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Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


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What are the harmful effects of hydroquinone?

Color: Overuse can actually cause non reversible darkening. There have been rumors of carcinogenesis, but doubt are true and no literature to support. ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone really dangerous so it was banned ?

Is hydroquinone really dangerous so it was banned ?

Only OTC: Only over-the-counter preparations of hydroquinone were banned. This was due to concerns about it being a potential carcinogen. As far as i'm aware it is still available by prescription in the us. ...Read more

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Can I use 2% hydroquinone when on accutane?

Can I use 2% hydroquinone when on accutane?

Check it out: Hi Karanx 66 Looks like this has been asked and answered, check it out. https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/976312-can-you-use-hydroquinone-cream-while-on-accutane ...Read more

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How possible is hydroquinone to cause cancer?

How possible is hydroquinone to cause cancer?

Doubtful: Yes there is some concern but it is minimal if any. ...Read more

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How well does hydroquinone work to fade scars?

How well does hydroquinone work to fade scars?

Fairly well: Hydroquinone is an effect way to fade hyperpigmented scars (those with a dark color) but it is not as effective at fading red or raised scars. Those require other measures. Also in a small number of dark-skinned individuals, use of hydroquinone can cause increased pigmentation. Nothing works 100% of the time so for best results, consult with an expert in scars e.g. A plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone linked to an increase in cancer?

Is hydroquinone linked to an increase in cancer?

Yes, in rodents: Hydroquinione is used as a topical agent to remove pigment from skin. It is banned in europe, australia and parts of asia due to data from studies that linked high doses of hydroquinone to cancer in mice. In 2006 the fda issued a 4 month ban to review data and then allowed for it's use to treat melisma. There is no data directly link to cancer in humans, but it is classified as a toxin by epa. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of hydroquinone tretinion?

What are the side effects of hydroquinone tretinion?

Irritation: The skin will become irritated and more senstive to sunburns, it is used for lightening dark skin on the face and can be safely used once a day. ...Read more

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