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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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I scratched my tonsil & now there's a white spot (blister) & my throat and ear hurts. No fever. What should I do. I've been gargling salt water?

I scratched my tonsil & now there's a white spot (blister) & my throat and ear hurts. No fever. What should I do. I've been gargling salt water?

Sore throat: Most throat infections are viral harmless and resolve on their own Viral infections tend to ulcer as shown in this pic. Strep infections need to b treated to prevent heart and kidney damage. These infections generally cause pain when u swallow and are associated with headaches and upset stomach. Note fever is not a reliable symptom. If u have the strep symptoms u need to see a doc. ...Read more

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Sore throat and neck pain x 2 days. Now right ear is bothering me. Gargling salt water, taking tylenol (acetaminophen). How long do I wait before going to my doctor?

Sore throat and neck pain x 2 days. Now right ear is bothering me. Gargling salt water, taking tylenol (acetaminophen). How long do I wait before going to my doctor?

If significant sore: Throat especially with swollen lymph nodes, exudates & enlarged, beefy red tonsils - you could see your doctor's office tomorrow for a strep throat test/ culture. It would save you $ - as compared to going to the er. ...Read more

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Does gargling salt water really help get rid of bad breath? IF so, how often should I do it?

Does gargling salt water really help get rid of bad breath? IF so, how often should I do it?

No, see a dentist: In the majority of cases, the cause of bad breath, or halitosis, is the product of bacteria in the mouth and gum disease. The proper diagnosis is the key to a successful treatment. See your dentist for Halimeter test, diagnosis and bad breath treatment that depends on its cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tried rinsing with salt water but it won't work. How am I suppose to get rid of the cold sores?

Tried rinsing with salt water but it won't work. How am I suppose to get rid of the cold sores?

Some options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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Can you get ameba from water in the sink or shower? Oh and can you get it from salt water (ocean)? Thanks for the help

Can you get ameba from water in the sink or shower? Oh and can you get it from salt water (ocean)? Thanks for the help

Ameba: Contaminated water can make you exposed. City water is usually chlorinated and treated to prevent exposure of ameba, however, water related outbreaks happen outside of the us. Ocean water doesn't contain ameba. ...Read more

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Had back molar extracted 5 days ago. Have food stuck in there since extraction. Tried salt water rinses how do I get the food out?

Had back molar extracted 5 days ago. Have food stuck in there since extraction. Tried salt water rinses how do I get the food out?

Keep it clean: But don't fuss with the extraction site because you might disturb the blood clot that is essential to the healing process.
After five days you should be well on your way to uneventful healing. At this point a small amount of food probably won't matter. ...Read more

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What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

Comfortable: Warm salt water generally irritates them more and prolongs healing. Use anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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Big lump on gum can't get swelling down tried salt water clove and other stuff please help very painful?

Big lump on gum can't get swelling down tried salt water clove and other stuff please help very painful?

Infection: You probably have an infection. It will not go away until you either have the infection drained or go on antibiotics or both. If it is a tooth infection it will need either a root canal or extraction. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results

How do I get rid of huge cancker sores on my tonsils? They are getting bigger and hurt very bad. I am gargling with salt water and etc* but no results

See an oral surgeon: Seek help from an oral surgeon to make sure you are dealing with a canker sore and not something more serious. He or she will be able to help you. ...Read more

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7 day old lower teeth extraction. I have food stuck in the sockets what can I do to get it out? I am rinsing with salt water but it's still stuck.

7 day old lower teeth extraction. I have food stuck in the sockets what can I do to get it out? I am rinsing with salt water but it's still stuck.

5cc syringe: Use the syringe with the warm salt water solution. Keep gently rinsing the socket until all of the food particles have been washed away. You need to use this technique after meals and bedtime (4-6 times per day). Good luck. ...Read more

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Tilt table testing normal, . Wake up lightheaded &get lightheaded sometimes all days. Get days I crave salt & water, get low BP. Florinef (fludrocortisone) helps. Causes?

Tilt table testing normal, . Wake up lightheaded &get lightheaded sometimes all days. Get days I crave salt & water, get low BP. Florinef (fludrocortisone) helps. Causes?

Lightheaded nl tilt: Rarely in POTS tilt may be neg see Korean J Pediatr. 2013 Jan; 56 (1): 32–36. Check thyroid, aldosterone (autoimmune addison's), renin, lyme (just in case), GERD/ H pylori, check all electrolytes: potassium calcium, magnesium in urine and blood. F/u w/ endocrinologist ...Read more

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What can I do for a tooth ache when I can't get to a dentist tonight? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

What can I do for a tooth ache when I can't get to a dentist tonight? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

Wrong Attempts: 1) get on an antibiotic like amoxicillin.
2) take 1-aspirin + 1-tylenol.
3) get to a dentist as soon as able.
4) your attempts do not work because they do not properly address the probable infection and associated pain. ...Read more

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17 day old 2 lower wisdom teeth extraction. Food seems to be stuck in one socket. Cannot get out with salt water or syringe. What now?

17 day old 2 lower wisdom teeth extraction. Food seems to be stuck in one socket. Cannot get out with salt water or syringe. What now?

Wisdom tooth healing: It is important to remove food debris while you are healing to prevent infection. If you cannot do this and you are having pain or swelling contact your extracting dentist for advise. They know you and your case best and can help you. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of post nasal drip and dry it out back there? I've tried salt water, sinus rinse, nose spray, steam and wet just isn't working. Help!

How do I get rid of post nasal drip and dry it out back there? I've tried salt water, sinus rinse, nose spray, steam and wet just isn't working. Help!

Pollen: I just checked the US pollen map and Levittown is having the highest counts in the country right now, so I suspect this is a seasonal problem. Nasal steroid spray daily and antihistamine like allegra, claritin, zyrtec will be first line and if that fails see an allergist. Other causes are vasomotor rhinitis, nasal esosinophilia and aspirin allergy and nasal polyps. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

I have swollen gums from wisdom teeth. How can I get the swelling down besides salt water?

Extraction: Pericoronitis is a condition when gum surrounding the tooth is inflamed. It occurs frequently in the area of wisdom teeth, when a partial erupting posiiton causing inflammation and trauma to the gingiva (due to plaque collected, poor oral hygiene, and traumatic occlusion in the area). Extraction would be a definitive treatment. Good brushing and antibiotic is only for temporary relief. ...Read more

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How do I get a whole blueberry that is lodged in the back of my throat? I have tried egg yolk, vinegar, gagging, warm salt water

How do I get a whole blueberry that is lodged in the back of my throat? I have tried egg yolk, vinegar, gagging, warm salt water

That: That is a tough question since the "throat" refers to a lot of space from the back of the throat near your tonsils down to the base of the tongue and further down into your neck. Sometimes, people get something stuck and then the material moves, but the throat is scratched and it still gives the feeling that the object is in place. If you are having symptoms for more than one day or cannot handle swallowing your own salvia, you need to be seen by a physician. If you cannot visualize the object and you don't think it's stuck in your "food tube" or espohagus located in your neck, then the best place to be seen is by an ear, nose and throat specialist (ent). If you can see it, your own primary care physcian may be able to retrieve it, otheriwse you will have to have it removed and the best place to be would be the emergency department. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

What causes a coated tongue? I can't get rid of it. I have tried a tongue scraper, brushing my tongue, mouth wash, gargling with salt water. No luck.

See DDS: What are your personal habits? Do you smoke, drink coffee all day long? A tongue scraper should be an adjunct in addition to brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Speak to your dentist if this is still problematic. ...Read more