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Doctor insights on: Idiosyncratic Attachment To Inanimate Objects

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Idiosyncratic (Definition)

Reaction or process that is not expected to happened and is not fully understanded or explained for scientifical analysis and is especific to a ...Read more


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How plausible is it for HPV to be spread through non-sexual or proxy contact (one not washing hands properly someone touching door handle after them)?

How plausible is it for HPV to be spread through non-sexual or proxy contact (one not washing hands properly someone touching door handle after them)?

Not impossible but..: By far, genital hpv is more commonly and more easily transmitted via sex. Plus, certain strains have a higher affinity for certain types of skin cells. Infection requires contact between skin cells and live virus. The virus must attach to cell receptors and get into a cell. Direct contact, microtrauma to skin and high viral load all favor infection. Sex is better than door knobs for transmission. ...Read more

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More ebola cases seem to be popping up in US. Can it be spread via door knobs, casual contact, etc?

More ebola cases seem to be popping up in US. Can it be spread via door knobs, casual contact, etc?

My understanding is: that as of today - there is 1 patient who is actively infected with Ebola in the US. There is 1 patient being evaluated from Doctors without Borders in NY & 6 people from West Africa in quarantine in Connecticut. This does not mean that the last 7 individuals have Ebola however. An individual w Ebola is only infectious when they have active symptoms. Ebola contamination on surfaces > ...Read more

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How long can herpes survive outside on objects pets or house objects?

How long can herpes survive outside on objects pets or house objects?

Herpes: It does not matter. This is not how someone is infected with herpes. Why are you asking this impossible question? ...Read more

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Could someone get hiv, hepatitis (a/b/c), or any other STD through their hands by touching an inanimate object?

Could someone get hiv, hepatitis (a/b/c), or any other STD through their hands by touching an inanimate object?

HAV possibly: it's the only one transmitted by fecal-oral transmission. all others require contact with blood or infected body fluids. ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer kill the Herpes Simplex-1 virus when applied to hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with it. Can disinfectant sprays?

Can hand sanitizer kill the Herpes Simplex-1 virus when applied to hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with it. Can disinfectant sprays?

It helps ....: While anti-bacterial hand sanitizer doesn't kill viruses, using it will help protect you from becoming infected. Alcohol based products may be especially helpful as alcohol can destabilize a viral cell membrane. Disinfectant sprays would have limited use for this purpose. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Can you pass STD by touching dirty objects?

Can you pass STD by touching dirty objects?

No: Sexually transmitted diseases are passed by sexual contact. This could be vaginal, oral or anal. The key is sexual contact. No other way to get a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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yeast infection survive outside host? Touching door nobs, clothes etc or only through direct contact sex?

 yeast infection survive outside host?   Touching door nobs, clothes etc or only through direct contact sex?

Yeast infections : candida is an yeast that most commonly cause an infection known also as candidiasis. Most people have candida as part of normal flora in balance with other bacteria and yeast species. It's only when there's a disruption of balance and overgrowth one pathogen the disease process starts. It's part of the host and doesn't get transmitted from "door knobs or clothes ". ...Read more

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How to disinfect toys when virus is present?

How to disinfect toys when virus is present?

Hand steamers: I have hand held steamers I use in my office.They are advertised as cleaning tools in many areas and I find the steam sanitizes the item quickly without a lot of fuss, and the item drys in a few minutes. If the item is soiled or layered with debris it should be wiped down first. ...Read more

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Multiple wakings in terror, perceived intruder approaching. Physically attacking "intruders" (lamp, dresser, fan) while not fully conscious. Smashed 2 toes, cut open fist, destroyed objects. Pls help!

Multiple wakings in terror, perceived intruder approaching. Physically attacking "intruders" (lamp, dresser, fan) while not fully conscious. Smashed 2 toes, cut open fist, destroyed objects. Pls help!

Sleep Disorder: This sounds like a night terror or rem related sleep disorder which absolutely requires treatment before you injure yourself or someone else further. Please see a board certified sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Can dry blood transfer viruses if it touches other objects?

Can dry blood transfer viruses if it touches other objects?

Viral transmission: This is very unlikely. Viruses die quickly if not within a living cell and cells die fairly rapidly when tissue is dried. The thing you must also remember is that viruses differ one from the other and it would be helpful to specify what you are concerned about. If it is hiv, worry not. Hep c is transmitted from blood directly, not dried. ...Read more

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Not able to see near objects nor far objects clearly due to floaters?

Not able to see near objects nor far objects clearly due to floaters?

See ophthalmologist: 'floaters' can have a variety of causes, some of which need treatment. Please see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can you catch warts from sharing objects such as key boards?

Can you catch warts from sharing objects such as key boards?

How did i get a wart: Warts are caused by a virus, called the human papillomavirus. They are transmitted by direct contact (direct touching), by sharing objects, and from shower floors (for plantar warts). ...Read more

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Can you catch aids from toilet paper in public toilets or by touching a surface other than someone's genitals?

Can you catch aids from toilet paper in public toilets or by touching a surface other than someone's genitals?

Unlikely: To my knowledge, there has not been a case contracting HIV this way. Hiv virus cannot survive for long outside of the body. It is transmitted by getting contaminated blood through transfusion, dirty needles, or through bodily fluid during sexual intercourse. Even saliva is reported to not carry enough viruses to transmit the disease. It should be safe to use public restroom. ...Read more

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How to disinfect phones, remotes, tabletops etc when infected with tuberculosis bacteria?

How to disinfect phones, remotes, tabletops etc when infected with tuberculosis bacteria?

No risk, no worry: People never catch TB by contact with phones, remote controllers, tabletops, or other contaminated surfaces. It is transmitted only through the air when the infected person coughts. Just use any standard household cleaner then don't worry about it. ...Read more