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Dry Broken Skin
Very small amount of weed killer from a surface to my dry broken skin on hands, would this cause damage?
Not likely: Just be sure to clean the area well with warm soapy water. ...Read more
Can pasteurella multocida be passed from human to human? Don't think I have it, as dog bite didn't break skin, but already had dry broken skin there?
No: No, you cannot transfer the organism. Moisturize the dry broken skin site often the first few days and this should return to normal. ...Read more
How will i know if I have an infection from dog bite? Bite didn't break skin but dry, broken skin was already present. Scared of passing infection on?
Dog bite: Typical signs of an infection manifest themselves over the next 3-5 days and would include, pain, redness, drainage, decrease strength or function, and warm to the touch. Dogs saliva is however remarkably clean compared to human mouths, and cat teeth are more likely to pierce the skin and inject the bacteria compared to a dogs bite. For the dry skin, i would recommend just watching area closely. ...Read more
Change brands: Use something more hypoallergenic. Start with bar soap for sensitive skin to wash with. Moisturize your underarms. See your doctor if it keeps getting worse. ...Read more
Touching a rusty gate when I have dry, broken skin on my hands. Is there a risk of infection, such as tetanus?
Infection: This is highly unlikely, although nothing is impossible. Infection can be introduced into the body any time there are breaks in the integument (skin and mucous membranes) since this is our primary immune defense. On the other hand it would be virtually impossible to get tetanus in this manner. This organism would have to be deposited in tissue without blood supply and produce toxin. Don't worry. ...Read more
Dry broken skin around his foreskin and in a lot of pain as the skin is cut up and peeling away no pain during urination, how can it be resolved?
Are you kidding?: Resolved? He must go to the doctor and get a diagnosis of what kind of infection he has. Then a treatment will be prescribed or recommended. He MUST be seen today. ...Read more
Possibility I touched something after someone who could have hiv. I have dry broken skin on my hands. Could I pick up the infection by this?
No: HIV is transmitted via sex, or blood transfusion or use of contaminated needle ( or from Mom to baby with birth/pregnancy/ breast feeding) It is very remotely possible to transmit via contact with contaminated blood to an open wound. An HIV patient who was not bleeding does not contaminate something by touching it. ...Read more
While I have dry broken skin on my hands, should I avoid contact with my cat, incase of infection from her saliva or her nose or only if she bites me?
I have incredibly dry and broken skin along hairline and sides of my head. I use Head and Shoulders daily and have for a few years. What do I do?
Dog bite on thumb didn't break skin, but already have a little dry and broken skin on otherside of thumb. Risk of infection? If so what infections?
Risk of infection.: Broken or damaged skin means the natural barrier against infection is lost. When this is a small area or cut, it can still become infected, but if large (such as burn or major injury) there is a proportionately larger risk of infection entering the body (not to mention fluid and electrolyte loss with those large-area burn injuries). For winter hands/face, use moisturizer and lip balm w/ sunscreen. ...Read more
Creams, ointments: Broken or fissured skin on the hands are best treated with creams not lotions. Eucerin cream is good. Aquaphor is another good one. Best to apply at night and the cover with gloves til morning. When hands are in water or chemicals, wear gloves. Topical steroids by prescription also very helpful. There is no cure. Avoid things that make it worse. Above topicals are good to use during day. ...Read more
Possible infection from dog saliva onto broken dry skin on my hand. Will watch for symptoms. Can i pass p. Multocida infection onto others?
If it was: Your dog or a domesticated neighbors' dog with current vaccinations... And you have no particular reason to suspect the animal was rabid...And you are in good health, not on immune suppressants or receiving cancer chemotherapy...And you washed the area within a reasonable time, then you may be over-reacting a bit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The same: Anytime the skin is penetrated or opened a wound is created. This can vary from a puncture wound to a large deep opening. "broken skin" can occur from dry skin that cracks open from minor repeated trauma. Your physician can advise you how to care for your wound. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
See below: Many people say that using cocoa butter lotion helps. ...Read more