Which matters do not invalidate a fast?

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  • Enemas, eyedrops, eardrops, tooth extraction and treatment of injuries do not invalidate the fast.
  • Medical tablets that are placed under the tongue to treat asthma attacks etc, so long as you avoid swallowing any residue.
  • Insertion of anything into the vagina such as pessaries, or a speculum, or the doctor’s fingers for the purpose of medical examination.
  • Insertion of medical instruments or IUD into the womb.
  • Anything that enters the urinary tract of a male or female, such as a catheter tube, or medical scopes, or opaque dyes inserted for the purpose of x-rays, or medicine, or a solution to wash the bladder.
  • Fillings, extractions or cleaning the teeth, so long as you avoid swallowing anything that reaches the throat.
  • Rinsing the mouth, gargling, sprays etc. so long as you avoid swallowing anything that reaches the throat.
  • Oxygen or anesthetic gases, so long as that does not give the patient any kind of nourishment.
  • Anything that may enter the body via absorption through the skin, such as creams, poultices, etc.
  • Insertion of a fine tube via the veins for diagnostic imaging or treatment of the veins of the heart or any part of the body.
  • Insertion of a scope through the stomach wall to examine the intestines by means of a surgical operation (laparoscopy).
  • Taking samples from the liver or any other part of the body, so long as that is not accompanied by administration of solutions.
  • Endoscopy, so long as that is not accompanied by administration of solutions or other substances.
  • Introduction of any medical instruments or materials to the brain or spinal column.
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