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Saline (Definition)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or ...Read more


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Does IV saline fluids flush out or dilute medications for ssri in about an hour after taking the medication?

Does IV saline fluids flush out or dilute medications for ssri in about an hour after taking the medication?

Unlikely: No, it's unlikely for that medication to be flushed out with IV saline. The medication is broken down by the liver and therefore usually requires up to several days to completely leave your system. ...Read more

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When having blood drawn in the er, is it necessary to hook up the IV port and inject saline if you don't require constant medication?

When having blood drawn in the er, is it necessary to hook up the IV port and inject saline if you don't require constant medication?

Let me explain: Just for blood draw you do not need this but because you are in the er they may need to IV access this why they keep open in case you need it. ...Read more

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Is inflammation of the nasal septum lining treated with medication or will saline rinses be the best?

Is inflammation of the nasal septum lining treated with medication or will saline rinses be the best?

Nasal sprays: Inflammation of the nasal mucosa or lining is best treated with a topical nasal steroid spray like flonase, nasonex, (mometasone) etc. These nasal steroid sprays take some time (months) to work and should be used every day, not just for a week or two. Additionally, nasal saline sprays will help by keeping the nasal lining moist because dryness can cause more inflammation. Think about a humidifier at night. ...Read more

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My 1 year old has phlegm constantly for the past 3 months. Tried saline, medication and the humidifier. What is the cause and best treatment for this?

My 1 year old has phlegm constantly for the past 3 months. Tried saline, medication and the humidifier. What is the cause and best treatment for this?

? food allergy: Mucous is a sign of inflammation. Most common cause is a food allergy and an unhealthy gut microbiome. Go to A4M.com and us practitioner locator tab to find a functional medicine doctor near you to help you evaluate your child's gut health and look for possible food allergies ...Read more

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When administrating medication through an ng tube or gastrostomy tube, how many mls of saline is used to flush for pediatric patients?

Depends on med: Five to ten mL is a general amount of saline flush in larger children, depending on the viscosity of the medication being delivered through the tube. Infants and very small children may require less. ...Read more

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Please explain why is saline used for wound cleansing?

Please explain why is saline used for wound cleansing?

Basic and gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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How can a saline solution clean a wound?

How can a saline solution clean a wound?

Basic and Gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person get hooked on nasal saline wash?

Please tell me, could a person get hooked on nasal saline wash?

No: Nasal saline wash should contain only water and salt. There is no active ingredients such as oxymetazoline that is found in nasal spray decongestants which can cause rebound. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from a saline lock or the drugs administered through it?

Can you get hiv from a saline lock or the drugs administered through it?

No: You just can't. You need to get it from the fresh blood or semen of someone who's sick. ...Read more

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Woken up a few days feeling like I had something in my eye. Once felt like a pebble. Ow. Painful for a few hours. Use saline drops & eye wash. Help!

Woken up a few days feeling like I had something in my eye. Once felt like a pebble. Ow. Painful for a few hours. Use saline drops & eye wash. Help!

Corneal abrasion: This is possibly a recurrent erosion syndrome. This usually occurs in patient with a prior history of a corneal injury. Treatment is usually with muro ointment at bedtime and muros drops during the day.

You should see an ophthalmologist. However, the cornea maybe normal at the exam and this is a diagnosis by history. ...Read more

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My 4 month old baby girl has a blocked tear duct but it's not getting better. Every day it's crusty & she rubs it. What else can I do besides saline?

My 4 month old baby girl has a blocked tear duct but it's not getting better. Every day it's crusty & she rubs it. What else can I do besides saline?

Depends on situation: This is common in newborns & given some time & growth the blockage can clear on its own as the duct becomes larger. If still blocked at 6m & unresponsive to simple measures, an ophthalmologist may need to probe the duct & clear the blockage. One simple measure involves rolling the tip of the finger over the inner corner of the eye over the tear sac of the eye which may push out any blockage ...Read more

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Something went into eye, now it feels like sand but nothing's their. Washed with saline wash. Hurts when blinking or keeping eye closed. What's wrong?

Something went into eye, now it feels like sand but nothing's their. Washed with saline wash. Hurts when blinking or keeping eye closed. What's wrong?

May be a scratch: A scratched cornea can feel like a foreign body, but it is just the scratch that causes pain. As long as the object was something like dirt, sand, a bug, etc you should be OK. If it was something that could have PENETRATED the eyeball (a spark, a piece of metal) you need to see a doc ASAP. Flushing with saline was correct, you can continue this. You should feel better in am, if not, see a doc. ...Read more

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Jet washed my razor wound with water and saline no sign of pus anymore it's just red and open. Could the yellow have been the the cream? Worries?!

? cream: As long as the wound is open, just keep clean with soap and water. It will heal fine. If u have some silversulfadiazine available use this to aid healing. ...Read more

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Hydrogen Peroxide or Saline Solution with Povidone Iodine is better solution for cut, abrasion and wound?

Iodine: In general for minor cuts and abrasions the use of antiseptic therapy solutions is not warrented. These solutions (especially H2O2 peroxide) cause cell death and impair wound healing. IF a wound requires cleaning, iodine (specifically iodosorb) has been shown to reduce bacterial load. Therefore, povidone is a better choice than H2O2 for wound cleansing. ...Read more

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Felt something go in eye but can't see anything there. It hurts every time I blink, what do I do. Tried flushing with saline wash and water.

Felt something go in eye but can't see anything there. It hurts every time I blink, what do I do. Tried flushing with saline wash and water.

Exam: You need to see an Eye MD to evaluate your eye. You may have a foreign body trapped under your eyelid, & the only way to remove it is to examine your eye & everted eyelid to identify & remove it. Sometimes what your feeling is not a foreign body, but the scratch on the cornea left behind. Either way you need an exam. ...Read more

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What is best drug to treat BP of 214 from normal saline infusion in ambulance? Was hypotensive 92 yo who was dry; salt sensitive mild htn, prior cva.

What is best drug to treat BP of 214 from normal saline infusion in ambulance? Was hypotensive 92 yo who was dry; salt sensitive mild htn, prior cva.

Confused by question: Someone w/ low blood pressure en route to hospital by ambulance doesn't suddenly have increase in BP to 214 due to saline infusion. Increase may be a reflection of underlying illness which necessitated transfer to hospital or anxiety about ride to hospital or fear of illness or other injectable meds received to raise low bp. Treatment meds & parameters then depend on underlying acute illness. ...Read more

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I have a post surgery pilonidal cyst wound and it is in its final stages. Saline water was used to clean it, now antiseptic. Could this slow healing?

I have a post surgery pilonidal cyst wound and it is in its final stages. Saline water was used to clean it, now antiseptic. Could this slow healing?

NO: Also can take a good shower wash the area with soap and water and apply dressings, will heal soon and go for follow up visit to your surgeon. ...Read more

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My eyes burn when I use any brand or type of eyedrops or saline solution or plain water. Is my tear film too acid or alkaline? How can I cure this pr

Dry eye: Saline solution and plain water will usually burn because they are not buffered for the eye. Artificial tears are almost always properly buffered. If they burn when you put them in, it is usually because the eye surface is very dry to begin with. I would recommend putting in the artificial tears on a regular basis. After a day or two the burning should stop. If not, you need an eye exam. ...Read more

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I am Shivam. I have sore and pain in incisive papilla since last 3 days. I even tried saline water for mouth wash but its all the same. What to do?

I am Shivam. I have sore and pain in incisive papilla since last 3 days. I even tried saline water for mouth wash but its all the same. What to do?

Incisive papilla: There are a few reasons pain in the incisive papilla. The periodontal pocket around the frontal teeth, tooth abscess, a cystic lesion or burning lesion from the hot food. You definitely need to see a dentist for examination and x-rays if pain will continue for 3 more days.. ...Read more

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I have a year old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed--it gets red and puffy on & off. I use saline washes & warm compresses. What should I do?

I have a year old ear cartilage piercing that hasn't healed--it gets red and puffy on & off. I use saline washes & warm compresses. What should I do?

Ear pierce/infection: If this is a chronic subacute infection than the cartilage is your issue. It is serving as a nitus for recurrent cellulitis/infection. Best to see ENT? Plastic Surgeon to incise, open, remove damaged tissue including the cartilage. Than allow healing by secondary intention or suture closure. Make sure on PO antibiotics and maybe even obtain a C&S of the tissue to see if strange organism is growing ...Read more

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Saline nasal allergy spray called asteoto. It's main ingredient is azelastine hcl. Could that show up on my drug test?

Saline nasal allergy spray called asteoto. It's main ingredient is azelastine hcl. Could that show up on my drug test?

No, but sedating: Tons of meds cause false-positive results in drug tests. It depends on the actual testing reagents. Here's just one ex: http://www. Pharmacologyweekly. Com/articles/drug-classes-cause-false-positive-urine-drug-screen. Be honest reporting all meds, even if they won't show. Your antihistamine drops are considered sedating, so may be prohibited if you are a pilot/ATC. Consider montelukast. Works well. ...Read more

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I have bad breath I can't smell. Brush floss nightly. No cavities or gum disease. Have tried nasal washes and saline spray. Any suggestions?

I have bad breath I can't smell. Brush floss nightly. No cavities or gum disease. Have tried nasal washes and saline spray. Any suggestions?

2 ideas: If you have ruled out dental or gingival disease as a cause of you halitosis, consider 1.) LPR or high acid reflux and 2.) chronic tonsillitis in which there are food particles caught in the crypts of the tonsils. The latter is a common cause of bad breath even in the absence of infection. ...Read more

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I have a confirmed nose bleeder, polyps and congested nose. I am on antihistamine, saline wash and steroid spray. Is that the best solution?

I have a confirmed nose bleeder, polyps and congested nose. I am on antihistamine, saline wash and steroid spray. Is that the best solution?

Only if they work: This is a very complex issue as there are many potential causes for your problem. It appears that you may have a chronic sinus infection as well. A less common condition is known as Aspirin exacerbated rhinosinusitis (often accompanied by asthma) and in which case another class of drug called leukotriene modifier may work better. You should consult an allergist to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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