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#1 of 3 Old 01-04-2012, 06:32 PM - Thread Starter
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I have checked with my LC and my own Dr. Hale book and cannot find anything on this:


Sodium Hydroxide.  I have an recurring ingrown toenail that I have been a slave with going back and forth to toe doc.  I'm over going there and getting avulsions (removing the ingrown portion of the nail) and the podiatrist suggested I get this solution dabbed on to kill the root of the ingrown toenail.  She said it's on there for merely seconds and then she pours vinegar over it to stop it.  So, it's topical.  My LC said, unless baby is sucking on my toes, that it's probably fine winky.gif.


Just wanted to double check on here as I cannot find anything that says not to.  It's a chemical but it is topical and its on for seconds.  This is done after a local (the safe one - can't remember which one though).



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Isn't that the same as lye that some use when making soap?  Since it's only on for seconds, and topical like you said, I doubt it will have a chance to even get into your breastmilk.  I say go for it.

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Sodium hydroxide is lye and it is present in many of the things you already use around your baby. It is a strong base and the vinegar (acid) neutralizes it after it has done it's job. It would stay on your skin and once the vinegar is added it is harmless.

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