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Pine Tar Uses
I am allergic to pine trees, but nothing severe. Can I use pine tar soap? I've heard of its many benefits.
Try small area first: Assuming you have true allergy to pine tree, i would suspect that pine tar soap may cause some symptoms although it may only be mild. You could certainly try the soap on a small part of your skin. If it does not cause symptoms then you should be fine. ...Read more
Yes: A very small amount accidentally ingested should not be a problem. For ingestion of more then a very tiny amount you should get to a doctor or emergency room asap. No one should ever ingest pine tar intentionally. ...Read more
Maybe (not) . . .: Most dietary supplements really don't have much proof of safety or effectiveness, despite being used for millennia. And while manufacturers & marketers make miraculous promises, most are based upon animal studies. Luckily, we do have human studies re pine bark extract. Unfortunately, most are too small or poorly designed to draw conclusions. Check out http://goo.gl/ktJsc0 & http://goo.gl/Qs3UWQ. ...Read more
Tree pollen: For nasal symptoms, start with an otc antihistamine like Cetirizine or fexofenadine. Tree pollen commonly causes eye symptoms, too. Otc drops like alaway and zaditor (ketotifen) can help. If these don't work, try a prescription nasal spray like fluticasone. And if all that isn't helping, it's time to visit the allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pycnogenol: No good evidence it is effective for anything. ...Read more