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Doctor insights on: Injection Of Alcohol Intravenously

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Why do nurses apply alcohol to the skin before giving an injection?

Why do nurses apply alcohol to the skin before giving an injection?

Kill germs but...: This is a longstanding practice that is meant to kill bacteria on the skin to reduce the chance of infection. However, many research studies suggest this is not necessary but it is still routinely done, as old habits die hard and patients are so accustomed to this that they think a nurse is irresponsible if he or she does not do this. See http://www.inmo.ie/MagazineArticle/PrintArticle/6696 ...Read more

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Why should a diabetic swab the site of insulin injections with rubbing alcohol first?

Why should a diabetic swab the site of insulin injections with rubbing alcohol first?

Prevent infection: Bacteria live on the skin surface. Alcohol kills them so the needle doesn't pick up living bacteria & deliver them under the skin where they can cause an infection (cellulitis). This is the same reason for an alcohol wipe when blood is drawn from an arm vein. Fingersticks do not generally need alcohol wipes, just a soap & water handwash. ...Read more

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Will alcohol affect an epidural injection?

Will alcohol affect an epidural injection?

Alcohol : I would suggest that you do not take alcohol within 48 hours of getting an epidural. Anything closer may affect the proceedings ...Read more

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Do you need to use alcohol to swab diphenhydramine vials before giving an IM injection?

Do you need to use alcohol to swab diphenhydramine vials before giving an IM injection?

Good idea: especially if the vial was previously opened. It is easy to do, inexpensive and may reduce the risk of an infection at the site of injection. ...Read more

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If alcohol is carcinogenic then how does percutaneous ethanol injections kill tumor cells? It seems counterintuitive

If alcohol is carcinogenic then how does percutaneous ethanol injections kill tumor cells? It seems counterintuitive

concentration: Its the concentration that matters. A small amount could be carcinogenic. A large amount is lethal to cells. ...Read more

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I received a cortisone shot alcohol based ...third one a week ago. Injection site itches...didn't the last two times. How long will it itch?

I received a cortisone shot alcohol based ...third one a week ago. Injection site itches...didn't the last two times.  How long will it itch?

Itch at injection: the cortisone injection may have occurred around a nerve - I would expect any complications to last no more than 1-2 weeks. Not sure the alcohol base is an issue. Good luck ...Read more

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How long should you avoid alcohol for after getting the gonorrhea injection?

How long should you avoid alcohol for after getting the gonorrhea injection?

No need to delay: Drinking alcohol in moderation won't hurt anything, even immediately after treatment. Major alcohol intoxication, like a major binge, could interfere with treatment, but otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Once you take Humira (adalimumab) (self injection) can you drink alcohol the next day?

Humira+Etoh: hello~ yes if you must, but if you are taking Humira (adalimumab) you must be talking other NSAIDS and thats a more cogent reason for not drinking alcohol at same time. You can live well without alcohol. Just stop it ! ...Read more

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If I am starting vitamin b12 injections, can I drink alcohol that same day?

If I am starting vitamin b12 injections, can I drink alcohol that same day?

No reason: to drink on the the day of an important injection: are you taking the B12 because of an alcoholic issue? ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol after receiving a vitamin b12 injection and if so how much?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after receiving a vitamin b12 injection and if so how much?

No: It is illegal for you to drink alcohol at your age. Alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good, ever. So stay away from alcohol. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while taking Methotrexate the same day (injection)? Also, can you drink while taking Humira (adalimumab)? I have JRA also.

Is it okay to drink alcohol while taking Methotrexate the same day (injection)? Also, can you drink while taking Humira (adalimumab)? I have JRA also.

Depends.: cannot say in your particular case, but generally, there isn't that strong of an interaction. Main issue is if it is enough alcohol to directly cause serious harm (ulcer, seizures, pancreatitis, hospitalization). The RA drugs will complicate the issue. One drink. no, not an issue. ...Read more