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What is the definition or description of: acetone?

What is the definition or description of: acetone?

Organic chemical: This is a simple chemical, termed a ketone, which the body makes when sugar is in excess. It also is an effective cleaning, and sterilizing agent but can dissolve some plastics and is highly flammable in concentrated form. It is also used to remove cosmetic fingernails and to dissolve "crazy glue' when it is applied in the wrong place. ...Read more

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Acetone (Definition)

This is a simple chemical, termed a ketone, which the body makes when sugar is in excess. It also is an effective cleaning, and sterilizing agent but can dissolve some plastics and is highly flammable in concentrated form. It is also used to remove cosmetic fingernails and to dissolve "crazy glue' when it is applied ...Read more


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Allergic to acetone, what to avoid?

Allergic to acetone, what to avoid?

Polish remover: What you are describing is a possible contact dermatitis. Acetone is most often found in nail polish remover. It is best to avoid all products that contain acetone. ...Read more

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Why does acetone makes our nails chilly?

Low boiling point: Acetone has a low boiling point and therefore a fast evaporation rate. When acetone evaporates, this consumes energy and has a cooling effect. ...Read more

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Why are kussmaul respirations and acetone breath present in dka?

Why are kussmaul respirations and acetone breath present in dka?

KetoAcidosis: In DKA the body makes ketones as an alternate source of fuel for brain and heart when Insulin is too low to allow glucose to enter cells. Breath can smell fruity from ketones. Acids rise from dehydration and worsening ketosis. Kussmaul breathing (rapid breathing) blows off co2 in an effort for respiratory alkalosis to compensate as much as possible for metabolic acidosis. ...Read more

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How good is acetone for acne?

How good is acetone for acne?

Poor choice: Your best option is topical benzoyl perxoide as you can tolerate it, maybe twice a day. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your physician for something prescription-strength. Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, incurable, serious illness that's always manageable if you can get people to receive ; accept treatment. ...Read more

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What causes "acetone breath" in people with diabetes?

What causes "acetone breath" in people with diabetes?

Ketones: Ketones are chemicals produced when diabetics have blood sugars that are running to high. This is an ominous sign that you need to be doing much more to control your sugar through diet and medications. Failure to do so could land you in the intensive care unit of the hospital fighting for your life. You need to see your doctor asap to get this taken care of. ...Read more

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Do acetone make the nails weaks and easier to brake or no relation?

Do acetone make the nails weaks and easier to brake or no relation?

No: acetone, common in nail polish remover should not have any effect On nail strength if used correctly. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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Can a person have ill effects from being exposed to polyurethane, acetone, rubbing alcohol, etc?

Can a person have ill effects from being exposed to polyurethane, acetone, rubbing alcohol, etc?

Exposure to chemical: Yes. Prolonged or excessive exposure to any of these substances can cause toxicity and illness. Always be careful when you are exposed to chemicals and protect yourself. ...Read more

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Type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol and now has acetone breath very strong, how to help him?

Type 1 diabetic friend had too much alcohol and now has acetone breath very strong, how to help him?

Check blood sugar: Hi. Make sure she/he is taking her/his basal insulin, whether eating or not. DO NOT stop basal insulin. If patient has diabetic ketoacidosis (which is possible from your description), she/he may need to go to the ER. Don't stop insulin!!! ...Read more

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Dermabond was used to seal our 7yr old's head cut in August. Cut looks fine but the glue is still there. Is acetone safe for removal?

Dermabond was used to seal our 7yr old's head cut in August. Cut looks fine but the glue is still there. Is acetone safe for removal?

Yes: I assume the cut is totally healed under the glue seal. Acetone is the right product to remove it. It is available in beauty product areas as a nail glue remover and dabbing at the glue on your childs head can remove it although at this point it might simply peel off. ...Read more

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Do diabetics exhale acetone even when glucose is well controlled, perhaps not enough to smell, but e?

Do diabetics exhale acetone even when glucose is well controlled, perhaps not enough to smell, but e?

No more than normal: Acetone comes from the metabolism of excessive ketones. When glucose levels are maintained at appropriate values, the body of a person with diabetes does not produce more ketones than someone without diabetes, and so will not produce more acetone either. ...Read more

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What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

Reflux, Atresia, DKA: Bile is a greenish golden color secretion, produced by the liver ; is stored in gallbladder. Bile leaves from gallbladder through bile duct and helps in absorption of fats. Bile duct may be obstructed, causing gallstones. Biliary atresia, biliary cirrhosis, biliary cholangitis, pancreatitis ; bile reflux are bile related conditions. Acetone bodies are ketone bodies and can cause dka, ketoacidosis. ...Read more

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What exactly are the nervous systems damages associated with acetone and nail polish fumes/inhalation?

Varies: Incidental exposure, as in removing nail polish, is unlikely to cause any problems. Intentional "huffing" of acetone causes multiple nervous system problems including brain damage. It can also cause sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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Acetone in urine during pregnancy -what symptom?

Acetone in urine during pregnancy -what symptom?

Ketones?: Do you mean ketones? Ketones reflect dehydration. If you are dehydrated your ketone level will increase. If you have diabetes ketones in the urine can be very important for your doctor to know. ...Read more

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Could non acetone nail polish remover kill me, if I drank some of it?

Could non acetone nail polish remover kill me, if I drank some of it?

Poison Control: This is a question for poison control. If you call 1-800-222-1222 they will connect you with your local poison control and help you. ...Read more

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Can triamcinolone acetone treat redness and inflammation due to peeled skin from a pimple?

Can triamcinolone acetone treat redness and inflammation due to peeled skin from a pimple?

Yes: Any steroid cream will work, but watch out for spreading infection, which steroids also allow by reducing cellular immunity. ...Read more

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My husband has developed diabeties recently and has albumin traces in urine? Is it normal for a diabetic to show albumin traces? Urine acetone nil

My husband has developed diabeties recently and has albumin traces in urine? Is it normal for a diabetic to show albumin traces? Urine acetone nil

Microalbuminuria: Above a certain threshold, Albumin in the urine is a marker of diabetic kidney damage (nephropathy). However, it can be many years before it progresses to kidney failure, and the progression of diabetic nephropathy can be halted. Control blood glu (a1c less than 7), control bp, use an ace-i or arb (even if BP normal), and control other risk factors such as weight, lipids. ...Read more

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Son has been diagnosed with friction bumps on elbows in past. Have older prescription of triamcinolone acetone. Is that indicated for friction bumps.

Callouses: Friction bumps are basically callouses - thickened skin from repeated rubbing/friction. Eliminating the activities that cause the callouses to form and the use of a quality moisturizer will generally allow the bumps to gradually disappear. If the bumps are itchy or irritated the triamcinolone may provide symptom relief (check the expiration date) but won't get rid of the bumps themselves. ...Read more

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Is your breath acetone level an accurate indicator for your blood glucose level?

Acetone: Acetone or a fruity smell that comes of someone's breath is a sign of DKA from poorly controlled sugars in ones blood stream. This is an emergent condition. The best indicator of your blood sugar levels is a BMP. ...Read more

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Spilled acetone on tv remote, the back melted and smelled very bad. Any dangers from inhaling those fumes? Also mixed w nail polish fumes

Spilled acetone on tv remote, the back melted and smelled very bad. Any dangers from inhaling those fumes? Also mixed w nail polish fumes

No worries: Never use nail polish remover nor acetone around anything plastic. Spills happen, and plastics get ruined. That said, as long as a person is not intentionally sniffing, and as long as there is adequate airflow, typical nail polish remover acetone odors from normal home use of those products don't cause problems. ...Read more

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If nail polish remover with acetone in it got onto my skin but I rinsed it off with water afterward, will there be any negative effects on me?

If nail polish remover with acetone in it got onto my skin but I rinsed it off with water afterward, will there be any negative effects on me?

No worries: Have never seen anyone use nail polish remover without getting some of the remover onto the skin... so there shouldn't be any problem with that skin contact, as along as the remover is generally being used properly. Acetone does damage most plastics, so one should be careful where she works on her nails. ...Read more

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I mixed acetone and bleach. Hoping for a cleaning solution. Cleaned bedroom. Woke up 15 hours later feeling almost drunk and eyes constantly watering?

Chemical vapors: Sounds like a reaction to your "cleaning soultion"
Be careful mixing chemicals, as many can result in noxious or toxic fumes being released.
Airing your room, and getting fresh air should help.
If not, contact your health care provider. ...Read more