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Doctor insights on: Citronella Candles

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Is citronella a carcinogen?

Is citronella a carcinogen?

May prevent cancer: Citronella is a plant essential oil used as an insect repellent and non-specific therapeutic agent in alternative medicine. It is not believed to be a carcinogen, although methods of testing have been almost entirely as topical agent. A search conducted in the national library of medicine revealed no evidence that it caused cancer and some suggestion that it reduces cancer in mice. ...Read more

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Lump like a bug bite on upper leg doesn't itch. already applied citronella oil and size reduced but not really dissapear. now it turn blackish color.

Lump like a bug bite on upper leg doesn't itch. already applied citronella oil and size reduced but not really dissapear. now it turn blackish color.

Maybe spider: It does sound like an insect bite. These sometimes become infected and end up as abscesses which require drainage. A brown recluse spider can cause a bite that often causes tissue damage and may appear black. Have the lesion reviewed by your doctor for further care. ...Read more

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Are lighting candles in your house hazardous?

Are lighting candles in your house hazardous?

Yes.: If you look at the statistics on home fires.. Yes. There are probably not too many other hazards. ...Read more

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Are incense sticks and candles carcinogenic?

Are incense sticks and candles carcinogenic?

Not enough info.: Of course, i hope not, but depending on the country of origin, safety standards while being made, etc. Anything could, theoretically have carcinogens. Cigarettes, for example, are legal to purchase and we know they're carcinogenic. ...Read more

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Swallowed a piece off candle. What could happen?

Swallowed a piece off candle. What could happen?

probably nothing: Candle wax is insert and cannot break down with the usual bodily enzymes. The candle piece should pass harmlessly without any problems. ...Read more

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Can I use candles if power is out because of the hurricane?

Candle use/Hurricane: 26% of fatal candle fires occur during the loss of electrical power.
• Use Pillar candles and container candles ,or
• Candles enclosed within glass globes
• Place candles on a stable surface in a fire resistant holder that is at least 12 inches away from anything flammable, including upholstered furniture and window drapes.
• Avoid moving a burning candle during a power outage if possible. ...Read more

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Is burning a candle safe as far as health not fire safety?

Is burning a candle safe as far as health not fire safety?

?: Don't understand the question. Candles are health-safe, unless you are allergic to the scent. ...Read more

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Are candle burners safer than burning a candle (safer as far as health not fire safety)?

Are candle burners safer than burning a candle (safer as far as health not fire safety)?

Candle burners: I have not seen any info on enhanced safety of ceramic candle burners. Unfortunately both burning candles and use of candle burners are risks for fire safety. ...Read more

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Scented candles trigger my nasal issue but my family won't stop using them, what should I do?

Scented candles trigger my nasal issue but my family won't stop using them, what should I do?

Please ask your: Family to read my response. If the scented candles make you ill (and many people are sensitive to them) then other people's use of them in your presence is in my opinion akin to abuse. Your family can discuss this with the family doctor to learn more. I am sorry that people in your home aren't listening to you. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have tried hot baths with scented candles and relaxing music but i'm always worried and stressed.. Tipss?

Any advice? I have tried hot baths with scented candles and relaxing music but i'm always worried and stressed.. Tipss?

Anxiety: It sounds like you are describing anxiety. Low thyroid function can cause anxiety, as can low Progesterone and several other hormonal imbalances. Get your hormone levels checked. You could also have some faulty thinking and benefit from working with a therapist. ...Read more