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November 21, 2019

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Janelle Nassim, MD, Contributor

Janelle Nassim, MD, is a dermatology resident in the Harvard Combined Dermatology Residency Training Program. Her clinical interests are acne, laser and cosmetic dermatology, diet and dermatology, and accessibility and inclusion for patients with disabilities. See Full Bio
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Kristina Liu, MD, MHS, is a dermatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she serves as the director of the vitiligo clinic and director of dermatology simulation education. She received her medical degree and masters in … See Full Bio
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Mercy Mitema
November 27, 2019

Thank you, I have learn something substantial from this article.

Griselle Velázquez
November 22, 2019

Good information on something women routinely do without thinking of the possible harmful effects. Brings awareness to the risk of infection or virus and possible damage from toxins and harsh removal processes, especially with gel and powder dip manicures.

November 21, 2019

It’s important to remember the possibility of synergistic effects of toxins. So a few x-rays, MRIs, plus chronic/regular exposure to small amounts of other known toxins (formaldehyde), or say, flame retardants (required for years in furniture, et al), plus exposure to pesticides (“lawn care”, et al), other sources of outgassing formaldehyde, motor vehicle exhaust pollutants, now ubitquitous toxins like PCBs (very long lived chemical compounds), in some areas, exposure via water to old herbicides like aldicarb (long lived, used in growing potatoes), it all adds up. So maybe someone might want to reconsider undergoing any additional voluntary exposure to formaldehyde since you may already be undergoing exposure involuntarily (that you’re unaware of).

How it adds up, we don’t really know except in a very limited combinations (Agent Orange, which was a combination of herbicides plus contamination w/TCDD as a byproduct of the manufacturing process). Since the NSF, et al have less funds for funding such research and those who manufacture the compounds have zero (or negative) reason to do so, it may stay that way. All people can do is try to look out for themselves. In addition to everything else they have to do.

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