28th October 2019

goodhousekeeping
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Is it safe to use Vaseline?

A chemist, who later opened the first Vaseline factory, worked on refining the substance to be a topical solution. But before it's refined, petroleum jelly does include carcinogenic compounds — a.k.a. stuff that could cause cancer. But does that mean that petroleum jellies are dangerous?

Also to know is, what would happen if you ate Vaseline?

Vaseline is petroleum jelly, which is actually distilled from crude oil. It is mostly meant to be used topically. I think if you eat a large amount, it would cause a stomachache and exit your system. But if you happen to use it on your lips and swallowed some, it should be fine.

Is it safe to swallow Vaseline?

Toxicity: Vaseline® is considered to be minimally toxic when ingested. It can cause a loose or soft stool. Possible Symptoms of Overdose/Poisoning: Vaseline® is a thick substance and as a result, it can be a choking hazard. Otherwise, it is only expected to cause a loose or soft stool.
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