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Hi m south indian.Why doesn't shaving my head restore my grey hairs with black ones?The black hair cell died?

Hi m south indian.Why doesn't shaving my head restore my grey hairs with black ones?The black hair cell died?

Gray Hair: Hair turns gray because of age and genetics, in that genes regulate the exhaustion of the pigmentary potential of each individual hair follicle. This occurs at different rates in different hair follicles. For some people it occurs rapidly, while in others it occurs slowly over several decades. Once the pigment is depleted, the hair will be gray or white and will never have pigment again. ...Read more

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My grandaughter is mixed, 1/2 white, 1/2 African American. If I grease her hair, can she still get lice?

My grandaughter is mixed, 1/2 white, 1/2 African American. If I grease her hair, can she still get lice?

Yes: All you need to get/keep lice is be exposed,have a scalp. Having hair gives them something to hide in.Since they can selectively hold their breath up to 18 hours at a time, your oiling might work if the kid kept her head buried in grease/oil 24/7.Though sometimes offered as a home preventive treatment, this is a messy myth. ...Read more

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From india,found 4 black dirt spots in my washed,dried tshirt,may have inhaled it,will I die of hantavirus,don't know if rat's in my house?paranoid.

From india,found 4 black dirt spots in my washed,dried tshirt,may have inhaled it,will I die of hantavirus,don't know if rat's in my house?paranoid.

Liklihood is slim: the likelihood of something like that happening is slim. However, the incubation time is about 2-4 weeks. If you develop pulmonary symptoms or symptoms which are flu like within 2-4 weeks go to the hospital. Why would you think hantavirus? was there a large proportion of people in your area with it? the likelihood is slim. ...Read more

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Had bm, toilet water splashed hymen area.Itchy clear/flesh color bumps/eggs where water hit.No sex in 9yrs.Never exp bumps b4.No smell.Norm discharge.

Had bm, toilet water splashed hymen area.Itchy clear/flesh color bumps/eggs where water hit.No sex in 9yrs.Never exp bumps b4.No smell.Norm discharge.

Warts?: What you are describing likely did not come from the toilet water. You should have your physician examine the bumps to determine what they are. By description they sound like warts. ...Read more

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Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Taking Ferrex 150 BID- have dark greenish black stool and black specs when wiping. Is this from the iron pills?

Ferrex: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-17009/ferrex-150-oral/details#side-effects Iron pills do cause stool to turn black and may have black flecks. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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In my shower, under the soap holder, found lots of black stuff. kinda white and little fuzzy. is it black mold or soap scum. will poison my lungs

In my shower, under the soap holder, found lots of black stuff. kinda white and little fuzzy. is it black mold or soap scum. will poison my lungs

Just scrub it down: No worries. If a person uses a shower, and sees mold or mildew, he should get some cleaning solution (made with a bit of bleach and water, or bought from the store already made) and scrub the shower stall down once a week. If for some reason the person is physically unable to scrub a shower, he can use a milder solution (also sold in stores) and just spray the mold or mildew areas twice a weekly. ...Read more

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Vacationed in arkansas, came home w/ 64 pink+ red raised bumps w/ bite puncture inside. None on exposed skin, mostly groin+stomach. What bit me?

Vacationed in arkansas, came home w/ 64 pink+ red raised bumps w/ bite puncture inside. None on exposed skin, mostly groin+stomach. What bit me?

Bed bugs?: Since you were vacationing and they were not on exposed skin it is possible that these are bed bug marks. Without seeing the bumps it is difficult to say what they may be. ...Read more

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If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it ???

If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it ???

No: Black walnut worm is not a treatment for babesia (a “piroplasm,” that infects red blood cells, carried by ticks) ...Read more

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Cleaned black stuff off window sill in shower with water on cloth, then washed hands with body soap & used hand to clean private area. Could black stuff get to or have harmed baby? 31 weeks pregnant

Cleaned black stuff off window sill in shower with water on cloth, then washed hands with body soap & used hand to clean private area. Could black stuff get to or have harmed baby? 31 weeks pregnant

Mold: The only way mold could harm you or your baby --- would be --- if you breathe it in. Contact ( touch) doesn't make it invade our body through skin--- esp after you wash hands ...Read more

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Today,my poop had dark black stuff in it.Also,I was changing my maxi pad, my old maxi pad,had nothing but black stuff in it,no red blood at all.

Today,my poop had dark black stuff in it.Also,I was changing my maxi pad, my old maxi pad,had nothing but black stuff in it,no red blood at all.

IF: menstrual blood is black - don't worry. That just means that old blood is being cleaned from the uterus. If your bowel movement is black - that might be from taking peptobismol or iron. However since you take motrin and are suffering from abdominal pain - it would be important to ensure that it is not due to blood. Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be related to GI bleeding. Take care. ...Read more

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3yr old son's lower teeth is yellowish frm bottom,in & out.Brushes twice,washes aftr almost every meal.no bottle to bed.no-fluoride paste & water.hlp.

3yr old son's lower teeth is yellowish frm bottom,in & out.Brushes twice,washes aftr almost every meal.no bottle to bed.no-fluoride paste & water.hlp.

See a pedodontist: Pediatric dentists are specially trained to handle problems particular to children. Not only they have extra years of training but their offices have an atmosphere conducive to children. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Im 17, I have a lot of pimples-forehead. I use clean&clear cleanser-morning & bee pollen soap-night & clean&clear blackhead astringent. Is this okay?

Im 17, I have a lot of pimples-forehead. I use clean&clear cleanser-morning & bee pollen soap-night & clean&clear blackhead astringent. Is this okay?

Good start: The clean-and-clear benzoyl peroxide is an excellent choice for initial treatment. If you do not get the results you want after two weeks, get with your personal physician. Since you are a female, if you can take the oral contraceptive pill this may clear you, or a topical retinoic acid derivative or antibiotic may be sufficient. Acne is a chronic but manageable disease. Good luck. ...Read more

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Tiny black bugs white spots in kitchen window & counter top?

Dr Pest Control: Most likely benign, but need better description. Call a pest control company. ...Read more

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Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel. Do I need to toss it?

Black color mold on drying rack from wet towel.  Do I need to toss it?

The towel?: Or the drying rack? Neither. Just clean them. A bleach solution or Oxiclean is fine for the towel. The drying rack,you might need to get a little more aggressive with ammonia based cleaners. There are commercial black mold cleaning products that you can purchase at home improvement stores. You can decide if the rack is worth keeping. The towel....no problem. Just disinfect in the wash. ...Read more