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Silver Nitrate For Canker Sores
Is it safe to order silver nitrate sticks online and apply it to a canker sore under my tongue without going to the dentist?
Not good idea: I suppose you could do that, but I would not advise it. Silver nitrate sticks work well for active bleeding, but likely would not do much more that make this sore hurt more and possibly delay healing. Better to rinse with salt water. You can apply orajel to the area for comfort while eating if needed. Dry with cotton tip and apply. Anything stronger and you risk increased irritation. ...Read more
Baby's stoma (gtube) has mild granulation (does not yet need shaving or silver nitrate). Can mild granulation go away on it's own with proper care?
Possible: Spontaneous resolution of the granuloma at the G-tube stoma is possible, but unlikely. ...Read more
Ohhh... not in a newborn!
cannot say in your particular case, but generally, in the adult, there would be a break in the skin, redness, soreness, warmth, redness and purulence (possibly below the surface). ...Read more
If silver nitrate treatment is interrupted by intercouse less than 1 week out then will it heal or does it have to be repeated????
I had a total hyst. 12/3. I've had Gran. Tissue burned w/ silver nitrate 6 x's now. Dr says surgery to cut it out to relieve pain? What do u think?
Not advisable: The silver nitrate is likely being used to treat the area; let it do its work. Good luck! ...Read more
Pretty quickly: I seldom use this unless I am treating an oozing remnant, but it drys the tissue it touches almost immediately. Occasionally i'll have to retreat in a day or two if they were very soupy at the start. ...Read more
Science teacher was working with silver nitrate he got some on his nail and it turned brown I think he washed it of will anything toxic happen to him?
Not likely: That's a very small amount and the nail plate is not alive so it doesn't get into his blood stream anyway ...Read more
I am Bleeding 2 yrs post total hyster. Did have silver nitrate several times after surgery due to granulation. What could be the cause/reason to bleed?
No.: Nosebleeds are most associated with nasal dryness, nasal trauma including picking, nasal deformity including septal deviation, and having thin blood from blood thinners or other medical conditions. Silver nitrate can seal prominent blood vessels on the septum but if none of the above factors change, the bleeding can recur after weeks, months, or years. ...Read more
One week: If the silver nitrate treatment is not disturbed by tampons or intercourse. ...Read more
New born babies bad reactions to silver nitrate treatment. Had to be hospitalized. What to watch for now that he is home?
Drug Reactipn: Unfortunately, this reaction is seen in rare cases as a one time occurrence. Your baby may be sensitive to Silver Nitrate, so keep in mind when writing drug reactions for his medical chart in the future. ...Read more
I have cervical ectropion. Dr. treated it with silver nitrate yesterday. Moderate to heavy clotty bleeding today. Is this a normal side effect?
Why Treated?: Cervical Ectropion is usually a normal, asymptomatic variation of the cervix, rarely requiring treatment unless vaginal discharge or post-coital (after sex) bleeding is very bothersome. The 1st treatment is usually to stop OCPs (like Yaz) which are often the cause of this phenomenon, Otherwise electrocautery is performed to ablate the bleeding vessels. Silver nitrate is not as effective. ...Read more
You can file it off,: Or just wait for it to grow out. ...Read more
How long will there be any odor after silver nitrate treatment for granulation? Had a total hysterectomy 5 months ago due to cancer. Nervous!
No odor: Silver nitrate does not produce an odor. When used with a granuloma that is not healing well the silver acts as an antiseptic and allows for faster healing of a granulomatous wound. It was originally used in Argerol as a mouth wash and has been employed at other sites to heal a raw wound. Any odor wound come from an underlying seroma in a wound and should be checked by Gyn surgeon. ...Read more
I burned my lip with silver nitrate & then scrubbed the stain off with salt water, taking lip skin off. I now have a blistered lip. Do I keep it dry?
Resolves on its own: Most apthous ulcers resolve on their own. As annoying as they are, it's always best if a problem can be solved by your own body. ...Read more
I got my left nostril cauterized with silver nitrate this morning. I am flying in 7 days is it safe to fly?
Yes: Shouldn't be a problemGet a more detailed answer ›
I burned my lip with silver nitrate & spent 2 hrs scrubbing it off with salt water. It blistered the next day from the trauma. How do I treat it?
Family practice: Treat it symptomatically. Medicated lip balm would be appropriate lips heal nicely. It has a good blood supply. ...Read more
I had a silver nitrate treatment for a cervical erosion last Wednesday, I have had very watery discharge since then. Is this normal? It soaked my und
Normal: Cervical irritation causes the cervix to generate a watery discharge. Sometimes it has a bad odor or a black color from the silver nitrate. Its normal. ...Read more
I had silver nitrate treatment for a returning cervical erosion yesterday. How soon can I have sex (to check if it worked this time)?
Depends: This answer depends on the size of the area treated. Unfortunately the only person who will not the extent of the treatment is your doctor. ...Read more
I have a have a sharp needle like pain on the tip of my big toe. I went to the doctor and he used a silver nitrate stick on it. It still hurts.
Toe pain: Do you have anything else other than the pain? It is not clear from your post as to why silver nitrate was used. It's not used for pain. You do need an exam of your toe because without it, it's essentially impossible to arrive to a correct diagnosis. ...Read more
I had a vulvar biopsy. They injected local anesthesia and applied silver nitrate to labia. Would this be harmful if pregnant?
It's fine.: No problems using these drugs in those small amounts while pregnant. Good luck! ...Read more
My mom said that as a result of abnormal Pap smear, she had to get silver nitrate on her cervix. Was this caused by hpv?
After I was born, my mom needed silver nitrate for abnormal cervical cells (hpv).Would I have been infected since I was a vaginal birth? Is there risk
Very small risk: Risk is probably about 1/1000 or less and is usually in the form of warts on the larynx if you were infected ...Read more
My son was circumcised at 2 weeks old and at that appointment, after the circumcision was performed and silver nitrate was put on his belly button, his belly began to turn blue. The dr ruled out an allergic reaction or poor oxygen levels so sent us home.
Silver nitrate: I'm not sure what your question is, but silver nitrate used on umbilical granulomas (small parts of the umbilical cord left after delivery) can stain the skin around the belly button. It usually turns a brown or black color, but it can also look bluish. If that's the case, should go away after a few baths. ...Read more
I cut my thumb on glass last Tuesday, it didn't stop bleeding so my doctor put silver nitrate on it and now almost a week later my thumb is very painful, slightly swollen and pussy.
Infection: You may have an infection. Please see your doctor for proper management. ...Read more
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