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Doctor insights on: Will Epsom Salt In A Bath Help Heal Dry Itchy Winter Skin

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Help my itching hands recently, (in past wk.) I have developed severly itchy hands. The area that itches is between the thumb and first finger, in the web area, and in the meat of the thumb on the palm side. I have tried soaking them in epsom salt, hydro.

Help my itching hands recently, (in past wk.) I have developed severly itchy hands. The area that itches is between the thumb and first finger, in the web area, and in the meat of the thumb on the palm side. I have tried soaking them in epsom salt, hydro.

You : You may be dealing with a fungal infection. Try an over the counter anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole; you can apply the cream twice a day for a week. If you do not notice an improvement then it may just be a dermatitis and you may need a stronger steroid cream. At this point you would need to be evaluated by your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...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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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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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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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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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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