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Unread 05-16-2002, 04:45 AM
LIW chapstick warning

Don't just read the ingredient list on the tube, it only has the active ingredients, there isn't room to list everything there. When I was pre op and searching for lip balm without petroleum I was reading the package for ingredients and 99% of them, including blistex have petroleum listed. One of the only ones I found, and that includes tubes and the little jars without petroleum was Burts Bees and Charmex(?) not sure about that name.

My mouth was so dry and uncomfortable after surgery that I was very grateful to those who said to make sure to take lip balm to the hosp.
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Unread 05-16-2002, 05:45 AM
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Easy, there. Some lip balms have tint in them and that could be termed cosmetic.

Lip balms are fine post op, not usually a problem unless the pre-mentioned oxygen is in use, but keep them for post op. I don't know a lot about surgeries, but there might be some procedures that would be hampered by slippery lips.

I packed some gloss and other toiletries in a 'survival' bag and didn't use most of it. The one thing I did use, and swear by, is my Mary Kay moisturizer. I had dry lips for years before it dawned on me that I could use it on them too.

Best thing is to check with doc to see what is ok to use and what could cause problems in the OR. I wasn't aware petroleum products (like lip balms) could react with oxygen, so that's a good fact to keep for future reference.
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