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Is it bad not to wash organic carrots from the grocery store if they have dirt/soil on what are health risks?

Is it bad not to wash organic carrots from the grocery store if they have dirt/soil on what are health risks?

Yes!!! All produce: Should be thoroughly rinsed & cleaned with a vegetable scrubber. I prefer this to peeling since many nutrients are on the skin. Also remove the outer leaves of cabbage and other leaf veggies & cut the bottoms off. I usually wait until I'm about ready to prepare produce to rinse it; otherwise the moisture makes it soggy. Contaminated produce can cause food-borne illness & exposure to pesticides. ...Read more

Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


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What causes a brown dirt like rash on the front of my neck? Won't wash off?

What causes a brown dirt like rash on the front of my neck? Won't wash off?

Acanthosis nigracans: This is a condition where the pigment around the neck darkens. It can be a sign of type I diabetes. Show it to your doctor. ...Read more

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What cause grime and dirt marks on the sink when one washes their skin with soap and water?

What cause grime and dirt marks on the sink when one washes their skin with soap and water?

Dead skin/oils/dirt: The soap helps remove the dead shedding skin, the oils from the pores, and the daily environmental pollution that our skin is exposed to. This is the grime and dirt marks you are seeing in the sink. ...Read more

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I have set in dirt on my back and neck from neglected hygiene when I was a kid. Though I regularly wash now, it won't seem to come off. What can I use?

I have set in dirt on my back and neck from neglected hygiene when I was a kid. Though I regularly wash now, it won't seem to come off. What can I use?

May not be dirt: If you have tried soap and water and the dirt is not coming off it may be hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. Schedule an appt with a Doctor to look at your skin. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hard brown dirt to come of belly button with shower gel when you wash it every day?

How long does it take for hard brown dirt to come of belly button with shower gel when you wash it every day?

Straight away: You may need to gently cleanse the belly button with a cotton tipped applicator. Regular soap and water should suffice. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Some parts of the skin on my hand turn lightly brown like there is dirt on them but won't wash off. What can this be?

Some parts of the skin on my hand turn lightly brown like there is dirt on them but won't wash off. What can this be?

Thickening skin: This can represent a thickening of the stratum corneum or thicker layer of skin. This can be part of psoriasis or hyperkeratosis. Topical keralyt can help the appearance. ...Read more

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My dogs collar was laying in the dirt. I picked it up and put it on her but then forgot to wash my hands and ate. Will I get worms from raccoons?

My dogs collar was laying in the dirt. I picked it up and put it on her but then forgot to wash my hands and ate. Will I get worms from raccoons?

Dirt Germs: While good hygiene has its value in protection against illness to including parasites what you describe is unlikely to be a risk to you. Washing your hands with every possible exposure could lead into an unhealthy phobia or preoccupation with germs. Practice sensible hygiene within norms. Washing too often or too little should be avoided in favor of normal usual hygiene. I think your safe. ...Read more

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No matter how many baths or showers I take when I go pee I wipe dirt or something and inside my vagina lips it's like white stuff?

No matter how many baths or showers I take when I go pee I wipe dirt or something and inside my vagina lips it's like white stuff?

? Leukocytosis?: Leukocytosis is a white vaginal discharge that is normal. It is made up of dead sloughed cells, white blood cells & vaginal secretions. It should not have an odor or cause burning, itching or redness. It can become thicker with ovulation or pregnancy. If you have a malodorous or symptomatic discharge - please let your doctor know. ...Read more

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I had a black spot show up on my toe of my right foot, it looks like a spec of dirt but black and won't scratch off wash off or anything?

I had a black spot show up on my toe of my right foot, it looks like a spec of dirt but black and won't scratch off wash off or anything?

Capillary leak.: Leave it alone. It is probably blood trapped beneath the skin. Some times small capillary vessels can leak a bit of blood. Days later, the blood turns a dark color. Use your camera function to take a photo for documentation. Compare the photo to the toe in a few weeks. If it enlarges, then mention it to your doctor. In all likelihood everything will be fine. ...Read more

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I wash my vagina w/ water often. The water container I use Has black things in buttom that looks dirt. Can this cause infertility, cancer or infections?

I wash my vagina w/ water often. The water container I use Has black things in buttom that looks dirt. Can this cause infertility, cancer or infections?

No: As you know, you would be better off using clean water. However, what you described is not likely to cause you any harm.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to wash your face everyday?

Is it necessary to wash your face everyday?

Good hygiene only...: Only good hygiene is necessary. Whether or not that includes face-washing depends on personal choice, but the face should have good hygiene. ...Read more

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Should you wash your vulva?

Should you wash your vulva?

The vulva area: Is the area outside of your vaginal, it should defintely be washed daily- that is considered good hygene. ...Read more

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What the best everyday use femine wash?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to wash fitted mouthguard with dishsoap?

Is it possible for you to wash fitted mouthguard with dishsoap?

Would not advise: I would wash with warm water and soak overnight in a denture cleaner like efferdent plus or fixodent. Better if it is antibacterial. If you have a cold, flu, etc., soak the mg everyday. ...Read more

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How to wash with summers eve?

Summer's Eve: Actually would recommend against use of feminine washes/ douching as it can negatively impact vaginal pH. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it bad for an infant eats dirt?

Is it bad for an infant eats dirt?

Not recommended: Many children eat bits of dirt now and again. It is not recommended and most suffer no harm. There are some gems in dirt which can cause diarrheal illnesses and possibly some toxins in dirt. If your child eats a lot of dirt or eats it frequently, contact your doctor. Otherwise, wash his/her hands and distract him/her with another activity. ...Read more

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Why would a child enjoy eating dirt?

Why would a child enjoy eating dirt?

Pica: It is called pica. The ingestion of non-food substances can indicate certain nutritional deficiencies. You need to see a pediatrician. ...Read more

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How often should you wash your face?

How often should you wash your face?

It depends: Most dermatologists will recommend washing the face once or twice a day with a non-soap cleanser. It also depends on skin type, skin condition present, etc. The most important purpose of washing the face is to clean off debris and dirt. The face is usually exposed to dirt outside the home, so the most important time to clean would be when you return home and you are no longer exposed to dirt. ...Read more

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Should women baths are take showers?

Should women baths are take showers?

Depends on which...: Whether a woman should take a bath or a shower depends on which one gets her the cleanest. Getting partially clean is not good. Some people have limited mobility due to arthritis or other disorders, and may need additional items like grab bars, shower seats, extra-long shower hoses, etc... For others, a very warm bath may help relax muscles. If all else is equal, then it becomes personal choice. ...Read more

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Can someone be allergic to body wash?

Can someone be allergic to body wash?

Body wash: A number of chemicals in body wash can cause allergic reactions, especially ones with fragrance. ...Read more

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Is jergens body wash good for eczsma?

I'm not sure: Generally, it is important to keep your skin from getting too dry. A moisturizing soap is best to use and, after a shower, you should use a good moisturizing product (an emollient). Thick creams like eucerin or cetaphil are better than lotions, and even using heavy ointments like petrolatum or aquaphor at bedtime is often advised. Your doctor can prescribe other drugs (like steroids) if needed. ...Read more

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Is using feminine washes good or bad?

Is using feminine washes good or bad?

Bad: Not needed, your vaginal will clean itself. Just take a shower and use soap and water to clean the outside. ...Read more

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What could cause the desire to eat dirt?

What could cause the desire to eat dirt?

Pica: Work up medically to look for any deficiencies in minerals. If you are eating dirt and not due to a correctable medical issues - consider seeing a therapist. ...Read more

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How do I remove the dirt inside my skin?

How do I remove the dirt inside my skin?

That depends: Did you sustain an injury with dirt embedded in the skin. If so, your best bet may be medical eval to included possible debridement. If you are just referring to grime and muck - then consider lava soap. That stuff is tuff. ...Read more

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Can I wash and reuse my catheters or not?

Can I wash and reuse my catheters or not?

Catheters: It is not recommended as it is unlikely to get them completely sterile and that can result in urinary tract infections and other complications. ...Read more

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How much should you wash your face per day?

How much should you wash your face per day?

Twice a day: Most important time to wash is at the end of the day to wash off the dirt and oil buildup and makeup and sunscreen. If you take a shower in the morning you're already washing your face. Most people don't need a deep cleansing in the morning but just a mild rinse or gentle cleanser. Also good to wash your face after working out and sweating. Don't overscrub your skin. ...Read more