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Can I get lice from dirty brush at a salon?

Can I get lice from dirty brush at a salon?

Head lice: Less commonly, head lice may be transmitted via such items as: caps, hats and scarves brushes and combs hair decorations, such as barrettes headphones. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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Can I get cooties from using someone's brush?

Can I get cooties from using someone's brush?

Cootie Brush: If we are talking about a hair brush, one must make sure that the person who used the brush last does not have open wounds, expecially if infected or head lice, which is the most common of all cooties one can get from a bush. If we are talking about a tooth brush, that's in its own league:). ...Read more

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Can i get skin cancer from being a couple feet away for 5+ hrs. From a reptile uvb bulb? It goes through glass before it hits me. Can't get rid ofit

Can i get skin cancer from being a couple feet away for 5+ hrs.  From a reptile uvb bulb? It goes through glass before it hits me.  Can't get rid ofit

Avoid it in future: Tanning lams are known to cause cancer(melanoma) which can be fatal. It does not happen right away but only on prolonged exposure over many months to years. But you should not do it anymore if you want to live peacefully. ...Read more

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Can I really catch a nail disease from the shower at my gym?

Can I really catch a nail disease from the shower at my gym?

Yes: Yes it is possible to pick up a fungal infection from an unclean shower at the gym, however, is is probably more common to pick up athletes foot (tinea pedis) before you would pick up a toenail fungus. ...Read more

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Can you get scabies from a toilet seat?

Can you get scabies from a toilet seat?

Yes: Scabies is very contagious. It can spread through health care facilities quickly and anything that someone with scabies has touched needs to be cleaned before another person touches/uses it. ...Read more

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Can you get a std from your vaginal area touching a possibly dirty comforter/cover . We had sex in a hotel not sure how clean covers were.

Can you get a std from your vaginal area touching a possibly dirty comforter/cover . We had sex in a hotel not sure how clean covers were.

Unlikely: Most of the germs we consider a cause of STI's will not live for any extended period outside of moist environment provided by the body.Some STD germs could end up on such surfaces, but once they dry out they die. ...Read more

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Had to use soap in bathroom at mans place soap was in basin with dirty razors and facial hair can I get hepc or hiv?

Had to use soap in bathroom at mans place soap was in basin with dirty razors and facial hair can I get hepc or hiv?

Viral infections: No. Not in any way. Viruses like these do not survive in air on inanimate objects. Soap would also be deadly to bugs. Do not worry one more minute. ...Read more

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I am a phlebotomist. Can you get hiv exposure through reopened bug bite? I think the hand sanitizer I used re opened a scab from a fresh bug bite.

I am a phlebotomist. Can you get hiv exposure through reopened bug bite? I think the hand sanitizer I used re opened a scab from a fresh bug bite.

No: Won't happen. Such fears are unrealistic. During the time when there was no treatment, family contacts simply did not transmit the disease except by needles or sex. ...Read more

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At the dentist they used a water pick to clean my teeth and water was spraying over my nose occasionally. Can you get Naegleria Fowleri from this?

At the dentist they used a water pick to clean my teeth and water was spraying over my nose occasionally. Can you get Naegleria Fowleri from this?

Unlikely: Especially since there have been zero case-reports of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in the state of New York between 1962 to 2016. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/state-map.html ...Read more

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How much time do you boil head lice from a wig or a hat?

How much time do you boil head lice from a wig or a hat?

10 to 15 minutes: Consensus is 10 to 15 minutes, Best of luck! Thanks for choosing healthtap! ...Read more

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Can i get scabies from being dirty?

No: You can only get scabies from someone who has scabies (or their clothes or sheets). ...Read more

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Can i get infected with HIV while at a hair salon when barber uses haircut machine on minimum level with the blades shave skin. No flowing blood?

Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance from on that machine and it got into you, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can i get infected from an indoor jacuzzi in a rental house (in long island)? I did a basic wash with hand soap but did not scrub down with detergent.

Can i get infected from an indoor jacuzzi in a rental house (in long island)? I did a basic wash with hand soap but did not scrub down with detergent.

Potentially yes...: Depending on the thoroughness of cleaning, the weakness of the soap used, the amount of microbes in the water, and your level of immunity, there are two types of infections that can cause severe rashes/ folliculitis (a.K.A "hot tub" infections): mycobacterial (eg. M. Fortuitum) and pseudomonal (eg. P. Aeruginosa). ...Read more

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Can you die from head lice? I've had it for at least 3 years now. Also how can I get rid of them fast?

Can you die from head lice? I've had it for at least 3 years now. Also how can I get rid of them fast?

No...: Head lice are not going to kill you.There are many medicated antipesticide hair treatments that you can use that are very effective; however, you have to be diligent about removing the nits/eggs or you will just end up with new live lice in a few days. Then sterilize the environment. This is not usually an issue that goes on for years - see your doctor to confirm diagnosis! May be something else ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more