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Doctor insights on: Merthiolate Poisoning

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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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Allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate, what to do?

Allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate, what to do?

Avoidance: Thimerosal is a common contact allergy, and typically causes rashes. If you have this allergy, it is important to avoid all products containing this substance. Check labels carefully. If a rash develops a corticosteroid cream can shorten the duration. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives if I have an allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate?

What are some alternatives if I have an allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate?

Avoidance: If it is a true allergy, you should avoid it. I assume the question is in regard to vaccines like the flu shot. There are thimerosal free doses of influenza vaccine that should be safe. ...Read more

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Since tincture merthiolate, iodine, or mecreocochrome is not recommended for use anymore, what is a good medication for minor cuts. Thank you, john?

Maybe nothing: The best thing is to keep the wound clean by washing with soap and water 2-3 times/day. If you want to put something on it, Bacitracin ointment can be purchased without a prescription and should be fine. ...Read more

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Will betadine disinfectant work on my cuts like merthiolate and mercuricrome used to?

Will betadine disinfectant work on my cuts like merthiolate and mercuricrome used to?

Good for cleansing: I am not sure that mercurochrome has ever been shown to be beneficial to healing despite it's widespread use. While betadine is outstanding for cleaning a wound due it's ability to kill bacteria and fungus, it's continued use will likely slow down healing and should only be used for short term purposes in actively infected wounds. ...Read more

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Does anyone remember mercurochrome iodine or merthiolate and are they still manufactured?

Does anyone remember mercurochrome iodine or merthiolate and are they still manufactured?

Not available: Mercurachrome was removed from the market years ago due to its mecury component, and i believe merthiolate was removed due to possible risks of its alcohol content and lack of benefit of healing. ...Read more

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How do you get lead poisoning?

How do you get lead poisoning?

Many possibilities. : Lead was used as an additive to paints used in home building years ago & the inhalation of paint dust during renovations, or kids chewing on cribs painted with lead paint provided some. Exposure to clothes of someone working in around lead (battery reclamation) or that from lead paint on decorative dishes were also common. Removal of lead from many of these products has reduced public risk. ...Read more

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How can you get lead poisoning?

Lead in environment: Sources of lead include old paint (babies chewing on windowsills); soil near a highway; pottery with lead based glaze (usually imported); and some toys have been found to have lead based paint (again- imported. Lead based paint is no longer used in the US. ...Read more

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