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How to Soak Open Wounds in Epsom Salt

By Jennifer Hudock ; Updated July 27, 2017

Open wounds can be vulnerable to infections, which can quickly spread and lead to serious illness if left untreated. There are a number of ways to care for your open wound, including epsom salt soaks, which are an all natural alternative to antibiotic ointments. Soaking in epsom salt promotes healing, loosens dead skin and reduces scarring as your wound heals. Epsom salt soaks are also a safe method for healing pet injuries.

  1. Fill a portable basin with 1 1/2 gallons of hot water. Do not boil the water, as this could cause severe burns and further damage. Test the temperature of the water to get it as hot as you can stand.

  2. Add 10 teaspoons of epsom salt to the hot water and stir it until the salt dissolves into the water.

  3. Immerse the wound into the hot saltwater and allow it to soak for 20 minutes.

  4. Remove the wound from the saltwater and pat it dry with a piece of gauze. Use the gauze to remove loose pieces of skin, that if allowed to remain could result in infection. To remove loose skin, draw the gauze across the surface of the wound, applying light pressure.

  5. Allow the wound to air dry between soakings.

  6. Repeat the soakings three times daily until all signs of infection disappear from the wound.

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