Epsom Salt Poultice For Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there a good herbal poultice for skin infections?
    Does anyone have a good herbal (natural) poultice recipe for drawing out infections? My grandmother used to make a paste like substance out of Epsom salt and some other ingredients and it worked great for infected cuts. I never got her recipe. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest one DIVINE INDIAN NONI which is a food suppliment / a nutritional Cleansing Juice that you need to take regularly to keep you healthy.
      You can also apply it externaly and see the great results yourself.

    How long do you soak the hoof?
    So, there is this horse I love. And He has an abscess. I read that you can mix Epsom salt and water in a bucket/ pan and let there hoof stand there for a while. How long do they have to stand there?

    Also, is it true that you can pack some Epsom salt (dry) into their hoof and duct tape it, so the Epsom salt stays there? If you do this, how long do you keep the the Epsom salt and duct tape on the hoof?

    Lastly, how many days do you do this routine?

    • ANSWER:
      The soak or poultice should only be left on for 15 to 20 minutes at most. The best way to do this is to make an Epsom salts paste by adding only enough hot water to be fully absorbed by the Epsom salts. This gives you a concentrated solution with tremendous drawing power to encourage the pus to come to the surface to drain.
      So, if you use a cup of Epsom salts, then add hot (not scalding) water until all of the crystals dissolve. Poulticing is sometimes tolerated better than standing the horse with a hoof in a bowl or bucket, but either soaling or poulticing will do the job. If you don't own a poultice boot, you can use an infant disposable diaper. The diaper is also highly absorbant and will also assist to draw out the pus. Put the paste into the crotch of the diaper and fold it up over the hoof like a boot, then use vetwrap to secure it in place by wrapping up over the coronary band. Finish your boot by applying duct tape over the vetwrap. You can create a star with long strips of overlapping tape, stand the hoof on the center of the star, fold the tape up over the sides of the hoof, and use strips of tape wrapped horizontally around the hoof to secure it. Don't let the rigid tape contact the soft tissues of the coronary band. The diaper should pad over it and be secured with the vetwrap.

      This can be done twice a day for three days without damaging hoof integrity, and the horse should be encouraged to move around and not locked into a stall. Moving around improves blood and lymph flow through the hoof, which will speed surfacing of the abscess and keep it well supplied with immune cells needed to keep infection contained from spreading diffusely within the hoof. Your vet may prescribe pain meds to encourage the horse to keep mobile provided that you are sure is an abscess diagnosed by the vet, and not an injury that could be worsened by bearing weight on it.

    How to treat a horse coronary band abcess?
    My 20+ gelding was "walking tippy toed" while I was out of town, When I returned and washed his back right leg off - it was stocked up and warm around the heel. I took him to my friend's barn and washed his leg down better and found a ruptured abcess at the outer coronary band. Have been treating with warm compress/epsom salts, bag balm and a disposible diaper to keep it clean in shavings. Good - bad - what next?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know who gave the girl whom suggested soaking in warm apple vinegar cider, but she is absolutely correct.

      I'm a retired vet, so I've come across alot of abscess's in my day. Here's what I would suggest you do.

      Give a shot of Banamine to ease any pain.Soak the horse's foot in warm apple vinegar cider for 10 minutes. This will soften the coronary band. Epsom salts only help with inflamation. Let dry and walk your horse on a grassy area for 20 minutes. Gently wrap your horse's hoof in a linseed poultice. These are great wraps that will heal that hoof up right clear. Leave wrapped until dry. Then walk again for 20 minutes. Make sure you keep walking your horse as this will allow the pus to move out of the band faster and your horse won't stock up as bad. You need to ditch the diaper as this can create an infection in the hoof wall and further lame out your horse. Infection thrives in dark moist places and that diaper will soak up excess pus and only multiply the infection. Let the hoof dry out and keep up with this process for 3-5 days. If it hasn't gotten better by then, call the vet. Don't waste your time with the farrier as most overcharge to treat abscess's and they won't guarentee their work.
      Make sure you are walking your horse. It may seem cruel to do so with him in pain, but the banamine will help, but the hoof will need help to heal itself.

    What are the signs of a hoof abscess in a horse?
    What are the signs? How did the horse get it? And how do you treat it? Just explain the d*mn thing to me!
    THANKS! but whats a fistula?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain, heat in the hoof, and lameness are the main symptoms. Many start with a sole bruise from a stone, and the bleeding inside of the hoof leads to an infection (the dead blood cells become food for bacteria). As the abscess forms, the horse is usually in considerable pain. It will then form a tract (fistula) inside of the hoof as the body tries to rid itself of the products of infection and inflammation (pus) by bringing it to the surface to drain. The tract will open onto the first weakened or thin area it finds on the hoof surface, and the pus will then drain through that opening. You can soak the hoof in warm Epsom salt solution to get it to drain, or you can make or buy a commercially prepared poultice to apply which will draw out the pus. Once the abscess is drained, it usually heals without further problems.

      ADD...a fistula is a tubelike passageway that is formed by the body when a leak of fluid into tissues or an abscessed infection occurs. It can occur between organs, or lead from its original site to the body surface. For example, I had a patient with a ruptured bladder that was sutured surgically. A month later a blister developed on the patient's thigh. It opened, began draining a yellow fluid, so we tested the fluid being drained, and it was urine. The sutured bladder had sprung a leak, and the body provided a tube to drain the urine out of the tissues and to the external environment. It is the body's way of isolating a "foreign" fluid substance so it doesn't infiltrate throughout tissues.

    Has anyone ever heard of buckhorn weed being used as a drawing salve?
    This is amazing! I never heard of it before, I put it on a boil with a bandaid to hold it in place and it was completely drained by morning.
    I can't find anything online that tells about it, I guess it is an old Indian thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi THere

      I didnt know about Buckhorn Weed, but I can add that to my list below. Here is more info about boils.

      Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue. Learn about detoxifing the blood for long term health (colon and liver cleansing).

      The infection is usually due to the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

      Recurrent boils can occur in people with decreased immune function, diabetes, chronic gastrointestinal problems, under active thyroid, lowered resistance due to borderline nutrient deficiencies, and chronic emotional stress.


      Natural Cures

      Note: Bursting a boil can spread it, leaving scars, and usually does no good until the core is expelled.

      Aromatherapy: Draw out the boil with bergamot, lavender, chamomile, and clary sage.

      Ayurveda: To bring boil to a head, apply a poultice of cooked onions. Wrap in cloth and do not apply onion directly to boils. Application of a paste of 1/2 teaspoon each of tumeric and ginger powder directly to boil.

      Diet: Eat plenty of green, orange, and yellow vegetables, which are cleansing (try to have at least four different types of green vegetables a day, and keep this up for at least six months). Increase fluids, drinking water throughout the day, and drinking water with juice of fresh lemon and one teaspoon of chlorophyll upon rising and before bed. Also avoid over-consumption of white sugar and white flour products.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® can be applied (minimum four times a day) on unbroken skin around, but not directly on, boils. Flower essences for negative feelings surrounding the problem, such as Rescue Remedy® to help alleviate stress or Crab Apple for low self-esteem, negative body image, and feeling toxic.

      Herbs: A blend of the tinctures of echinacea, cleavers, and yellowdock in equal parts, taken one teaspoonful three times a day can help speed the healing time for boils. Additionally, drinking a cup of an infusion of nettle, preferably fresh herb, twice a day, can be helpful.

      Homeopathy: Bellis, Belladonna, Hepar sulph., Arnica, Silicea, Apis mel., Arsen alb., and Lachesis are all useful homeopathic remedies that can be taken alone or in combination with each other. Phytolacca is another useful remedy, but it must be taken alone.

      Juice Therapy: Juice of parsley, spinach, celery, and pineapple may help to purify the blood. As an alternative, beet root juice can also be used, and is a traditional remedy used in Europe to help treat boils.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can all be helpful for treating boils, due to their ability to boost immunity: garlic capsules, kelp, chlorophyll, proteolytic (pancreatic) enzymes (taken on empty stomach two to three times daily away from meals), vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, raw thymus glandular, and zinc.

      For boils compounded by chronic emotional stress, also consider adrenal and thymus glandulars, vitamin B5 (1 gram four times daily), and vitamin C (1 gram every hour).

      Topical Treatment: Apply a mixture of honey, the oil from vitamins E and A, and zinc oxide to the infected areas. Do this several times a day, up to once per hour. Other effective topical treatments include a poultice of goldenseal root powder paste, hot Epsom salt pack (two tablespoons in one cup water), tea tree oil, or a poultice of one part sesame oil and one part lime juice mixed and applied externally.

      Colloidal silver applied topically can also result in marked improvements.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of boils: Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Fasting, Guided Imagery, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

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