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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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How will listerine affect an alcohol breath test?

Listerine affects te: Yes, listerine will affect the test reading. Please google the following article, entitled "field sobriety testing: intoxilyzers and listerine antiseptic" published in the july 1985 issue of the police chief (p. 70). ...Read more

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Can there be a relation between thyroid condition and breath that smells like alcohol?

Can there be a relation between thyroid condition and breath that smells like alcohol?

No: Not to my knowledge. Breath that smells like alcohol should be considered to be from alcohol until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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What is the difference between someone's blood alcohol level and breath alcohol level?

What is the difference between someone's blood alcohol level and breath alcohol level?

They are similar: Breath alcohol levels relate to blood alcohol levels. They are used because of the problems of getting ready access to blood alcohol levels - which is the gold standard for predicting effects from alcohol. ...Read more

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Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Either: Both types of mouthwash are going to have agents in them that will kill bacteria that tend to cause bad breath. If you are aware of halitosis, be sure to brush your tongue well, especially toward the back. This is a common source for bad breath. Also be sure to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist if it has been a while. Mouthwash helps, but often just covers up the real problem. ...Read more

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Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

Does listerine without the alcohol just over mass bad breath or dose work the same as the reg.?

No difference : About 25 %-30% of Americans suffer from chronic bad breath. The most common cause of the bad breath is bacteria. Bacteria that cause bad breath release sulfur compounds and it stinks. Regardless, what kind of mouthwash is used, the best way to get rid of bacteria: floss and brush teeth and clean the tongue twice a day. Also see your dentist on the regular basis at least 2X a year. ...Read more

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When i drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks. What could cause this?

When i drink a beverage with alcohol i sometimes find it hard to breath. This is with just 1-2 beers or mix drinks.  What could cause this?

Don't know: Feeling short-of-breath (dyspnea) can result from a number of thinks involving the heart and lungs, but also can relate to anxiety. Some people are very sensitive to alcohol effects and have an exaggerated and sometimes paradoxical response where small amounts of alcohol can trigger what feels like a panic attack. Cannot say from your description - you need to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

I have copd, can I drink alcohol or will it cause me to have shortage of breath?

Probably will ...: Eating carbohydrates, or drinking alcohol or sugary drinks requires the body to use more oxygen during their digestion than for proteins or fats. This causes someone to breathe a little more deeply, however having COPD will make this difficult and feel like shortness of breath. ...Read more

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