

Are there any side effects to taking Epsom salt baths for muscle pain/anxiety relief (it helps)? How often should I include Epsom salt in my baths?

Usually not.: Unless you have some unique reaction to the epsom salts in the bath they are normally not a problem. Once or twice a day should be plenty. ...Read more

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I have rashes/blister on the majority side of my right hip. It possibly could have been from Epsom salt. Does not itch just burns.

I have rashes/blister on the majority side of my right hip. It possibly could have been from Epsom salt. Does not itch just burns.

Rashes must be seen.: My first reaction to a burning blistering rash on one side of the body is shingles, or Herpes zoster. But every rash needs to be seen in order to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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Help my itching hands recently, (in past wk.) I have developed severly itchy hands. The area that itches is between the thumb and first finger, in the web area, and in the meat of the thumb on the palm side. I have tried soaking them in epsom salt, hydro.

Help my itching hands recently, (in past wk.) I have developed severly itchy hands. The area that itches is between the thumb and first finger, in the web area, and in the meat of the thumb on the palm side. I have tried soaking them in epsom salt, hydro.

You : You may be dealing with a fungal infection. Try an over the counter anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole; you can apply the cream twice a day for a week. If you do not notice an improvement then it may just be a dermatitis and you may need a stronger steroid cream. At this point you would need to be evaluated by your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will epsom salt relieve eczema?

Will epsom salt relieve eczema?

No.: Eczema is best treated by avoidance of irritants / solvents / soaps and the application of moisturizers and topical steroids. ...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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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