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We use latex gloves at work and my nails get damaged. How can I strengthen them?

We use latex gloves at work and my nails get damaged. How can I strengthen them?

Biotin: Does not sound like a latex allergy. So I would recommend using hand moisturizer at work - there are some specifically made for glove wearers. Also taking biotin daily like in a hair, skin and nail formula vitamin from a health food store can help too! ...Read more

Latex (Definition)

1. The colorless or milky sap of certain plants, such as the poinsettia or milkweed, that coagulates on exposure to air. 2. An emulsion of rubber or plastic globules in water, used in paints, adhesives, and various synthetic rubber products. 3. Latex ...Read more


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I work in healthcare. My latex gloved hand accidentally went in a bedpan full of urine of an AIDS (not HIV) patient. Do I need to be worried? Thanks!!

I work in healthcare. My latex gloved hand accidentally went in a bedpan full of urine of an AIDS (not HIV) patient. Do I need to be worried? Thanks!!

Don't worry;be happy: .. . Happy because you followed glove guidelines; gloves are effective barrier to HIV & other infections. Let me add: 1) even if not gloved, risk is low because very little virus in urine and your skin, if intact, is barrier too; 2) if there was contact through skin (real risk to you), post-exposure prophylaxis can be very effective but only if started IMMEDIATELY. If?, tell super or HR immediately ...Read more

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Could working gloves change your nail color?

Could working gloves change your nail color?

Possibly: Certain dyes when combined with sweat can cause the dye to leak from the glove and stain your nail. I recommend you change to a different type of work glove and see if the nail clears (it will take about 3 months for the nail to grow out). If your nails continue to be discolored I recommend you see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can wearing plastic gloves ruin your nails?

Can wearing plastic gloves ruin your nails?

Nail damage: Gloves will not hurt your nails unless very tight and you may get pressure chamges or unless you are allergic to the gloves. ...Read more

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Are nurses allowed to have fake nails while drawing blood? She didn't wear gloves, are there any chances she also reused the needle. Very sketchy.

Are nurses allowed to have fake nails while drawing blood? She didn't wear gloves, are there any chances she also reused the needle. Very sketchy.

No issue, but...: All blood sticks should be carried out with gloves for mutual protection. Fake nails are not the issue. As far as needle reuse, this would be malpractice of the highest order. I would complain. I doubt the needle would be reused. That would be stupidity of the highest order! ...Read more

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Hi, went to a football game it was around 48 degree and my fingers were so cold my nails turned blue with gloves and my feet went numb and got heavy?

Hi, went to a football game it was around 48 degree and my fingers were so cold my nails turned blue with gloves and my feet went numb and got heavy?

This may be raynaud's syndrome.: Raynaud's may cause vasoconstriction of the artery in response to cold. When it warms up you may have some discomfort as well. This can occur in response a cold or emotional stress. It may be a symptom of underlying connective tissue disease and warrants further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a latex allergy to be confused with herpes infection on your hand?

Is it possible for a latex allergy to be confused with herpes infection on your hand?

Rash: Herpes usually is painful and has a more of an ulcer type appearance. Latex allergy is more itchy and has more of a redness and flat appearance generally speaking. ...Read more

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When I put hand support gloves on they feel a little wierd and they make my hand feel a little tingly, and I bought them to stop the tingling?

When I put hand support gloves on they feel a little wierd and they make my hand feel a little tingly, and I bought them to stop the tingling?

Too tight: Hi!
Sounds like this pair of gloves are too tight (decreasing blood flow to the hands or affecting the nerves of the wrist/hands); I'd recommend going one size up if you can.
best regards,
Garrett Norvell, MD ...Read more

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After doing a IV I had blood on gloves when I removed them I noticed there was blood on the inside out. Should I worry I have some cuts on hand?

After doing a IV I had blood on gloves when I removed them I noticed there was blood on the inside out. Should I worry I have some cuts on hand?

Possibly: Possibly, but upon inspection did you see a cut on your hands? Usually, if you notice blood from inside the glove there's an obvious source or a reciprocal spot on your hands. ...Read more

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What causes a hand to swell after a fall? I fell and my hand is swollen like a boxing glove. Can't move it or touch it.

What causes a hand to swell after a fall? I fell and my hand is swollen like a boxing glove. Can't move it or touch it.

Fracture: A fracture must be considered with those symptoms which occurred after a fall. Your physician should examine you. Apply ice and elevate your hand to minimize swelling in the meantime. ...Read more

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. Lady put on glove then used that hand to pull the biohazard trash can close to her. Then took my blood. Chances of getting diseases?

. Lady put on glove then used that hand to pull the biohazard trash can close to her. Then took my blood. Chances of getting diseases?

Not from this: She should have regloved for the aesthetics, but you need to stop worrying. The blood-drawing team gloves primarily to protect themselves and the next patient, rather than shield you from infection. Nothing entered your body that could have been contaminated. ...Read more

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My child's hand (2 years and 7 months) swelled like you swell a glove. It is also hot. I think due to mosquito bites. Please tell me what to do?

My child's hand (2 years and 7 months) swelled like you swell a glove. It is also hot. I think due to mosquito bites. Please tell me what to do?

Common things common: Many kids will respond to various bug bites with localized swelling. Most it is a simple bump at the bite site, but in some, the body reacts by releasing chemicals that turn the capillaries into soaker hoses. They release serum that dilutes the toxins in any bite. A bite on the hand may swell to the elbow. A bite site should be evident. Your regular doc can separate this type of rxn from an infection. ...Read more

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For what reason can't surgeons touch their other hand without gloves on?

For what reason can't surgeons touch their other hand without gloves on?

Using surgical glove: Gloves are used to protect patients - the one that you are touching and the next patient you touch. Sterile gloves are used to handle sterile surfaces - like when an operation is being done. Regular gloves are used to keep from getting germs on your fingers.

There is a routine that surgeons learn to put gloves on and to take off to keep from contaminating hands. ...Read more

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What the different between masturbate by hand and by Cooking gloves. Or anything like toys. Thanks?

What the different between masturbate by hand and by Cooking gloves. Or anything like toys. Thanks?

Confusing question: There is no specific difference between self sex with or without toys. This event is a matter of self gratification and responds to the creativity of the person involved. As long as you do not hurt yourself in the process, it is yours to explore. ...Read more

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So my moms hand has this one dark spot on it where there was a hole in her glove and she says it itches really bad?

So my moms hand has this one dark spot on it where there was a hole in her glove and she says it itches really bad?

Need more details: But given what you have said, I suspect she was working outside with gloves on, and now has a spot where there was a hole in the glove and the spot itches.

With those assumptions, I would suspect contact dermatitis, perhaps something like poison ivy or poison oak. ...Read more

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29 wks preg, I forgot to wear gloves while cleaning & lets just say I pretty much dipped my hand into a bunch of bathroom cleaning chemicals.??? : (

29 wks preg, I forgot to wear gloves while cleaning & lets just say I pretty much dipped my hand into a bunch of bathroom cleaning chemicals.??? : (

VERY UNLIKELY: To have ANY effect on your fetus! Only absorbed substances harm the baby and the chemicals you describe are not absorbed with any significant levels (they would "kill you first") BUT... FROM NOW ON WEAR GLOVES!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Could you get infected if you have cuts all over ur hand and you draw blood but your always using gloves and washing ur hands? I'm scared please help

Could you get infected if you have cuts all over ur hand and you draw blood but your always using gloves and washing ur hands? I'm scared please help

Why are there cuts?: If you are wearing gloves, have been immunized for hbv, and practice good sharps procedures, you are doing all you could do. ...Read more

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Hand washing after glove removal or sanitizing hands? Which is better or they work the same?

Hand washing after glove removal or sanitizing hands? Which is better or they work the same?

Either: Unclear what type of gloves you are referring to, but either of the two options you have described should serve the purpose. ...Read more

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I have hurt my knuckle while boxing with a damaged glove, its my left hand middle knuckle. It heals the pain in a week but its still sensitive and when I start again it dose the pain. Please help?

I have hurt my knuckle while boxing with a damaged glove, its my left hand middle knuckle. It heals the pain in a week but its still sensitive and when I start again it dose the pain. Please help?

Hand Pain: Hurt knuckle while boxing w damaged glove on left hand middle knuckle. It healed in a week but still hurts when boxing.
It takes 6 weeks for a fracture to heal. Did you get hand and finger Xrays? Perhaps you need to have some imaging done. ...Read more

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I assisted on a surgery & had dry blood on my gloves when I removed them, I may have touched the blood with bare hand. No open wounds. HIV risk?

I assisted on a surgery & had dry blood on my gloves when I removed them, I may have touched the blood with bare hand. No open wounds. HIV risk?

Was pt HIV positive?: If the patient was not HIV positive, there is no risk. Even if the patient had HIV, the risk is remote to nil.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I work as a massage therapist, can you contract hepatitis or aids by giving someone a massage if you have a cut on your hand? Should I wear gloves?

I work as a massage therapist, can you contract hepatitis or aids by giving someone a massage if you have a cut on your hand? Should I wear gloves?

No: No chance of contracting HIV or hepatitis, unless there are open, bleeding wounds you are working on. Would still recommend that you cover your wound with bandaid or gauze in order to protect its healing. ...Read more

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I am a black british female and I have Lichenification on the knuckle areas of my left my left hand unsightly black legions wear gloves work a chef.

I am a black british female and I have Lichenification on the knuckle areas of my left my left hand unsightly black legions wear gloves work a chef.

Lichenification: Lichenification occurs with longstanding dermatitis as the outer skin thickens as a response to the inflammation. Most commonly due to eczema or chronic allergic contact dermatitis. Since it is only on the left hand, would suspect the latter. Consider a consultation on Health Tap or with a local Dermatologist or Allergist for a personalized evaluation ...Read more

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Can touching a specimen biohazard bag with no gloves cause infection if specimen is inside the bag? And have a few cuts on hand but washed off hands?

Can touching a specimen biohazard bag with no gloves cause infection if specimen is inside the bag? And have a few cuts on hand but washed off hands?

Bags are effective..: Biohazard bags are effective at preventing the transmission of infectious agents. You should be ok. Only worry would be the likelihood that something got on the outside of the bag when the biohazardous material was placed in the bag. ...Read more

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I have been gardening and maybe pulled out a few nettles wearing gloves. I now have stinging sensation in the knuckles of my right hand?

Ouch!: The pain from touching nettles is severe but brief. After an hour or so, or less, it hurts much less. Wear gloves henceforth! It is a horrible pain., there is nothing like that in my experience. I have felt it once, and, I hope to never feel it again! Wash your hands with mild soap of course. Wash anything you touched after touching the nettles, too. ...Read more

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Are my hand support gloves suppose to be a little tight when I first put them on and my wrist and hands are getting a chill feeling inside. Is that ok?

Are my hand support gloves suppose to be a little tight when I first put them on and my wrist and hands are getting a chill feeling inside. Is that ok?

Too tight: Hi!
temperature change or tingling in the hands while wearing gloves can indicate that they are too tight (affecting either blood flow or the nerves). I'd recommend going with the next size up.
best regards,
Garrett Norvell, MD ...Read more

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I was cleaning with bleach and didn't use rubber gloves my hand is broken out. What can I do to it. I have never done this before so worried about what to do with this. I am on other medications so not sure what to do. They are scabbing up but crack and g

I was cleaning with bleach and didn't use rubber gloves my hand is broken out. What can I do to it. I have never done this before so worried about what to do with this. I am on other medications so not sure what to do. They are scabbing up but crack and g

Difficult: Difficult to tell without a clinical examination, but it sounds like you might have a contact dermatitis. You probably should see a dermatologist who can definitively diagnose you and provide treatment options would might include topical steroid creams/ointments and moisturizer creams such as cerave or cetaphil cream. Sometimes, I even give patients a kenalog (triamcinolone) (steroid) injection to help if the condition is severe. Read more about contact dermatitis at the link below. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Back of hand at nuckle stuck by natal plumb sticker through glove. Slight swelling and tenderness, no redness. Topical ointments or ice?

Back of hand at nuckle stuck by natal plumb sticker through glove. Slight swelling and tenderness, no redness. Topical ointments or ice?

Hand injury: Hi, ice is a good idea, also Ibuprofen (if no contraindication), if there is an open skin cut then Triple Antibiotics ointment, also need to see a doctor for Xray to rule out fracture and also possible tetanus Vaccine.
Good luck. ...Read more

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The back of my hand especially around my knuckles and lower fingers is red and the skin is scaly. Could this be caused by wearing vinyl gloves?

The back of my hand especially around my knuckles and lower fingers is red and the skin is scaly. Could this be caused by wearing vinyl gloves?

Knuckle Pads: Knuckle pads are benign, asymptomatic, well-circumscribed, smooth, firm, skin-colored papules, nodules, or plaques, located in the skin over the dorsal aspects of the metacarpophalangeal (mcp) and interphalangeal (ip) joints. A history of repetitive trauma related to sports or occupation is often present. ...Read more