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germs are everywhere and everything we touch.. would it be ok if we don't wash hands after each object we touch?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Varadarajan Subbiah
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Yes: Routine hand washing is good personal hygience, however it would be unnecessary to wash hands after every object you touch. If you find yourself washing your hand after every thing you touch, this maybe a sign of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Hand washing or cleansing with hand sanitizer is good after touching known/ suspected contaminated surfaces—like bathroom door handles, telephones, water faucets, pens (other than your own). Don't wash after every touch, but do try to keep hands away from eyes, nose, mouth.
Jan 15, 2013

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Can I pump breast milk by hand?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Yes: Yes, though it's a hassle and can get uncomfortable. If you're going to be pumping regularly, you probably want an electric pump.
A member asked:

Why aren't my child's hands being affected by poison oak or poison ivy?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not all folks get it: Only about 80% of people are sensitive to the irritant effects of urushiol, the chemical in the resin of these plants that binds to the skin and causes that darn, itchy rash so many of us know. That means your kids are part of the "lucky 20" - the 20% or so of folks who can roll around in poison ivy or oak and walk away with nary an itch.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
The skin of the palms may not react to pioson ivy like the rest of the skin do to its thickness .
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Why does my hands up to my elbow keep going numb and tingly. Also it seems to happen more when i'm driving and sleeping it wakes me up numerous times.?

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Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Pinched nerve: Pinched nerve at the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome) is a common cause for such symptoms. However other causes of peripheral neuropathy should be considered and ruled out by history, physical exam and some blood tests. Diabetes, thyroid disease and some medications are common causes. I suggest you discuss with your pcp.
A 48-year-old male asked:

I have started feeling growth under my right nipple for the last one and half year when toucvhed it pains sharpely. There is no oain wothout touching

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Dr. Nicholas Martin
Family Medicine 49 years experience
MALE OR FEMALE ?: Males can convert testosterone to estrogen, especially if they have stored fat.This estrogen can stimulate the male breast to hypertrophy state with pain. Females can have blocked ducts, cysts, tumors and over stimulation with especially during puberty.
A 48-year-old member asked:

After having a hand transplant does the new hand retain it's fingerprints?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Just as it retains its bones and blood vessels the donor skin remains. Therefore the hand will retain the same fingerprints.

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