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Can You Get Lead Poisoning From A Pencil If Your Child Accidently Pricked Himself
Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more
Can you get hiv if spit from another person accidentally flew into your eye? what if he had a cut in his mouth/gum disease? i could not wash my eyes
If someone who had a cut on their finger prepares your food could you get diseases from that food if blood accidentally gets in the given food?
Almost impossible: It's rare for bacteria and viruses to be in someone's blood. There are rare exceptions like Hep B and HIV; however, even if blood containing those microbes got in your food,eating it wouldn't cause you to get infected. Those microbes need to get into your blood, not your stomach (where acid and enzymes would kill them). If you had an open cut in your mouth perhaps you could get it but so unlikely! ...Read more
Probably NOT: Kids can accidentally swallow tiny spiders while playing outdoors. The amount of venom in a tiny bug should not be a problem if swallowed and digested, or if rolled around in the mouth and spit out. A big poisonous spider biting a kid inside his mouth would be bad. If a kid chomped on a spider, it's possible that venom could be absorbed in the mouth; but in the stomach, acid should disable venom. ...Read more
If a stranger deliberately sprayed me with an unknown substance on the sidewalk, what will happen to me? Can my skin get infected or will I get sick?
Can you get lead poison from accidental stabbing yourself with a mechanical pencil? What actions should I take and what are signs of lead poison
Pencils : Pencils contain graphite, not lead. (not only is lead too dangerous and heavy to put inside a pencil, lead costs too much.) so you're not going to get lead poisoning not matter how many times you stab yourself with a pencil. (btw, you really shouldn't be doing that.) that being said, i agree with the other doctor who answered this question to make sure the stab wound is treated properly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Most of use were warned not to do this, but there's no basis to it. I find it helpful in remembering things. ...Read more
Can you get hiv by accidentally touching a bin used to store used pads if you have a cut on your hands?
Can you get any diseases from blood that is 2 weeks old ? If your shirt hits into it and your arm touches your shirt can you get anything?
No risk, no worries: Such fleeting, superficial contact with blood -- even fresh, wet blood -- carries no significant risk for any infection. And the risk is for sure zero for old, dry blood. Don't worry about it. ...Read more
Monitor child well: Any child who is exposed to an alcoholic parent is at risk of injury if in the car when an intoxicated person is driving, or if the caretaker is too intoxicated to monitor the child's safety. The risk of acquiring HIV from a household contact is low unless there is contact with blood or seminal fluid. Protective services should be contacted if there any concern for abuse or neglect. ...Read more
Can you tell me if i could get hepatitis C from cutting myself on a public container lid that someone with it touched?
Very unlikely: unless there was blood or a body fluid from an infected person ...Read more
No: Pencil lead is actually a non toxic material called graphite. ...Read more
No likely: Pens are safe and would not be around if they made people sick from writing on themselves. Write on paper. ...Read more
Can you get rabies if you touch a bike tire shortly after it ran over road kill (raccoon) and you have a paper cut on your finger?
NO: Mold is ubiquitous in all of our foods. Even food that do not appear moldy actually have some level of mold on them. Mold is essentially fungus. And fungal meningitis occurs among individuals who are usually immunocompromised (hiv patients, bone marrow transplant patients etc.). You will not get meningitis from eating a moldy apple if you are healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breastplate: It is truly rare but I have read of kids suffering cardiac arrest when hit square in the breastbone by a line drive. The condition itself is unpredictable, ie. Who would be susceptible is unknown. I've also heard suggestions that a breastplate worn by pitchers would spread the force over a larger area and cushion the blow(&prevent it). I am not aware of any area that has tried it or results. ...Read more
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