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A 38-year-old female asked:

can you transmit cold sores via inanimate objects (toys, shirt collars)? if you don't wash hands, touch something and a toddler then touches it?

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Dr. Susanne Gee
Dermatology 26 years experience
No: Scientific studies confirm that a person can only receive this virus via skin to skin contact with someone who has this virus (herpes).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Cold sores can be spread by touching cold sores (for instance if person with cold sore touches it with their hand - the herpes simplex virus can be spread further from there), kissing, sharing glasses, silverwear, toothbrushes or other personal items.

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If my baby was exposed to hand, foot, and mouth syndrome, when will she show symptoms?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
3-6 days: The incubation period from exposure to illness for coxsackie virus infection (hand, foot and mouth) is 3-6 days. It is contagious, especially for infants and toddlers. Usual symptoms are fever, irritability and sore throat. Blisters on the hands and feet can occur, but often do not. See your baby's doctor for a diagnosis.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

If I have back acne, should I use face wash on my back?

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Dr. Karen Han
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Yes: Yes, you can treat acne on your back with any of the over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acne wash. Be ware that some people are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, so if you experience any itchy rash, see your doctor.
A 54-year-old male asked:

Pain in leg vains and swelling painfull to the touch?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Phlebitis & others: Pain and inflammation of the leg veins is called phlebitis. When this occurs it can be painful to the touch. The worrisome condition for which you need to get checked is a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis, dvt). This can be checked with a duplex ultrasound of your leg veins to make sure there is flow that is not blocked by a clot in your vein. There are many reasons for swelling so get checked!
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I am noticing small red rash on my feet and hands. Mainly on my big toes and ony palms. Any suggestion to what it is?

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Depends on your hist: It all depends on your medical history. Your medical history (how this all developed, what medical issues you normally have, what medicines you take, lifestyle considerations), is what lets your doctor know what risk factors you have and allows him/her to narrow the list of possibilities down and come up with just a few possible diagnoses to choose from. Looking at the rash helps too.
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A 42-year-old female asked:

Last night I had major tingling all over the palm or my right hand. I do computer based work all day and ipad at night. Is this carpal..?

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Dr. Clarence Wimberly
Specializes in Family Medicine
Hand numbness: There is a good chance that what you are describing is carpal tunnel syndrome. If this continues wear a wrist splint at night. If this does not solve the numbness then you need to discuss this with your doctor.

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