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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes, common: As the blood dries and hemoglobin oxidizes, it will look darker red to brown to black.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Probably not: assuming you have no skin breaks yourself, the odds of catching something in this situation is very unlikely. It would be good to wash off well at the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andreas Kogelnik
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Yes, dried blood can carry infectious viruses and other pathogens. Universal precautions (gloves, handwashing) should always be used when handling bl ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Bates
35 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: It is normal to have some dried blood on one's skin when one awakens from surgery. Attempts to clean the wound and the surrounding tissues and skin af ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erin Robertson
18 years experience General Practice
Depends...: Totally depends on the pathogen. Encapsulated viruses generally last longer than enveloped viruses, and bacteria like Staph aureus (MRSA) lasts seemin ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: any germ that was in the blood was probably killed by the drying. Good idea though always to wear foot protection (at least flip flops) when scrubbin ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Earl Sandroff
42 years experience Dentistry
Blood oxidizes: Blood has iron in it. The heme factor causes blood to darken as it is exposed to air. That's why blood looks fake in the movies but we like to see r ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Really no: The danger from this sort of thing is so low that it can't be measured. The HIV virus is a total wimp and dies with the blood cells that carry it.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Crabb
45 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Polyp? Cyst?: Several options exist. See you gynecologist.

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