The overall global annual usage in the mids of the monohydrate was 2. Epsom salt has been traditionally used as a component of bath salts. Epsom salt can also be used as a beauty product. Athletes use it to soothe sore muscles, while gardeners use it to improve crops. It has a variety of other uses: for example, Epsom salt is also effective in the removal of splinters. A variety of hydrates are known. The heptahydrate epsomite readily loses one equivalent of water to form the hexahydrate.
Epsom salt takes its name from a bitter saline spring in Epsom in SurreyEngland, where the salt was produced from the springs that arise where the porous chalk of the North Downs meets non-porous London clay. Upon further heating, the anhydrous salt decomposes into magnesium oxide MgO and sulfur trioxide SO 3. The heptahydrate can be prepared by neutralizing sulfuric acid with magnesium carbonate or oxidebut it is usually obtained directly from natural sources.
Magnesium sulfate is a common mineral pharmaceutical preparation of magnesiumcommonly known as Epsom salt, used both externally and internally. Its solubility in water is inhibited by lipids in lotions resulting in variable absorption rates when applied to the skin.
Temperature and concentration are also factors. Externally, magnesium sulfate paste is used to treat skin inflammations such as small boils or localised infections. Epsom salt is used as bath salts and for isolation tanks.
Magnesium sulfate is the main preparation of intravenous magnesium. In agriculturemagnesium sulfate is used to increase magnesium or sulfur content in soil. It is most commonly applied to potted plants, or to magnesium-hungry crops, such as potatoestomatoescarrotspepperslemonsand roses. The advantage of magnesium sulfate over other magnesium soil amendments such as dolomitic lime is its high solubilitywhich also allows the option of foliar feeding.
Solutions of magnesium sulfate are also nearly pH neutral, compared with alkaline salts of magnesium as found in limestone; therefore, the use of magnesium sulfate as a magnesium source for soil does not significantly change the soil pH. Magnesium sulfate is used as a brewing salt in making beer. Anhydrous magnesium sulfate is commonly used as a desiccant in organic synthesis due to its affinity for water and compatibility with most organic compounds.
During work-upan organic phase is treated with anhydrous magnesium sulfate. The hydrated solid is then removed with filtration, decantation or distillation if the boiling point is low enough.
Other inorganic sulfate salts such as sodium sulfate and calcium sulfate may be used in the same way. Magnesium sulfate heptahydrate is also used to maintain the magnesium concentration in marine aquaria which contain large amounts of stony corals, as it is slowly depleted in their calcification process.
In a magnesium-deficient marine aquarium, calcium and alkalinity concentrations are very difficult to control because not enough magnesium is present to stabilize these ions in the saltwater and prevent their spontaneous precipitation into calcium carbonate.
Magnesium or sodium sulfate is also used for testing aggregates for soundness in accordance with ASTM C88 standard, when there are no service records of the material exposed to actual weathering conditions. The test is accomplished by repeated immersion in saturated solutions followed by oven drying to dehydrate the salt precipitated in permeable pore spaces. The internal expansive force, derived from the rehydration of the salt upon re-immersion, simulates the expansion of water on freezing.
Magnesium sulfates are common minerals in geological environments. Their occurrence is mostly connected with supergene processes. Some of them are also important constituents of evaporitic potassium -magnesium K-Mg salts deposits.
Bright spots observed by the Dawn Spacecraft in Occator Crater on the dwarf planet Ceres are most consistent with reflected light from magnesium sulfate hexahydrate. Almost all known mineralogical forms of MgSO 4 are hydrates.
Epsomite is the natural analogue of "Epsom salt". Hexahydrite is the next lower 6 hydrate. Three next lower hydrates—pentahydrite, starkeyite, and especially sanderite are rare. Kieserite is a monohydrate and is common among evaporitic deposits. Anhydrous magnesium sulfate was reported from some burning coal dumps.Now, ladies, this may well put you off your cornflakes but I think it needs talking about.
Yes — this is one of those delightful gynaecological problems that can appear out of the blue and cause recurrent misery for years. The Bartholin Glands are two pea-sized glands located slightly posterior and to the left and right of the opening of the vagina. Their function is to secrete mucus to lubricate the vagina.
This lubrication may help make sex a little more comfortable for women. These cysts can grow in size so that it is actually painful to sit or walk. And many cysts are not diagnosed until an examination such as a smear is carried out by a medical professional. Nobody seems to be entirely sure what causes these cysts — the usual suspects are all there, stress, poor hygiene, bad diet, STIs and, rarely vulval cancer.
Usually, the first course of action to treat a possibly infected cyst is a course of antibiotics. In my experience this is a rather hit and miss method of treatment and, if the antibiotics cure the problem, there is no guarantee that it will not reappear. At this stage, the home treatment advice tends to be to take over-the-counter painkillers and to take a sitz bath times a day.
A sitz bath is a warm, shallow bath that cleanses the vulval area and can be used for everyday personal hygiene. It can also provide relief from pain or itching in the genital area. You can give yourself a sitz bath in your bathtub or with a plastic kit that fits over your toilet.
Marsupialization is the surgical technique of cutting a slit into an abscess or cyst and suturing the edges of the slit to form a continuous surface from the exterior surface to the interior surface of the cyst or abscess — in other words, creating a pouch which allows drainage. My marsupialization was done as a day surgery appointment and the recovery time was quoted as being 2 weeks. At least 6 weeks was closer to the mark and, what I was not told at the time, some sensitivity remains due to the scar tissue left behind.
These are some suggestions but please note that their success is anecdotal and reported on various forum boards. The Homoeopathic Remedy Silicea 30C. Part of the structural makeup of bone and cartilage, the remedy is present in humans as a trace element. It can be found in connective tissues as well as hair, skin, and nails. People who use this mineral believe that its cleansing effects make it particularly useful in treating dry skin, nails, or hair. This mineral is sometimes used to improve acne, blemishes, ulcers, boils, inflammation, or generally sickly skin.
Infections from abscessesskin eruptions, glass shards, and splinters may also be treated with it. Some people also use it in hopes of preventing hair loss and dandruff, and to reduce scar tissue visibility. Now there is a great deal of confusion on the boards about whether the best cure is Silicea 30c the homoeopathic remedy or Silica Complex. Silica Complex is a dietary supplement which usually takes its Silica from Horsetail Extract and is combined with other vitamins and minerals. These are the kind of tablets referred to.Guest over a year ago.
I realized in a mean time, I am not the only one with terrible skin problems. I know there are many people with boils and carbuncles and we all search any way to help us. Each person I was talking to said nothing seems to help heal boils and carbuncles. Anyway, one friend of mine told me there are some homeopathic remedies, and magnesium sulphate paste used as ointment for boils and carbuncles. Is this true, did anyone tried this and can tell me more about it.
La Luna Unita over a year ago. The Dingo over a year ago. Couldn't find what you looking for? New Reply Follow New Topic. Guest over a year ago I realized in a mean time, I am not the only one with terrible skin problems. For me, I have periods some creams seems to work. Anyways, I found it not so good for extended periods.
I also heard from one friend about this kind of ointment for boils and carbuncles. He told me magnesium sulphate paste really works and could help me. I would recommend you to try it definitely, because I am going to try it too, because it should do a good job for boils and carbuncles. Here are a couple of homeopathic remedies you can try, that I have heard also works, beside magnesium sulphate paste.
This is called a poltus and you should use very hot milk and a piece of white bread, just a little bigger then the spot. Try to soak the bread and squeeze the extra milk out, after this place it on the spot with a bandage.
Over night it should work well for boils and carbuncles, something like ointment, and similar to magnesium sulphate paste. I really hope this is going to help, for me I am going to try with magnesium sulphate paste first.
Guest over a year ago In reply to anonymous on - click to read. Hi regarding magnesium sulphate paste,i have used it myself on boils and it does work to draw them to a "head",it does take a few times to apply the paste for it to work,but i myself have found it works quite well. Guest over a year ago hey there same problem here! Guest over a year ago hi i have used magnesium sulphate paste for a boil on my thigh that reoccurs from time to time and it works well i just put some on and tape some melolin wound dressing over it and leave it on through out the day.
You can purchase commercial paste or simply make your own by putting any amount of Epsom salt in a bowl and slowly mixing in a little water at a time until you have a paste. Epsom salts are a traditional remedy for muscle and foot aches and are known to have many healing properties. Most scented bath salts are made with Epsom salts and a scented oil.Magnoplasm Paste is a drawing paste containing glycerol and dried magnesium sulfate.
The glycerol acts as a humectant which means it attracts water to itself and magnesium sulphate works via osmosis. The magnesium sulfate is dried so does not contain any water and when applied to the skin exhibits a strong osmotic effect and glycerol is hygroscopic, meaning it has a strong affinity for water and thus will draw out moisture from the inflamed area as well as the atmosphere.
It is a useful initial treatment for boils, carbuncles and whitlows. Magnoplasm Paste has been on the Australian market for decades and is Australian made and owned. Splintex Splinter Removal Gel can be used as an everyday drawing agent and is available in a convenient take anywhere pack. Especially good for those hard to reach splinters under the nails and in the hands and feet.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. You deserve tomorrow. Available in a handy to use gm jar. Splintex Splinter Removal Gel Splintex Splinter Removal Gel can be used as an everyday drawing agent and is available in a convenient take anywhere pack. Splintex Splinter Removal Gel is listed as a class 1 medical device.
I think I also have some puss there I don't want to go to the doctor with this kind of a problem. Has anyone tried magnesium sulphate paste on dreaded boils and abscess in that area? I have just ordered that paste and hope it works. Cinna Junior Researcher.
has any had an abcess in they're privite parts?? sorry if tmi
I've not had this problem but i really encourage you to go see a doctor. That isn't an area you want to fool around with! Those cysts can get really bad and you don't want to get it infected.
Please go see a doctor, it won't be the first time they've seen one and they will be able to make sure it's treated properly. TwoOneBee Junior Researcher. I have to agree with Cinnayou really should go to a doctor for this kind of issue, especially from how worried you seem to be. It can be embarrassing when it comes to things "down there" but they've seen hundreds, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. That being said, it sounds like you've already ordered it, so have you tried?
Did it work? This is definitely the sort of thing you should see a doctor for. Cysts and boils, especially in the genital area, can get easily infected which could cause you to develop an abscess or even blood poisoning.This article details the unfortunate experience I had of a sebaceous cyst on my back becoming infected while I was travelling through Europe on vacation. I ended up being mostly confined to bed for some 3 weeks. I realise the pictures may seem a little graphic, and not particularly pleasant to look at, however I am publishing them because I found very little information online regarding the successful self- treatment of an infected sebaceous cyst, and I hope this will be useful to someone else who finds themselves in a similar situation.
I found that a cyst can be treated from home, and that it is not necessary to have it removed surgically, or have it injected with a corticosteroid or steroid to kill the infection, nor did I need to take antibiotics — although in retrospect surgery would have been a relatively painless option compared with extracting the cyst naturally.
The picture below shows the cyst on my back in the early stages of the infection, it had become quite inflamed and painful, however the worst was still to come…. Mine took the form of a small, reasonably solid lump on my back, although it had grown somewhat since I first discovered it a few years ago. When I first found it I was obviously concerned, however a visit to my doctor relieved me somewhat, I was informed that the chances of the lump being something other than a benign sebaceous cyst were 1 in a million, and that the cyst itself just contained a natural, fatty oily substance called keratin, trapped below the surface of the skin.
My doctor also told me that most of the time a sebaceous cyst can just be left untreated, sometimes they even go away naturally. Although in retrospect I wish I had taken her up on the surgery, as the cyst becoming infected while travelling was a far more painful and drawn out process of removal. Fast forward 2 years to my trip to Europe and the cyst had grown slightly bigger over this period of time.
I was in my last week exploring the Island of Crete in Greece when the lump started to get a little sore and painful. In my particular situation it was quite difficult to get medical treatment for my cyst, I had just arrived in Romania and it was a few days before Christmas.
With this image in mind I decided to go for the self-treatment option and ride it out as best I could. It should be noted I was prepared to go to the doctor if things got any worse than they were, if I developed a fever, or if the infection appeared to spread beyond the localised area.
My Romanian friend supported this thinking, but was also not keen to see me at the doctor or the hospital unless it became absolutely necessary — a relative of hers has passed away in hospital due to infection after an operation, and she thought it was probably attributed to poor hygiene standards.
All of this made me very nervous about getting any medical treatment at all while abroad. The home treatment involved placing a hot water bottle on my back regularly throughout the day for approximately 15 minutes per session. Some days I would do this 5 or 6 times and other days once or twice, depending on my energy levels.
Once the sebaceous cyst started to drain I stopped the heat treatment almost completely. This stuff really is magic, my back had become so swollen and painful I could barely move, and I really wanted whatever was inside the lump to come out — I applied the ichthammol cream and within 15 minutes the cyst started to drain, at first a clear liquid which was followed by many semi-hard white lumps which were the contents of the cyst.
Unfortunately the process of extracting all of the contents of the cyst took some 10 days with the cyst flaring up and then receding numerous times. This may be unusual and I would be interested to hear in the comments what other people who have suffered this have to say. For me the lump would go down and a scab would form over the area — I would then think I was almost home free, but some residue must have remained and the lump would flare up again the next day and more liquid and pieces of white keratin the cyst would come out.
Below is a macro-shot of some of the semi-hard white lumps that came out of the swollen lump on my back. From beginning to end the cyst took some 3 weeks to fully clear up, this is counting the days in the beginning when it became painful, right through to the final pieces of the cyst coming out and the inflammation going down to an acceptable level.
It does not include healing time as I still have a wound on my back that needs to heal at the time of this writing. However the great news is that the cyst on my back is completely gone!
The skins is smooth and there is nothing that can be felt below the surface. No surgery was needed, and from what I can see currently there is no sign of scarring, which would have been inevitable under the knife.
The inflammation has receded to the point I can lie on my back, and there is barely any pain or discomfort. As an afterthought I should mention that panadol or ibuprofen are good to have on hand, and certainly helped to ease the pain when I needed to sleep. Whisky was also good…. Thank you so much for posting your sebacious cyst story on the internet. My son contacted me about a cyst he had on his arm becoming infected.
Fortunately he was able to get to a doctor and get antibiotics. My son said his is going down now and I do hope it wont recur but if it does it is good to know how it can be treated at the start with the treatment hot water bottle, cream you recommended and tablets. Well done you x. Hi June, Really glad the information was helpful to someone. Kind regards, Lachlan.By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions.
Magnesium sulphate paste on sebacious cysts. View answer. I've purchased Magnesium Sulphate Paste for a reoccurring chalazion.
After two failed surgeries it has come back each time. I've read that the paste will draw out the pus like it would a boil I am aware that people have used Epsom salts- mag sulphate - for this problem for many years. Is there a major difference? I am a 72 year old woman.
For the past week I have been getting excruciating thigh muscle cramping thinking it was sciatica. My doc doesn't have office hours today and I want to begin taking magnesium I have my first bartholin cyst and I am taking antibiotics.The BEST Way to TREAT a Boil (3 Simple Steps) - Best REMEDY for Treating Boils FAST
I have been using a heating pad and taking Epson salt baths. Nothing is changing. I just made some magnesium sulfate paste with some I googled some remedies and found that magnesium sulphate can I have Topical agents are not known to shrink the cyst. It would get drained spontaneously or should be removed entirely through surgical means. Do immobilize the joint for a period of two weeks for the soft tissue injuries to heal also apply Magnesium sulphate dressing to get the swelling reduced.
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