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Can I get diseases from touching a used bandaid

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Little if any risk: It takes a lot more blood exposure than this to have any HIV risk -- even if the child had HIV (which is extremely unlkely unless this happened in an ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Roazen
18 years experience Emergency Medicine
No.: Most germs that cause disease need a way to get in your body, either through mucous membranes (like your mouth, eyes, or genitals), by being eaten, by ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
36 years experience Podiatry
Anything is possible: But this is a very unlikely scenario for transmission of disease. Personally, i wouldn't worry about it.
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk, no worry: For at least 30 years, probably nobody in the world has caught HIV or other blood borne infections from having blood drawn or from contact with surfac ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: Fortunately, the aids virus, hiv, does not survive long outside the body, it cannot survive on a dry surface, like the top of a liquid bandaid bottle, ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Very low risk: Even if your coworker was HIV positive, there is very low risk. If you wish to remove your doubts, get a HIV nucleic acid test about 6 months after th ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
Change approach: Take the "ABX", bacitracin, neosporin, etc., and THROW THEM AWAY. STOP BANDAIDS. You are macerating the skin around the nail. You are causing a monili ... Read More
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Dr. Nicole Touchet
30 years experience Family Medicine
Bandage stuck: Try soaking the area in warm water with a small amount of Hibiclens unless you have been told to keep area dry. The soap component often helps remove ... Read More
A 15-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andres Sarraga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
See a doc: Splinters can become infected, especially in an area that has a high bacterial count (anus or inter gluteal crease) this can lead to cellulitis or ab ... Read More

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