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Salt For Boils
Nose infection: Boils in the nose-- technically the nares, or opening parts of the nose are almost always due to Staph infection. Specifically that's Staphylococcus aureus which can be resistant to antibiotics (MRSA). You should limit any trauma (don't pull out nose hairs-- clip instead). Try Mupirocin ointment 3x a day for 3 to 5 days. If that doesn't help, seek help as infections of the face can be dangerous. ...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
Little effect: Both will have little if any effect. ...Read more
Worthless: This is one more 'pop' remedy that will disappoint you. Acne is a chronic, serious, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed medically but will vanish only when it self-cures with age. If two weeks of benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Is warm water foot bath with sea salt good home treatment for an ingrown toenail? Is the sea salt beneficial?
Does warm water mixed with salt help acne? Because it exfoliates and salt kills bacteria. Does it have to be sea salt since regular salt has iodine?
Foot: Assuming you meant foot and not food, a diabetic foot infection is an emergency situation requiring immediate evaluation and antibiotics. Often, intravenous antibiotics are required. Though I do recommend foot baths for certain conditions, the words "diabetic foot infection" bring up something so much greater than average. Loss of limb or life can occur the condition is untreated. ...Read more
Don't get conned: Remember your high school chemistry. Oh, you didn't? Well, table salt is sodium chloride. Salt crystals are exactly equal numbers of sodium & chloride ions. Every single sodium & chlorine atom on Earth has been here for >4 billion yr, since the planet formed. It's a fundamental principle: Every atom of every element is chemically identical. From seawater or made in a lab, salt is salt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an antibiotic resistant sinus infection and put salt grains and salt water up my nose. Will this kill the bacteria off?
Yes: It softens them.Get a more detailed answer ›
Maybe: It will help to keep your mouth and throat clean and potentially help with the pain. It also may help to draw some of the fluid from the vesicles. There is no proven benefit in any clinical trials, but it is unlikely to be harmful. Children less than 8 are likely to be unable to gargle. The combination is 1/2 tsp salt per 8 ounces of water. All the best. ...Read more
Sooth muscles: Epsom salt which is Magnesium Sulfate is readily absorbed by the skin. It does have an anti-inflammatory affect which can help to sooth sore muscles. A common way to do this is to dissolve some in your bath water and then soaking for a few minutes. ...Read more
No, won't work: This sort of thing might be soothing for a few minutes, but that's all. It will not cure boils or make them heal faster. See a doctor for professional examination and advice. ...Read more