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Stool Holding (Encopresis) (Definition)

Encopresis is a condition in which there is leakage of stool in a child who has been toilet trained. Causes of encopresis include stress, Hirschsprung's disease, and constipation. Children with constipation may have encopresis due to stretching and desensitization of the rectum by the retained stool. Additional stool may leak around the blockage. ...Read more


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I have a step son who is 10yrs old & he poops in his underwear.I looked up on line & apparently theres a condition called (encopresis)is this a real?

I have a step son who is 10yrs old & he poops in his underwear.I looked up on line & apparently theres a condition called (encopresis)is this a real?

Real problem: Speak to your pediatrician to determine if there is a medical problem such as megacolon. If no medical cause is found, a referral for psychological evaluation may help. ...Read more

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Will a child with encopresis get sick more often because of the constant contact with feces?

Almost Never: This problem is not related to to the immune system. Unless the feces is available to open skin wounds, there is generally no risk. 1 exception might be a urinary tract infection with fecal exposure to the penis or vagina and poor cleaning technique. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes if someone touches there cold sore and then hands clean underwear and clothes to you? Is it safe to wear them?

Not likely: It's not impossible, but the herpes virus doesn't survive for long on clothing. Even if you put on the underwear right away, it would be unlikely that you would get herpes. ...Read more

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I'm having a tonsilectomy under general anesthesia. Why do I have to remove all of my clothes? Especially underwear?

I'm having a tonsilectomy under general anesthesia.  Why do I have to remove all of my clothes?  Especially underwear?

Safer!: Clothes made from synthetic fibers can generate static electricity--not good in the OR environment. Also, it's possible to lose bowel or bladder control under anesthesia, so best to remove underthings too. Don't worry--your personal privacy is always protected, and your entire body is covered by sheets and blankets. ...Read more

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Could the bacteria in feces cause an infection if they touched an open cut or puncture wound?

Could the bacteria in feces cause an infection if they touched an open cut or puncture wound?

Yes: Any urine or fecal contaminant can cause infection. Wash your hands well with soapy water and rinse well. Watch for redness swelling or heat in the wound area. Seek attention if these occur, or pus drains out of the wound. ...Read more

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Can hpv virous live out the bady on underwear ot toalit site and bathroom?? Dose hpv tarnsmita through washing clothes togather???

Can hpv virous live out the bady on underwear ot toalit site and bathroom?? Dose hpv tarnsmita through washing clothes togather???

Direct skin to skin: To transmit this germ the infected person who is shedding virus must pass it directly to the skin during sexual contact.There appears to be a requirement that skin surfaces rub together to allow passage. Touching soiled clothing/toilets does not. ...Read more

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Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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