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Can my baby get a rash from digging in a wet sandlot?

Can my baby get a rash from digging in a wet sandlot?

Yes: Yes, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't allow them to play and "just be a kid." some children have sensitive skin conditions such as eczema which can be aggravated by many different factors. After playing in the sand, gently clean your child's skin, and change them into clean/dry clothes. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

I got dermatophytosis (ringworm) from adopting a kitten, can the spores go into my lungs? Or nostrils? I can only see it in my face and arms.

No: You did a good thing to adopt the kitten. The fungi that cause ringworm cannot affect the deeper tissues of the body. They don't like the warm temperature and they are easily destroyed by the immune system if they pass deeper than the dead layer of the skin. ...Read more

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My daughter has a friction burn she got today on her arm from a half dry water slide. What can I put on it to help her? She is in a lot of pain.

My daughter has a friction burn she got today on her arm from a half dry water slide. What can I put on it to help her? She is in a lot of pain.

Friction burn: Apply any lubrication such as aquaphore, Vaseline, A & D ointment, or aveeno (oatmeal) lotion, if it gets very red try OTC tripple antibiotic plus. I hope she feels better soon. If it gets worse see her pediatrician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to lanyards? I am 17 years old and I have eczema, after wearing a lanyard a lot, the back of my neck constantly has eczema on it

Can you be allergic to lanyards? I am 17 years old and I have eczema, after wearing a lanyard a lot, the back of my neck constantly has eczema on it

Irritation vs allerg: You may have developed a contact dermatitis to a chemical in the lanyard. However the lanyard may also be rubbing against your neck causing irritation and aggravating a common eczema area, the neck. Either way remove the lanyard, use your topical anti inflammatory medication and see if the area clears. ...Read more

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Can my baby get HIV by touching semen in a car seat? What if it was dry?

Can my baby get HIV by touching semen in a car seat? What if it was dry?

Relax, Don: We know from the old days when HIV wasn't treatable that family members don't infect each other without intimate contact. And dried semen won't infect anyone, nor has anybody gotten sick from "safe sex" in which semen can end up on the skin. Let's practice good housekeeping and car-keeping, especially now that you're a grown man and a Dad -- but don't worry about HIV from this. ...Read more

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My daughter got her finger caught in a folding chair and somehow a pebble or some roundish thing embedded into her nail. I can't get it out...help!

My daughter got her finger caught in a folding chair and somehow a pebble or some roundish thing embedded into her nail. I can't get it out...help!

Nail: If it is just embedded in the nail itself but doesn't involve skin, then file smooth with Emory board so it doesn't snag on anything (can also apply thick nail polish to cover or use bandage). No risk there. If stuck under the nail or into skin, needs to be removed. Soak in warm soapy water. Small tweezers or sewing needle can lift pebble up but make sure cleaned with alcohol. ...Read more

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Can a 11 month old baby run a fever from getting a slinter in his finger and we didn't know about it?

Can a 11 month old baby run a fever from getting a slinter in his finger and we didn't know about it?

Splinter: This would be unusual. Of course, there is the possibility that the initially undiscovered splinter caused a skin infection that triggered the fever. However, in the absence of any signs of infection at the site, this would be unlikely. The more common cause would be a viral illness, or possibly a bacterial illness. I recommend consulting with your pediatrician about the fever. ...Read more

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I sat in a dirty chair at a mall and ate with my hands after without washing them. Is it possible there could've been some germs on my hands?

I sat in a dirty chair at a mall and ate with my hands after without washing them. Is it possible there could've been some germs on my hands?

Wouldn't worry.: It's doubtful that a chair at the mall, no matter how filthy it may be, would harbor viable bacteria or viruses. That being said, it's always wise to wash your hands in such a circumstance. ...Read more

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A pin that was left in a new shirt penetrated my skin? Will i get infected with something?

A pin that was left in a new shirt penetrated my skin? Will i get infected with something?

Unlikely: It is uncommon to get infected with a solid needle. Most needle infections are from hollow needles and/or visibly soiled. That is still less common than thought in the general public. However, you should still clean the puncture site with soap, water, and alcohol. ...Read more

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If my dog is outside and kicks up mulch from a tree and I start smelling it am I breathing in mold spores? Will I get a fungal infection?

If my dog is outside and kicks up mulch from a tree and I start smelling it am I breathing in mold spores? Will I get a fungal infection?

With/without smell: You inhale & are exposed to mold spores every second with or without smelling them. They're ubiquitous. Your body is well equipped to fight them off. Unless you suddenly become severely immunocompromised then, no worries. You made it to 21 years, trust me you've won against BILLIONS of spores so far. Your dog may've added a few hundred more to that count! Questions? www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Can i bath baby in a tummy tub with baby shampoo small amount, without changing a water? I mean will it beb bad for his skin?

Can i bath baby in a tummy tub with baby shampoo small amount, without changing a water? I mean will it beb bad for his skin?

Are you asking....?: Are you asking if it is okay to reuse bath water from day to day? Wouldn't it be cold? Dirty? This does not sound like a good or healthy way to good hygiene for the baby. ...Read more

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Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

Can my baby get toxoplasmosis from putting a toy in her mouth after my cat sat on it?

No, Unlikely: Toxo infections are rare. It is not all that contagious, so I would not worry about it unless there is constant and prolonged contact with a kitten infected with Toxo which is uncommon infection in the cats. ...Read more

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Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Hello. My son (20 months) developed a rash from hand, foot, mouth virus. Is there anything I can use to ease the irritation of his skin?

Keep it clean: Healing can progress faster when you keep the areas clean.Sweat will leave behind salt which causes itching and common skin germs can enter and trigger secondary infections.If you clean the areas often with an antibacterial soap and monitor the sites, it should heal well. Consult your doc if you find areas that appear suspicious. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more