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Doctor insights on: Antibacterial Lotion Soap Medication

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Why is there so much concern over germs with people that they are making things worse using antibacterial lotions and soap?

Why is there so much concern over germs with people that they are making things worse using antibacterial lotions and soap?

Great question!: The obsession with antibacterial products and soaps is not healthy. When I recently failed to find a baby crib that was not "antibacterial, " I knew we'd gone way too far. We're creating generations of asthmatic kids with no immunity to common microbes. We should not strive for operating room-like sterility in our daily lives! Soap and water is enough. ...Read more

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What is a good lotion or soap that will remove dark spots on the body?

What is a good lotion or soap that will remove dark spots on the body?

You can try...: A bleaching cream that has hydroquinone as the active ingredient on the dark spots. Remember, though, that it is also important to apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion every day, or the spots will come back. ...Read more

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What are the best soaps and lotions or creams for moisturizing dry patches on my body?

What are the best soaps and lotions or creams for moisturizing dry patches on my body?

Use: Use dove oil of olay soaps and cera ve cream as a moisturizer. The most important thing is to make bathing water lukewarm because hot water really drys skin out. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to oatmeal based soaps/lotions, but not when I ingest it?

Is it possible to be allergic to oatmeal based soaps/lotions, but not when I ingest it?

Yes: It may be the additives in oatmeal based soaps and lotions you are allergic to. Oatmeall soaps are not pure oatmeal. ...Read more

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What are some good moisturizing creams, lotions, and soaps for dry patches everywhere on my body?

What are some good moisturizing creams, lotions, and soaps for dry patches everywhere on my body?

Use: Use dove oil of olay soaps and cera ve cream as a moisturizer. The most important thing is to make bathing water lukewarm because hot water really drys skin out. ...Read more

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What can make a person a whitey skin? Does lotions or any body soap played the most to attain a white skin?

What can make a person a whitey skin? Does lotions or any body soap played the most to attain a white skin?

No, color: Of skin is determined by melanocytes which are located deep in the dermis, impenetrable to topical applications. The only way is to stay out of sunglight as much as possible, and your facial skin will be similar to skin of inside of upper arm, which does not get much sun. Use of sun blocks will help block effects of sunlight to exposed areas. Good luck. ...Read more

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I tried everything but I don't know what to do for acne. Can a soap or a lotion help me with this?

I tried everything but I don't know what to do for acne. Can a soap or a lotion help me with this?

Tried everthing?: Soaps and lotions won't help, but if this is actually acne, scientific rx will make it vanish. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, your physician will add prescription-strength rx until something does. Remember it's manageable but not curable. ...Read more

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Can I wash my vagina by soap if my vagina have a smell bed or which lotion can I use for wash vagina?

Can I wash my vagina by soap if my vagina have a smell bed or which lotion can I use for wash vagina?

Get tested: There are several causes of bad smelling vaginal discharge and testing is needed to determine the cause and treatment. The most likely is bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria. It causes a watery discharge with a fishy odor. It is not sexually transmitted and your partner does not require treatment. It is treated with antibiotics. Using soap is fine. ...Read more

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Why do bumps appear and disappear on my daughter. I'm thinking it could be he lotion or soaps. They don't itch but hard little bumps that takes a long time to get rid of?

Why do bumps appear and disappear on my daughter. I'm thinking it could be he lotion or soaps. They don't itch but hard little bumps that takes a long time to get rid of?

Dermatitis: Your description is very suggestive of Atopic Dermatitis or of Contact Dermatitis. This condition tends to worsen with changes in weather, humidity, use of strong detergents or harsh body soap. Sometimes it may get super infected with bacteria. If changing to mild soaps, using sunblock lotions and moisturizers don't improve rapidly the condition, I suggest to see a doctor. ...Read more

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The skin on my face keeps flaking and peeling is it the lotion im using or is it the soap or hot water how do I treat this?

The skin on my face keeps flaking and peeling is it the lotion im using or is it the soap or hot water how do I treat this?

See a dermatologist: You have not named your soap or lotion. Use a skin cleanser with a ph of 7 or less: dove is easy to find. Use a cream with ceramides such as eucerin, cerave, cetaphil. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has really sensitive skin and breaks out really bad with acne all over his body, what soap, lotion can help and clear it up?

My boyfriend has really sensitive skin and breaks out really bad with acne all over his body, what soap, lotion can help and clear it up?

Depends: You should try to eliminate what he is "sensitive" to in his environment first. He may be sensitive to laundry detergents, colognes, animal dander, pollens, mold, or even foods. Try changing all soap products to hypoallergenic like neutrogena products for example or ivory snow / dreft laundry detergent and see if this helps. Try acne products, Cortaid (hydrocortisone) and have your boyfriend keep skin clean also. ...Read more

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What would cause a skin rash? It does not itch, but is spreading. I don't recall using any new soaps, lotions, detergents, medicines, etc.

What would cause a skin rash? It does not itch, but is spreading. I don't recall using any new soaps, lotions, detergents, medicines, etc.

Too many things: Too many possibilities to answer here in such short space. As you said, you haven't had any contact with things that could be a cause so you should get the rash looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 23...how can I help my eczema? Does diet affect it? I use creams now. Also, Cetaphil has this new eczema soap and lotion...does it work well?

I'm 23...how can I help my eczema? Does diet affect it? I use creams now. Also, Cetaphil has this new eczema soap and lotion...does it work well?

Eczema management: Atopic dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by dry, wrinkled, itchy and occasionally red skin. Symptoms can be reduced with hypoallergenic cleansers and moisturizers such as Cetaphil, CeraVue, etc., and fragrance/dye free detergents. Moisturizers in ointment form penetrate deeper. Topical steroids are also helpful. Avoid eating foods that you are allergic to and stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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What could cause the back of my neck to brake out? Its not itchy and after I scratch it it burns. I haven't used any new shampoos, lotion or soap.

Cannot say: Your rash needs to be seen by your doctor or dermatologist before a diagnosis can be made. Your description is just not enough. Good luck. ...Read more

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I use fragrance free products. I've been patch tested for allergies. Still cant find shampoo, conditioner, soap or lotions that im not allergic to.?

I use fragrance free products. I've been patch tested for allergies. Still cant find shampoo, conditioner, soap or lotions that im not allergic to.?

Contact dermatitis: I recommend patients try Vanicream line of soaps, shampoos, etc if they have issues with contact dermatitis with various personal care products. It is devoid of most additives/fragrances and is usually tolerated even in patients with very sensitive skin. Try it out if you haven' t already, good luck! ...Read more

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I have had itching all over for a month but no rash. No new meds, soaps, lotions etc. Its driving me crazy! Please help!

I have had itching all over for a month but no rash. No new meds, soaps, lotions etc. Its driving me crazy! Please help!

First thought is: Dry skin. Try applying a good lotion (aveeno (oatmeal), cetaphil, etc) when you're still wet from shower. A soak in a tub of tepid water w a dissolve pack of aveeno (oatmeal) bath powder can help a lot) run a humidifier in bedroom at night. Avoid really hot showers. Double rinse clothes. If these don't help, or you have other symptoms (fever, anxiety, swollen lymph nodes, etc), please see doc. ...Read more

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I take a shower everyday but I still seem to smell from my but crack are I tryed powders lotions soaps and it gets worse when I sit on leather?

I take a shower everyday but I still seem to smell from my but crack are I tryed powders lotions soaps and it gets worse when I sit on leather?

Odor: It is clear that you shower but still have an odor. This could be from the diet you have or the way your body metabolizes food or even from leakage. Please start by seeing your doctor. He/she will investigate until the mystery is solved. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I care for skin that's so dry that using only cold water, no soap, gentle lotions and petroleum jelly don't help? Tears burn my face too.

How do I care for skin that's so dry that using only cold water, no soap, gentle lotions and petroleum jelly don't help? Tears burn my face too.

Try eczema dry skin: Try eczema, dry skin lotions. Cat brand names can be Aveeno but big box stores have their own generic name. Petroleum jelly can actually be driving and ointments like aqua for our better to moisturize because they are hydrophilic. Your dermatologist can also evaluate you, and you may need a medical evaluation to see if there are any systemic medical problems that could be contributing. ...Read more