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A 28-year-old female asked:

17 weeks pregnant. have shellac on nail as told it was safe. they soak your finger in pure acetone for 10-15min to remove shellac , done 2x. baby ok?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
Yes.: The risk of any real exposure to the baby is quite low.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Probably: Given the type of exposure you describe, there would be little, if any, absorption. The general rule of thumb in pregnancy, however, is avoid as a many toxins as possible. Congratulations!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
General rules: The stuff you apply to the skin surface will not achieve a significant level in your blood & thus not effect the baby. Many draw the line at perms or other such events where toxic substances sit on a wide surface for extended periods, but the usual creams,lotions or other skin care you encounter will not be a problem.

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