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Dr. James Lin
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Witch Hazel (Definition)

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What's witch hazel extract for?

Variety of things: Witch hazel is a well used home remedy (when i was a kid, a bottle of distilled was in every medicine cabinet). The herb is astringent and anti-inflammatory, and is used topically for a variety of skin problems (acne, itchy or oily skin) on wounds and bruises, and more. It constricts capillaries beneath the skin, so many people swear by it for puffy eyes. ...Read more

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Is witch hazel better than pH wipes ?

For what?: If you are asking about external hemorrhoids-yes ...Read more

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Anything I must know about witch hazel before using it?

Yes: Only to be used externally and frequent use can lead to a skin reaction or dermatitis. I do not recommend witch hazel at all. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

Many.: There are many risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. These include the risk of infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, intra-abdominal injury, abdominal wall or umbilical tissue necrosis, wound healing problems, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death. During the consultation process, you will likely hear/read about additional risk/potential complications.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you use witch hazel if epileptic?

Can you use witch hazel if epileptic?

Yes: I am curious as to why you ask. I did a literature search and see comment associating witch hazel with epilepsy only on chat sites. No scientific proof. ...Read more

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What are side effects of witch hazel?

What are side effects of witch hazel?

Allergic reaction: In the form of a dermatitis if used regularly in 60 -70 % of people. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use epiduo and witch hazel together?

Possibly.: Both are drying to the skin and can be irritating. So, although there is no absolute contraindication to using them together, you would need to be very cautious. If there is any sign of redness or irritation, I would stop them and consult your dermatologist/doctor who is prescribing the Epiduo. Also, it is probably not necessary to use the witch hazel if you are using the Epiduo. ...Read more

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Does a hot wetcloth and witch hazel clear up your skin?

Does a hot wetcloth and witch hazel clear up your skin?

Witch Hazel: No. A hot wt cloth and witch hazel will have no beneficial effects on your skin. ...Read more

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Where can I find witch hazel extract? Is it good for the skin?

Where can I find witch hazel extract?  Is it good for the skin?

Pharmacy: Very harsh and extremely drying on the skin. It is actually used for hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Are tummy tucks (witch hazel) painful?

Are tummy tucks (witch hazel) painful?

Moderately painful : Any surgery that involves cutting or sewing muscle tends to be somewhat painful. Most tummy tucks (witch hazel) will also include muscle tightening. Patients generally manage the pain quite well with a medication such as vicodin. I've never had a patient tell me that the pain was so significant that she regrets having the surgery. ...Read more

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Does witch hazel remove dark mark on back of neck?

Wtich hazel: Not necessarily. If you have a lesion on the back of the neck it may not remove it. However, it is a lot like alcohol when used as a wipe - and could remove soil marks. Please see this site for more info:
http://www.Witchhazeluses.Org/. ...Read more

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Will witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Will  witch hazel help on severe stasis dermatitis?

Stasis: Although extensive work has been completed in the study of treatment of venous ulcers, no large, well-controlled trials examine the treatment of stasis dermatitis. The overall mainstay of treatment has always been aimed at lessening the clinical impact of the underlying venous insufficiency, which is typically accomplished with compression therapy. ...Read more

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Is it smart to use epiduo and witch hazel together?

Witchhazel: It is not a good idea to use witchhaze because it has a drying effect on the skin as does epiduo ...Read more

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Has anyone ever used witch hazel on stasis dermatitis?

Has anyone ever used witch hazel on stasis dermatitis?

Probably: I'm sure someone has, since it seems to have been tried on virtually everything by someone. However, stasis dermatitis is caused by sluggish blood flow in the veins of the legs due to breakdown of valves in those veins; witch hazel is not going to have any effect on that. See a dermatologist for an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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Hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel on cuts, which is better?

Hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel on cuts, which is better?

Cuts: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is not very good as an antiseptic. Cleaning injured skin w hydrogen peroxide may lead to tissue damage. Although hydrogen peroxide was often used in the past for wound care – that is not recommended. It may delay healing. Witch hazel is a plant extract which was used medicinally by American Indians. It has astringent & antioxidant qualities & may help to heal broken skin ...Read more

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Is generic witch hazel wipe with aloe as sensitive as tucks?

Is generic witch hazel wipe with aloe as sensitive as tucks?

Depends: Anything with witch hazel and alcohol should be avoided when used on one's bottom. Also avoid lanolin for adult use. ...Read more

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Please tell me about using witch hazel on severe stasis dermatitis?

Please tell me about using witch hazel on severe stasis dermatitis?

Sm temporary effect: Witch Hazel provide very small mild effect to stasis dermatitis but the agent also can be drying which can lead to more irritation long term. The best long term results will be to completely treat the venous stasis by treating the underlying venous insufficiency. See a vein expert for this. Other ointment such A and D ointment or 1% hydrocortisone ointment may also be helpful. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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1 nodule or hemmorhoide for a wk or more I've tried witch hazel garlic sitz & Otc products itch is severe and vaca in 2 days! Help I'm desperate ?

1 nodule or hemmorhoide for a wk or more I've tried witch hazel garlic sitz & Otc products itch is severe and vaca in 2 days! Help I'm desperate ?

Sorry, but...: ...if unsure that this is indeed a hemorrhoid, or if refractory to conventional treatment, please take the time to get evaluated so appropriate treatment can begin before your vacation is ruined. ...Read more

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Is it very harmful to inhale witch hazel?

Pharmacy: Very harsh and extremely drying on the skin. It is actually used for hemorrhoids. It isn't good because it is a strong chemical. Long term exposure could lead to pulmonary and sinus issues, just to name a few. ...Read more

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How can I use witch hazel for hemorrhoids?

How can I use witch hazel for hemorrhoids?

Alcohol-free kind: There are many witch hazel products, but you want an alcohol-free one for hemorrhoids or it will burn. Thayer's has several kinds that you can get at health food stores -- i've even seen the pads for sale on amazon.Com. You simply apply the pads several times daily, & after wiping/cleansing after each bowel movement. The liquid can be put on a cotton ball and dabbed in the same way. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use 100% witch hazel astringent on hemorrhoids?

Is it ok to use 100% witch hazel astringent on hemorrhoids?

Here are some...: This astringent preparation has been exclusively used to constrict skin pores to make skin smoother; so its use for hemorrhoids may induce similar effect which would vary among individual. Hence, you may try and see; if not better or even worsening, stop and seek pro-evaluation & counseling. Nonetheless, it's still most advisable to work and be counseled with Doc before its use for hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Do tummy tucks (witch hazel) have to be costly?

Do tummy tucks (witch hazel) have to be costly?

Varies...: Cost of surgery will vary from one practice to another and from one region to another. Much will depend on exactly what operation is being performed. Select your plastic surgeon based on quality/safety of work, not financial considerations primarily. ...Read more

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What are the dangers/side effects of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

Many.: Some of the many risk/potential complications associated with tummy tuck surgery include: infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring, wound healing problems, asymmetry, tissue necrosis, intra-abdominal injury, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death. Careful selection of plastic surgeon, anesthesia provider, and surgical facility all very important. ...Read more

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Any suggestions / hints for toning abs for those who have already had tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

Usual Exercises: You will find that the usual exercises helpful in toning the abdominal wall will be the same that will be useful after tummy tuck surgery. For example, the use of planks and standard situps should do the job. Careful attention to a balanced/healthy diet will also be important. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will witch hazel astrigent help acne?

Will witch hazel astrigent help acne?

Pronay not: You need a good acne cleanser and the matching toner to go along with it. Oddly enough you probably need a moisturizer too. A good esthetician can help you pick the right skin care products for your ski problems. ...Read more

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Does witch hazel have anti bacterial effects?

No: Witch hazel is a strong antioxidant and astringent (causes contraction of tissues) applied externally to sores, bruises, and swelling. Based on the components of the plant extract, there are no significant antibacterial properties in witch hazel. ...Read more