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How are reusable and disposable gauze roll bandages different?

How are reusable and disposable gauze roll bandages different?

Often the Same: It is more on how they are intended to be used. Bandages for covering an open wound should never be reused because of the risk of infection. Use them once when they are clean then throw them away. Elastic type bandages e.g. splinting a sprained ankle can be reused because they do not need to be sterile- just clean. ...Read more

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Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

It's all dirty...: Dirt is everywhere. I bet these types of things routinely cause you great stress and anxiety. You should talk to your doctor about possible OCD. There are medicines and therapies that can help reduce stress in these situations. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm ...Read more

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Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Unlikely: Unless the baby was there for an extended period of time , I would not be concerned! Vacuum thoroughly!!! and NOT TO WORRY...it will pass in feces. ...Read more

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Does wearing socks without tight elastic around the top enable better circulation?

Does wearing socks without tight elastic around the top enable better circulation?

Well, not if the : Socks were falling off their feet due to lack of elasticity. I think finding socks that have the right degree of elascticity for the wearer is important. Take care. ...Read more

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Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel. Do I need to toss it?

Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel.  Do I need to toss it?

The towel?: Or the drying rack? Neither. Just clean them. A bleach solution or Oxiclean is fine for the towel. The drying rack,you might need to get a little more aggressive with ammonia based cleaners. There are commercial black mold cleaning products that you can purchase at home improvement stores. You can decide if the rack is worth keeping. The towel....no problem. Just disinfect in the wash. ...Read more

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Will a vinyl matress cover keep dust mites from coming in or out of the matress?

Will a vinyl matress cover keep dust mites from coming in or out of the matress?

Yes: A vinyl dust cover will prevent dust mites from attaching to the mattress. If dust is an allergy issue add eucalyptus oil to the wash to kill dust mites. ...Read more

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Dows a scrape heal faster bandaged up or in the air?

Dows a scrape heal faster bandaged up or in the air?

Superfast healing: The real question is what slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma and the air ! . Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

I wear orthotic 4 over-pronation & bunion. Leather ankle booties which tie up r what i wear. Inserts unmovable. I place orthotics on top of them is ok?

Yes: Should be fine since boots have more depth. Just make sure liner is flat and does not tilt orthotics. Try it out and see if they feel any different compared to shoes without liners. If unsure consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Steri Stripts: It is often best to let these dry out and as they get to the point they are falling off you can then just pull them off the rest of the way. But it is often about being patient and letting the skin heal underneath. ...Read more

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Would air drying my clothes in a dryer shrink my clothes?

This is not: The type of question that healthtap was designed for. It is a medical forum. ...Read more

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What protective clothing is required when removing black mold?

What protective clothing is required when removing black mold?

Here are some tips: Unless you have experienced symptoms due to mold then no special Clothing is required except to protect yourself from any chemicals used like bleach. Get an appropriate mask, gloves and make sure there is adequate ventilation. Here are some reliable resources: http://www2.epa.gov/mold http://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm ...Read more

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If your hand burn is fresh, from splashed boiling water, should you cover with a cold wet towel?

If your hand burn is fresh, from splashed boiling water, should you cover with a cold wet towel?

Watch for infection: It doesn't hurt to apply cold and wet to a burn - it may actually provide some pain relief. I would then recommend applying plain petroleum jelly several times a day to the area. Depending on the extent of the burn, you may consider evaluation by a dermatologist - we worry about the possibility of infection and scarring. ...Read more