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Is It Safe To Share A Shower With Someone Who Has Shingles
Depends on immunity: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If they will let you: Pms is premenstrual syndrome, a group of physical and emotional symptoms that may come each month during a woman's cycle. She is not "contagious" and physically sexual intercourse is possible normally. Being sensitive to her needs and desire for intimacy can strengthen a relationship. ...Read more
Is it possible to get an STI from sleeping with someone who has only slept with one other person who was a virgin?
Unlikely ..but: Today it is hard to get two people to agree with what is a virgin. If that person had engaged in oral sex or other non vaginal forms of contact they are still at risk of passing STI's. I always consider any sexual as a potential exposure to STI's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would it be possible that a person get shingles if he came in contact with an active sore in someone who has shingles?
Some contacts are ok: Herpes zoster is the chicken pox virus, so a person with zoster can touch any normal person (not immunocompromised, not on prednisone, not a baby) who has immunity to the virus from a past vaccination or a past case of chicken pox or zoster. Otherwise, the zoster patient can wait until all his rash is fully healed (although he is probably not contagious once his scabs are all dry and healing). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone. It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to have unprotected sex with someone who has Zoon's balanitis? Is it possible for me, a lady, to catch it?
Zoon's balanitis?: Zoon's balanitis, is an autoimmune disease, and in some cases poor higene, the best is to have circumcision. topical hydrocortisone valerate 0.2% cream, and 0.1% tacrolimus ointment. Compliance is important to avoid recurrence of symptoms. Sexual transition is unusual. ...Read more
Probably OK: There are no specific problems that have been associated with tattoos in lupus patients. Keep in mind the small risk of infection with hepatitis b and c. Occasionally lupus patients have been known to have a reaction to the tattoo dye but this is very rare. Remember, if you are on immunosuppressive medication, this may increase the chances of infection and slow healing of the tattoo area. ...Read more
I interact with someone with autism and he is unable to put himself in someone else's shoes. Is this a symptom of autism?
Autism Spectrum DO: It is classified as pervasive developmental disorder, and includes asperger syndrome, autism, childhood disintegrative disorder & rett syndrome. It is characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors or interests & sometimes cognitive delays. ...Read more
Is it possible to catch gonorrhoea from using the same toilet as someone else who you know has been diagnosed with it?
Is it safe for someone who has a bad case of scabies to be cooking at a restaurant? I don't want those bugs!
Scabies: Scabies mites are spread by direct bodily contact with a person, and more unlikely from wearing clothing or sitting on an infected couch. Treating with medication may kill the mite before the rash and itching are gone. Though spread in a restaurant setting is almost impossible, respect your patrons by making sure you are treated and your clothing disinfected before going back to work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe maybe not: Mrsa is methicillin resistant staph aureus that in the community form tends to cause skin infections and abscesses. You are at risk in contracting MRSA with any form of close personal contact and or sharing of clothing or other personal items. It depends on where the MRSA infection is but generally speaking - close personal contact is the best way to acquire this sort of infection. ...Read more
No immunity - no-no: Unless all lesions are scabbed over, if one has an impaired immune system such as a pt with aids, transplant, pregnant, or autoimmune disease on significant immunosuppressive drugs, it's best to stay away from the baby with chickenpox. Otherwise, if you were immunized or had chicken pox in the past, then you are ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a cousin who is a alcoholic && just been diagnosed with liver failure. Will not tell the docs that she has a problem. Can she get a trans plant?
Yes: Encourage your cousin to discuss her alcohol intake with the doctor. Doc probably knows already. Depending on other factors heavy drinking may not prevent transplant, but alcoholism needs a daily program of recovery, otherwise your cousin is at risk for death due to other causes besides her liver failure, namely fatal trauma, suicide & imprisonment, common in alcoholism regardless of economics. ...Read more
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