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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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I do not want to do something stupid like candle smoke. Would using a vaporizer hurt me?

I do not want to do something stupid like candle smoke. Would using a vaporizer hurt me?

What treating?: I'm unclear from your question what symptoms you are trying to treat and exactly how candle smoke fits into this. Concerning use of vaporizers, they are safe as long as you clean them daily and you must be careful if young children around because the steam/hot water from the vaporizer can burn them. ...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?

Can I use candles if power is out?

Flashlight is safer: No, the recommendation do not use candles, unless a person is absolutely sure his candles won't get toppled over or otherwise start a fire. Candles are a flame that can cause an explosion if there's a gas leak. Always use flashlights. ...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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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