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As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


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Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

Will antibacterial cleaner kill scabies?

No, Scabies are not: Bacteria. Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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Can dial antibacterial soap help acne?

Can dial antibacterial soap help acne?

Basically no: Acne is a non-hygiene-related disease, and the bacteria that cause it are deep and won't be touched by bathing soap. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't helped your acne after two weeks, get with your personal physician. It's a serious, chronic disease that's often a grave personal and professional liability. Do what you have to. ...Read more

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Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Can cetaphil antibacterial soap work for acne?

Get a real Rx: This is unlikely to touch the deep-living bacteria that are part of the cause of acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, please get with your personal physician. We can manage all acne scientifically, and it's your right to have the benefits. ...Read more

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Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Doesn't antibacterial soap just kill bad bacteria?

Not a concern: We worry about killing "good bacteria" in the GI tract. It's not an issue on the skin. There's no harm if you happen to kill some harmless bacteria living on your hands. However, plain soap and water is enough for most purposes. ...Read more

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Will acne soap face washing help?

Will acne soap face washing help?

Acne Treatment: Acne face soap is the least effective way to control acne. ...Read more

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Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Probably not: Antibiotic soap can prevent infections, but it's unlikely to treat them once they happen. ...Read more

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Can antibacteria soap harm my septic system?

Can antibacteria soap harm my septic system?

Septic systems: Per Cornell University Cooperative Extension: “Don’t flush antibiotics, other prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medicines into the septic system.” "Moderate use of household cleaners, disinfectants, detergents, or bleaches will do little harm to the septic system itself, though it may impact the environment beyond your drainfield." See: http://waterquality.cce.cornell.edu/septic/archive/C ...Read more

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Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Yes: Hand washing with use of a soap or detergent can be effective in removing germs. Also, alcohol based "hand sanitizers" can serve this purpose. ...Read more

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How to wash insecticide off hands will soap and water do?

Yes: Wash of any skin exposed to insecticides, at the earliest after exposure. Soap and water will do, wash thoroughly. If you get any symptoms like increased salivation, sweating, abdominal pain, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?

What's the difference between anti-bacterial soap, regular soap, and soap-free body wash? Do they all clean the same?

Soap: The anti-bacterial soap will contain triclosan. This is the anti-bacterial part, both contain soap to solubilize the oils and wash away dirt. The soap free probably does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate the main ingredient of soap, but you can look at the ingredients to see the difference. Triclosan is a redundant ingredient and a contributor to bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Is antibacterial dial bar soap good to clean genitals with I heard that antibacterial removes the good bacteria?

Regular soap is fine: "Antibacterial" soap is a marketing gimmick. The fact is, soaps of any kind remove bacteria from the skin surface. Their overuse can alter the normal balance of good vs bad bacteria. The problem with "antibacterial" soaps is that it breeds bacteria resistance, which confers a survival advantage. This means that the resistant bacteria will grow even in the presence of the "antibacterial" soap. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands with soap (versus just water) really kill bacteria?

Soap: Regular soaps attach to oils that germs cling to. Hydrophilic/ hydrophobic. This allows the oil and germ to be flushed away with water. If you use only water - you would have to rely on rubbing motion to remove the germs that are flushed with water. ...Read more

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Can soap wash HPV off hands?

Can soap wash HPV off hands?

No: Hpv is a virus and it will present as a wart on you hand. A wart is remove by chemical treatment, freezing or laser. ...Read more

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Dr.Bronner's bar soap okay to wash hair with?

Dr.Bronner's bar soap okay to wash hair with?

Sure: I see no problem with using this to wash your hair. If you do it for awhile and your hair does not seem to respond well you can try something else but this should be fine for most. ...Read more

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