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what are the signs when you get alcohol poisoning?

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Dr. Howard Greller
Emergency Medicine 23 years experience
Serious: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Drinking too much can lead to a coma and loss of protective reflexes that prevent you from aspirating and keep you breathing. People can vomit and aspirate it into their lungs. They can be so drunk, they can stop breathing. These effects are magnified if alcohol is used with other meds that are sedating, like opioids or benzodiazepines. Be careful!

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Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

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Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you are pregnant, you should stop all of it. This includes even the small amounts that are in some medicines.
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What are the affects of lead poisoning on pregnancy?

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Dr. Aileen Caceres
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Developmental delay: Lead exposure during pregnancy can occur from many sources. It is important to determine if you are at risk of being exposed to lead. According to a risk assessment by the centers for disease control (cdc), the following may place you at risk: 1) do you or others in your household have an occupation that involves lead exposure? 2) sometimes, pregnant women have the urge to eat things other than food, such as clay, soil, plaster or paint chips. Do you ever eat paint chips? 3) do you live in an old house with ongoing renovations that generate a lot of dust? 4) do you use non-commercially prepared pottery or crystal? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at increased risk of lead exposure or poisoning. You and your baby may be at increased risk during pregnancy. For mothers, this may mean significant anemia. Lead can enter your bloodstream and it can be stored in the mother’s bones, especially if you do not take in enough calcium. Lead exposure can affect the unborn child's brain, causing developmental problems later in life. Fetuses exposed to lead before birth may be born early or underweight. If you believe you have been exposed to lead, please contact your doctor and local health department.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Guide them to seek counseling, attend rehab program , & aa meetings. Also need to monitor by addiction specialist for withdrawal.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of someone surviving blood poisoning?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Good if not severe: While sepsis, blood poisoning from an infection and low blood pressure, is still often a fatal disease - if the person is overall healthy, if the infection is treated early, and if the person doesn't develop other complications like respiratory failure or renal failure then survival is likely.

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