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Doctor insights on: What Is Difference Between Epsom Salts And Table Salt

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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter.
1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium.
There are better ways to replete magnesium.
http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Do you think I can use table salt for bathing instead of epsom salt?

Do you think I can use table salt for bathing instead of epsom salt?

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

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What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

What is better for a sitz bath salt or epsom salts?

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

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What is epsom salt?

What is epsom salt?

Magnesium sulfate: Answered this fully with your last question. It's great! Different natural hot springs have different quantities of magnesium, calcium, trace minerals and other ionizing minerals that relax the body, and also alkalinizes the body and relaxes muscles. ...Read more

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How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

Not sure: I have recommended epsom salt baths but not sure what you mean by "flushing". ...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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Can you soak an open wound in epsom salt?

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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Is it safe to drink epsom salt and pepsi for abortion,I did it for abortion but I'm a bit worried?

Is it safe to drink epsom salt and pepsi for abortion,I did it for abortion but I'm a bit worried?

Bad idea: Traditionally -some women have bathed in epsom salts as a way to cause an abortion. See: http://www.ceped.org/avortement/gb/chap4/800/chap4-tab.html. Please keep in mind that they have also used gasoline, poisons , knitting needles, etc. All of these are also bad ideas. There can be SERIOUS medical problems for overdosing orally on Epsom Salts. If you have overdosed on Epsom Salts - would > ...Read more

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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate(epsom salt)?

Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter.
1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium.
There are better ways to replete magnesium.
http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/proper-thyroid-testing.html. ...Read more

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Will epsom salt really work when you have sprains and strains?

no: Epsom salts would have no effect on screens or sprains. Ice or moist heat which ever feels better and anti-inflammatories would help. ...Read more

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Would someone experience any adverse reactions from a epsom salt bath? Safe?

Would someone experience any adverse reactions from a epsom salt bath? Safe?

No issues: unless the rare individual who might be sensitive to the contents, usually quite gentle when used only externally in bath water ...Read more

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Is soaking in a epsom salt bath safe for breastfeeding moms? And how often a day?

Is soaking in a epsom salt bath safe for breastfeeding moms? And how often a day?

No problem: EPSOM or Sitz baths can be very relaxing and helpful to breastfeeding mothers, and pose no risk for breastfeeding. Excessive bathing however (more than once a day) may lead to skin dryness. ...Read more

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Epsom salt on genital warts help remove it?

Epsom salt on genital warts help remove it?

No : Need to apply a topical anti-viral or have the lesion removed or destroyed by freezing or burning by a physician. ...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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Do Epsom salt baths really work for pain ?

Do Epsom salt baths really work for pain ?

Magnesium: Yes, magnesium is a very soothing agent. Some clinicians recommend them for children with autism to help with relaxation. ...Read more

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Is epsom salt safe to use for loose weight ?

Is epsom salt safe to use for loose weight ?

Epsom salts -lose wt: No it is not safe to take epsom salts to lose weight. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to use epsom salt in a neti pot?

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

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I used epsom salt to loose weight . How long after i start will i see results ?

I used epsom salt to loose weight . How long after i start will i see results ?

How R U using them?: Some people have used epsom salts (mag sulfate) as a laxative in order to lose weight, but this could be both dangerous and not very effective. You would lose the weight of stool only. Some people (dr. Oz) have also suggested that ingested toxins may contribute to weight gain, and that epsom salt baths can aid detoxification and lead to weight loss. http://tinyurl.com/lsjxmuk. ...Read more

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Is Epsom salt safe and effective as a prep for colonoscopy. If so, what is the correct dosage to use?

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

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Can a dialysis patient take epsom salt?

Can a dialysis patient take epsom salt?

No: Epsom salt is Magnesium Sulfate and ingesting excess magnesium while on dialysis is not a real good idea. I strongly urge you to talk with your doctor about this question. He/she can give you more detailed information and advice. ...Read more