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Risk of high VOC STAIN exposure in pregnancy.

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I am 8 weeks pregnant and very worried. 2 weeks ago my husband and I stained some furniture. After about 3 hours of exposure indoors with the windows open ( only actually stained for 20 min) I realized that I shouldn't be doing it. We moved the table outdoors and my husband finished the project. The stain was high voc stain ( bought it before I knew I was pregnant and didn't even realize it was high voc). My husband finished the job outside and let it air out a few days before bringing it in. Now that it's in my apartment I am a) still worried about the initial exposure and b) just started worrying about any toxins it could still be releasing? Should I be worried? What do you recommend?

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Patient replied :

Dr. Sabastian,
Thank you so much for your reassurance. Sometimes, my anxiety really gets to me and reassurance from a professional is all that can ease my mind. I had a hysterectomy (they took everything but my ovaries) in June, and I've noticed an increase in hair all over my body since then. Not sure if it's because of the hysterectomy or because of the fact that I am starting menapause. I was having some odd bleeding and my doctor felt it best that we go ahead and do the hysterectomy which showed a few polyps and a cyst. Everything was benign. I've also lost 60 pounds over the last year (I needed to to be at my healthy weight) and exercise a lot. I think that all of these things could also be contributing to the excess hair growth. I've just really noticed it on that one nipple. Don't laugh, but my husband (who is wonderful) was laughing tonight when I was writing you and said that it looked like my right boob had a mohawk. I quickly hit him in the head with a pillow. He keeps this nervous girl from going nuts with anxiety, along with professionals like you. Now, if I can just live through two teenage daughters, I will be set! Thank you again for your help! Sincerely, Robin


Thank you for the follow up.
Well as you mentioned, you've noticed the excessive hair since several years. While a hysterectomy can have many side effects, unilateral excessive hair growth is not one of them. However, if it reassures you any further, I would be happy to take a look at a picture to confirm that the difference in hair growth doesn't warrant further concern. You can upload the picture here or to [email protected] with the assurance that your information is kept confidential.
Hope this helps, feel free to discuss further


Patient replied :

I have actually plucked them all out, so there is nothing to see right now. I am very comfortable with your answer. I've always been hairy, I think I just get the "breast cancer scare" as I get older when things don't seem symetrical. You've assured me that hair on a breast is not indicative of any type of breast cancer, and I completely trust you. I have my yearly mammogram in 2 months, so wish me luck! You are correct, I am VERY religious at checking my breasts monthly and doing my yearly mammograms. My anxiety just gets in my way sometimes. Thanks for your help! You are a blessing! Robin


Hello,
Thank you for your kind words.
I think that you are already doing the right thing by getting a yearly mammogram and keeping yourself updated with regards to your health. Great job taking such good care of yourself & Good luck
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Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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