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When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

When using a 2 quart sitz bath for a fistulla how much epsom salt do u use?

1/4 cup: Put warm water into your sitz bath until it's about 1/3 of the way full. Add 1/4 cup of epsom salt. Then add yourself. Hope it helps! ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more


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I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has not been proven to help or harm healing. Just getting into the tub for 10 minutes or more at least 3x/day helps relieve pain, keep the area clean, and promote healing. If you think it helps, go ahead and use it! Good luck with your healing! ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 yr old was just circumsized thursday, can I give him a bath in epsom salt?

My 2 1/2 yr old was just circumsized thursday, can I give him a bath in epsom salt?

Why epsom salt bath?: Suggest you follow the surgeon's advice. I usually advise to sponge bathe 4 about 3 days after cicumcision surgery. Then shower. This is easy for older children to do, babies and toddlers can be held in shower by a parent.. ...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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Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

Not likely: A bath of any kind may be soothing but neither a regular bath or salt bath is likely to solve the problem of a Bartholin cyst. If the cyst is bothersome it can be drained by your doctor. If the cyst has become infected and is now an abscess then prompt treatment is warranted ...Read more

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Is there anyone who can not take an Epsom salt/baking soda detox bath?

Is there anyone who can not take an Epsom salt/baking soda detox bath?

Wicked witches &...: The wicked witch of the West should not take any type of bath but it should be safe for almost everyone else. However, those who have kidney failure should use epsom salt baths with caution (and have their magnesium levels monitored), as epsom salts are absorbed thru the skin and increase magnesium levels and those with kidney failure can have difficulty eliminating excess magnesium. ...Read more

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Can I give my son a epsom salt bath that's experiencing pain in the inner thigh area.?

Can I give my son a epsom salt bath that's experiencing pain in the inner thigh area.?

Consider that...: Just soaking in warm water (or using a heating pad) can help relax muscles and loosen stiff joints. ...Read more

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Had an unusual reaction to Epsom salt bath- very wired and unable to sleep- second time this has happened. What might that indicate?

Had an unusual reaction to Epsom salt bath- very wired and unable to sleep- second time this has happened. What might that indicate?

Epsom salt: Epsom salt is magnesium, so depending on how much you put in you may be getting magnesium overload. Normally it should relax muscles and but high doses may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, irregular heartbeat.Stop the baths, get a magnesium level and follow up with your doctor/urgent care. ...Read more

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I am trying to lose weight with Epsom salt bath but I have healing bug bite wounds. Should I take the bath or wait until the bites have been healed?

I am trying to lose weight with Epsom salt bath but I have healing bug bite wounds. Should I take the bath or wait until the bites have been healed?

Epsom Salt: That is not an effective weight loss method. Bug bites will have no effect on bath it may actually help them. ...Read more

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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

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

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What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

Magnesium & sulphur: Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur.
Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts.
Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...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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After Epsom salt bath - burn like lesions occurred on sensitive areas where sat on salt. How to treat pain and lesion?

After Epsom salt bath - burn like lesions occurred on sensitive areas where sat on salt. How to treat pain and lesion?

Try vaseline gauze: Applied after a cool soak to be sure all of the Epsom Salts are washed away. Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate) should always be dissolved thoroughly before bathing in it. If you have any skin wounds they would be irritated by the salt. Apply vaseline to any such areas before the bath. Only use Epsom Salts if you are treating some specific condition, like arthritis, not just as a water softener. ...Read more

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Now that I have some epsom salt (for feet), is there any benefit or harm from doing a full body soak for 15 minutes in epsom salt bath?

Maybe: Epsom salt contains magnesium. If it gets in the GI tract, it will cause diarrhea. It is also a drying agent and may irritate "sensitive" tissue. It is good to reduce scar tissue, stop constipation and to remove warts. ...Read more

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How many cups can my wife use in her Epsom Salt bath? She is 24 week. Please and thank you

How many cups can my wife use in her Epsom Salt bath? She is 24 week. Please and thank you

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

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Does putting epsom salt or vinegar in your bath water really keep down yeast?

Does putting epsom salt or vinegar in your bath water really keep down yeast?

Need location: The cause of infection is more important than infection itself. Candida is a natural yeast on our body if it is over growing means something is wrong in our body. Please see a doctor, it is important to treat the cause before treating the symptom.
Let me quote uptodate: self treating wastes money, wastes time you do not feel better and you end up going to the doctor ...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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I am 15 weeks, with severe braxton hicks. At most how many times per day I can do epsom salt feet bath?

I am 15 weeks, with severe braxton hicks. At most how many times per day I can do epsom salt feet bath?

See your OB: It's not normal to have that much pain this early in the pregnancy. You ned to talk to your OB to see what's going on. If you are having a lot of contractions, you may be dehydrated. Push fluids, especially water, and see if they go away. ...Read more

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Apart from r.I.C.E. What must I do for quick rehab of injured (no tear) calf muscle? Would massage help? What about epsom salt bath 2 / day? Thanks

Apart from r.I.C.E. What must I do for quick rehab of injured (no tear) calf muscle? Would massage help? What about epsom salt bath 2 / day? Thanks

Mild stretching OK: Seek the advice of a physical therapist to assist you with a personalized rehabilitation program under the guidance of your treating physician. A tailored efficient program will serve you best in your efforts to enjoy a quick recovery of function. ...Read more

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I took an epsom salt bath for 25 min. Then was nauseous and vomited violently. Now feeling weak and dizzy with a headache. I take them all the time?

I took an epsom salt bath for 25 min. Then was nauseous and vomited violently. Now feeling weak and dizzy with a headache. I take them all the time?

Salt bath: There's no way to tell you what was in epsom salts you use, so you really should see someone in the emergency room and get some advice. Could be that you just have a virus but at least everything should be considered. ...Read more

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Possible to have suddenly developed overactive somatosensory system? Epsom salt bath triggered panic attack?! Pants irritating legs with no rash.

Possible to have suddenly developed overactive somatosensory system? Epsom salt bath triggered panic attack?! Pants irritating legs with no rash.

See Your Doctor: Epsom Salt is Magnesium (Mg) Sulfate; used to cleanse/soothe minor skin conditions. Soaking can lead to absorption thru skin & raise Mg levels usually without harm. Hypersensitivity reactions can cause skin irritation but usually with rash. Panic attacks: result from anxiety; may manifest as skin sensations eg. tingling, resulting in your leg symptoms; can be successfully treated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

Sitz Bath (Definition)

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