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If I am allergic to iodine how will they clean my skin before surgery?

If I am allergic to iodine how will they clean my skin before surgery?

Allergy to iodine: There are many other preoperative antibacterial scrubs that don't contain iodine such as hibiclens, ethyl alcohol and others. ...Read more

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I am allergic to shrimp but can eat crab and fish. I am also allergic to seaweed. Also very allergic to iodine swab on skin. Can I take fish oil??

I am allergic to shrimp but can eat crab and fish. I am also allergic to seaweed. Also very allergic to iodine swab on skin. Can I take fish oil??

Caution: Hi, there is a possibility that you would develop allergic reaction to fish oil, fish oil contains some Iodine, you might want to try Omega-3 instead. Fish oil is relative contraindicated one people with Iodine allergy. ...Read more

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Can oral providone iodine be used for skin disinfection or is it mouth only? I have only that and some small wounds to treat.

Can oral providone iodine be used for skin disinfection or is it mouth only? I have only that and some small wounds to treat.

Yes: Yes. Be sure to have your "wounds" checked by a doctor unless they are very minor. I would feel more comfortable if I knew what wounds you are referring to. ...Read more

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Can a diet low in iodine cause small fetal head @ 32 weeks? I'm concerned that tech said head is small but doctor said she's on track. I'm scared!!!!!

Can a diet low in iodine cause small fetal head @ 32 weeks? I'm concerned that tech said head is small but doctor said she's on track. I'm scared!!!!!

Clarify: Before you start deciding that there is a problem contact your doctor and ask for clarification. From what you are saying the doctor said everything was normal and that there is no problem. ...Read more

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If I put iodine on a mole, would the mole eventually fall off? I also wondered if I should surround the mole w/ vasoline to protect the skin.

If I put iodine on a mole, would the mole eventually fall off? I also wondered if I should surround the mole w/ vasoline to protect the skin.

Mole Removal: Iodine placed on a mole will not cause the mole to fall off. The only way to remove a mole correctly is surgical excision. ...Read more

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Is betadine skin cleanser (povidone iodine 7.5%) safe as a facial wash?

Is betadine skin cleanser (povidone iodine 7.5%) safe as a facial wash?

Not a good idea...: Betadine is a skin disinfectant used prior to surgery. It is likely too harsh to use everyday and some people even become allergic to it. I would not recommend you use it as a routine facial wash. ...Read more

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I read taking detoxified iodine daily in water or on the skin relieves many things such as depression, weight gain, low energy, etc. Is this true?

I read taking detoxified iodine daily in water or on the skin relieves many things such as depression, weight gain, low energy, etc. Is this true?

Don't count on it: Their may be anecdotal reports, but no large double blind placebo controlled studies have been carried out to stand been this assertion. If you are depressed, I would see your family doctor, a psychiatrist or a therapist and they will work together to get you feeling better. ...Read more

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My gp is sending me for a head CT do I need to get an iodine injection before it? I am scared of needles

My gp is sending me for a head CT do I need to get an iodine injection before it? I am scared of needles

Let me explain: There two kind of cat scan one with contrast (injection) and one without injection.
It depend what gp ordered and he is looking for. ...Read more

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I just got my period yesterday and today when I changed my tampon I noticed it was also yellow and reminded me of iodine, and it got on my finger and it stained my skin a little even after washing my hands with soap. Is something wrong?

I just got my period yesterday and today when I changed my tampon I noticed it was also yellow and reminded me of iodine, and it got on my finger and it stained my skin a little even after washing my hands with soap. Is something wrong?

Hemosiderin: You're seeing "hemosiderin", a pigment that is released from red blood cells when they break. Hemosiderin is part of the molecule in red blood cells that allow them to carry oxygen to various parts of your body. You may have noticed that, when you bruise, it starts out reddish blue but gradually changes to brownish yellow then finally yellow. That's because of the breakdown of hemosiderin. ...Read more

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Am I able to take a Multi-vitamin that contains Iodine when I am allergic to shrimp? I had to be on an antihistamine while prepping for a CT scan.

The shellfish: Allergy leading to an increased risk of iodinated contrast allergic reaction is a myth that, unfortunately, is difficult to eradicate. There is nothing special about a shellfish allergy, if you have multiple allergies you are at some increased risk of a contrast reaction whether or not one of the allergies is shellfish. Also, no one can be allergic to molecular iodine. You can take the vitamin. ...Read more

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What to do if I have allergy to iodine (lugols/surg prep.) gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe for me to take?

What to do if I have allergy to iodine (lugols/surg prep.) gastrografin needed for CT scan. Is it safe for me to take?

Allergy: It probably wouldn't be cross reactive with gastrograffin because the allergy is not really to the iodine atom. However, if there is concern, there are alternatives to gastrograffin. For example, a diluted barium preparation, which contains no iodine, is perfectly appropriate as a CT oral contrast agent under most circumstances ...Read more

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I'm allergic to iodine my esradiol patch contains povidone Ihould I not use its?

Do you have allergy: Symptoms to IV iodinated contrast only? Because all table salt that you buy from the grocery store contains iodine, unless it expressly says it doesn't. If you have been consuming iodine from table salt, then you are not allergic to ingesting or coming into contact with it. Just to be sure you should ask your primary care provider to distinguish. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my husband is a alergic to iodine and is having a myelgram is there anything else they can give him, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my husband is a alergic to iodine and is having a myelgram is there anything else they can give him, what do you suggest?

Other drugs possible: Be sure the hospital knows and they will use something that does not have iodine in it. Trust me, they don't want anything to go wrong during the test either! ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to iodine and I get stung by a jellyfish, should I be concerned?

No: Most people with "iodine allergy" had reactions to xray contrast. This is not an actual allergy (i.e., immune reaction) to iodine, but a side effect of the chemicals in the contrast dye. Even though fish and sea life contain a relatively high amount of iodine, there is no risk for cross-reaction to the contrast material. But, you can become allergic to jellyfish themselves if stung often. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to iodine taken intravenously. Should I still have a vcug?

I'm allergic to iodine taken intravenously. Should I still have a vcug?

Okay, but...: There is no reason what no to do VCUG with iodine contrast. It is a common practice to do retrograde pyelogram (injecting iodine contrast to ureter ; kidney through a tube in cystoscope). So it's okay to do VCUG as long as not done at the time having active infection and inflammation. For detail? Ask radiologist. But note: few radiologist would not take any responsibility just like few patients. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have heart cath if I'm allergic to iodine?

How dangerous is it to have heart cath if I'm allergic to iodine?

Discuss with MD: Can be potentially life- threatening. You must discuss this situation with your physician and decide whether an alternative approach is a possibility or whether premedication is needed. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to iodine is it ok to take tartrazine.

Iodine allergy?: Iodine allergy is likely more fiction than fact. Those who react to seafood or x-ray dye are not really allergic to the iodine. Tartrazine is a yellow dye which once was considered an "allergen" but is yet another false alarm. These two are totally unrelated. ...Read more

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If someone is allergic to Iodine, is there a strong possibility they are allergic to IV dye as well?

If someone is allergic to Iodine, is there a strong possibility they are allergic to IV dye as well?

Short Ans is MAYBE: When you say IV contrast dye the word IODINE likely comes up in many minds. In other words, if we were on MEDICAL FAMILY FEUD & Richard Dawson were to say, "Name the top 5 chemicals contained in IV DYE" Well, first you'd ask to see the guy's driver's license since Dawson's been dead for awhile now. Second, you'd realize that Iodine is only ONE TYPE of IV dye but it's still good to check. Cheers! ...Read more