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Hiv Nail Salon
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
No to all: During the bad years when there was no treatment, not a single household contact became infected except by sex or needle sharing. Stop worrying -- it's as uninformed as worrying about getting a woman pregnant by sharing a swimming pool. I am sorry anyone troubled you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?
Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more
Nail fungus spread: Since nail fungus is spread by direct contact, it is very likely that this can spread from one nail to another especially on the same foot. When treating nail fungus, i recommend treating all nails. Healthy nails should be treated in addition to the infected nails in order to prevent spread of the fungus. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not a good idea.: I appreciate your desire to be ridded of head lice; but nail polish remover contains acetone--not a recommended product for use on hair. Many newer medications for head lice are now available by prescription that are superior to otc products. If you have already used otc--and failed--then call your doctor and request one of the newer rxs. You'll be thankful you did! ...Read more
Can HIV be spread at nail salon or makeup counter (try on makeup)? Lip gloss and nail polish are liquid, so virus not exposed to air. Chapped lips?
No risk, no worries: It is probable that nobody in the world ever caught HIV from something like this. If you don't have unprotected sex with partners at risk, and do not share drug injection equipment with other persons, you will never be at risk. Don't worry about any other kind of exposures. ...Read more
How to disinfect electric beard trimmer, comb, nail clipper and scissors to disinfect the bacteria from folliculitis? I cant afford expensive chemical
Below: comb, nail clipper and scissors should be washed, dried and then soaked in alcohol for 1/2 hour. The electric beard trimmer: if possible remove the head and do the same procedure as above. If not removable, clean as good as possible, then use a Qtip and dab the head with alcohol. ...Read more
Scrub soap and water: The best approach is to have separate personal items that are not shared. Very important for toothbrush and razors- place somewhere so they can't be accidentally used by others. If nail clippers get shared, soak in soapy hot water. If there was obvious blood can also leave in bleach ( one part to ten parts water). Razors have crevices that are hard to sterilize. ...Read more
My fingernails are peeling from the base near the cuticle. 8/10 nails doing this. Don't wear nail polish/false nails. Have not hurt nails. What is it?
FATIGUE EVAL: You need full EXAM AND labs. CBC/CMP/B12/FOLATE /TFTS/VITD/CRP//SED RATE//IRON STUDIES/LYME TITERS. Start a. Gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com. And high potency vitamins. Rejuvenation-science.com If a fungal infection is suspected oral and topical tx will be started ...Read more
Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?
Unlikely: It is possible to transmit infections through a cut but unlikely to come from a nail file unless it had another persons blood on it. You did the best thing which was to wash with soap and water. Anything is possible but it would be highly unlikely for you to have contracted an infection from this event. ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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