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I have these bumps and sores appearing on my skin after swimming in my aunt's salt water pool. They are red and itchy. What's happening?

I have these bumps and sores appearing on my skin after swimming in my aunt's salt water pool. They are red and itchy. What's happening?

Folliculitis: Sounds like it could be folliculitis, an inflammation/infection of your hair follicles.
This happens sometimes from swimming in pools or spas where there is an increased amount of bacteria,
Showering with antibacterial soap daily and applying hydrocortisone cream can help. Use of an antihistamine such as benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help the itching
See your doctor if there are many open sores as it may need rx ...Read more

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Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)

Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)

Need a dentist: Holistic medicine is a wonderful approach for many health problems, but sometimes you need to turn to traditional medicine for treatment. Abcessed teeth are one of those conditions that need conventional treatment. See a dentist and get this infection treated. Otc will not heal this. ...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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Navel pierced 6 days ago, been doing sea salt water washes, but its red around the hole & really itchy. Why? & how can I clean it & prevent infection?

Navel pierced 6 days ago, been doing sea salt water washes, but its red around the hole & really itchy. Why? & how can I clean it & prevent infection?

Infection?: If it is very red and warm, it might be infected. See a physician. If it just a little red and itchy (and no drainage or pus), then it is probably just healing. Try using hydrogen peroxide to clean and neosporin. Have the person who pierced it take a look. ...Read more

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I have had a puffy red inner eye, haven't been able to get to a doctor. Sore dry when blinking and pain. Salt water help, also very itchy. Contagious?

I have had a puffy red inner eye, haven't been able to get to a doctor. Sore dry when blinking and pain. Salt water help, also very itchy. Contagious?

Conjunctivitis: Pinkeye or conjunctivitis can be very contagious, but isn't always due to infection. It may also be allergic, especially if dry and itchy and in *both* eyes. Keep your hands clean and away from your eyes; it is possible to acquire an infectious conjunctivitis on top of an allergic one. ...Read more

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Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

Should I avoid swimming in a public salt water pool when having an active lichen sclerosis flare with an open lesion?

CELLULITIS: Yes, to avoid Cellulitis (a superficial skin infection), that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil or underlying skin lesion. I also would suggest getting retested for food and environmental allergies by blood and skin testing. Evaluation for RA /LUPUS and IMMUNE SYSTEM is also warranted. ...Read more

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Why does my skin get so itchy after swimming in a pool?

Why does my skin get so itchy after swimming in a pool?

Aquagenic Pruritus: Aquagenic pruritus is a skin disease characterized by the development of severe itching on contact with water without observable skin lesions. The symptoms may be felt immediately after contact with water and can persist for an hour or longer. In some families, a tendency toward aquagenic pruritus appears to be hereditary. ...Read more

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What should we do for slight discoloration on my daughter's arm and legs? Legs also have some rashes that cause itchiness and flare up after swimming.

Eczema: You need to use a moisturizer on her skin twice to three times a day. Moisturizer means either lotion, cream or ointment. Choose one without fragrance or added color. Itching will respond to Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on those itchy areas. Too frequent bathing or swimming will make the dry skin worse. ...Read more

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What red, raised, itchy rash develops right after swimming in a chlorinated public pool? It's only on chest and shoulders. Treatment ideas?

What red, raised, itchy rash develops right after swimming in a chlorinated public pool? It's only on chest and shoulders. Treatment ideas?

See a dermatologist: Do not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) except at bedtime. It is a popular sleeping pill. Try taking 1 or 2 claratin (loratadine) or Zyrtec (cetirazine) an hour before you go in the pool. ...Read more

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Could swimming in salt water help with balanitis or BV vaginal infection?

Could swimming in salt water help with balanitis or BV vaginal infection?

Not likely: No swimming in salt water will not help BV or balanitis. Antimicrobials and good hygiene will. ...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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I've been swimming in a ocean for the past 3 days and when ever I go into the salt water my scrotum starts to burn I've also been getting small little red bumps all over my body that itch accept for where I had my swimsuit on?

I've been swimming in a ocean for the past 3 days and when ever I go into the salt water my scrotum starts to burn I've also been getting small little red bumps all over my body that itch accept for where I had my swimsuit on?

Swimmers itch: You may have swimmers itch, an irritation caused by schistosomes in the water. Alternatively this could just be irritation or sensitivity to something else you have come in contact with. Treatment is usually avoidance, low to medium potency steroids topically. Usually last about a week. ...Read more

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I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

I just went swimming at the beach and swallowed salt water now I am coughing and have a sore throat. What should I do? I also have allergies n asthma

Time: There is nothing special to do for small volume salt water inhalation. Salt water can be irritating but your body/lungs and throat will be fine in a few hours. ...Read more

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