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Pregnant 5 months with head lice. Can use anti-lice lotion or shampoo contain ingredients permethrin 1% w/w or Dimethicone or benzyl benzoate 25% w/v?
Your body removes it: Sodium Benzoate is primarily used as a food preservative. It is metabolized by the liver and then the breakdown products are excreted in the urine. The majority (97%) of ingested sodium benzoate is excreted within 4 hours of ingestion. No other means of removing this drug are known. http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+696 ...Read more
My friend is allergic to benzocaine, does that mean she will be allergic to benzophenone or benzoate acid?
No: It is the caine your friend is allergic to, an allergist can skin test her and suggest different anesthetics she can tolerate. ...Read more
I don't believe it: Internet scare sites peddling "natural food" are allowed by law to make claims that any scientist will recognize as misleading. There's no shortage of benzoic acid in many fruits (famously cranberries) and it's chemically interchangeable with sodium benzoate varying only with ph. This alone should tell you that the danger is hyped -- if they believed their stuff, they'd attack cranberries. ...Read more
Nothing: There was a hoopla a while back about the mix of sodium benzoate (a preservative, chemically interchangeable to the natural benzoic acid that makes cranberries so tasty) and Ascorbic Acid (added to make fake orange drink healthy, i guess) forming benzene if left to sit in the hot sun. The amount was tiny and i wouldn't worry about it in your body. This stuff is silly. Don't worry. ...Read more
I heard lemon juice in water helps the liver. I have bottled lemon juice that contains some sodium bisulfite and sodium benzoate. Is this ok to use?
Lemon juice: I am not aware of the fact of lemon juice helping the liver. There are tons of claims made but not a signle one substantiated. ...Read more
Scabies: Permethrin 5 percent (elimite) is a treatment option your doctor may recommend. This cream contains chemicals that kill scabies mites and their eggs, you typically apply it twice with a week or so between each application. Permethrin is generally considered safe for children and adults of all ages, including women who are pregnant or nursing. ...Read more
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