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Doctor insights on: What Do Nail Polish Fumes Do To You

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What do nail polish fumes do to you?

What do nail polish fumes do to you?

Potentially danger!: Have you been sniffing the fumes? Unlike clorox fumes, nail polish is made from petroleum distillates which can be extremely toxic to your brain among other things. Always use in a well ventilated area and keep your nose out of the bottle! ...Read more

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What exactly are the nervous systems damages associated with acetone and nail polish fumes/inhalation?

What exactly are the nervous systems damages associated with acetone and nail polish fumes/inhalation?

Varies: Incidental exposure, as in removing nail polish, is unlikely to cause any problems. Intentional "huffing" of acetone causes multiple nervous system problems including brain damage. It can also cause sudden cardiac death. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have my one year old daughter around fumes like....Nail polish, nail polish remover etc.

Is it safe to have my one year old daughter around fumes like....Nail polish, nail polish remover etc.

Best to be safe.: I would try to keep children away from as many types of fumes as possible. They can irritate the linings of the nose and lungs and are often allergenic to young children. ...Read more

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Spilled acetone on tv remote, the back melted and smelled very bad. Any dangers from inhaling those fumes? Also mixed w nail polish fumes

Spilled acetone on tv remote, the back melted and smelled very bad. Any dangers from inhaling those fumes? Also mixed w nail polish fumes

No worries: Never use nail polish remover nor acetone around anything plastic. Spills happen, and plastics get ruined. That said, as long as a person is not intentionally sniffing, and as long as there is adequate airflow, typical nail polish remover acetone odors from normal home use of those products don't cause problems. ...Read more

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Which chemicals are in nail polish?

Which chemicals are in nail polish?

Nail polish: Numerous chemicals are in nail polish and the chemicals vary with the different products e.g. Nirocellulose, ethyl acetate, resins, plasticizers, solvent, coloring agents, adhesive poymers, formaldehydes, camphor, pigments, thickening agents, toluene, sylene and the list goes on and on.
Anyone using nail polish should use products from companies that formulate responsibly and have a good reputation. ...Read more

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Need tips on a quick way for drying nail polish?

Need tips on a quick way for drying nail polish?

Nail polish: This question would probably be better suited for a beautician (vice a physician). ...Read more

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Are there safer alternatives to nail polish remover?

Are there safer alternatives to nail polish remover?

Nail polish: Acetone free nail polish removers exist that may be less noxious
also there are buffing systems that shine up the nails so you don't need to use nail polish. ...Read more

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I spilled a lot of nail polish remover on myself. Should I be concerned?

I spilled a lot of nail polish remover on myself. Should I be concerned?

Nail polish remover: Is it an acetone or a non-acetone nail polish remover? Acetone is a little more toxic. But - I would just wash the area with soap and warm water. Will likely not cause any problems. Take care. ...Read more

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My wife's mouth tastes like nail polish?

My wife's mouth tastes like nail polish?

Is she diabetic?: Usually seen in Diabetic ketoacidosis, when ones blood sugar is very high. Is dangerous and can result in DKA comas. Suggest see GP
or ER immediately. ...Read more

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Would white nail polish turn teeth white as well?

Would white nail polish turn teeth white as well?

No: White nail polish is not formulated for oral use. It will not adhere in a moist environment, it is toxic, and it can damage your oral soft tissue. Do not use in oral environment. Your local dentist will know best what is clinically right for your teeth. Many dentists have a 'no charge' consult. Take care... ...Read more

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Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Not the good polish: An underlying nail fungus is usually the culprit, and using nail polish may exacerbate the fungus. Most good polishes will not harm the nails, and in fact can act as a protectant. ...Read more

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Will die if we drank nail polish remover?

Nail polish remover: Depends on the quantity. A little can make you very sick. A lot can kill you. Really bad idea to drink it. ...Read more

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Could you have lead poisoning from nail polish?

Could you have lead poisoning from nail polish?

No: There are potentially toxic materials in SOME nail polishes, toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. The industry has been moving away from these chemicals and coming up with non toxic formulations. Nail polish manufactured in the United States does not have lead. There has been lead found in polish from Taiwan. ...Read more

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Is it okay to swallow some dried nail polish bits?

Is it okay to swallow some dried nail polish bits?

Swallowing dried: Nail polish is not good. If you do a tiny bit by accident no worries. If you have a habit of doing that you can poison yourself. That habit may be some OCD that you need treatment for. Start w/a visit to your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What would happen my tongue jut the tip touch nail polish?

What would happen my tongue jut the tip touch nail polish?

Bad taste: You should not ingest finger nail polish, but touching with tongue may cause bad taste and a colorful tongue. ...Read more

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Is it pica, or is it normal to crave nail polish, paint or permanent markers?

Is it pica, or is it normal to crave nail polish, paint or permanent markers?

Possibly Pica: I am not sure from your question, but when you use the word "crave" to indicate that you ingest these items, then pica is a definite possibility. However, if you are saying that you "crave" these odors, then you are not referring to pica. Problems with pica requires the actual ingestion of items that would be considered inedible. If you are doing this, then it would be important to get evaluated. ...Read more

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I sometimes get this overwhelming urge to sniff nail polish. What is the reason behind this?

I sometimes get this overwhelming urge to sniff nail polish. What is the reason behind this?

Our brains seek: Our brains are always seeking pleasure. Your body feels that sniffing nail polish is pleasurable so you want to do it. ...Read more

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Could a single, accidental whiff of nail polish that is then immediately thereafter coughed out cause any harm?

Could a single, accidental whiff of nail polish that is then immediately thereafter coughed out cause any harm?

I doubt it: Most nail polish now does not contain formaldehyde. It would be unlikely that you inhaled much if anything taking one whiff, but if you are not feeling well I would check with your doctor ...Read more

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I painted my toes and don't know how far along I am didn't know it could be harmful should I remove the nail polish?

I painted my toes and don't know how far along I am didn't know it could be harmful should I remove the nail polish?

Nail Polish: There have been no reported incidents of any adverse effects on the outcome of a healthy pregnancy due to manicures or pedicures. But fda reports show that chemicals in nail polish can cause rashes, and poisoning if ingested. ...Read more

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Painted my nails a pink color, 2 wks ago, nails tips started looking a little green, it's almost a new nail polish so why? Can I paint my nails again?

Painted my nails a pink color, 2 wks ago, nails tips started looking a little green, it's almost a new nail polish so why? Can I paint my nails again?

Fungal infection: If you went to a salon that does not properly clean the equipment, fungal infections very common- you should always bring your own tools to any salon. If green then cut the ends off and buy an anti fungal that you put under your nails ...Read more

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I have a reoccuring white appearance from edge of all nails which clears when gel or nail polish is applied but when the nails is exposed it reappears?

I have a reoccuring white appearance from edge of all nails which clears when gel or nail polish is applied but when the nails is exposed it reappears?

Finger nail whitenes: There are certain conditions like a superficial nail fungus which can make a bright white spot on the top the nail, , which polish would naturally cover this area. You must see your dermatologist or your regular physician to see if this is a possible fungus or some other condition. ...Read more

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Why should I not have nail polish on my toes if I am having surgery on my ankle?

Why should I not have nail polish on my toes if I am having surgery on my ankle?

Nail polish: For a number of reasons but namely because chipped polish or irregularities in the polish including some of the common adornments like rhinestones can harbor bacteria which can contaminate the surgical site and increase infection risk. ...Read more

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Does nail polish remover kill headlice?

Does nail polish remover kill headlice?

Not a good idea.: I appreciate your desire to be ridded of head lice; but nail polish remover contains acetone--not a recommended product for use on hair. Many newer medications for head lice are now available by prescription that are superior to otc products. If you have already used otc--and failed--then call your doctor and request one of the newer rxs. You'll be thankful you did! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use nail polish on your hands?

Is it safe to use nail polish on your hands?

YES, but...: Why would you? It is designed for use on nails and doesn't feel so good on the hands. Sort of like superglue, only not so nasty that it sticks you to yourself. ...Read more

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Can nail polish be harmful? Turns my nails yellow.

No, just annoying: Yellow nails can be caused by several things, including some medical conditions. When it comes to nail polish, though, the yellowing is a result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from the polish. Dark red pigments are most likely to stain your nails, so try a lighter red, or a different color altogether. ...Read more

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Can nail polish on the penis lead to harmful consequences?

Can nail polish on the penis lead to harmful consequences?

No: This seems extremely unlikely to trigger allergy or anything troublesome. Do remember that the skin here is a little bit more delicate than elsewhere. ...Read more

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Is nail polish toxic to children if they lget some in their tongue?

Is nail polish toxic to children if they lget some in their tongue?

Probably not: Not likely. But how did you get in this situation in the first place? Small amounts of polish are not likely to be toxic if only a one -time deal. ...Read more

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What do yellow nails mean...I usually wear nail polish 7 days a week.?

What do yellow nails mean...I usually wear nail polish 7 days a week.?

Yellow nails: Fingernails that are yellow can be an indication of a medical disorder in some cases. These include liver disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and nutritional deficiencies, most notably iron and zinc. Although most cases of yellow nails are not caused by an internal disorder, underlying medical problems should be ruled out if your nails have suddenly changed in color. Simple blood test. ...Read more