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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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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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How does the alcohol in your blood get into your exhaled breath when a cop tests you with a breathalyzer?

How does the alcohol in your blood get into your exhaled breath when a cop tests you with a breathalyzer?

Excreted by lungs: Many substances are excreted by the lungs, and alcohol is one of them. Many other volatile substances, such as ether and other anesthetics, are also excreted in breath. ...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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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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