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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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Can there be any good bacteria on your hands?

Can there be any good bacteria on your hands?

No: We all have bacteria that live on our skin & usually do not cause any harm. These bacteria are in the mouth, nose, vagina, anal area . Washing hands prevents bacteria that don't actually belong on our body from getting in when we touch our eyes, nose or mouth or through cuts in our skin. Washing hands with soap &water won't remove any bacteria needed to stay healthy. Those are in our intestines. ...Read more

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Can you get a uti from touching your penis with bacteria on your hand?

Can you get a uti from touching your penis with bacteria on your hand?

No risk: UTIs are not due to the kind of bacteria typically on the hands and fingers, and hand-genital contact does not cause UTI. And UTIs are rare in men your age. ...Read more

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Went to a party today45 hours after a tooth extraction.Ate food and fruits prepared by people who used their hands(no glove).Can the tooth's extract site get infected due to the bacteria from these people's hands that got into the food&then my mouth?

Went to a party today45 hours after a tooth extraction.Ate food and fruits prepared by people who used their hands(no glove).Can the tooth's extract site get infected due to the bacteria from these people's hands that got into the food&then my mouth?

Don't worry: In general, their hands are much cleaner that the inside of your mouth. Do you sterilize bowls, dishes, utensils before you use them? No, they get washed, just like your friend's hands. Do you wear gloves when you prepare your own food? Doubtful. You should be OK. ...Read more

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Does handwashing help spread bacteria if you don't dry your hands thoroughly?

Does handwashing help spread bacteria if you don't dry your hands thoroughly?

Does not.: Proper handwashing includes drying of hands. Having wet hands after handwashing may increase the risk of transmission or even of picking up bacteria from another surface, but does not mitigate the all the good done by the act of washing. ...Read more

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How thick is the palm of the hands? How does it protect us against bacteria?

The thickness...: The thickness is not much.....but intactness is important to prevent infection... ...Read more

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Picked up an old piece of chicken from last night's dinner off the floor today. Will washing my hands remove all harmful bacteria?

Picked up an old piece of chicken from last night's dinner off the floor today. Will washing my hands remove all harmful bacteria?

Low risk and yes: The chance of contamination with anything serious is extremely low. And even the most virulent and dangerous germs are immediately killed by soap and water. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands with soap (versus just water) really kill bacteria?

Soap: Regular soaps attach to oils that germs cling to. Hydrophilic/ hydrophobic. This allows the oil and germ to be flushed away with water. If you use only water - you would have to rely on rubbing motion to remove the germs that are flushed with water. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands a lot really get rid off thee good bacteria on your skin?

Does washing your hands a lot really get rid off thee good bacteria on your skin?

No it does not: No as a matter of fact there are no good bacteria on your hands and washing hands will get rid of disease causing bacteria and viruses. ...Read more

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Does my husband have to wash his hands first, or are the usual skin bacteria harmless, before he fingers me?

Does my husband have to wash his hands first, or are the usual skin bacteria harmless, before he fingers me?

Washing hands: Generally your husband does not have to wash his hands before touching you, though it depends on what he was doing shortly before contact with you. If he is at risk for bacteria, for example-handles raw meat, chicken, seafood, have him wash his hands. ...Read more

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Do antibacterial hand gels kill viruses as well as bacteria?

May or may not: Reducing the number of potentially pathogenic microorganisms with sanitizer may reduce the risk of infection. ...Read more

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If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

Bacteria: There are some bacteria that are inside our body or on are skin that are part of our normal flora. However there are other bacteria that will cause illness and are pathogenic. ...Read more