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is it possible to get a false positive alcohol reading if you did not have any alcohol

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: There is a chance but is extremely limited. Eating lots of fruits everyday can lead due to fermentation to alcohol formation. But the concentration in ... Read More

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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience Addiction Medicine
Blistex: the alcohol in blister will evaporate relatively quickly once applied so it is doubtful it will cause a false positive breathalyzer
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Urine Drug Testing: Nope. Not in any way.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Positive: Alcohol on skin can cause a positive etg and it would be positive not false positive.
A female asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Unless U drink UR: shampoo, you should not test positive for an alcohol test. That's when you're drinking alcoholic beverages, not using shampoo. So you are safe! Fruit ... Read More
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Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Perfume: Unless youre drinking the perfume, it should not be detected in your blood
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: However, some "herbal" remedies aren't what they're labeled to be. It's caveat emptor. One of the very common situations in alcohol recovery is a spec ... Read More
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
No: There isn't anything in sugar substitutes that will cause the etg (ethyl glucuronide) test to show positive. However, because etg test measures produ ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Definitely, no: While some OTC meds does contain some benzyl alcohol, it seems highly unlikely that it would show up on a urine drug test. The modern drug testing is ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hubert Williston
53 years experience Family Medicine
Not certain: All positive drug screens need a confirmatory test and unexplained results can be discussed with the pathologist who supervises the lab.

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