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A 16-year-old female asked:

my boyfriend was diagnosed with mrsa am i still aloud to hug him and hold his hand?

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Dr. Akua Agyeman
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: It will be ok. Just observe good hygiene practices.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Depends: MRSA is a type of bacteria. Not a diagnosis. No answer possible without details. If you culture the nose or skin it is very common to find MRSA on perfectly normal people. You might already be colonized yourself.

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What does it mean to express milk by hand?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Pumping by hand: Hand expressing means pumping milk from a breast without using a pump. The woman takes a warm shower or applies a warm cloth to her breast for a few minutes. Then she massages her breast by encircling her breast with both hands at the chest wall and slowly squeezing the breast in towards the nipple. After a couple of minutes, the breast will start discharging milk and this can caught in a cup.
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When will my baby be able to transfer objects between hands?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
4 Months Old: Most infants will transfer objects from hand to hand around 4 months old, however there is some normal variation in development. If you have any concerns with your child's development, you should notify your pediatrician.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why does my baby chew on his hands?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Exploration: Babies explore their world with their mouths. Also, their hands are the first things they can get to their mouths. The two fit hand in glove to create an important developmental milestone. It can also be a sign of teething, and something infants do to soothe themselves.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to use nail polish while pregnant?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: It is fine to get your nails done or do them at home. Be sure to be in a well ventilated area with lots of air movement so the fumes aren't overwhelming.
A 39-year-old male asked:

Why is my right thumb numb?

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Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Numb thumb: There too many possibilities to discuss in 400 characters. The nerve pathway goes from your brain through your neck and down your arm to your thumb. The problem could be anywhere along the way. It could be as simple as pressure on the digital nerve from sleeping the wrong way to a brain tumor. If you are concerned i suggest you get it looked at by a physician.

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