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Is iodine safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

It is not known whether using a topical iodine tincture is safe while you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Some experts believe that iodine can be absorbed through the skin and passes into breast milk. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using an antiseptic that contains iodine.

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What should I avoid while using iodine?
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