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Dr. Hollis Potter
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Lactic Acid (Overview)

Lactic acid is a skin-related agent.


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What is lactic acid?

What is lactic acid?

Product of glucose: Metabolism. It is an intermediate in the metabolism of glucose and accumulates in the body if it cannot be completely broken down due to lack of oxygen or insulin. See this site for more info.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/lactic-acid-blood-test. ...Read more

Dr. Hollis Potter
677 doctors shared insights

Lactic Acid (Overview)

Lactic acid is a skin-related agent.


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I'm on accutane. I use baby liquid soap 2 times/wk which has ingredients (in 100ml):lactic acid=1g, lactoserum atomisat=0.93g. The ph=3.5. Is it safe?

I'm on accutane. I use baby liquid soap 2 times/wk which has ingredients (in 100ml):lactic acid=1g, lactoserum atomisat=0.93g. The ph=3.5. Is it safe?

Safe: Generally, the baby soaps are formulated to be safe for the sensitive skin of a baby, and should be fine for you to use as well. There are no contraindications with the baby soap and Accutane use either that I am aware of. ...Read more

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What are the effects of too much lactic acid?

Depends on the cause: Lactic acidosis is associated with a variety of conditions, including: shock, liver disease, kidney failure, medications (e.g. Metformin), some inborn errors of metabolism, etc. It's not so much the effects of the lactic acid; symptoms are usually the result of the underlying problem, and dealing with that underlying problem is the primary goal. ...Read more

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What is lactic acid?

Product of glucose: Metabolism. It is an intermediate in the metabolism of glucose and accumulates in the body if it cannot be completely broken down due to lack of oxygen or insulin. See this site for more info.
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/lactic-acid-blood-test. ...Read more

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How much lactic acid is too much?

How much lactic acid is too much?

Small amount: Lactic acid build up can occur from a variety of causes. Most times this is a limited disturbance due to a severe illness in hospitalized patients (sepsis or liver failure). It can also occur during aggressive exercise, but is generally never severe enough to require medical attention. ...Read more

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How does massage clear lactic acid ?

Increase circulation: Massage will increase local blood flow and will help with lymphatic system movement as well. These effects can help clear Lactic Acid faster. ...Read more

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How can I remove lactic acid from my body?

Variable: Lactic acid is normal but to avoid it you must exercise in an aerobic zone. Anaerobic zones will produce Lactic Acid build up. If you have soreness, gentle walk, ride or lighter exercise will help dissipate your lactic acid. Contact me for help with zones. ...Read more

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What are the effects of too much lactic acid?

Depends on the cause: Lactic acidosis is associated with a variety of conditions, including: shock, liver disease, kidney failure, medications (e.g. Metformin), some inborn errors of metabolism, etc. It's not so much the effects of the lactic acid; symptoms are usually the result of the underlying problem, and dealing with that underlying problem is the primary goal. ...Read more

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In which kinds of food can I find lactic acid?

Sour milk: This is the acid that makes milk go sour, and is found in sour/acid milk-based products. It's also the stuff that your muscle generate during aerobic exercise. It's not a nutrient. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the lactic acid effect in side our body?

Compensatory: Many things can cause an increased production of Lactic Acid in our bodies. When our oxygen levels or delivery of oxygen are lower than what we need, our bodies will produce lactic acid. They may increase with strenuous exercise or by serious conditions such as sepsis, heart failure, or shock. Also a medication used to control glucose in diabetics called metformin may increase our lactic acid. ...Read more

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What is an easy way to cure lactic acid problem?

Don't stop: So, Lactic Acid builds up from working out - exercising. If you stop rather than go through a cool down period - it will build up and cause pain. You need to - if a runner - go to a slow run/jog/walk at the end of your run - to continue good blood flow and removal of the lactic acid. ...Read more

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What really helps destroying lactic acid build up?

Increased blood flow: Lactic acid levels rise when blood flow is decreased, as in shock. Increasing blood flow with fluids and drugs will restore normal metabolism and clearance of elevated blood Lactic Acid levels. In fact, we monitor the blood levels of Lactic Acid 2 adjust and determine effectiveness of shock treatment in the intensive care unit.
Dr. Mike. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are lactic acid peels safe for teenagers?

Can you tell me are lactic acid peels safe for teenagers?

No they're not: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the peels before reaching FULL adulthood can be dangerous to the still developing skin. The skin has not reached its full thickness even during the teen years yet, so doing a peel could take it down too far in the skin layers and expose layers of the skin that should not be exposed. This can lead to severe pain, infection, poor healing and disfigurement. ...Read more

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I'm curious what could happen to untreated "lactic acid"?

Needs to be treated: Lactic acid is produced by tissues/ cells that are not getting enough oxygen. The most common cause is due to patient's blood pressure being so low that organs such bowel/ kidneys/ brain are not getting enough oxygen. This always has to be treated, as it can be life threatening. Cause of low blood pressure needs to investigated, however quite often is due to an infection causing severe sepsis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are lactic acid peels safe for teenagers?

Can you tell me, are lactic acid peels safe for teenagers?

Yes: But done under the right conditions by an experienced provider. Home use of chemical peels in teenagers should not be recommended ...Read more

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What does lactic acid test show? What do abnormal results mean?

What does lactic acid test show? What do abnormal results mean?

The main use: of Lactic acid in the medical setting is to diagnose the presence of Sepsis or bloodborne infection. Due to poor distribution of oxygen at the tissue level in the presence of infection, lactic acid is over- produced by affected cells. ...Read more

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What exercise i can do to reduce or slow down lactic acid build up?

No specific one: Lactate buildup is a normal metabolic event. Problem/pain happens when you do too much too fast which decreases our ability of our body to metabolize (get rid of) it. Just know your limitations and listen to your body. Once you get more and more into shape, you will have lass and less build up and will be able to tolerate more time exercising. ...Read more

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Does low pH levels causes more lactic acid build up during practice?

Does low pH levels causes more lactic acid build up during practice?

Other way around: Lactic acid build up can cause a low ph in the blood. Lactic acid builds up when you switch to anaerobic metabolism when your muscles (usually) run out of fuel. It typically causes burning in your muscles. Staying well fueled during prolonged exercise can help prevent Lactic Acid build up. ...Read more

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What is the function of lactic acid in the body? If depleted what happens?

Probably Nothing: Lactic acid is the byproduct of your cells when they metabolize sugars without oxygen. This is what happens when you go for a long run... Lactic acid accumulates in your tired muscles and causes a burning sensation. If depleted, probably not much happens... Lactic acid can accumulate for lots of other reasons too, but generally related to a lack of oxygen. ...Read more

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When i work out lactic acid builds up in seconds and lasts for duration of exercise. It's more excessive than normal. Why i get this + what can I do?

Hydrate: Try hydrating well before & during exercise. You may have a metabolic issue that is is genetic. Is this a new problem? Are you taking medications? ...Read more

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Why may I need a lactic acid dehydrogenase level?

Too many reasons: Ldh is a non-specific test. More information is needed to answer this question. ...Read more

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I have a knob in my shoulder is this lactic acid?

No: Lactic acid, although we say "a build up of lactic acid" , etc, does not make a bump or knob. You could have a muscle spasm of some sorts or another injury such as a muscle tear. ...Read more

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What's the correlation between lactic acid and anxiety?

What's the correlation between lactic acid and anxiety?

Lactate and panic: For years, lactate or Lactic Acid was used as an experimental model in humans to trigger panic. Exercise releases Lactic Acid from muscles and 1/3 of people with panic get worse with exercise because of the lactic acid. 1/3 feel no different and 1/3 feel better. ...Read more

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How can I increase lactic acid tolerance for lacrosse and mile time?

Interval training: During training you need to maintain a constant aerobic level with intermittent high intensity bursts. After these bursts do not stop or slow down but go back to an aerobic level so that your body can adapt to metabolizing lactic acid while maintaining the aerobic capacity. Example: if you run 6 miles at an aerobic pace of 8-9 min/mile, do 30 second intervals at 6 min/mile but dont slow to 10 min/ ...Read more

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How do I treat uneven skin? I have Asian skin & the discoloration is creating an ugly line, division of dark & fair. I tried lactic acid, not helping.

How do I treat uneven skin? I have Asian skin & the discoloration is creating an ugly line, division of dark & fair. I tried lactic acid, not helping.

Hydroquinone: The best treatment for uneven skin is hydroquinone (hq). It is great for freckles, sun damage, and can help scars. Do not use on moles or anything you're unsure of. The highest strength available otc is 2%. It is not very effective. For something more effective (4-10%), visit your dermatologist. ...Read more