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How To Clean Your Ears With Soap Water
You know how we wash our hands with soap to remove bacteria should you wash your insides of your nose with soap as well to clean out bacteria?
Nose: You don't need to clean the inside of the nose with soap and water. Mucus helps to flush out debris. ...Read more
Should you use a wash cloth when showering? Or does just using soap and water with your hands get you clean enough?
Wash cloth better: Better with wash cloth....Get a more detailed answer ›
What if you put antiseptic like dettol in your bathing water and use the water to wash you vagina, will it be infectous?
I would be concerned: That dettol liquid antiseptic /disinfectant could cause irritation and change vaginal ph. ...Read more
Yes: Baby wipes are generally safe for skin and genital contact for adults as well as children. Double check the ingredient list and don't use if you have allergies to the ingredients. Be aware that baby wipes will NOT prevent or cure infections - if you have pain, itching, or a rash on your penis, have it evaluated by a medical provider. ...Read more
If you clean a very dirty cloth with hot water and soap would your hands be clean when you're done or do you need to wash them?
Great idea: That's called doing a little laundry and bathing at the same time. It works fine when the soap is mild. There's no need to wash up after washing up. Cleaning the tub and shower, while standing in the tub, and then taking a shower... does a similar thing. It's efficient because a person finishes two tasks at the same time. ...Read more
Neither: The ear canals are self cleaning structures. The skin of the ear canals and eardrums migrate toward the outer opening automatically as the dead skin cells are replaced by new skin cells. Rarely does the ear canal become blocked unless the individual is using cotton applicators, tissue paper, paper clips, bobby pins, pencils, hearing aids or letter openers which tend to push wax into the ear canal. ...Read more
How many times a day should you, wash your face? And should you wash your face with cold, warm, or hot water?
Depends: Do you have oily or dry skin. There is no right answer to this question, but what feels right to you. Oily skin can be washed more often and even can use hot water. Dry skin needs to be washed less often and use milder soaps, warm water. In winter wash less often than in summer or hot weather. I think warm water is usually better unless you have really oily skin. ...Read more
Yes: Wash of any skin exposed to insecticides, at the earliest after exposure. Soap and water will do, wash thoroughly. If you get any symptoms like increased salivation, sweating, abdominal pain, see a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Maybe safe, but: There is no question in my mind about white vinegar being the better choice. I'd dilute it 1:1 with water. It's very successful at stopping itch - even better than hydro-cortisone creams. It will sting less too and stinging skin that is already irritated doesn't sound good. Best! ...Read more
Used tap water and soap to clean netipot, but then put in microwave to "disinfect" as per instructions. Would this kill bacteria from the tap water?
Possible: Hi, Thank you for your question. I use a neti-pot and have been using only tap water to clean it. I have been using it for years with no problems. Be careful with the soap. Make sure it is completely clear of soap otherwise it will burn your nasal passage. Hope that helps..contact me if you have any other questions :-) Dr. M ...Read more
Is it enough to just wash your face with lukewarm water twice a day, or do you have to use face wash/gel/scrub?
Soap and water: Plain soap and water is probably best. ...Read more
Qtips should never: Be placed in the ear canal. You could push cerumen (ear wax) farther in & compact it or perforate (break) the ear drum. This could also lead to infection. The external part of the ear does not need to be cleaned every day (that would be stripping it of lubrication). But it is fine to gently clean the external ear with a q tip. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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