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Battery (Overview)

Battery is a term for a physical attack on one person from another person. Battery can also mean a device for storing electricity.


Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
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I was opening a remote to change the batteries and battery acid got on my skin. Should I be concerned?

I was opening a remote to change the batteries and  battery acid got on my skin. Should I be concerned?

Battery acid: Battery acid is often super-concentrated and can have a pH of 2.0 or lower, so it's critical to use a copious amount of water to flush the affected burn region and dilute the chemical reactivity of the acid. Use plenty of water. If you spritz just a small amount of water on the burn, that can actually make the situation worse by spreading the acid around without reducing its potency. Doc if needed. ...Read more

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Battery (Overview)

Battery is a term for a physical attack on one person from another person. Battery can also mean a device for storing electricity.


Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What toxins do you get if you chew on a battery?

What toxins do you get if you chew on a battery?

Batteries Toxins: Regular batteries contain mercury & cadmium. Car batteries contain lead & sulfuric acid. ...Read more

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Dr. George Valdez
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Can battery acid be dangerous?

Can battery acid be dangerous?

Very dangerous: Battery acid is extremely corrosive and can cause major burns to the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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I've eaten a battery. Is this dangerous? What should I do?

I've eaten a battery. Is this dangerous? What should I do?

Seek medical care.: A disk battery? There have been no reported cases of mercury poisoning from ingesting disc batteries. However, you do need to be medically evaluated and you need psychiatric or psychological treatment. Eating batteries is not a normal behavior. ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
37 years in practice
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I'm a very busy guy, I only sleep 4hrs a day...Can I do any thing to help me continue the day on such low batteries?

I'm a very busy guy, I only sleep 4hrs a day...Can I do any thing to help me continue the day on such low batteries?

Reality Check: Why are you a very busy guy? It is usually by choice. Insight into why you are very busy, making choices that are necessary vs optional & lifestyle choices are important. The body needs what the body needs and the brain needs rest. 4 hours is not enough for most people. 7-8 hours is optimum. See what happens to low batteries, they run out, die & leak gooey stuff on everything around. Stop it! ...Read more

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Dr. James Beck
Board Certified, Dentistry
5 years in practice
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Do battery toothbrushes work better than regular?

Do battery toothbrushes work better than regular?

Depends: Any toothbrush that you use 3 times a day is the best toothbrush. Having said that, phillips sonicare power toothbrush is the best electric toothbrush on the market. The ultrasonic technology is amazing. I use one myself once a day and use my regular toothbrush the other two times. ...Read more

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Dr. Craig Canapari
Board Certified, Pediatrics
14 years in practice
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How often do I need to get my smoke detectors checked for batteries?

How often do I need to get my smoke detectors checked for batteries?

6 months: The rule of thumb is to check when the clocks change for daylight savings time. ...Read more

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Board Certified, Cardiology
25 years in practice
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Can small BP cuff cause high readings. I have normal bp, machine reads error then high readings after new batteries or cuff i get normal readings.

Can small BP cuff cause high readings. I have normal bp, machine reads error then high readings after new batteries or cuff i get normal readings.

Absolutely: If the blood pressure cuff is too small/tight around your arm it will cause a falsely elevated blood pressure. Conversely if the cuff is to large and loose around the arm a falsely low blood pressure will result. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Steffy
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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So then what would happen if your child ingested a button battery and it wasn't witnessed. How soon would you most likely see symptoms? Scares me!

So then what would happen if your child ingested a button battery and it wasn't witnessed. How soon would you most likely see symptoms? Scares me!

Don't wait: Onset of symptoms can vary by battery type/size. If likelihood is high that battery was ingested then er for x-ray is advised. ...Read more

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