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Epsom Salt Side Effects Bath
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.
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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?
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
Does consuming epsom salt have any side effects? Can consuming epsom erase one's memory or change one's personality in any way?
Do not do it: Epsom salts is Magnesium Sulfate and while it can be taken internally, in high doses it has toxic effects. ...Read more
Magnesium & sulphur:
Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur.
Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts.
Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...Read more
Epsom salts: Cup to a bath is seemingly no risk. Her OBGYN is captain of the ship. He or she should be answering this question. ...Read more
Not likely: A bath of any kind may be soothing but neither a regular bath or salt bath is likely to solve the problem of a Bartholin cyst. If the cyst is bothersome it can be drained by your doctor. If the cyst has become infected and is now an abscess then prompt treatment is warranted ...Read more
Wicked witches &...: The wicked witch of the West should not take any type of bath but it should be safe for almost everyone else. However, those who have kidney failure should use epsom salt baths with caution (and have their magnesium levels monitored), as epsom salts are absorbed thru the skin and increase magnesium levels and those with kidney failure can have difficulty eliminating excess magnesium. ...Read more
Consider that...: Just soaking in warm water (or using a heating pad) can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints. ...Read more
Had an unusual reaction to Epsom salt bath- very wired and unable to sleep- second time this has happened. What might that indicate?
Epsom salt: Epsom salt is magnesium, so depending on how much you put in you may be getting magnesium overload. Normally it should relax muscles and but high doses may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, irregular heartbeat.Stop the baths, get a magnesium level and follow up with your doctor/urgent care. ...Read more
I am trying to lose weight with Epsom salt bath but I have healing bug bite wounds. Should I take the bath or wait until the bites have been healed?
Epsom Salt: That is not an effective weight loss method. Bug bites will have no effect on bath it may actually help them. ...Read more
No issues: Unless the rare individual who might be sensitive to the contents, usually quite gentle when used only externally in bath water ...Read more
After Epsom salt bath - burn like lesions occurred on sensitive areas where sat on salt. How to treat pain and lesion?
Try vaseline gauze: Applied after a cool soak to be sure all of the Epsom Salts are washed away. Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate) should always be dissolved thoroughly before bathing in it. If you have any skin wounds they would be irritated by the salt. Apply vaseline to any such areas before the bath. Only use Epsom Salts if you are treating some specific condition, like arthritis, not just as a water softener. ...Read more
Now that I have some epsom salt (for feet), is there any benefit or harm from doing a full body soak for 15 minutes in epsom salt bath?
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I have a 1st degree perineum cut, been using epsom salt to bath and vasiline, its itching now? Does it mean its healing and what else can I use
Benzocaine spray: It is normal to have a little itching as the tissue heals. Usually your doctor or midwife repairs the tear with an absorbable suture and this can cause a small itching reaction. You can use an over the counter spray called Dermoplast or any anesthetic spray with benzocaine. If it isn't getting better see your doctor. ...Read more
Bath water from body floating epsom salt bath entered urethra, and there is moderate pain when touched (lasted so far about two weeks), how to heal?
I am 15 weeks, with severe braxton hicks. At most how many times per day I can do epsom salt feet bath?
My knee is swollen & I just took an Epsom salt bath. I feel better but it's still a little knot on my knee/thigh/back of knee. Should I ice and when?
Knee pain: Ice is good initially after an injury, or after overuse. Then switch to moist heat as the next step. ...Read more
No: No, as long as you don't drink it. ...Read more
Apart from r.I.C.E. What must I do for quick rehab of injured (no tear) calf muscle? Would massage help? What about epsom salt bath 2 / day? Thanks
I took an epsom salt bath for 25 min. Then was nauseous and vomited violently. Now feeling weak and dizzy with a headache. I take them all the time?
Possible to have suddenly developed overactive somatosensory system? Epsom salt bath triggered panic attack?! Pants irritating legs with no rash.
See Your Doctor: Epsom Salt is Magnesium (Mg) Sulfate; used to cleanse/soothe minor skin conditions. Soaking can lead to absorption thru skin & raise Mg levels usually without harm. Hypersensitivity reactions can cause skin irritation but usually with rash. Panic attacks: result from anxiety; may manifest as skin sensations eg. tingling, resulting in your leg symptoms; can be successfully treated. See your doctor. ...Read more