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Vaseline Carbolated Petroleum Medication
I have heard how benzene is known to cause cancer and it's a derivative of petroleum so is there any amount of it on vaseline?
Forgive my frankness: Everything can be "shown to cause cancer" if you do some bad studies, and in fact the law in California requires essentially everything to be labeled as "known to cause cancer." In real life, people who work around huge amounts of benzene have gotten a high rate of leukemia. The traces in vaseline are infinitesimal. You cannot avoid all carcinogens. Get comfortable with this. I had to. Best wishes ...Read more
Is it okay to apply vaseline (petroleum jelly) on eyelashes? I heard it makes them grow longer and thicker. If not, is there any other solutions?
What your doing and then wrapping your foot in Saran wrap, putting on a sock before bed time. You may see a difference. If not try a high concentration urea cream (over 40percent) works very well with feet.
This used to be by rx, now some are not rx but may be easier to find with rx. ...Read more
Yes: Yes Vaseline weather generic or brand name is fine no different ...Read more
For anal fissure, can you use vaseline 100% pure petroleum jelly. Any issues. Would it help for fissure or cut.
Won't hurt: Vaseline may help protect an anal fissure from irritation but will not facilitate healing. The most important factor in healing an anal fisssure is decreasing size and straining with bowel movements. Daily still softeners and/or fiber supplementation are important. Nifedipine ointment and Nitroglycerin ointment may also be helpful. These are prescriptions you can discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Is it safe to apply vaseline 100% petroleum jelly to face and other parts of body such as eyelashes?
I had a small mole removed and it said put white petroleum jelly on it. Is that the same as reg. Vaseline petroleum jelly?
I have vagina irritation does vaseline petroleum jelly work I been applying it to my vagina area will that help plus I have tear on my vagina also?
Petrol jelly only: Helps as a barrier for the surfaces that happen to be hurting or irritated. IT does help to lubricate and moisten the area as well. As far as I know, it does not cause any significant chemical reaction to the mucosal surface of the vagina or vulva. For cuts it may be best to use Sitz baths and Hazel Tucks (witch hazel) pads. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Suffered from perioral dermatitis 2 years back. Now better. But lips are always chapped and black. How to cure it? I apply vaseline (white petroleum).
I have intertrigo on my scrotum. What should I do to treat it? Should I apply a petroleum cream such as Vaseline?
Intertrigo: NO! Report this to your doctor and other options are available. ...Read more
Can I apply vaseline/petroleum jelly on my scalp? I've scratched and irritated my scalp and when I wash it, it burns cus I probably broke some skin.
Bee ; Flower: Soap can be purchased in chinatown or on line. It is easy on the skin and pleasant smelling. One type is called sandalwood, but there are several others. Peace and good health. Please see a dermatologist and avoid lotions w/alcohol in them. Vaseline not a good idea; need to avoid infection. ...Read more
Which is more safe (vaseline petroleum jelly vs sudocream) to prevent diaper rash with every diaper change?
Petroleum jelly is well tried protective barrier that protects skin from chemicals present in urine and stool. Also keeps skin moist. Best when used after washing diaper area with plain warm water pat it dry and apply petroleum jelly.
I don't know the contents of sudo cream therefore will not be able to comment about it's efficacy. ...Read more
Sir I have cracked lips. I used vaseline petroleum jelly. But it didn't work. Now I have physiogel lotion. Can I use on lips?
Check with MD: How long have you had dry lips for and for how long have you been using petroleum jelly? There are many causes of dry lips including but not limited to: dry or cold weather, sun damage, wind exposure, dehydration, spicy foods, allergies, smoking, fungal infections, vitamin deficiencies, side effects of medications and some skin disorders, and some medical conditions. Check with dermatologist. ...Read more
I asked for dry n dark hands n ur doctor advised for using vaseline petroleum on wet hands just wanted to know can the same procedure b done on face?
Am having soft stools, fecalysis went negative. I am thinking it is the vaseline petroleum jelly that I put on my lips for the dryness. Please advise?
It is very unlikely that it is caused by Petrolium Jelly you put on your lips
Soft stools can be related to change in your diet or due to an intestinal infection like Rota Virus or another virus, food poisoning, Lactose intolerance, Celiac Disease, inflammatory Bowel Disease
If it continues consult your doctor ...Read more
How come when I apply vaseline to my scalp it gives my scalp bumps and makes it sore? I thought petroleum is non Comedogenic? I have very dry scalp.
See a dermatologist: Stop vaseline. You have something, not "dry scalp" Meanwhile try Head/Shoulders shampoo in a shower every night (day). You probably need a prescription. ...Read more
Is vaseline petroleum jelly bad to put on the face and night as a moisturizer for acne prone skin?
Vaseline petroleum jelly or else vaseline cream (lotion/moisturizer), which one is better for dry scaly palm?
My baby has some blisters around her mouth after eating her food. I apply some vaseline (petroleum jelly) and it slowly disappears.
Need to get: Checked by pediatrician. They do get herpes stomatitis or hand foot mouth syndrome. ...Read more
can a child be allergic to petroleum in Vaseline or chapstick because my son broke out in hives and had swelling around his mouth eyes and other area?
Couple things: It's very unusual to be allergic to petrolatum jelly, though it is occlusive and cause itching. Many people are allergic to lip balms of all kinds. But that causes allergic contact dermatitis; e.g. swelling, redness, then peeling over days...usually not "hives", meaning urticaria, that comes and goes over hours. And not in areas not applied (like the eyelids). ...Read more
24 weeks pregnant. No yeast infection or BV but external vaginal moisture bothers me. Can I use vaseline/petroleum jelly externally as a moisture barrier without risk to my unborn baby?
No contraindication: If there is no infection, I see no medical contraindication to the use of petrolatum externally. I would discuss this further with your OB/Gyn to make sure you are not missing anything, however. ...Read more
Is using vasaline or petroleum jelly on my hair ok? Would it make my hair shiny and less frizzy and silky? Affects & effects plz.
Better choices: Vaseline would tend to make hair greasy, and would be very hard to wash out. Whatever your ethnicity, I would not recommend vaseline for your hair. Look in the drugstore - there are a variety of moisturizers and oil treatments available for hair of caucasians as well as people of color (with different hair types). ...Read more
16mo old son has diarrhea 4 the last 2 days and has caused a terrible rash. Prev medication ointment not working. Aloe & vaseline & powder not fixing?
Zind oxide: Irritative rashes from diarrhea in toddlers ae amongst the most stubborn rashes to cure. Try and get some daily air into that area - let him run around diaperless outside - who cares if he poops or pees on the lawn? Then, a diaper cream that has zinc oxide may be more useful - some brand names: triple paste, butt paste, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) or generic zinc oxide. ...Read more
Doctor said I should use 3 times vaseline a day for over exfoliated lips, other medications may irriate more. What's your opinions on vaseline healing?
Not healing: Vaseline will protect the lips from drying while they heal themselves, but it doesn't actually "heal.". ...Read more