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Forgot to wash my hands after changing babyy. What could I spread?

Forgot to wash my hands after changing babyy. What could I spread?

Good hygiene: Good handwashing practices are essential to preventing spread of germs and disease. Diarrheal enteral or GI infections would be most common. ...Read more

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As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more


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I changed a menstral cup at a water park and forgot to wash my hands before removal. Could i pick up an sti? I am breastfeeding and don't want pass it

I changed a menstral cup at a water park and forgot to wash my hands before removal. Could i pick up an sti? I am breastfeeding and don't want pass it

No: Sti transmission would require direct contact from one person to another person. You cannot get a sexually transmitted infection from pool water. You could get a common skin infection from not washing your hands and inserting them into your vagina, so good hygiene is important for that reason. ...Read more

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I have genitalherpes for about a week now i touched the infected area forgot to wash my hands made a sandwich and ate it should I be extremely worried?

I have genitalherpes for about a week now i touched the infected area forgot to wash my hands made a sandwich and ate it should I be extremely worried?

Herpes: No. I suppose you worry that you can transmit herpes, but it does not happen this way. And remember you can be shedding virus whether you have an outbreak or not. You cannot get the same herpes a second time. ...Read more

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I had my hands in the trash only for a bit on the top portion of it not all the way in What can possibly happen if i were to eat french fries but I forgot to wash my hands from touching the inside of the garbage and there were cups straws etc?

Probably nothing: There is always a risk of eating a contaminated particle of debris or bacteria from the can. The common culprits are viral causing nausea vomiting and are self limited. Think of a cruise ship virus you get sick from the buffet handles and door knobs etc then you put them in your mouth rub an eye etc. I doubt anything will happen to you. That's part of stomach acid, to kill particles ...Read more

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My dogs collar was laying in the dirt. I picked it up and put it on her but then forgot to wash my hands and ate. Will I get worms from raccoons?

Dirt Germs: While good hygiene has its value in protection against illness to including parasites what you describe is unlikely to be a risk to you. Washing your hands with every possible exposure could lead into an unhealthy phobia or preoccupation with germs. Practice sensible hygiene within norms. Washing too often or too little should be avoided in favor of normal usual hygiene. I think your safe. ...Read more

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I applied tick and flea liquid ointment on my dog and forgot to wash my hands directly afterwards. Is that harmful to me? I washed them later on.

Probably NO: Tick and flea medications are very strong and have chemicals that can cause skin reactions and you do not want these chemicals getting absorbed through your skin into your blood stream. The medication was probably on your palms, some of the thickest skin on your body usually does not get into the blood stream. If you have not developed a rash then you were not allergic . Wash hands. ...Read more

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I recently threw some trash away in my neighbor's outside trash can. It was very full already. I forgot to wash my hands afterwards will i get hiv.

I recently threw some trash away in my neighbor's outside trash can. It was very full already. I forgot to wash my hands afterwards will i get hiv.

No: You can't get HIV from a dirty trash can. This is basic, general knowledge today. Dolphin, life is difficult enough already without being tormented with these obsessive thoughts. Please talk with your physician about possible medication or talk treatment to set you free from this. It will be the start of a happier life both for yourself and those who love you. ...Read more

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I'm preg. Used the bathroom & touched the toilet seat. Someone came to the door & i forgot to wash my hands & ate a snack. Could the germs hurt baby?

I'm preg. Used the bathroom & touched the toilet seat. Someone came to the door & i forgot to wash my hands & ate a snack. Could the germs hurt baby?

Unlikely: Our bodies have natural mechanisms to fight off infection, starting with enzymes and bacteria fighting elements in the mouth. It is of course important to help with proper hand washing, so try and remember to do so. But the odds are in your favor that your baby should be fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I used the bathroom and forgot to wash my hands. Could I transfer my genital herpes to my baby's hands if I touched them soon after? Why or why not

I used the bathroom and forgot to wash my hands. Could I transfer my genital herpes to my baby's hands if I touched them soon after? Why or why not

Litle or no risk: The chance of transmitting herpes from this sort of contact is zero or close to it. And herpes doesn't infect the hands. Of course you should use common sense hygiene around your baby, including washing or alcohol gel (e.g. Pure) after toilet. But the risk if you forget is extremely low. Nobody ever catches a genital herpes infection except by sex with an infected person. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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If I have sexually HPV and touched my gentails and forgot to wash my hands and made food for some one can they get hpv?

If I have sexually HPV and touched my gentails and forgot to wash my hands and made food for some one can they get hpv?

Very rare: The troublesome strains of HPV that cause cancer of the penis and cervix are unlikely to be transmitted except by sex -- they're adapted for this. Everybody has a few strains of non-genital HPV. I'm sorry that fearmongers try to keep us from touching each other because of this. It's a good idea to wash hands before doing food preparation -- actually basic courtesy more than staph control. ...Read more

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After oral sex I forgot to wash my hands and immediately went to the toilet. I, afraid that there may have been semen transferred to toilet paper ?

After oral sex I forgot to wash my hands and immediately went to the toilet. I, afraid that there may have been semen transferred to toilet paper ?

Unlikely: since there is no penetration to vagina but somehow if semen placed at the opening of the vagina from the toilet paper and if you are in fertile period there is a very small chance a conception may occur. You can take a pregnancy test if you miss your period to find out . ...Read more

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I just left the lab, and forgot to wash my hands BEFORE I went to the washroom. Lab TA said I should. Will I get Cancer, or something else that's bad.

I just left the lab, and forgot to wash my hands BEFORE I went to the washroom. Lab TA said I should. Will I get Cancer, or something else that's bad.

About handwashing...: Each year, about 1 out of 200 Americans get diagnosed with cancer. It's more likely as one gets older. Fortunately, cancer doesn't "get you" just because you forget to wash your hands one time. Of course it also matters what kind of "lab" we are talking about and what substances are in that lab. There are some industrial, military, or research labs that have radioactive or carcinogenic substances. ...Read more

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I used hair removal cream earlier and forgot to wash my hands afterwards. I then had a biscuit. Will I die because I didn't wash my hands?

NPIS United Kingdom: In Scotland, England and Wales, people can call 111to reach the National Poison Information Service. You should call this number and have the bottle with you. Describe any symptoms to them and the amount you think you ingested. They will counsel you on whether you need to go to the ER. http://www.npis.org ...Read more

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I have a cold sore on my lip, i forgot to wash my hands then i scratched my vagina. Does that mean i will get herpes? What is the chance?

I have a cold sore on my lip, i forgot to wash my hands then i scratched my vagina. Does that mean i will get herpes? What is the chance?

Herpes simplex: It is unlikely that you will transfer the virus to your vaginal area. Most commonly the cold sore you have, if due to herpes simplex, is a recurrence at the site of your original infection with this virus, and that most often happens in the same place it was inoculated. Although it is conceivable that you will recur in another site it is very very unlikely. ...Read more

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I removed a wedgie from my bum but didn't wash my hands after and i forgot, and i ate food an hour later with my hands. Will i be okay?

I removed a wedgie from my bum but didn't wash my hands after and i forgot, and i ate food an hour later with my hands. Will i be okay?

You'll be fine: Your own fecal flora isn't going to make you sick. Even if it could, you're not going to get enough harmful bacteria to be a problem. ...Read more