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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?

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

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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?

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

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What should I do if speed stick is giving me dry, broken skin under my arms?

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

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Touching a rusty gate when I have dry, broken skin on my hands. Is there a risk of infection, such as tetanus?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Dry broken skin on my hands and contact with my cat and dog. Should I to avoid their saliva on skin or only if they bite me is it risk of infection?

Wash: Rabies seems unlikely. Bacteria in a dog's mouth sometimes cause infections when injected deep by a bite. The contact you describe rarely results in problems. Soak hands in hot water, then rub in a cream for dry skin. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Low risk of infx: If the dog's tooth did not break your skin than the risk is low. Most dogs carry an organism called pasteurella multocida. If you develop redness, swelling, or pus drainage then you should see a doctor and may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Extremely dry and winter is bad. What is the exact medical risk of broken skin?

Extremely dry and winter is bad. What is the exact medical risk of broken skin?

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

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Is it better to air dry or cover up a cut or broken skin so that it will heal faster?

Is it better to air dry or cover up a cut or broken skin so that it will heal faster?

Cover up: Dry wound is a dead wound. Moist wound healing is the current standard for healing wounds. ...Read more

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Best way to heal broken dry skin on hands and prevent infection to myself and others?

Best way to heal broken dry skin on hands and prevent infection to myself and others?

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

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Possible infection from dog saliva onto broken dry skin on my hand. Will watch for symptoms. Can I pass p. Multocida infection onto others?

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 more

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How can I heal broken skin faster?

Cover it.: Skin heals faster in a warm, moist environment because the skin cells can migrate faster. So wash the affected skin gently every day with a mild soap and water, and keep it covered. ...Read more

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What is the difference between broken skin and a wound?

What is the difference between broken skin and a wound?

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 more

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How to fix broken skin on your feet?

Cracked skin: Urea 40% cream or Ammonium Lactate Cream are both very good at softening painful calluses or dry skin. They also prevent cracking. You can find them over the counter or prescription strength. You could also have tinea pedis, otherwise known as athlete's foot. This would require treatment via antifungal cream or oral medication. See a podiatrist for an examination. ...Read more

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How to treat ingrowns and broken skin on the underam? Thanks!

Will have to: You will have to see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you put deodorant on broken skin you shaved?

Why shouldn't you put deodorant on broken skin you shaved?

Deodorant use: Each time you use a roll-on deodorant, bacteria are swiped into the cake. So using it on freshly-shaved skin might cause infection. ...Read more

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If I put aloe on broken skin, will it cause it to be discolored?

If I put aloe on broken skin, will it cause it to be discolored?

Unlikely;never seen: It is used for abrasions & superficial skin wounds. It is not recommended for open or deep wounds. I have never seen skin discolored. ...Read more

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Broken skin and redness after facial, what do you recommend for this?

Broken skin and redness after facial, what do you recommend for this?

Skin cream: There are many. I prefer those containing ceramides such as Eucerin Eczema cream. Consider this next time you waste money on a "facial". It should heal in a few days. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a child yesterday. There is no broken skin or marks but the area is a bit swollen?

I was bitten by a child yesterday. There is no broken skin or marks but the area is a bit swollen?

Using this site: You can get the most from the site if you provide background information as you have & ask a clear related question, which you did not. The space we have to respond is limited so knowing what your question is will allow a more focused response. Your questions are never linked. ...Read more

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How to heal broken skin from a pimple?

How to heal broken skin from a pimple?

Clindamycin: Topical Clindamycin is helpful for treating a pimple. The skin should heal on its own. If your pimple isn't healing, see your doc bc non healing papules can be something more insidious. ...Read more

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What causes chronic broken skin on my toes?

What causes chronic broken skin on my toes?

See a doctor: Dry skin, athletes foot infection, bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies without any broken skin?

Can you get rabies without any broken skin?

Yes.: There have been reported cases of spelunkers getting rabies from contact with guano without being bitten or having broken skin. ...Read more

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