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Why Are Teratogens Dangerous
They destroy tissues: Autoimmune disorders arise from an overactive immune system in which the body attacks its own tissues. The different types & the amount of destruction that occurs depends on the kinds of tissues targeted. Some affect a single organ (as in thyroiditis) while others involve multiple areas (such as lupus). If not diagnosed & treated, these disorders progressively worsen health & may hasten death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Always: it can always be dangerous to use illicit substances. ...Read more
Foods: Anything you are allergic to of course, but most foods are relatively safe. The main thing is to stay aware from raw or improperly cooked food, improperly washed items and restrict your intake of high mercury containing fish (list of these available online). Look online for a healthy pregnancy diet to make good choices. ...Read more
Effects on fetus: Teratogenic effects are the combined consequences of consuming a harmful substance on a developing fetus. This effect may manifest itself as growth deficiency, malformation of body organs, arms or legs, mental retardation, or sometimes death to the fetus. Examples include alcohol, accutane, tobacco, chicken pox or measles during pregnancy. ...Read more
Not usually: Gallstones frequently occur during pregnancy and can become symptomatic. Despite this, surgical cure is usually held until after delivery, to avoid the side effects of an anesthetic to the fetus. Very rare instances exist where the gallbladder can become sick enough to demand emergent attention. ...Read more
Depends on how much: Anything is potentially lethal if you take too much of it , but I am not sure why you would ask such a question. If you are feeling suicidal then please get help. Also with illegal drugs you may not be getting what you think you are. Testing of samples that have been confiscated have included anything from sugar or salt to strychnine and rat poison. ...Read more
Abruption: Smoking not only causes stunted growth in the baby, but it also causes sharp rises in the mother's blood pressure. This can cause the placenta to sheer off the uterus causing an abruption. The mother could hemorrhage and the baby's blood supply is compromised. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No medication: Is absolutely safe. All have side effects in different people and side effects is what you hear about on tv. Clearly the benefits have to outweigh the risks for medications to be used. ...Read more
Not usually: First the pt should be evaluated. Labs holter and an echo should be done. Lytes thyroid and other level s should be drawn. If no obvious causes and no stimulants to blame then no other work up or treatment needed. As for the fetus, as long as no hemodynamic effects on mom then no issues with baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very safe.: Self tanning lotions are very safe. They are simply staining the top-most layers of skin a brown color. I recommend my patients use self-tanners over using tanning beds or external tanning to get color. If your skin is getting darker from sun exposure, it is a pathogenic response to sun, and means your skin cells are trying to protect their dna by producing melanin. This is never good. ...Read more
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