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What should I know before using coal tar?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

You should not apply coal tar to inflamed, broken, or infected skin.

If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or may be pregnant, coal tar may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, coal tar products may not be good options for you. It is not known if they can be passed into breast milk.

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