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Acetic Acid
Definition

What does Acetic Acid do for the body

Acetic Acid is a colorless, organic acid. It is also known as Ethanoic acid.
It is acidic in nature. It treats infections caused by Bacteria or Fungus.
It has Antifungal, Antibiotic and Antibacterial properties.
In its pure water free state, it is called Glacial Acetic Acid.
It has pungent, vinegar like smell.

It is found in Vinegar, Pickles, Ketchup, Baked Goods, Cheese, Dressings.


What are the Functions of Acetic Acid in the Body

Acetic acid treats bacterial and fungal infection in the ear canal. It does not treat an inner ear infection (also called otitis media). It works by stopping the growth of Bacteria and Fungus.
Diluted Acetic Acid is used in Iontophoresis. (A medical process used to deal excessive sweating and sports injuries)
It is used for the treatment of Head Lice and Vaginitis.


What are the Benefits of Acetic Acid

It is used to treat infections in ear canal.
It stimulates the process of metabolism of carbohydrates and fats in the body.
It is used in the diagnosis of Cervical Cancer screening.
It is used as an antiseptic and prevents bacterial infection like pseudomonas, staphylococci, enterococci, streptococci and others.
It is also used as a solvent for recrystallization to purify organic compounds.


Side Effects of Acetic Acid

Concentrated Acetic Acid is corrosive to skin. It must be handled with care to avoid skin burns, permanent eye damage, and irritation to the mucous membranes.
Prolonged skin contact with Glacial Acetic Acid may result in tissue destruction.
Skin sensitization to Acetic Acid is rare, but has occurred.

Long term, heavy consumption of Vinegar can cause:
Low Potassium Levels in Blood ( Hypokalemia )
High concentration of Renin in the Blood ( Hyperreninemia )
Reduced Bone Density ( Osteoporosis )

If ingested in its pure form, may cause serious intestinal damage, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting or shock.
If Inhaled, it may cause irritation of Eyes, Nose and Throat.


Note:

Ingested: If neat or pure form of Acetic Acid is ingested, do not induce vomiting. If victim is unconscious, do not administer any mouth-to-mouth recovery. Loosen any tight clothing. Seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms appear.

Inhaled: If pure form or neat Acetic Acid is inhaled, seek fresh air and medical attention immediately. If breathing is difficult, administer oxygen. If breathing is absent, give artificial respiration.
 
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