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I heard that dermatitis is highly contagious. How contagious is it really?

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 more

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Dermatitis (Definition)

Dermatitis means inflammation of skin. Contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis are ...Read more


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I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

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 more

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Is epiglottitis contagious? My doctor says it is not contagious but there are websites that say it is highly contagious. Which is correct?

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 more

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Is this only contagious through toddlers? or is it spread by all ages? how long from time contracted is it contagious

Is this only contagious through toddlers? or is it spread by all ages? how long from time contracted is it contagious

Is WHAT contagious ?: If you don't provide the needed background information your post cannot be answered. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more

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What is the infection accenntadactor they said it was very contagious and can br deadly is this true?

What is the infection accenntadactor they said it was very contagious and can br deadly is this true?

Acinetobacter: Acinetobacter is a type of bacteria that often can be resistant to many antibiotics currently used. The "deadliness" comes from the relative lack of therapeutic options and if it is not covered with the standard regimen for broad spectrum antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

Is shingles contagious and how is it treated?

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 more

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I am aware that emphysema is a non-currable disease but does it contageous to fellow housemate?

I am aware that emphysema is a non-currable disease but does it contageous to fellow housemate?

No: Emphysema is not contagious. People get emphysema for genetic reasons combined with enviormental exposures-usually tobacco smoke. The only way your housemate could get emphysema from you is through exposure to second hand smoke. ...Read more

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What makes yawning so contagious? It's harmless but it seems to very quite contagious.

What makes yawning so contagious? It's harmless but it seems to very quite contagious.

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

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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?

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

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What does a ringworm look like when it is not contagious anymore?

What does a ringworm look like when it is not contagious anymore?

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

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My rashes are gone with clobetasol, does it mean that it is not secondary syphilis?

My rashes are gone with clobetasol, does it mean that it is not secondary syphilis?

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 more

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How dangerous is pokeweed actually to humans? I heard it was. What does it look like?

How dangerous is pokeweed actually to humans?  I heard it was.  What does it look like?

Not very: Pokeweed contains two ingredients that may be toxic but it is also eaten as a food. The berries are used to make a red dye that has many uses. Interesting information can be found at http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/phytolacca. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea. Is this condition something that is considered serious? .

How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea.  Is this condition something that is considered serious?

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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

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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? .

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?

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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 more

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How does eczema spread and is it contagious?

How does eczema spread and is it contagious?

No not contagious: Eczema is broably described to a range of skin conditions .These can cause dryness in skin and rashes and associated with itching the cause is combination and envoirenmental factors no it is not contagious. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Could anybody get vasculitis? Is it contagious?

Could anybody get vasculitis? Is it contagious?

Not: It's not contagious. I guess anybody can get anything. That said, vasculitis is not a common disease. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's really very difficult for someone to contract HIV from giving a bj?

Is it true that it's really very difficult for someone to contract HIV from giving a bj?

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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