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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:23 PM

People have posted that you should make sure that your chapstick has no petroleum in it as it will react with oxygen should you need it. Saturday when I was at the grocery store I think I read every label for every type of lip balm that they had, and petroleum was listed as an ingredient on every one of them. Can anyone give me a brand name for one that doesn't have petroleum?

Thank you
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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:32 PM

I used Carmex...A LOT of Carmex! I also had oxygen the first day after sugery & nobody said anything about it. It was sitting right there on my tray in front of me too.

Good luck finding your lip balm.
Unread 01-15-2002, 06:52 PM

I used chapstick...starting the day after I got out of surgery but did not have oxygen on then and it worked great. Matter of fact I think I held it in my hand along with pain pump the entire time I was in the hospital
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Unread 01-15-2002, 06:57 PM

Oh thank goodness for Carmex! I did not need oxygen after I came out of surgery!
Unread 01-15-2002, 07:08 PM

Hi I had chapstick the whole time. The nurse even got it for me out of my back pack. I was on oxygen the whole time and they never said a word. s to you and good luck Sassy
Unread 01-15-2002, 07:29 PM

I was on oxygen for the first 24 hours after surgery (didn't ask why though). My nurse got me Carmex along with my ice chips.
Unread 01-15-2002, 08:34 PM

Hi I used chapstick the entire time in the hospital. I had no problems and nurses didnt say anything when they saw it.

Unread 01-15-2002, 09:57 PM
Carmex Warning

I was not so lucky. I DID have a reaction to the carmex and oxygen!!! It is a known fact in nursing world ( or a good nurse should know) that oxygen and petroleum DO NOT mix. I had huge blister on my lip and one in my throat OUCH to prove this theory. I also looked at the chap sticks at the drug store out of curiosity and noticed that they all list petroleum, all I can add to that is in nursing home we use a lubricating balm such as KY jelly on the patients with oxygen. My philosophy is better safe than sorry, to bad I did not remember it when it came to my own healthcare
Unread 01-16-2002, 07:27 AM

I didn't use the lip balm until AFTER surgery. I did not need oxygen in my room and used my personal favorite lip balm, Blistex Complete Moisture.

Good Luck to you!
Unread 01-16-2002, 08:32 AM

The very best lip balm (at least for me) is Burt's Bees beeswax lip balm. I have at least 3 at all times (desk, purse, bedside table). It has very natural ingredients: Beeswax, coconut oil, Sunflower oil, Vitamin E, lanolin, peppermint oil, comfrey root extract and rosemary extract. If you go to I think there is a store locator.

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