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Uses For Epsom Salts For An Eye Wash
EYE WASH: Best to use a commercially prepared 'eye wash solution' eg. Blinx, dacryose, eye wash in a 4 0z squeeze bottle. Nerver use an eye cup. ...Read more
Can I use epsom salts to supplement my magnesium intake? I only seem to get about half through my diet...
I'm having a bath in tub for fissure. Should I use epsom salts in the tub like I've heard. If so how much salts do I put in the bathtub warm or cold?
Warm sitz bath: About a cup of epsom salt in a tub of warm water should do the trick. ...Read more
Hi, last Friday I had an abscess cut and drained on my big toe where toe hairs typically grow. I've been told to soak it, should I use Epsom salts?
Soaking: Soak the toe in Epsom salt and warm water for 5-20 min daily for 1 week. ...Read more
Told I have an anal fissure. Told to do sitz bath. Am I supposed to use epsom salts? I did earlier, now my rectum feels like it's turning inside out.
Comfort: Usually I do not recommend epsom salts. Just comfortably warm water is usually sufficient. Ask your own surgeon for instructions. ...Read more
Bad Idea: The real question is what slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, epsom salts, 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
Epsom: Salts contain magnesium sulfate, which is different from the sulfonamides, which make up the composition of sulfa drugs. So there should be no problem using Epsom Salts in the presence of sulfa drug allergy. ...Read more
Epsom salts: 2 cups of epsom salts added to a warm bath should work. ...Read more
I have an anal fissure. I don't have a sitz bath so I will just use my bathtub, but should I add epsom salts? If so how much to what ratio of water
Anal fissure: The heat relaxes the muscle and reduces discomfort. Epson salt not necessary. ...Read more
Can you tell me if I could use sea salt to help with my gout pain or does it have to be epsom salt?
It's really: The warm/ot soak part that is helpful as it helps to counteract the crystals from developing. ...Read more
Salts: Epsom salts have been used for years as a face scrub with some benefits, ...I am not too familiar/sure about pink salts. ...Read more
Epsom salts: Cup to a bath is seemingly no risk. Her OBGYN is captain of the ship. He or she should be answering this question. ...Read more
I got the bumps a week after shaving. They look weird making me feel insecure I need them to go away asap. Good to use sea salt or epsom salt?
Follow surgical instructions.
Usually keep dry and non adherent cover.
Your's could be special so discuss with surgeons office. ...Read more
Different: Table salt is sodium chloride, while Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate. They are entirely different compounds. While is will not be harmful to bathe in sodium chloride, you will not get the same effects as from magnesium sulfate. ...Read more
I'm 16 weeks is is okay for me to drink epsom salt & water to help use the bathroom or what will happen?
It is ok for me to drink a cool glass of water with epsom salt in it to help me loose weight? Which quantity may I use?
I'm on percocet and constipated four days. Is Epsom salt ok. I can't get to a drug store. How would I use it? I NEED fast relief.
May help: A single dose take as directed on the package may help. Do not take more than directed as may cause electrolyte imbalance. You should not use it if if you have any nausea or vomiting. See your doctor form more effective therapy. Amitiza (lubiprostone) is indicated for opioid induced constipation. It is available with prescription. ...Read more
I mixed some Epsom salt with warm water and I didn't use much salt. I am now having a bad break out on my arm. I washed it off. What should I do?
For how lion are you using Epsom Salt? Is this the first time? Then do not use any more.
If you still have symptoms get Benadryl (diphenhydramine) over the counter, and follow instruction. Apply to skin 1% Hydrocortisone cream-ointment to control your symptoms.
Because allergic reactions can progress and worsen in minutes causing complications, medical attention is always recommended for all but the most minor and localized symptoms.
If the symptoms of your reaction worsen over a few days, or if they do not improve with recommended treatment and removal of the allergen, call your health-care provider.
Tell your health-care provider if you have any allergic symptoms after using a drug or other treatment prescribed for you (see Drug Allergy).
Allergic reactions can be dangerous. Sudden, severe, widespread reactions require emergency evaluation by a medical professional. Call an ambulance if you or someone around you has any of the following with an allergic reaction:
sudden, severe, or rapidly worsening symptoms
exposure to an allergen that previously caused severe or bad reactions
swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
wheezing, chest tightness, loud breathing, trouble breathing, or hoarseness of voice
confusion, sweating, nausea, or vomiting
widespread rash or severe hives
lightheadedness, collapse, or unconsciousness
Also, I would suggest taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or another antihistamine to calm your symptoms, For rashes or skin irritations, an anti-inflammatory steroid cream such as hydrocortisone can be used. For small, localized skin reactions, use a cold, wet cloth or ice for relief. Apply a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel as an ice pack ...Read more
Try to avoid this:
It is preferable that you use distilled or boiled water with prepared salt packets that you can purchase at your pharmacy.
Epsom salt is Magnesium sulfate as opposed to the Sodium chloride present in the salt you use day to day. The latter is preferred for nasal irrigation ...Read more
I assume...: You're talking about soaking your foot in epsom salt, not ingesting it. That being the case, knock yourself out. None of those "salts" are going to get absorbed into your body from the soaks, although you can save your money and just use warm water, which is just as effective. Also, hotter is not better. Plain warm water (2 parts hydrogen 1 part oxygen) is fine. ...Read more
Is Epsom salt safe and effective as a prep for colonoscopy. If so, what is the correct dosage to use?
No: You should not use Epsom salt as a colonoscopy prep, unless it is recommended by your gastroenterologist. The only preps which are proven safe are the ones that are prescribed. It is important for the safety and reliability of the colonoscopy that the prep be done according to the instructions. It's not fun, but you should do it right! Good luck. ...Read more
I have ingrown pubic hairs, I was prescribed bacitracin. I was wondering what does any discharge mean and can I use Epsom salt at all?
I have a 1st degree perineum cut, been using epsom salt to bath and vasiline, its itching now? Does it mean its healing and what else can I use
Benzocaine spray: It is normal to have a little itching as the tissue heals. Usually your doctor or midwife repairs the tear with an absorbable suture and this can cause a small itching reaction. You can use an over the counter spray called Dermoplast or any anesthetic spray with benzocaine. If it isn't getting better see your doctor. ...Read more
Folliculitis where I shave my vagina Doc told me soak N epsom salt I never use 2 have this problem could it B my diet? Stopped b4 when I went basic tra
Shaving is the issue: This has nothing to do with diet. Pubic area folliculitis was rare before people started shaving the area. You may carry staph or strep on your skin, but many people do that; the problem arises mostly when you add the minor trauma that comes with shaving. Consider using a hair removal cream. Or not shaving (is it really that important?). Or see a dermatologist for professional advice about it. ...Read more
My toe nail got ripped off to heal it faster soaking it in warm water + epsom salt mixture Does it help to heal the wound? Is epsom salt good to use?
Yes: This is an old tried method which seem to work well ...Read more
24 w preg. With long term constipation. Little/no progress after colace (docusate sodium) & fiber increase past week. Can I use epsom salt laxative once till I see dr?
Safe to use a lavendar epsom salt bath while on lisinopril. I've been taking it for 5 days and have bad back and leg cramps. Dr sd stop taking the rx?
Epsom salt: Unless you're drinking the epsom salt, I simply don't see how a bath (ie, topical) epsom salt could possibly interact with Lisinopril which is in your blood stream. A nice, warm/hot bath should be a very good treatment for cramps and muscular pain and is a time honored rx (as in ancient greeks - used by hipprocates himself!). ...Read more
Depends on the dose: Epsom salts are Magnesium Sulfate which is safe for human consumption in limited doses. You may notice on the epsom salt container that it can be used as a laxative, which is the effect of ingesting larger amounts of magnesium sulfate. Ingestion of too much could lead to problems due to the laxative effect, but again a small amount should not be dangerous when used appropriately. ...Read more
Hemorrhoids?: Epsom salts are excellent for this purpose. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel ; warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. ...Read more
Not exact: But if you add about 1/4 cup of salt to 3-4 inches of water in the tub, that should be fine. ...Read more
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