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We've all heard the phrase ' rubbing salt in the wound ' designed to demonstrate  how a bad situation can be made even worse.

.......but what does happen when you do rub salt into a wound ?..does it make it hurt more ?...does it damage the wound more so ?...............as a firm believer in empirical study my little 19 month old son has a little graze on his knee.....shall I ? .........














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Salt In The Wound !!...............What does it do ?
« Reply #1 on: 16/03/2007 01:01:25 »
No....that would hurt worse...don't do it!  LOL

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« Reply #2 on: 16/03/2007 03:41:00 »
It burns like fire!! Not good!

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« Reply #3 on: 16/03/2007 14:38:32 »
Thank ewe LO *hi LO..giggles* and thank ewe Karen Mam.

But is it doing any good ?...making it habitable for sea life for instance ?

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« Reply #4 on: 16/03/2007 15:30:42 »
I don't don't know , but as much as it burns, you would think it would be sterilizing it,LOL or preserving it...LOL I really can't imagine any benifits!

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« Reply #5 on: 17/03/2007 09:54:09 »
http://www.hhmi.org/cgi-bin/askascientist/highlight.pl?kw=&file=answers%2Fgeneral%2Fans_073.html
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Provided by Walter Sipe, M.D., clinical fellow of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, University of California, San Francisco (former HHMI medical fellow)

Before we get to the science part of your question, let me start by saying: Do not put salt on your cut. The single most important aspect of wound care in the backcountry is vigorous and copious irrigation with clean water (filtered or chemically treated so it is drinkable). You can generate a high-pressure stream by filling a zip-top plastic bag with water, poking a tiny hole in a bottom corner of it with a needle, and then squeezing the bag so water comes out through the hole. For dirty wounds, vigorous scrubbing to remove foreign bodies is also important. Exposing wounds to iodine, alcohol, peroxide, and pure salt is no more effective than water irrigation at preventing infection and can potentially damage tissues. The safest way to slow bleeding is to hold direct pressure on the wound until the bleeding stops.

The reason that salt stings a cut is that as the salt dissolves, it causes the fluid surrounding damaged tissues to become extremely hypertonic (which means that the concentration of salt and other electrolytes is higher than it is in normal body fluids).

Pain-sensing neurons have receptors on them that respond to a variety of stimuli. For example, there is a specific receptor that responds vigorously to capsaicin, which is the substance that gives jalapeño and habanero peppers their kick. So, quite literally, when you are adding hot pepper to food, you are (carefully, I hope!) inducing the sensation of pain to complement the other flavors of the meal.

More recently identified is a receptor that responds to changes in electrolyte concentration—such as the change that a large amount of salt induces. Thus, putting salt on a wound stimulates pain-sensing neurons in much the same way hot pepper does.

When tissue is damaged, many pain receptors become sensitized—that is, they need a much lower level of stimulation to respond than they normally would. (For example, after you have burned your mouth, try eating some spicy food that you could normally handle—ouch!) Salt may then compound the pain by further damaging injured tissues and making them more sensitive in general.

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« Reply #6 on: 17/03/2007 13:55:51 »
THANK YOU GEORGE !

That covers it !

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« Reply #7 on: 17/03/2007 14:24:17 »
Cool, I could not imagine how salt would help. Only make me cry!!! LOL

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« Reply #8 on: 17/03/2007 14:25:48 »
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Cool, I could not imagine how salt would help. Only make me cry!!! LOL

It might help ' Cure ' a Smoked Salmon !!...(Think about it !! )

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« Reply #9 on: 17/03/2007 17:33:21 »
YEPEROO!! Pretty tasty too!

 

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