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Doctor insights on: Herbal Treatment For Repeated Hand Washing

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Is phenol used for surgical hand washing?

Is phenol used for surgical hand washing?

Phenol or carbolic : Acid used to be a common antiseptic many years ago for surgery but is no longer used. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Repeated Hand Washing (Definition)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you need to see a mental health professional. You may be given medicine. The mh doc will teach you strategies to deal with this. A book called "the boy who couldn't stop washing" may help. The ...Read more


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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more

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What is a non-surgical treatment of planar warts in shaving area aside from freezing? Iis zyclara effective? Any other cream / organic treatment ?

What is a non-surgical treatment of planar warts in shaving area aside from freezing? Iis zyclara effective? Any other cream / organic treatment ?

Veregen (sinecatechins): I assume you mean genital. Yes zyclara is somewhat effective but there are othe prescription options such as veregen, (sinecatechins) which i prefer over zyclara of the topicals for this. ...Read more

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Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. now infested with head lice.whats the best hair fiendly treatment?

Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. now infested with head lice.whats the best hair fiendly treatment?

Treatment of lice: requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. ...Read more

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What treatment is available for finger contraction in severe rheumatoid arthritis. Is urgent treatment needed for fingers contracted over 12 hrs?

What treatment is available for finger contraction in severe rheumatoid arthritis.  Is urgent treatment needed for fingers contracted over 12 hrs?

Nerve or joint: You may have subluxation of the finger joint or a dislocated joint. The finger problem can also be due to abnormal pull of a tendon that has slipped. Hopefully that there is no nerve paralysis causing your finger deformity. Yes you should see your rheumatologist as soon as possible who may refer you to an occupational therapist. ...Read more

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Are hand sanitizers a good option for preventing the common cold?

Are hand sanitizers a good option for preventing the common cold?

Yes: Yes, but.... Hand sanitizer use can prevent the common cold as this is caused by viral infections; however, at least one study has shown that the regular use of the hand sanitizer has resulted in increased bacterial resistance (due to the continued exposure to the sanitizer.). ...Read more

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Does using diluted bleach as a remedy for toe nail fungal infections work?

Does using diluted bleach as a remedy for toe nail fungal infections work?

No: Unfortunately, that remedy does not work. Try the cutera nail laser with a topical anti fungal such as formula 3. Then using a steri shoe for all shoe gear. ...Read more

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Which brands of hand lotions are best for cracked/dry hands?

Which brands of hand lotions are best for cracked/dry hands?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Is it effective to use honey for wound care after i&d for abcess?

Medihoney: Do not just pour honey on a wound however the product called medihoney has proven very effective in wound care with good research to back this up. Medihoney is produced under sterile conditions with further refinement into the final product. ...Read more

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Should i go to therapy, or counseling sessions for my OCD of skin picking while using celexa (citalopram) for treatment.

Definitely!: First, ssri's like Celexa (citalopram) haven't usually offered much benefit in treating hair-pulling ( trichotillomania) or skin-picking (dermatotillomania), which we view as impulse control disorders. Ongoing cognitive- behavioral therapy is probably a more effective treatment than medication, although there is nothing wrong with using both at once. ...Read more

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Does nail debridement for treating fungal finger nail infection mean removing the whole nail? Guarantee to work with no recurrence?

Does nail debridement for treating fungal finger nail infection mean removing the whole nail? Guarantee to work with no recurrence?

Onychomycosis: Usually this means taking off the entire nail, but as someone famous once said the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could canabis oil work for treatment of cancer ?

Could canabis oil work for treatment of cancer ?

No: There is no evidence of cannabis oil being effective in the treatment of any form of cancer, or cannabis in any other form either. ...Read more

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For primary hyperhydrosis Botox is a often prescribed treatment. Would it lead to hair loss over time?

For primary  hyperhydrosis Botox is a often prescribed treatment. Would it lead to hair loss over time?

Unlikely: There are subjective reports of hair loss when used for migraines. However there is no definitive objective studies to support this and in fact there are studies that support the theory that it helps reduce allopecia by increasing microvascular blood flow to the area of involvement. ...Read more

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Is a homemade salt water wash effective for Blepharitis? The OTC eyelid cleansers are bit for pricey for long term daily use

Baby shampoo: You can use heat pack over the eye to open up oil gland pores, then use diluted baby shampoo to clean the eye lashes while the eyes are closed. Nutritionally, drink more fluid, eat omega 3 essential fatty acid (nuts, wild fish, flax seed, or chia seeds) and avoid junk food. ...Read more

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Is nail polish remover an acceptable treatment for the cold sore?

Is nail polish remover an acceptable treatment for the cold sore?

???: I have not heard of using nail polish remover on cold sores. I would avoid trying this unless you are provided with information that supports this practice from a reliable source (i.e., your physician). ...Read more

Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


Hand Washing (Definition)

Hand washing is the most effective prevention of ...Read more