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Could dried blood ever turn black?

Could dried blood ever turn black?

Yes, common: As the blood dries and hemoglobin oxidizes, it will look darker red to brown to black. ...Read more

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I used public toilet and didn't realise until I had stood up that there was dried blood on the seat. Could I catch something? I have no sores.

I used public toilet and didn't realise until I had stood up that there was dried blood on the seat. Could I catch something? I have no sores.

Chances are slight: I doubt that dried blood from the toilet seat will transmit an infection. But to cover all bases keep an eye on the area that came in contact with the dried blood for a week and if you see nothing unusual you should be OK. ...Read more

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Is it true that dried blood is infectious?

Is it true that dried blood is infectious?

Yes: Yes, dried blood can carry infectious viruses and other pathogens. Universal precautions (gloves, handwashing) should always be used when handling blood of others (even dried). ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to have dried blood on me when I wake up from surgery?

Is it normal for me to have dried blood on me when I wake up from surgery?

Yes: At the end of surgery the team caring for you does their best to clean you up. However, some oozing can still occur after and some areas are difficult to examine and clean. Plus, waking up from anesthesia can involve vigorous patient movement that can undo the cleaning. Clean with a wet towel or according to surgeon post-op directions. ...Read more

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How long do blood Bourne pathogens last outside the body? And why so long on dried blood

How long do blood Bourne pathogens last outside the body? And why so long on dried blood

Depends...: Totally depends on the pathogen. Encapsulated viruses generally last longer than enveloped viruses, and bacteria like Staph aureus (MRSA) lasts seemingly forever. Practice "universal precautions" always and if you think you have experienced an unprotected exposure seek help immediately. Testing usually can be obtained from that patient to determine whether or not a virus was present. ...Read more

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Was scrubbing floors and stepped in dried blood. Is there any chance since I walked in it to be worried about contaminating anything else?

Was scrubbing floors and stepped in dried blood. Is there any chance since I walked in it to be worried about contaminating anything else?

No: Any germ that was in the blood was probably killed by the drying. Good idea though always to wear foot protection (at least flip flops) when scrubbing floors. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Can you get HIV from dried blood?

Really no: The danger from this sort of thing is so low that it can't be measured. The HIV virus is a total wimp and dies with the blood cells that carry it. ...Read more

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Could touching dried blood still cause a infection!?

Could touching dried blood still cause a infection!?

Possibly: If the blood is dried and you touched it with intact skin (i.e., no cuts or scrapes that would compromise the barrier), your chance of getting an infection is very, very low. That being said, you should not touch visibly soiled materials (be it with blood, feces, or other bodily efflux) with bare skin. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from a toilet seat with dried blood on it?

Can you get HIV from a toilet seat with dried blood on it?

Unlikely: Assuming you don't have any broken skin, it's unlikely for the virus to be transmitted. If the blood is dry, it's also unlikely the virus is still alive. While the situation you're describing sounds unpleasant, I doubt HIV transmission would occur. ...Read more

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I woke up with dried blood in my eardrum what could that be?

I woke up with dried blood in my eardrum what could that be?

Eardrum?: How do you know it is your eardrum? Do you mean at the end of the ear canal where it opens from the inside?
This can occur with trauma? Did you put something in such as a pencil or q tip? Cotton swab?
The other things that come to mind is an external canal ear infection or more likely a ruptured ear drum from infection of the middle ear. See your doc for an exam ...Read more

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Can getting dried blood from a public restroom cause infection?

Can getting dried blood from a public restroom cause infection?

Infection Panic: No. But that cannot be 100%. I do not know what you did with the blood or if it somehow got into your blood stream directly. But, dried blood usually means dead everything.

But you are right to know that blood can carry hiv, hepatitis b and c. ...Read more

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I have noticed my urine has many flecks of brown in it. Not sure what it is, possibly dried blood? I don't know. Can you help?

I have noticed my urine has many flecks of brown in it. Not sure what it is, possibly dried blood? I don't know. Can you help?

Explanations: I am not sure as well. Prepare few samples of urine and check if these flakes really present in all of them. If yes - go to Doctor. If not - nothing to worry about if you do not have any other problems. Occasionally some flakes can be in urine due to different foods you had this day. ...Read more

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So if the person dried blood that I cleaned had a blood Bourne pathogen should I worry that I might have that pathogen or I really shouldn't?

So if the person dried blood that I cleaned had a blood Bourne pathogen should I worry that I might have that pathogen or I really shouldn't?

That's tricky.: Lots of variables: what personal protective gear were you wearing? Gloves, face mask, gown? Is the disease communicable by air droplets as well? Did you have any breaks in your skin? Are you properly immunized? (ex Hep B). What exactly did you do to clean it? The rule is "universal precautions." Presume it is infectious, but know the right biohazard level. Not everything is as labile as Ebola. ...Read more

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I've been have a dark brown/reddish discharge, kinda looks like dried blood since Tuesday, today is Friday. I only see it when I wipe and its itchy..

I've been have a dark brown/reddish discharge, kinda looks like dried blood since Tuesday, today is Friday. I only see it when I wipe and its itchy..

May be blood: I assume this is rectal discharge. This may be blood. If there is red it is likely coming form thew lower tract. If there is itch it may be hemorrhoid. Since there is little information this response may not be accurate. You should see your provider and have the nature of this discharge clearly defined then have a full GI evaluation if needed. Do not ignore the symptom. ...Read more

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How easily does hepatitis spread from dried blood between inanimate objects? Worried about having touched the same things as someone who was bleeding!

No risk, no worries: The hepatitis viruses are rarely if ever caught by exposure to blood in the environment, and contact with dried blood is especially low risk. And without visible blood on things you touched (door knobs, towels, utensils, shared toilet, etc), for sure there is no significant risk. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I was in the ER yesterday and noticed there was dried blood on the side poles of my bed. Should I be concerned? My purse may have come in contact.

I was in the ER yesterday and noticed there was dried blood on the side poles of my bed. Should I be concerned? My purse may have come in contact.

Prob no worries.: Even if ur purse came in contact w/ the pole, most likely nothing was transferred. I assume u did not touch the dried blood. Unless there was blood-to-fluid contact (e.g. u had a cut & rubbed it on the spot) there is very little to no chance that anything was transmitted. No need to be anxious about this; however, the hospital staff should do a better job of cleaning up their equipment! ...Read more

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I went to get blood drawn today and I realized there was blood next to the pen it seemed like dried blood I had to sign some papers could I get infec?

Blood: Nope. First you did not get this blood inside of you. Your skin is a perfect barrier. Two the blood if that was what it was was sitting on an inanimate object and most likely dried. Please do not build this up into a big deal. It is not a bid deal. ...Read more

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Is implantation bleeding dried blood?

Is implantation bleeding dried blood?

It doesn't usually: Occur but if it does - it usually isn't much more than a drop of blood. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from sitting in a chair with dried blood if you have an open cut?

Can you get hiv from sitting in a chair with dried blood if you have an open cut?

Never been reported: HIV does not survive outside of the body for very long. If the blood was completely dry (and indeed contained HIV) the virus would almost certainly be inactive. To my knowledge, transmission via the example you describe has never been reported. ...Read more

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I purchased a soda and received a dollar bill that looked like it had dried blood on it. Can dollar bills with dried blood transmit HIV?

I purchased a soda and received a dollar bill that looked like it had dried blood on it. Can dollar bills with dried blood transmit HIV?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that you would get HIV from a stain on a dollar bill. See this site for information on transmission of HIV.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/basics/transmission. Html ...Read more