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Doctor insights on: A Lot Of Fruit Flies In The House

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What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

What's one of the dirtiest things in a restaurant?

Many items: Some customers notoriously do not wash their hands often, even after using the bathroom. Bathroom faucets, soap dispensers, towel dispensers, door handles carry many germs. Use paper towel to turn off water & open door to leave. Condiment dispensers & menus are infrequently sanitized; so carry hand sanitizer with you to prevent transferring others' germs to your mouth/food. [more in comment]. ...Read more

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I was pouring some gas in a lawn mower this morning and spilled some gas. The lawn mower is in our enclosed garage. Are there any health concerns from spilling the small amount of gas?

I was pouring some gas in a lawn mower this morning and spilled some gas.  The lawn mower is in our enclosed garage.  Are there any health concerns from spilling the small amount of gas?

Garage exploding: Anytime you spill gas in an enclosed space it is best to ventilate the space as quickly as possible.The garage can become the same as the ignition cylinder in your car & a spark may set of an explosion. Best to fill only outside in a well ventilated space. Otherwise a few gas fumes shouldn't bother you. ...Read more

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Can a small amount of insecticide sprayed at a corner of room drift to fill the rest of the room and other parts of the house?

Can a small amount of insecticide sprayed at a corner of room drift to fill the rest of the room and other parts of the house?

Likely no: When i was pregnant, my father in law sprayed some insecticide on my window sill and i was afraid for days, so i know what you're going through. Likely this small amount of insecticide isn't capable of drifting to fill the rest of room, and definitely not other parts of the house. I'm guessing that the spray stayed for the most part on the floor or carpet where it was put. Not to worry! ...Read more

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Should I buy fruits high in water from places with a lot of pollution?

Should I buy fruits high in water from places with a lot of pollution?

Your choice?: If i had a choice, i'd want it from an area that was pollution free. However, foods are checked regularly by the usda. If unsafe, they would not be able to sell it. More risks from pesticides if used! ...Read more

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How can I get my daily fruit when most of the year a lot of the fruit isn't even in season?

How can I get my daily fruit when most of the year a lot of the fruit isn't even  in season?

Imports: Most of the time grocery stores can get different produce nearly year round. Remember the southern hemisphere has their seasons opposite those in north america. Adequate storage and refrigeration can help extend shelf life. Sure you can only get fresh local produce in season, but canned, frozen and even dried fruit is better than no fruit. ...Read more

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Live in Smyrna, GA. A little bit of water went up my nose in the shower. I'm terrified of the risk of contracting the brain-eating amoeba. How likely?

Live in Smyrna, GA. A little bit of water went up my nose in the shower. I'm terrified of the risk of contracting the brain-eating amoeba.  How likely?

Naegleria fowleri: There have only been 5 case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in Georgia between 1962 & 2016. The chance of municipl water systems being effected is VERY low. ...Read more

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Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Paranoid: The most likely liquid falling from a tree would be water. Did it rain recently? The odds of a bat salivating in a tree on a sunny day is very very rare. Bats like dark places to rest during the day. Also, bats drooling? Also very rare. The saliva from a bat causing rabies comes from a bite, not drool. Also very rare to get rabies through the membranes of the eyes. So, please don't worry. ...Read more

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Barefoot in the grass in north Georgia and felt like a sting on the arch of my foot. Found a small white-ish worm trying to burrow into my skin.

Barefoot in the grass in north Georgia and felt like a sting on the arch of my foot. Found a small white-ish worm trying to burrow into my skin.

HMMM: Sounds odd for sure. I am not up on my white worm insects from Northern Georgia, but any insect bite can be infections. Clean the area well, and use topical antibx to prevent any infection. NSAIDS may help with discomfort. If it starts to get enlarged, redder, drain pus, you get feverish, than see the Dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I walked in the rain and found that there is a small cut on my toe, will I be at risk of some kind of infection?

I walked in the rain and found that there is a small cut on my toe, will I be at risk of some kind of infection?

Yes. : Any break in the skin puts the injured person at risk for infection because there is now an opening that can allow bacteria (or, rarely, fungi or parasites) to enter the body. The risk is higher the dirtier the foot was when it got cut (e.g. farmland with manure). Watch for redness and/or increasing pain, wash the wound once a day with soap and water and apply Bacitracin ointment and a bandaid. ...Read more

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Live in Saudi Arabia with era curing sand storms. Our pool has. a lot of sand on the bottom of the pool . Can children swim safely? Broken vacuum

Live in Saudi Arabia with era curing sand storms. Our pool has. a lot of sand on the bottom of the pool . Can children swim  safely? Broken vacuum

Pool days: My gut feeling is that it will be fine for them to swim in the pool. However, I would be careful about opening eyes underwater and risking irritation or scratching of the eyes. ...Read more

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Am I drinking toxins from the plastic of bottled water sitting in my car all day in the sun ?

Am I drinking toxins from the plastic of bottled water sitting in my car all day in the sun ?

Perhaps: The question of whether dehp used in the production of many plastic containers has toxicity for humans after chronic exposure remains unanswered. Some reports say definitely not; others say perhaps. There is evidence of chronic toxicity in laboratory animals. Use your prudence & your good judgment. There are alternatives to plastic water bottles. I use an aluminum bottle. ...Read more

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What are the odds of choking death from food? The death of the cubs fan from a hot dog has me freaked out now.

What are the odds of choking death from food?  The death of the cubs fan from a hot dog has me freaked out now.

Odds: Odds of dying from choking on food: 1 in 370, 035. Source: national safety council estimates based on data from national center for health statistics and U.S. Census bureau. ...Read more

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What are some of the dangers of eating a bag of sunflower seeds a day?

What are some of the dangers of eating a bag of sunflower seeds a day?

Sunflower seeds: Benefits outweigh any dangers. Examples are high content of essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid, dietary fiber, tryptophan, vitamin b1 & e & folic acid, and the cholesterol lowering phytosterols. The only negative is that if the seeds are old, ingesting them might cause stomach irritation with bloating & diarrhea. ...Read more

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Are there health hazards in drinking soft or hard water over a long period of time? I live in eastern canada and the water is hard in my region.

Are there health hazards in drinking soft or hard water over a long period of time? I live in eastern canada and the water is hard in my region.

Depends: Depending on what exactly is in your water. High mineral content water can actually be good for you if the minerals are beneficial ones. Magnesium, calcium, and such are good for you. ...Read more