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I have stye in my both eyes I washed and copmpressed it by warm water after 3 weeks iit is not yet gone?

I have stye in my both eyes I washed and copmpressed it by warm water after 3 weeks iit is not yet gone?

Styes: This can be very frustrating. It sounds like you are doing all you can. There are some styes that need to be removed by the eye surgeon an ophthalmologist.

If there is also an infection this may take oral medicine along with antibiotic drops. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more


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What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

What should I do to get rid of canker sores besides using warm salt water?

Comfortable: Warm salt water generally irritates them more and prolongs healing. Use anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

How do I get rid of my child's stye if warm compresses and the eye ointment didn't work?

Needs consultation: Any child with a persistent stye or chalazion needs a consultation with an ophthalmologist to determine the underlying reason. "styes" generally develop in response to chronic eyelid gland inflammation. Treatment is aimed at not only treating the stye but preventing future problems as well. In extreme cases, styes may develop into cellulitis or skin infection requiring more intense treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a sty/chalazion I have tried everything from warm compresses, tea bags, washing my eye lids with baby shampoo but its not workin?

How do you get rid of a sty/chalazion I have tried everything from warm compresses, tea bags, washing my eye lids with baby shampoo but its not workin?

Warm compresses: Requires many weeks, otherwise there is medicine you can take by mouth, Minocin (minocycline) or Doxycycline that also take time to resolve the style. ...Read more

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My throat is killing me what can I do? I took medicince and gargle warm salt water

My throat is killing me what can I do? I took medicince and gargle warm salt water

See your doctor: You should see your primary care provider today or tomorrow. Need an exam. Ask about a test for strep throat. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have always got canker sores in mouth I have 3 now what's the best thing to do for them other then warm salt water?

I have always got canker sores in mouth I have 3 now what's the best thing to do for them other then warm salt water?

Canker sore: Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...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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Why would the dentist tell me to rinse my mouth with warm salt water?

Why would the dentist tell me to rinse my mouth with warm salt water?

Swelling: It sounds like you may have some swelling or they anticipate you having some swelling in the future. ...Read more

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What can I do for a tooth ache when I can't get to a dentist tonight? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

What can I do for a tooth ache when I can't get to a dentist tonight? Have already tried warm salt water rinse and anbesol

Wrong Attempts: 1) get on an antibiotic like amoxicillin.
2) take 1-aspirin + 1-tylenol.
3) get to a dentist as soon as able.
4) your attempts do not work because they do not properly address the probable infection and associated pain. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wash your vagina with warm salt water if u have uti. Sex while I had UTI and lower abd&backpain aftr itchy & white stuff in vagina ok?

Is it safe to wash your vagina with warm salt water if u have uti. Sex while I had UTI and lower abd&backpain aftr itchy & white stuff in vagina ok?

Not the best idea.: The problem with this has to do with the concentration of salt in the water. Too much salt could cause burning. It is however a good idea to pour warm water over the vaginal area while you urinate. It also sounds like you have a vaginal infection which could be either yeast or bacterial based on your description. ...Read more

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I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

1 tablespoon in 8 oz: Gum inflammation can be the culprit of many other diseases. While warm salt water is one way to decrease gum inflammation, it's important to see your dentist to make sure there are no other treatment to do. Brushing with baking soda and peroxide can also improve the health of gums as well as daily flossing. ...Read more

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Could goggling with warm salt water help swelling and healing process of wisdom extraction?

Could goggling with warm salt water help swelling and healing process of wisdom extraction?

No: The best thing you can do is apply cold (ice) compresses, half hour on, half hour off immediately after the surgery. This will help keep the swelling down. Do this the first 8 hrs.
Nothing will totally eliminate swelling.
The amount of swelling you get is alsoproportional to the difficulty of the surgery, your age, overall health, etc. ...Read more

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Since 4 months Had smelly belly button couple of times, cleaned it with warm salt water, worked. Today little blood clogged and I have no pain.

Since 4 months Had smelly belly button couple of times, cleaned it with warm salt water, worked. Today little blood clogged and I have no pain.

Will be OK: You cleaned your belly button a bit too vigourously and now it oozed a bit of blood. Leave it alone and it should heal fine. If it gets more irritated please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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How do I know if my eyes are sunburned? My eyes are red and dry and hurting, but I spent the day swimming at the beach could it be the salt water?

How do I know if my eyes are sunburned? My eyes are red and dry and hurting, but I spent the day swimming at the beach could it be the salt water?

Eyes: Yes it could be salt water (stay out of it for now) but you should also see an eye specialist. Have your primary doctor refer you. ...Read more

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If I have a healing dry socket no pain is it ok to rinse with warm sea salt water? I also use the prescribed mouthwash. Is that enough? What's best?

If I have a healing dry socket no pain is it ok to rinse with warm sea salt water? I also use the prescribed mouthwash. Is that enough? What's best?

Healing extraction: You are doing everything you can. Prevent any food from getting stuck in the extraction site. Gently brush the adjacent teeth. You should be ok. ...Read more

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I have thrust on my tongue and there is a bitter taste in my mouth. Can I goggle my mouth with warm salt water? Please advise.

I have thrust on my tongue and there is a bitter taste in my mouth. Can I goggle my mouth with warm salt water? Please advise.

You can: If this soothes you but may not do much for the thrush. You may even try brushing your tongue. If the problem persists, you may need a topical antifungal. Assume that you don't have diabetes or impaired immune system. ...Read more

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When dealing with pulled teeth, they say rinse with warm salt water. What does salt water actually do? It still burns like crazy either way.

When dealing with pulled teeth, they say rinse with warm salt water. What does salt water actually do? It still burns like crazy either way.

Salt is antiseptic: A salt water rinse helps fight infection. You should not rinse out the day of the surgery to prevent loss of the blood clot that should be forming in the extraction socket. ...Read more

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Warm salt water mouth wash. Why/when it is normally used/benefits in dental hygiene. Cons and pros please.

Normal saline: It's like bathing in tissue fluid. Use to promote healing of irritated tissues. Not an oral hygiene adjunct (brushing/flossing best for hygiene). Ask your dentist if your situation would benefit from salt water rinse...Everyon's different. ...Read more

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How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

Soothing: It is likely that the salt draws out some of the fluid in the inflamed tissues, therefore decreasing swelling. ...Read more

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How much faster does drinking Warm Salt Water help Nasal cilia move than drinking Regular Warm Water?

How much faster does drinking Warm Salt Water help Nasal cilia move than drinking Regular Warm Water?

Nasal Rinses: Drinking warm salt water vs regular water will have no effect on your nasal cilia. Staying well hydrated with regular water can help thin out nasal secretions. Benefits of saline (saltwater) nasal rinses include: washes the mucus and irritants from your nose, moisturizes the sinus passages, studies have shown that nasal irrigation improves cell function (the cells that move the mucus work better). ...Read more

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How do warm baths help Bartholin's cysts? Does it have to be salt water? Can warm towels be equally effective?

How do warm baths help Bartholin's cysts? Does it have to be salt water? Can warm towels be equally effective?

Warm water: The idea behind the warm soaks and even more so with epsom salts is it helps with swelling. A warm towel may work just as well for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more