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How to soak open wounds in epsom salt?

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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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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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?

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. But bites will have no effect on bath it may actually help them. ...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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Is it possible to use epsom salt as an antacid?

Is it possible to use epsom salt as an antacid?

Not likely: Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, has numerous uses in medicine, but i've never used it for an antacid nor have i heard of it being used as so...Magnesium carbonate is a basic compound that can be used as an antacid. ...Read more

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Are hangnails considered open wounds?

Are hangnails considered open wounds?

Usually not: However, if a hangnail gets torn, becomes infected, swollen, or fails to improve you should go in for evaluation. A trip to your doctor is usually adequate. If you develop fever, vomiting, redness or drainage then go to your local ER. Be well. ...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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How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

It's a scam: The "gallstone flush" involves the sucker drinking a mix of vegetable oil, epsom salts, and citrus juice. The next few bowel movements are weird, which is not surprising, and the victim is told they have cleansed their system of gallstones. This isn't so much dangerous as stupid. Some of the proponents are sincere, which is all the more unfortunate. ...Read more

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Is it okay to consume epsom salt? What would happen? Can consuming epsom salt effect your personality or erase your memory?

Is it okay to consume epsom salt? What would happen? Can consuming epsom salt effect your personality or erase your memory?

Epsom salts: Epsom salts can be taken by mouth for a short time only. It can cause nausea and vomiting as well as depressive symptoms. It will not erase your memory. ...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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