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Is it okay to take dulcolax while on amoxicillin, it's the talc in the medication safe to consume?

Is it okay to take dulcolax while on amoxicillin, it's the talc in the medication safe to consume?

Stool softener: Dulcolax is a stool softener. Some antibiotics, like amoxicillin, can cause diarrhea. I would not recommend taking them both. If there is talc, in a commercial medical product, I think it would be safe to use. You may want to consult your primary care physician regarding both. ...Read more

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What is talc versus cornstarch powder?

What is talc versus cornstarch powder?

See below: Talc is an impure mineral whereas cornstarch is complex sugarfrom corn kernels. Both are used on skin as a drying agent. Concern has been raised about talc in that it may cause lung problems if inhaled and may slightly increase risk of ovarian cancer in women who use it to prevent recurrent yeast infections. Although asbestos is naturally found in talc, home care products should be asbestos-free ...Read more

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Is there talc in cornstarch baby powder?

Is there talc in cornstarch baby powder?

No: Talc and corn starch or very different, baby pawder use carefully, be sure dust is not inhaled or use too much, side effects risk of ovarian cancer? ...Read more

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I crave baby powder it doesn't matter whether is cornstarch or talc. The craving is getting worse with each passing day. Can this be harmful?

I crave baby powder it doesn't matter whether is cornstarch or talc. The craving is getting worse with each passing day. Can this be harmful?

Pica: Pica describes a disorder that causes your body to crave items and substances with no nutritional value. The most common cravings are for dirt and chalk. 25 to 33 percent of all pica cases involve small children, 20 percent involve pregnant women and 10 to 15 percent involve individuals with learning disabilities. A small percentage of those affected have iron or vitamin d deficiency.
See your do. ...Read more

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Is talc 'extremely toxic'?

Is talc 'extremely toxic'?

It is considered: Fairly harmless on skin and with ingestion. Here is the problem, when inhaled in significant quantities it can cause inflammation of respiratory system and can be a cause of acute death. So, even if not intended, accidental inhalation can cause serious problems. ...Read more

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How to find if I'm allergic to talc?

How to find if I'm allergic to talc?

You Are Not: You cannot be allergic to non-biological molecules. Talc is a type of mineral and therefore you cannot develop antibodies to it and so you cannot be allergic to it. It can cause sneezing and irritation if inhaled but this is due to stimulation of irritant receptor nerves in the nose. ...Read more

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What is the toxicity of talc in cosmetics?

What is the toxicity of talc in cosmetics?

Inhaled concerns: Talc is a foreign body that can cause scarring if enters the airway and lungs. Particularly there are numerous concerns with inhaling talc powder and the damage it can cause to the lungs. It also can cause scarring inside any body cavity. ...Read more

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Does talc help stop sweat abscess?

Does talc help stop sweat abscess?

Baby powders: Certainly trying to improve bodily hygiene should reduce the incidence of boils, abscesses and skin irritation. I'm not sure though I can fully recommend talc, as there are concerns about longer term health effects with those products. Keeping 'dry' and practicing good hygiene (frequent showers/baths) should reduce the germ counts on your skin that can cause these types of troubles. See dematology ...Read more

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Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

Does a talc pleurodesis iinhibit breathing?

Just the: Reverse. It's used to prevent pleural fluid from recurring in a malignant pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Should we stop using deodorant with talc? (after the Johnson and Johnson trial)

Should we stop using deodorant with talc? (after the Johnson and Johnson trial)

Personal choice: Many talc-free deodorant options exist. I personally have no concerns and use many talc containing products. We can't equate a lawyer winning a lawsuit as the equivalent of scientific proof that something is harmful, especially when plenty of evidence exists to suggest that harm is overblown at worst and non-existent at best. Most juries have very poor understanding of science and statistics. ...Read more

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How strong is the evidence linking talc to ovarian cancer?

How strong is the evidence linking talc to ovarian cancer?

None: This has never been substantiated in reputable studies. ...Read more

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Will talc stop your feet from sweating / smelling?

Will talc stop your feet from sweating / smelling?

No: You need an antiperspirant dry-sol is very good, but is an rx. I also suggest disinfect shoes with lysol and let them dry over night. ...Read more

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Does a talc pleurodesis decrease my breathing in any way?

Does a talc pleurodesis decrease my breathing in any way?

Just the: Reverse. It's used to prevent pleural fluid from recurring in a malignant pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Is it ok to apply talc on your face on a daily basis? Does it give wrinkles in the long run?

Is it ok to apply talc on your face on a daily basis? Does it give wrinkles in the long run?

Do not use it.: It will not cause wrinkles but do not do it. Inhalation of talc on a regular basis can cause breathing problems and lung issues. ...Read more

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Told talc can cause ovary cancer. Baby powder no longer ok. What don't they know about face powder?

Told talc can cause ovary cancer. Baby powder no longer ok. What don't they know about face powder?

May be: Lot of investigative reports available implicating commonly used talcum power for absorbing moisture on the body as cause for varies malignancies. Naturally occurring talc has varies minerals like magnesium silicone salts along with asbestos which is known carcinogen but removed totally in the tolc. Tp applied over labial area will reach to ovary (like sperm) may cause ca of ovaries. ...Read more

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Saw recall over girls makeup from Claire’s due to asbestos. My daughter has pretend makeup from Walmart. Should we be concerned about that talc?

Saw recall over girls makeup from Claire’s due to asbestos. My daughter has pretend makeup from Walmart. Should we be concerned about that talc?

No: As a pathologist who actually understands disease, I think the hoopla over a bit of asbestos in something you apply is silly -- politics, not science. Even less concern about talc. Do a bad study and anytime causes cancer. I hope you will stop worrying. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When I was changing my babys diaper I had the baby powder next to him and one of my other kids knocked it over and it got into his eyes it has talc?

When I was changing my babys diaper I had the baby powder next to him and one of my other kids knocked it over and it got into his eyes it has talc?

Talcum powder: As a general rule baby powder is not recommended because the particles can get into the child's lungs and cause breathing problems. For your immediate problem flush the child's eye with tap water. No harm should be done to the baby's eyes ...Read more

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My son was cut up pretty badly on neck by hairdresser w/clippers-instead of any type of first aid, she rubbed talc into it w/towel. We cleaned at home?

My son was cut up pretty badly on neck by hairdresser w/clippers-instead of any type of first aid, she rubbed talc into it w/towel. We cleaned at home?

Send us a question: There is no question submitted here, but just a statement. Hairclipper skin trauma can be treated like most abrasion injuries. One can take a good shower or bath two clean the wound. Then some first aid ointment like Neosporin, covered with a BandAid, repeated daily for a few days, should help the healing. Please submit a question, to ask what you wish to know. ...Read more

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How do you treat a heat rash and does talc prevent it?

How do you treat a heat rash and does talc prevent it?

The prickly bumps: Heat rash often requires no specific treatment beyond keeping cool and dry, thus allowing the body/sweat glands to heal. Topical steroids may help in more severe cases. Talcum powder may help keeping the skin folds/creases dry that may failitate healing. Best prevention is keeping well aerated, cool and dry. If severe, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Some natural ways to help excessive sweating? Talc>cornstarch?

Some natural ways to help excessive sweating? Talc>cornstarch?

Hyperhidrosis: If you have hyperhidrosis, natural doesn't enter into the conversation. It is an intimidating condition and should be evaluated by your dermatologist. You can try "natural" or :organic" anti-perspirants, but it is unlikely that they will help to the extent you desire. ...Read more

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I just got a Brazilian wax and they put SO much powder 'down there' I'm worried about getting cancer from the talc. How dangerous is this?

I think it's safe: The idea that a small amount of asbestos in talc causes ovarian cancer has been around since I was a med student in the 1970's, and is popular with tort lawyers, but it doesn't make sense and seems only to be supported by studies that invite bias. These are the ones in which anything can cause anything. Stop worrying. ...Read more

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Are silica, talc and titanium dioxide cancerous? They are listed in California Proposition 65 as cancerous, but I see them in oral supplements a lot.

Are silica, talc and titanium dioxide cancerous? They are listed in California Proposition 65 as cancerous, but I see them in oral supplements a lot.

Depends on level: Prop 65 requires a warning on the product label if the level of chemical in the product poses a significant risk of cancer. If the chemical is listed as an ingredient, but there is no warning, this means that the quantity present is believed to be below that risk level. ...Read more

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Does talc powder on my face cause more acne?

Does talc powder on my face cause more acne?

Inflammation: Talc powder is known to illicit a profound inflammatory response and it is even used therapeutically for this purpose in order to promote scar tissue formation and adhesions. ...Read more

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Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Does the use of talc (talcum powder) as a feminine powder increases the risk of ovarian cancer?

Sometimes: The world health organization classifies talc that contains asbestos as a carcinogen and talc without asbestos as not yet classifiable. Several studies have shown an increase in ovarian cancer with talc use as high as 300% after daily use for 25 years. The problem is that some talc contains asbestos and some does not and the label does not have to disclose that it is present. Best to avoid it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

Could you tell me if talc causes cancer, why is it that it is found in antacid tablets and makeup?

TALC - risk: I believe you are referring to the use of talc and risk of ovarian cancer. Yes, it is believed that there might be a correlation or increased risk with the use of talc and ovarian cancer. Not other cancers. ...Read more