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My shampoo has coltsfoot extract in it; what are the risks of absorption of this into my bloodstream?
Coltsfoot: The overuse of coltsfoot has reported to cause hepatic veno-occlusive diseases. The reason of this disorder is the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in coltsfoot. Therefore it is recommended that liver patients should avoid it. It should also be completely avoided by pregnant ladies and nursing mothers. ...Read more
I found out I am 5 weeks preg. I was on meds prior to finding out. I used coltsfoot tea, allegra, singular, mucinex, nasonex (mometasone). Will this harm the fetus?
Probably not: Singulair and Guaifenesin (mucinex, not with d) are quite safe. Allegra is a pregnancy class c drug, but there don't seem to be no known bad side effects. Nasonex (mometasone) is fine. Coltsfoot tea has been banned in some countries because it contains tiny amounts of chemicals that can cause liver damage and cancer. Still, the tea may be safe, but the fda has determined the have indeterminate safety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am pregnant; could the herbal ingredients in my shampoo (tea tree oil, coltsfoot extract, nettle) affect my baby?
Sweet Syndrome: Also known as neutrophilic dermatitis. Syndrome seems to be a hypersensitivity reaction to a foreign antigen - infection, tumor, or a medication. Symptoms typically arise about two weeks after exposure and include tender, brightly erythematous, edematous, and inflamed papules, plaques, and nodules. ...Read more
Just don't eat,: I know, easier said than done. But to avoid candy, which is really really tasty, you just have to have a lot of will power. Candy is tasty and inexpensive and everywhere. You just have to accept that candy is unhealthy and avoid it as much as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genetics: We are programmed to recognize sweets in food and the taste is genetically pleasing to us. This has survival value in times of deprivation but is a shortcut to diabetes and obesity in times of plenty. Sweets can also provide a comforting feeling when other aspects of our life are not ideal. ...Read more