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Can I add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Can I add anything to saline solution for nasal rinse?

Yes: You can double the salt solution you add to make it hypertonic. They also sell a scrubbing type solution but it leaves a soapy residue and most people don't like it. ...Read more

Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


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Hoe does a saline solution assist in preventing rhinitis? Thanks.

Hoe does a saline solution assist in preventing rhinitis? Thanks.

Wash and moisterize: Saline is salt water, the same consistency as your body fluids, 0.9 % salt water. It is used to flush wounds and skin lesions to help clean debris out of these areas. Thus the nasal spray keeps your nose moist, especially important to remove mucous, allergens in the nasal pathway. In the dry atmosphere in the winter time, your house has less moisture and your nose inside will be dry. ...Read more

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A friend jabbed me on my butt with a sterile saline solution injection. Should I be any worried? She works in the medical field & messed about with me

A friend jabbed me on my butt with a sterile saline solution injection. Should I be any worried? She works in the medical field & messed about with me

Your friend: Doesn't deserve to be in the medical field if that is how she screws around with medical materials. It really bugs me to hear that she would be so irresponsible. If it was a sterile needle, sterile saline, etc - you should be ok. ...Read more

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Is saline solution good for canker sores?

Is saline solution good for canker sores?

No proof: But won't hurt either. My mother's remedy is applying table salt to the sores. This would sting a little but I have found this to be effective for me in the rare instances when I get them. No scientific proof however. ...Read more

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Can I use saline solution to rinse out my daughters eyes?

Can I use saline solution to rinse out my daughters eyes?

Depends: Saline solution comes in a variety of strengths. Isotonic saline is a solution used in the office to wash out wounds and could be used for eyes. Other formulations may be to dilute or strong and be irritating. Simple eye wash/eye drops are available over the counter at most dollar stores. I would suggest these as a predictable and safe eye irrigant. ...Read more

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Can u put multipurpose saline solution directly in your eyes?

Can u put multipurpose saline solution directly in your eyes?

MPS solution: This solution is made for contact lens storage and insertion. If your eyes are dry, use artificial tears made for this purpose. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to get 3% nebulized saline solution. If not, where can I get it?

Do I need a prescription to get 3% nebulized saline solution. If not, where can I get it?

Ask the Pharmacist: You don't need prescription. I suggest you ask the Pharmacist if he does not have he can order it for you ...Read more

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I have a body piercing that appears to be infected. Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?

I have a body piercing that appears to be infected. Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?

Infected Piercing: Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. Signs of infection include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). ...Read more

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Docs, what's a saline solution that would be suitable to clean lobe piercings with? Any possible diy solutions?

I prefer: Hydrogen peroxide mixed 1:1 with water for cleaning piercings but there are many options. I find the peroxide followed by application of aquaphor or topical antibiotic works well to prevent infection. Remember it is best to get sterile piercings, not ones at the mall ...Read more

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Saptoplasty care after surgery can I rinse the nostrils with a saline solution after 5 days I feel very stuffy won't see dr until 4 days. Thanks?

Yes: I don't want to intrude upon another surgeon's preferences, but it is almost universally felt to be beneficial to rinse the nose gently with saline spray or rinse (e g otc neilmed sinus rinse or chitorhino) after nasal / sinus surgery. If you have nasal splints in place, the rinse won't get in your nose very well but should still be helpful. I recommend calling your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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How can a saline solution clean a wound?

How can a saline solution clean a wound?

Basic and Gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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Where can I get an inexpensive saline solution?

Saline Solution: Depending on what you are doing with the saline solution, it may or may not have to be sterile. If the solution must be sterile, you will likely need a doctor's prescription. If the saline does not have to be sterile, ask your pharmacist. Once you know the strength you need, your pharmacist should be able to give you a "recipe" for preparing it at home with table salt and water. ...Read more

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What else can I put my contacts in besides saline solution?

Many contact lens: Solutions are available. Saline is not sufficient for storage as it does not clean or disinfect the contacts. In my opinion, peroxide based cleaning systems, like clear care, are the best. Many people use multipurpose solutions as well. ...Read more

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One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Is saline solution the same as artificial tears?

Is saline solution the same as artificial tears?

No: Artificial tears is a more complex solution than saline. Artificial tears contain salt and other electrolytes, a buffer and a thickening agent. Saline is okay to put in your eyes but does not work as well as artificial tears. ...Read more

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Can I use IV saline solution for nasal irrigation?

Absolutely: Even a higher concentration than 1n may be used. There is evidence that concentrations> 1 n may improve ciliary beat frequency which could help the nose be even cleaner. ...Read more

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Can I use saline solution for my 1 month old baby for her congestion? And is it safe for her? Any recommendations?

Can I use saline solution for my 1 month old baby for her congestion? And is it safe for her? Any recommendations?

Standard treatment: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants. Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) mix with equal part saline solution. Allows for long term use without overdosing. Healthy? Or cancer causing?

The problem with. .: With long-term use of afrin is the rebound effect in the nasal cavity and a potential for increasing blood pressure. Diluting it with saline is not a good long-term solution. There are some prescription nasal sprays that are safe to use for the long-term treatment of allergies and nonallergic nasal conditions. There is no association with the use of afrin and cancer. ...Read more

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I got a small piece of metal in my eyeball, close to the colored part. I washed it out with saline solution and it feels fine. Should I get it checked?

I got a small piece of metal in my eyeball, close to the colored part. I washed it out with saline solution and it feels fine. Should I get it checked?

Not necessarily: If the metal flew in from dust or another low velocity source, it is unlikely that it penetrated the outer coats of the eye which are very tough. If the cornea was involved you will have pain and redness and vision changes. If there is no pain, no vision alteration, no redness and the source was low velocity (not from drilling, hammering etc.) then you can wait and observe. ...Read more

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Does nasal saline solution help with a red nose from rosacea?

Does nasal saline solution help with a red nose from rosacea?

Sorry, no.: Nasal saline helps moisturize a dry nasal cavity, but will do nothing for the dilated capillaries of the external nasal skin. Topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and laser treatments may treat (but not "cure") the vessels of rosacea. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a saline solution and a nasal spray?

What is the difference between a saline solution and a nasal spray?

Several kinds: Commercially available saline nasal sprays, mists, drops or nasal saline lavage solutions also contain bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) for pH balance.
There are also many nasal sprays that are medicated with for example steroids, antihistamines, topical decongestants or even hormones and vaccines. ...Read more

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