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Have you ever experienced clotting issues after a major dental procedure?  Would the gaping hole in your mouth where a tooth previous occupied constantly ooze blood despite your attempts to staunch the bleeding?


Would blood then constantly dribble down your chin while you shambled around (because you were drowsy from the anesthesia) with your mouth open (because your mouth was still numb and you couldn’t feel your mouth was open) thus making you look like a well-dressed zombie?



I know the two are easily confused, but I’m here to tell you that aspirin and gauze are not interchangeable. Aspirin will not staunch any bleeding. In fact, it will more than likely prevent proper clotting and prolong your bleeding. Do not use aspirin to try and staunch your bleeding.


Also, do not attempt to take gauze to relieve minor aches and pains and reduce fever. Gauze is not aspirin and does not have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antipyretic properities. Gauze should be used to pack wounds to help stop bleeding while not sticking to the wound. Injesting gauze will not help with your headache or fever. Gauze is not digestable and if it lodges in your GI tract, it may cause sepsis. Do not use gauze to relieve minor aches and pains and reduce fever.

This has been a public service announcement against the confusion of aspirin and gauze. This public service announcement is brought to you by ridiculous conversations between Mr. Arachnid and me.


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