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Can catch pubic lice definately from public toilets?

Can catch pubic lice definately from public toilets?

Not likely: Pubic lice are very slow moving, and do not live very long at temperatures lower than the human body. Transmission is usually through prolonged intimate contact, although anything is possible. Symptoms of itching or sores in the pubic region should be evaluated. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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Can you get public lice from a public toilet?

Can you get public lice from a public toilet?

Not usually: If a louse fell off on the seat and you immediately sat down and the louse attached, then yes. However, this would be very unlikely. This usually is sexually transmitted (close body contact) or through poor hygiene, contaminated clothing and unsavory living conditions. ...Read more

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Are public lice white?

Are public lice white?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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Public bathrooms and Ebola worried about catching it from toilet seat?

Public bathrooms and Ebola worried about catching it from toilet seat?

Not in the US today: As of this week (Oct. 2014), there are only 2 recently diagnosed Ebola patients (both are nurses) in the U.S., so even though it is possible to catch Ebola from a contaminated toilet seat (or any object freshly contaminated with blood or bodily substances/fluids) there is no place to find such a contaminated object in the U.S. except for in the hospital units caring for the two American patients. ...Read more

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Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Germophobia: This is the same question as your others, this time about lice. Like warts, only come from intimate contact with another person, not clothing or contamined environment. Abnormal fear of contagion (germophobia) can be an early sign of serious mental health disability (see "The Aviator", the biopic of Howard Hughes, for a good example). You might benefit from professional counseling about this. ...Read more

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Can disease spread from butt contact of public toilet seats?

Can disease spread from butt contact of public toilet seats?

No: If that were the case, epidemics related to public toilets would be widespread. Ever heard of one? I didn't think so. ...Read more

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Can you catch aids from public toilet?

Can you catch aids from public toilet?

No: Many people have become infected with HIV in public toilets, but they got it by having sex there. You won't get infected just by being there or using it for its intended purpose. ...Read more

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What color are public lice?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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Blood in toilet and on toilet paper after using restroom. 11 yrs old?

Blood in toilet and on toilet paper after using restroom.  11 yrs old?

See doc: There are multiple causes for the symptoms you are describing ranging from hemorrhoids to inflammatory diseases of the GI tract. I would recommend having the child see their health care provider where a careful medical history and physical exam can be performed. ...Read more

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Can you catch vaginitis off toilet seats?

Can you catch vaginitis off toilet seats?

Not usually: Most often the answer is no. However, if the toilet seat is wet and trichomonas is present it is remotely possible as this particular vaginal infection goes from one warm moist place to another but usually through sexual or genital contact.. ...Read more

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How can one live free from public toilet infecion?

How can one live free from public toilet infecion?

Uncommon: Wipe down the seat with toilet tissue moistened from sink, wash thoroughly when you get home, carry paper to sit on at the toilet. That being said, this is not a common area in which to acquire infections unless you are doing more than relieving yourself. ...Read more

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Can't urinate in public toilets unless completely alone.please help?

Can't urinate in public toilets unless completely alone.please help?

Here are some ...: Few men experience what you described because they cannot relax the muscle pelvic floor muscle around the urethra while people around; that is commonly called bashful bladder. Helpful solution may include: do pelvic floor muscle exercise (Kegel) like that for women 2-3 times daily, try to pee with close friends, and try using alpha-blocker like Terazosin or Flomax (tamsulosin). Of course, be evaluated first. ...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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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more