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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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How can warm salt water heal gums?

Crenation: Crenation causes bacterial cells to contract after exposure to a hypertonic solution, due to the loss of water through osmosis. This causes the bacterial cells to die, thereby decreasing bacterial counts and the toxins they release. The warm water also stimulates blood flow and cleanses the tissues. ...Read more

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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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Does epsom salt heal skin rashes?

Does epsom salt heal skin rashes?

No: People occasionally use it for swelling but I do not advise it. See a doctor for a proper diagnosis of your rash and get a prescription to get rid of your problem. ...Read more

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Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Can you soak a wound in epsom salt water?

Simple Care: The real question-what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid 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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How does salt and warm water help to heal the wound?

How does salt and warm water help to heal the wound?

They Don't: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and 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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Will salt help wounds in my mouth heal?

Will salt help wounds in my mouth heal?

No: What are you trying to heal in your mouth? Have your doctor or dentist look at them or if any thing has been operated on check with surgeon. ...Read more

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Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

Will salt water and peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) heal a gum infection?

No: Most gum infections are sub-gingival (underneath the gums) and salt water/peridex cannot reach the bugs sub-gingivally. ...Read more

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Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Does salt water gargling help mouth ulcers?

Salt water rinses: Seem to help with oral irritations of all kinds. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Could a sea salt eye flush heal chemical burns?

Would not : Remember the old adage of rubbing salt in a wound? Use only saline if you use a salt containing product but clear clean water is the best. Mild cleansing with mild soap and water will help keep the bacterial load down. See your doctor for complete care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

IT DOESN'T: The only real use for peroxide is to help wash stuff out of a dirty wound. It doesn't kill bacteria even as much as a topical antibiotic. It will even damage healing tissue. Does it bubble when "germs" are present? No, it just bubbles. ...Read more

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Does salt and warm water help clean a tongue piercing infection?

Does salt and warm water help clean a tongue piercing infection?

Yes: But if it is infected, seek professional help (not from the piercer, but from a dentist or physician). ...Read more

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Could sea salt water clear up piercing infections?

Could sea salt water clear up piercing infections?

Potentially: How bad is the infection? I a solution of water and salt is not doing the trick - you may need to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can you soak an open wound in epsom salt?

It depends : It depends on the location and severity of the wound. ...Read more

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Does soaking a blister in salt water help in healing without popping it ?

Does soaking a blister in salt water help in healing without popping it ?

I have a blister....: It is best to leave a blister alone. Opening it can get it infected. If it does pop, apply antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection. Sometimes, applying alcohol may help dry it up. If you have any pain, redness, burning, blisters in the mouth or groin, you should see a Dermatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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