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what is the rationale behind the treatment of lead poisoning with penicillamine?

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Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
Chelation: Penicillamine is a cheating agent which ties up lead so it can be excreted without being toxic

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Should I breastfeed if I have food poisoning?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Since food poisoning is caused by a toxin produced by the bacteria that acts locally on the bowel it will not be passed onto to the baby. But if you are dehydrated due to vomiting and/or diarrhea your milk supply will probably be affected.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I prevent getting food poisoning?

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Fresh food: Make all your own food. Don't eat food prepared by other people.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Can my food poisoning hurt the baby?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: Although food poisoning can be miserable in general it will not hurt the fetus. Most cases resolve in 24-48 hours. The key is to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can lead to contractions and preterm labor. The exception would be when food poisoning reaches the blood stream and causes sepsis. Sepsis requires hospitalization. If you have a fever or contractions you should let your doctor know.
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Is food poisoning normally caused by bacteria?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Bugs and toxins: Bacteria and preformed bacterial toxins such as staphylococcus toxin and botulinum toxin. Bacteria are the commonest cause.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is food poisoning the leading cause of gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Probably not: It is usually viral, sometimes bacterial. It spreads through contaminated food or water, and contact with an infected person. Many cases are spread person to person. Good hand washing is important.

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