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Is classic chapstick poison. If not why does it say contact a poison control center if swallowed.

Liability: On the vast majority of things, they recommend calling poison control if there is use different than what is expected - such as eating a chapstick. As far as i recall, chapstick is pretty much nontoxic, with the main risk being gut upset. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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What are the dangers of sharing lipgloss or chapstick?

What are the dangers of sharing lipgloss or chapstick?

Infections spread: All sorts of infection can spread from contact with items that have other people's germs on it. On the lips that includes many type of germ, such as the one's that cause colds, cold sores and more. Do not share lipgloss or chapstick and wash your hands frequently. ...Read more

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Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Not really: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Why do I get cold sores after i apply chapstick?

Why do I get cold sores after i apply chapstick?

Contaminate chapstip: I am not sure. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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How to know if I am allergic to vaseline/chapstick?

How to know if I am allergic to vaseline/chapstick?

You will break out: You will break out with rash and may cause some swelling as well. ...Read more

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My lips feel strange and chapstick is not working. What can I do?

My lips feel strange and chapstick is not working. What can I do?

Need more info: Are the lips dry? Are they cracked.? Are they sunburned? It can be many things, but without more info, no good response. ...Read more