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How Does A Chigger Survive
'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy reaction from humans. The larvae do not burrow under skin but rather secret chemicals to help digest skin. The mites are found in tall grass at the edges of forests. Wear long clothing & use ...Read more
ANSWER: Lice cannot survive for more than about 24-36 hours when removed from a person. Spraying furniture, carpets and bedding with an insecticide serves no real purpose other than providing some margin of psychological comfort .If anything, vacuuming carpets and furniture will remove stray lice. ...Read more
HERPES ON FINGER: THERE IS VERY LITTLE CHANCE THAT THE HERPESVIRUS COULD LAST AT ALL IF YOU WASH IT AFTER EXPOSURE. NO NEED TO WORRY ...Read more
Ringworm: do you mean ringworm? Ringworm is a fungal infection which can be cleared with proper treatment. Treatment depends on the area on the body involved (skin, scalp, nails). Have a visit with your PCP or via HealthTap to discuss proper treatment and answer any additional questions you have. ...Read more
HIV dies right away: HIV cannot live outside of the body -which is a very good thing. So if you're worried about an 'exposure' at least this is in your favor. It's always good to practice safe sex though-esp. in this modern age. I see many young people not paying attention to their own safety-and sadly a number of new cases are occurring. Most of these are in gay young men in their 20s. Be safe. Check with a doc if Qs ...Read more
Depends on early Rx: Treating flea bites promptly with cool compresses, 1 % hydrocortisone/calmine and perhaps an oral antihistamine (claritin/zyrtec) and tending to the scar after the lesions heal will minimize their appearance. If they are severe, exfoliation, moisturizing, sun block and over the counter anti scar treatment (mederma/neosporin scar solution) are starters for fading the scars. ...Read more
Ingested: U get pin worms by putting egg contaminated fingers in the mouth.The eggs travel through, hatch & begin to live in your large intestines.Living pw's crawl out your anus &lay eggs.If you get an allergic rxn to the glue like stuff the eggs are laid in, it will itch a lot. Rx is so simple & free of side effects many just treat on suspicion. Otc pin worm med is available or an rx pill can be called in. ...Read more
Not long!: The virus incubates in affected animal's body for apporximately 3-12 weeks. The animal has no signs of illness during this time. When it reaches the brain, the virus multiplies rapidly, passes to the salivary glands, and the raccoon begins to show signs of the disease. The infected animal usually dies within 7 days of becoming sick. It's unlikely to be infected if the animal is dead. ...Read more
Crabs: Pubic lice or crabs (phthirus pubis) can be spread by vector transmission. Wearing someone else’s clothes that are contaminated or infected towels, bed sheets or towels can give you lice. It would be highly unlikely to get lice from a toilet seat because they will die fairly quickly if away from a warm body. They don’t have the capacity to move on smooth surfaces. ...Read more
Talk to the staff: I would discuss this with the staff at the home. ...Read more
NoroV Contagion: Whereas the symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after ingesting the virus, there is no evidence that sick persons can become long-term carriers of the virus, but the virus can be in the stool and vomit of infected persons, from the day they start to feel ill to as long as 2 weeks after they feel better." http://www.Health.State.Mn.Us/divs/idepc/diseases/norovirus/basics.Html#duration. ...Read more
Dialysis: I have taken care of patients who have been on dialysis for over 20 years. It really depends on the patient and how well they manage their multiple diseases. It requires care by the patient and the physician but there is no limit as to how long someone can survive on dialysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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