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I Heard That Dermatitis Is Highly Contagious How Contagious Is It Really
Variable: Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin" there are some conditions mostly microbial(virus/bacteria) that are spread by direct contact. There are some spread by other means like chicken pox which is caught by spread of "fomites" or sputum like the common cold. In general barrier protection and careful hygiene are optimal in reducing the spread of many but not all dermatitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Ringworm is not caused by a worm but rather by a fungus or yeast. Like most infections it is contagious and spread by contact with infected persons or animals. It can also be spread by touching the objects used by infected persons such as comb, brush, clothing, toys. Washing hands and objects touched by infected persons helps. Avoid direct contact with infected persons. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is epiglottitis contagious? My doctor says it is not contagious but there are websites that say it is highly contagious. Which is correct?
Can be contagious: Swelling of the epiglottis is usually caused by bacteria Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae). It may also be due to other bacteria or viruses that can cause upper respiratory infections.It can be contagious.Epiglottitis is now very uncommon because H. influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine is routine childhood immunization. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is this only contagious through toddlers? or is it spread by all ages? how long from time contracted is it contagious
What is the infection accenntadactor they said it was very contagious and can br deadly is this true?
Staph: Staph aureus is a normal microbe on human skin. At times it causes infections. You cannot totally eradicate it. ...Read more
Varicella: Shingles is Varicella zoster (chicken pox). Fluid filled blisters that rupture would be potentially infective to those who have never had chicken pox. Pregnant women regardless of past infection or not are extremely vulnerable in regards to the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: A recent study shows that yawning when others yawn is a sign of empathy and a form of social bonding. Kids don't develop this deeply rooted behavior until around age four. "emotional contagion seems to be a primal instinct that binds us together, " said molly helt, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the university of connecticut, storrs. "yawning may be part of that.". ...Read more
I got pityriasis rosea again after almost 2 years.Why it reoccured? Is it a virus, is it contagious?How to heal it faster?Is it sexually transmitted?
Profession not sure: This is not allergic or bacterial or fungal and is thought but not proven to be viral. It is not sexually transmitted and there is no medication to make it go away faster. A second occurrence is a bit unusual and may be worth consultation with dermatologist. ...Read more
Tinea corporis: Tinea corporis (ringworm) is a fungal infection of the skin generally characterized (intially) by a red raised round patch, followed by central clearing and an advancing border. Treatment is with topical antifungals. Healing lesions are usually brown and dry, and with time should assume the color of the surrounding skin. Moisturizing may help it normalize faster. ...Read more
Have a blood test: This is your third or fourth question about your fear that your rash is syphilis. If you have had a negative syphilis blood test, it proves syphilis is not the problem. If you have not had a blood test, do it now. You're not going to get anywhere by repeatedly asking questions on HealthTap when the final answer is so easy. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a skin disease called ichtoyosis. It was inherited from my father. Although it's not very serious but is there anyway to cure it?
No, control only: Ichthyosis is an inherited disorder as you mentioned and like most inherited disorders not curable. However there are treatments that can improve the feel and appearance of the skin. Therapy usually consists of creams that contain urea or lactic acid. For instance there is a otc product called "amlactin" that might be helpful. See your dermatologist for newer treatment options. ...Read more
How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea. Is this condition something that is considered serious?
Not Serious: Pityriasis rosea is skin condition that begins with a "herald patch" 1 larger red scaley area and then you develop multiple of them. Some people think that it's related to a virus. It typically lasts weeks to months and there are not a lot of great therapies- topical steroids, light therapy, etc. ...Read more
How common is eye cancer? Eye cancer isn't something you hear about very often. Does that mean it's not very common? How likely is it that i could get eye cancer?
Eye : Eye cancers are very rare in the general public. Patients can have eye cancers on the eyelids (similar to skin cancers to elsewhere on the body), on the surface of the eye or inside of the eye. Melanomas can develop inside of the eye because there are pigmented cells in the uveal tract. A complete eye exam, including dilation, is an excellent way to screen for these conditions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im born already having sweaty hands and feet.they said if it is developed it can be curable .. If inborn it is uncurable..Is it true? Any suggestions?
Sweaty infants : No need to sweat at your baby's sweaty hands at this age! if the condition is truely diagnosed, it is called hyper-hydrosis.It is 2 types, generalized and focal. Focal hyperhidrosis is due some def. in the sympathetic nervous system., which controls many automatic body functions, including sweating. This problem may be partly caused by genetics. Hopefully your baby is going thru adjustment period. ...Read more
Difficult to say: What will put you at risk with oral sex is if you have any open cuts or sores in your mouth. Keep in mind brushing your teeth and flossing cause microscopic abrasions and cuts. Now having said this..Its difficult to quantitate this type of exposure. No one can give you a specific % really. The risk is certainly lower than vaginal or anal. ...Read more
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