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Bacteria In Hand
Does a bar of soap or liquid handwash kill all bacteria on hands or do you have to use antibacterial soap to do that? Which is better?
Antibacterial soap: is probably better,but not by muchGet a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Fiancé fingered me.No pain.30mins later i noticed light brown/whitish discharge.Is it from the bacteria on his hands since he didn't wash them before?
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
Why would I have this bacteria on my skin in two places? I wash hands carefully after going to restroom.
My hands are much dry and red in some parts, because I washed them too much times being afraid of bacterias, now the situation is worse than before.
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
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
Does my husband have to wash his hands first, or are the usual skin bacteria harmless, before he fingers me?
If I have paronychia and am sexually active with my hands to my partner is the bacteria transmit able sexually?
Paronychia and sex?: OUCH! Besides cross contaminating each other it surely must be very painful for your finger and you..... ...Read more
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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