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How can I test alcohol/non-alcohol mouthwash for a science fair without dealing using bacteria or people?

How can I test alcohol/non-alcohol mouthwash for a science fair without dealing using bacteria or people?

Tricky!: This really depends on what questions you're trying to answer. The most important questions I can think of about (non)/alcohol-based rinses include both bacteria and human elements. It sounds like you're trying to zero in on chemistry without biology; understanding your results may lack biological relevance, set up a test that shows the effect of (the alcohol) on another substance material or dye. Read more

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I'm wondering why should I avoid drinking alcohol with strep if alcohol kills bacteria?

It kills many things: Including damaging the cells in our body that fight infection - the 2 kinds of white blood cells that eat up bacteria and viruses (granulocytes) and the kind that make antibodies (lymphocytes). Alcoholics get more infections than most people, often with very dangerous and difficult-to-treat germs. Alcohol in your bloodstream does not kill bacteria, it kills your ability to combat them. Read more

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Endoscopy show mild gastritis. No bacteria no alcohol or nsaid. Intense hunger pain. How to heal faster? Same symptoms.

Endoscopy show mild gastritis. No bacteria no alcohol or nsaid. Intense hunger pain. How to heal faster? Same symptoms.

Sure, but maybe...: ...Your symptoms arise outside the stomach, like pancreas, biliary tree, etc. Stomach issues can be categorized as: problems with inflammation (e.g. Ulcers), with infection (e.g. H.Pylori or parasites), with motility (examples: gastroparesis, gastric outlet obstruction), with secretion (hyper or hypo-acidity), infiltrative (lymphoma, cancer), blood flow (gastropathies), functional dyspepsias, etc. Read more

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MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?

MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?

Possible but rare: Thick finger stick causes capillary bleeding (superficial) and little to no chance of entering the bloodstream. You should notify the testing office of what happened. Read more

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There is a foul smell coming from my Flonase nasal spray bottles tip. Bacteria? Shall I use it or thoroughly clean it with alcohol beforehand?

There is a foul smell coming from my Flonase nasal spray bottles tip. Bacteria? Shall I use it or thoroughly clean it with alcohol beforehand?

No, don't use it: Get a new one, fungus can grow easily on steroid sprays, keep using the saline nasal washes, if you don't improve on flonase OTC, you need to get seen, mind you read the labels carefully on how to use it Read more

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Can I prevent food poising if I drank alcohol with food? I'm traveling to india and getting anxious. Doesn't alcohol kill germs and bacteria and parasite

Can I prevent food poising if I drank alcohol with food? I'm traveling to india and getting anxious. Doesn't alcohol kill germs and bacteria and parasite

Alcohol/ food poison: Doubt it, would have to soak food before eating in 70% alcohol for 10 minutes (> 140 proof), may be more then 10 minutes for dense foods as every niche has to be soaked. Bacteria will resist destruction by the stomach (very acid pH of 2-4) and then grow in the intestines. Eat completely cooked foods/meats (nothing raw or pink), fish, boiled disinfected water. Bring peptobismol, discuss with MD Read more

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Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Not indicated use: Hand sanitizer is for intact skin. Putting it on a wound (not intact skin) would burn and sting. Better choice wound be to wash wound with mild soap and water, pat dry, hair dryer the wound and cover with dry gauze. Ok to check with your doc or wound clinic. Read more

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How effective are alcohol wipes at getting rid of viruses/bacteria on surfaces? I use them to wipe my hands after pumping gas, cleaning my phone, etc

How effective are alcohol wipes at getting rid of viruses/bacteria on surfaces? I use them to wipe my hands after pumping gas, cleaning my phone, etc

Excellent: The problem is that alcohol can dry your skin. The newer alcohol containing solutions for hand disinfection don't cause as much dry skin but control the germ levels as well as alcohol pads. Try using them. Read more

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Whitehead like pimples on my penile shaft with hairs I applied alcohol for bacteria and the pimples have decreased in size and are scab like now help?

Whitehead like pimples on my penile shaft with hairs I applied alcohol for bacteria and the pimples have decreased in size and are scab like now help?

Infected hairs: You're likely to get these from time to time. Showering twice a day with a good antibacterial soap is likely to help. This is not herpes. Alcohol won't help. Let these things heal on their own, or try hot compresses. Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol after having bacterial meningitis?

Is it ok to drink alcohol after having bacterial meningitis?

Yes: Social alcohol consumption is fine in the recovery period. It is not going to amplify any "brain" issues of the infection as long as it is kept to a reasonable amount. If you overdo it, you are more likely to get brain injury falling down & hitting your head than from the alcohol itself, but no need to test that idea. Read more

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Is it true that taking a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux can cause bad breath by allowing bacteria / fungi to accumulate in high pH environment?

Is it true that taking a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux can cause bad breath by allowing bacteria / fungi to accumulate in high pH environment?

Doubtful: Much more likely that acid reflux will cause bad breath, as well as increase risk of oral pharyngeal cancer & ulcers. I'd take the prescribed medication unless advised otherwise by your doctor. Read more

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Been diagnosed with Non bacterial chronic prostatis - no alcohol and masturbation then? Also, this comes and goes? How long for?

Been diagnosed with Non bacterial chronic prostatis - no alcohol and masturbation then? Also, this comes and goes? How long for?

Prostatitis: First of all, alcohol and masturbation have absolutely nothing to do with chronic prostatitis. In fact, is been shown that frequent ejaculations can improve chronic prostatitis Read more

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When using canesbalance bacterial vaginosis gel, can you drink alcohol?

When using canesbalance bacterial vaginosis gel, can you drink alcohol?

Yes, you can. I: Don't see any contraindication to using this product and interaction with alcohol. Hope this helps! Read more

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Is to okay to drink alcohol while taking Lexofloxacin? I am taking it for a possible bacterial infection in my digestive tract.

Is to okay to drink alcohol while taking Lexofloxacin? I am taking it for a possible bacterial infection in my digestive tract.

No interference: Contrary to popular beliefs, almost no antibiotics interact with alcohol, and levofloxacin does not. Heavy alcohol impairs the immune system's ability to fight infection, but alcohol in moderation makes no difference. Just don't overdo it. If in doubt, contact the doctor treating you. Read more