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Pregnant inhaled Purell. Will it harm baby?

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Hi!
Is inhaling Purell (by mistake a couple of times) going to hurt my baby?
10 weeks pregnant
Posted Sun, 29 Apr 2012 in Pregnancy
 
 
Answered by Dr. Puneet Oberoi 1 hour later
Hello XXXXXXX
Well to begin with the active ingredient in Purell is ethanol. Ethanol does have adverse effect of the foetus when its CONSUMED. Inhalation a few times will not cause any damage to your baby as the exposed quantity is low, however I strongly recommend you that you should stop this practice of inhaling Purell.
Take care of yourself

I will be available to answer your follow up queries as well.
Take care
Regards
D.Puneet Oberoi
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Follow-up: Pregnant inhaled Purell. Will it harm baby? 37 minutes later
I did not inhale it as a hobby.
I put it on at work because I always snack and I am always touching files & papers.
I felt that today I put on too much and I breathed into it. BY MISTAKE. And this is probably not the first time, but the first I was aware.
So my question is, is it still OK?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Puneet Oberoi 9 minutes later
Hello XXXXXXX ,
Yes I did mention in my replay that everything is all OK, as the exposed quantity is very less to cause any damage to your baby.
So don't worry there is ABSOLUTELY nothing to be concerned.
Take care
Regards
D.Puneet Oberoi
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