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Thought I was fighting bed bugs. After removing, washing, heat drying, freezing, spaying, & fruitless traps I'm still getting welts. Are these hives?!

Thought I was fighting bed bugs. After removing, washing, heat drying, freezing, spaying, & fruitless traps I'm still getting welts. Are these hives?!

Possibly so. : "Hives" are also known as urticaria which are varied sized, raised areas of skin with or without redness. It is your immune system reacting to some internal or external stimulus. ...Read more

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I just bought Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) AC 5% BP and i saw Acrylates Copolymer which release glycerin to moisturize dry skin so does BP moisturize face and get rid acne?

I just bought Benzac (benzoyl peroxide) AC 5% BP and i saw Acrylates Copolymer  which release glycerin to moisturize dry skin so does BP moisturize face and get rid acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: I see you are also using doxycyclne and tretinoin. This is a good combination. If you are not getting satisfactory results, you're old enough to be a possible candidate for isotretinoin. ...Read more

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Got a sunburn and now my face is peeling. Any home remedies to heal/speed up peeling process? Tried face scrubs & Cetaphyl & Aveeno (oatmeal) face lotions

Got a sunburn and now my face is peeling. Any home remedies to heal/speed up peeling process? Tried face scrubs & Cetaphyl & Aveeno (oatmeal) face lotions

Avoid face scrubs: for sure as this will just irritate your healing skin. I would be very gentle using only cetaphil like non-soap cleansers, and vaniply cream. Skin will heal but if you remove peeling skin you can have scarring. ...Read more

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Neutrogena blackhead eliminating warming treatment vs. Clean n clear blackhead clearing scrub, which is better?

On Healthtap: We try to avoid recommending one otc product over another. Both of these products work through exfoliation. ...Read more

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Chemical burn from overusing acne face wash? Any home remedies?

Chemical burn from overusing acne face wash? Any home remedies?

FACE WASH BURN: You have a fire on your face! how do you put out a fire? Water! warm (not hot or cold) compresses with plain warm water every 3 or 4 hours with a soft cloth. Apply for 3 or 4 minutes. At night, use buttpaste on the "burn." send me a thank you note. ...Read more

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You hear so much about natural remedies for cleansing and detox; like probiotics, lemon water, honey, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, etc. Do they really work?

You hear so much about natural remedies for cleansing and detox; like probiotics, lemon water, honey, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, etc. Do they really work?

No, not that way: Humans, designed or evolved over millions of years, are self-cleaning. That means we should eat what we are designed to eat, and our bodies will clear out unneeded materials without help. No supplements are needed, unless one wants extra fiber to move the bowels better. Proper diet, enough exercise, and a healthy mind should normalize bowels. Diseases may need treatment, but seldom supplements. ...Read more

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Some home remedies to keep skin healthy , glowingand porse free?

Some home remedies to keep skin healthy , glowingand porse free?

Fruit peel: One of my favorites is to exfoliate with a fruit mask. To make a fruit mask, mix a small amount of apples, oranges, strawberries, and grapes in a blender or food processor--about 1/2 cup of each. Clean your face and apply a thin coat of honey and the fruit mixture. Allow the mixture to set for 12 to 15 minutes and rinse. This natural mask is good for all skin types and will leave your skin glowing. ...Read more

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Does the clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) pimple blocker pen really work?

Does the clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) pimple blocker pen really work?

Sometimes: You can try and see if it works. If not your dermatologist can discuss other topical med or other treatments. ...Read more

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I used a new line of products on my face/had bad allergic reaction/breakout to: Tea Tree Blemish Kit by The Body Shop, ingredients online! help!!!!!

I used a new line of products on my face/had bad allergic reaction/breakout to: Tea Tree Blemish Kit by The Body Shop, ingredients online! help!!!!!

Allergic Rash: If you are concerned about a possible reaction to a beauty care product I would make an appointment to see an Allergist for patch vs skin testing to determine risk. Take a picture of your reaction and bring the product in with you to appointment. Sometimes people can become sensitized (allergic contact dermatitis) to various ingredients commonly found in products used at home. ...Read more

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Is lemon a good skin bleaching home remedy? Hydroquinone makes dark spots worst

Is lemon a good skin bleaching home remedy? Hydroquinone makes dark spots worst

Not harmful: Lemon will have little effect on your skin except a mild astringent action. It will not be harmful however and you can use the residual material to make a nice lemonade. ...Read more

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Ate marshmallows roasted w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Ate marshmallows roasted  w/ fake fire log. Company says 'non toxic waxes' "california proposition 65... By-products known to cause cancer." concern?

Once?: If you did this once, it is probably not a problem. But burning those fake fire logs in the house often may increase your risk. There are a lot of other ways to decrease your cancer risk, so this is probably not a big deal. Eat healthy, avoid stress, get plenty of rest. These are your best bets for decreasing your risk of cancer. ...Read more

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For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

For fire ant bites or wasp stings, what helps give relief. Thoughts on homeopathic apis?

Home remedies: I agree w dr. Pappas who provided homeopathic info. I will touch on home remedies. Apply 1 to 1 mix of baking soda & water to decrease pain & reaction. Or try paste of water & meat tenderizer applied directly to the lesions. You can use Benadryl for itching or tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid's for pain. Call 911or go to the nearest emergency room for difficulty breathing or swelling as discussed by dr. Pappas. ...Read more

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Fire ant stings should you pop?

Fire ant stings should you pop?

No: The blister is filled with sterile material. Popping it will create a portal for infection. ...Read more

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Is there anything to detoxify our respiratory systems after we burned plastic cutlery container on top of wood stove?

Is there anything to detoxify our respiratory systems after we burned plastic cutlery container on top of wood stove?

Fresh air: Burning plastic can emit fumes that are noxious to the respiratory system. Some plastics, such as polyethylene (saran wrap, etc.), when burned emit formaldehyde fumes. In most situations, plenty of fresh air is all that is needed. If one has significant symptoms (persistent cough, shortness of breath), then one should seek medical attention with their doctor. ...Read more

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I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

Vitamin E will: nourish your skin from the inside out. Besides taking it as a supplement, you can buy a bottle of vitamin E and put it directly on the skin. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do orange peels and orange oils really work as insect repellent?

Do orange peels and orange oils really work as insect repellent?

Not really: It can't hurt to try, and i doubt it wil be very effective.....But you will smell good. Commercial products with deet as an ingredient are the most effective. ...Read more

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What home-made remedies for poison ivy actually work?

What home-made remedies for poison ivy actually work?

None: The only effective therapy for poison ivy is to use steroids - either topically, with creams, or systemically, with tablets. Home remedies might make the itching feel a little better for a while, but won't affect the underlying allergic inflammation that is causing the rash and the itching. ...Read more

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