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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
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Would a pin prick cut from pointy scissors with vcjd contaminated blood on them be infectious?

Yes, need follow up: Vcjd, or variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease is a prion based disease belonging to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies that result in progressive neurologic deficits. The incubation period for transmission of vcjd by blood transfusion to the development of the disease is 6-8 years after blood transfusion. Since there is no treatment, you should see a neurologist for follow up. ...Read more

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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?

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

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HepC risk.I have pimples,open wound on scalp as i wear wig.barber use hair trimmer machine to shave scalp for wig.machine had blood of previous client?

HepC risk.I have pimples,open wound on scalp as i wear wig.barber use hair trimmer machine to shave scalp for wig.machine had blood of previous client?

Small possibility: While it would be very hard to transmit HCV in that manner, if there were fresh blood on the instrument and it was contaminated with infected blood containing HCV which then came in contact with a cut or opening in your skin, then it could theoretically occur. Get your blood tested and if negative, perhaps you can shave at home with your own dedicated hair trimmer. ...Read more

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In lasik eye surgery, do they put cuts like cutting a pizza?

In lasik eye surgery, do they put cuts like cutting a pizza?

No: You are thinking of radial keratotmy, or rk, an older technique pretty much abandoned since the advent of laser vision correction / lasik. Laser reshapes cornea without deep cuts or scars. ...Read more

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18w pregnant. Used same knife that cut fully cooked cheeseburger 4 mayo. Still using mayo. Now worried. Will this make baby sick?Terrified of listeria

18w pregnant. Used same knife that cut fully cooked cheeseburger 4 mayo. Still using mayo. Now worried. Will this make baby sick?Terrified of listeria

Listeriosis: It is unlikely that you will acquire listeria infection in the manner in which you have described, and this is not likely to be making your baby sick. Pregnant women: typically experience only a mild, flu-like illness with listerial infection, but if it occurs they and the baby can be damaged, but what you describe is not a likely scenario. ...Read more

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Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Can rusty old school scissors cause tetanus?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud ; dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken ; the booster is simple ; readily available. ...Read more

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Would one catch hiv/aids from a razor blade cut?

Would one catch hiv/aids from a razor blade cut?

Yes and no: Keep in mind that to infect someone there 1-has to be HIV virus, 2-enough virus to transmit infection and 3-have an entry into another human. So..Having said this..Technically speaking yes its possible. Has there been documented cases..Not to my knowledge. Other viruses like hep c is far more likely to be spread like that. Remember the HIV virus dies rather quickally outside the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Is it enough to clean my grooming tools(nail clippers, scissors etc.)with a paper towel and spray them with some isopropyl or denatured alcohol?

Is it enough to clean my grooming tools(nail clippers, scissors etc.)with a paper towel and spray them with some  isopropyl  or denatured alcohol?

Do a bit better: Please wash your utensils with soap and water and then soak in alcohol. It is preferable to get the sanitazion formulas from a beauty equipment store and after thoroughly cleaning soaking in that liquid. Do not share utensils with others. Fungal infections come from this behavior. ...Read more

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I wear wig which cause pimples,open wound on scalp.barber use hair trimmer machine to shave scalp for wig.machine had blood of previous client.hep C??

I wear wig which cause pimples,open wound on scalp.barber use hair trimmer machine to shave scalp for wig.machine had blood of previous client.hep C??

You tell us: Is your barber cleaning their equipment or not? We are not there to verify. This improbably scenario does not need to be asked about. You have repeatedly asked us this question here. It is time to move on or to ask a new question. ...Read more

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Can most pediatritions offices do stitches? My 1yo's chin wound glue failed, wound reopened but not bleeding. Was hoping to avoid hospital visit.

Can most pediatritions offices do stitches? My 1yo's chin wound glue failed, wound reopened but not bleeding. Was hoping to avoid hospital visit.

Mine always did: I routinely did stitches in my office for simple issues like the one you describe. However, if it has been more than a day since the wound, they may not want to suture it.Closing a wound that late can lead to complications.Sometimes they just let them heal if minor. Call ahead to see what they advise. ...Read more

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Barber use hair clipper machine with blood on it of previous client to make me bald.On scalp i had open wounds & open bleeding pimples.Hiv, hep c risk?

Barber use hair clipper machine with blood on it of previous client to make me bald.On scalp i had open wounds & open bleeding pimples.Hiv, hep c risk?

Possible: In general it requires a fairly large innoculum to acquire HIV or hep c from a procedure such as a close haircut. There are no relevant case reports in the literature that I have found of such a transmission. You should require anyone performing any procedures on your body to use appropriate, clean (sterile) equipment. ...Read more

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Haircut at Shopping Mall in Thailand The Hairdresser Quick used Cut Throat Blade not sure if New one for my Sideburns caused nips and smallcuts HIV?

 Haircut at Shopping Mall in Thailand The Hairdresser Quick used  Cut Throat Blade not sure if New one for my Sideburns caused nips and smallcuts HIV?

Low risk: You may get a blood test for HIV nucleic acid about 12 weeks after the incident and if it is negative you would be free of the infection. ...Read more

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Can trimming public hair with scissors ( I'm a male) lead to itchyness?

Can trimming public hair with scissors ( I'm a male) lead to itchyness?

Yes, it: can lead to ingrown hair or local irritation. Try otc hydrocortisone cream. If this does not help, you should figure out some other way to trim your hair. ...Read more

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Where can I buy a 5 french red rubber catheter?

Where can I buy a 5 french red rubber catheter?

Surgical supply: Many surgical supply stores which carry a variety of things like canes, and wheelchairs, have such items in stock. Otherwise, try to google what you need and see what comes up. ...Read more

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Is it good practice or overkill to sanitize new grooming implements such as a New Safety Razor, Nail Clipper etc. ?

Is it good practice or overkill to sanitize new grooming implements such as a New Safety Razor, Nail Clipper etc. ?

Could be overkill: Life is never 100% safe. If we aren't willing to live with some risks, we can't live at all, not even locked within our own homes. So, live freely and use those razors and nail clippers right out of their boxes. ...Read more