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Doctor insights on: Acetone Smelling Breath

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Dr. Jenifer Lloyd
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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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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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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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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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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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5 weeks pregnant. Inhaled on accident toluene, acetone, xylene, propane, butane in 5 breaths. Got a little on finger. Scared about birth defects now.

Stop worrying: The vast majority of birth defects are probably no more common in this era of widespread chemical exposure than they were centuries ago. A healthy concern for your new baby and a dysfunctional tort system has generated unrealistic concerns such as what you express. You make acetone in your body, and the others are basically inert. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Don't let "toxic fear" ruin it. ...Read more

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Why have i got eggy breath?

Why have i got eggy breath?

Sulfur: Food or medications with sulfur can give you that sensation of egg in your breath. ...Read more

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How to keep my breath fresh?

Prevent a bad breath: Halitosis, bad breath is caused by poor dental health, tooth decay and may be a sign of other health problems. Also the type of food you eat or other factors like smoking can effect your breath. Some mouthwashes or breath fresheners may actually worsen a bad breath problem by irritating oral tissue with their high alcohol content. Prevention is the key. ...Read more

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