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Scrubbed a stainless steel (made in china) letter opener to remove glue. Could i be exposed to lead? 34 weeks pregnant.

Scrubbed a stainless steel (made in china) letter opener to remove glue. Could i be exposed to lead? 34 weeks pregnant.

Unlikely: Stainless steel has no lead in it.The sources i worry about are the paints or decorations on some of the china origin products. ...Read more

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Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Best way to remove steri strips from glued cut? Water? Or just pull?

Steri Stripts: It is often best to let these dry out and as they get to the point they are falling off you can then just pull them off the rest of the way. But it is often about being patient and letting the skin heal underneath. ...Read more

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Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Give me a boost.: The general rule is to have a booster if it has been more than 10 years since last shot. If the wound is deep and contaminated and it has been more than 5 years since your last shot, you will need a booster. Your wound care sounds adequate, but there is no way of telling if it is adequate enough. To remove all doubt, get a booster. ...Read more

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Can 2 screws in my foot set off a metal detector?

Can 2 screws in my foot set off a metal detector?

No, because: Titanium is a special metal that will not set off the airport detectors. ...Read more

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I have a piece of wood stuck between the nail and nail bed of my large toe. Happened river tubing. Used hydro-peroxide to clean. Necessary to remove?

I have a piece of wood stuck between the nail and nail bed of my large toe. Happened river tubing. Used hydro-peroxide  to clean. Necessary to remove?

Remove: Generally best to have the wood removed to prevent an infection or foreign body reaction and allow faster healing and less discomfort. Hydrogen peroxide often slows up healing. Can use rubbing alcohol or a topical antibiotic to aid healing. ...Read more

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Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Can algae grow on a stainless steel/chrome hookah stem?

Yes: usually not algae, but various kinds of fungi can grow on any wet surface that stays chronically wet. ...Read more

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Daughter lifted a jug of Clorox bleach from shelf in laundry room last night and cap was loose....bleach poured onto her...filling eyes, rt. eye, bad!

Daughter lifted a jug of Clorox bleach from shelf in laundry room last night and cap was loose....bleach poured onto her...filling eyes, rt. eye, bad!

Eye Emergency: Flush the eyes with lots of water. Call an Ophthalmologist or go to the Emergency room immediately. Time is of the essence, to avoid permanent damage. ...Read more

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8 month old got debris from hardwood flooring - not actually wood but hardened top coat- lodged between nail and nail bed. Attempt to remove from dr who used nail bed raiser just pushed it further. Can I just let it grow out? No pain.

8 month old got debris from hardwood flooring - not actually wood but hardened top coat- lodged between nail and nail bed. Attempt to remove from dr who used nail bed raiser just pushed it further. Can I just let it grow out? No pain.

Options: One option may be letting it work its way out if there is no infection., The other is to have it surgically removed by creating a small V in the nail and directly removing it in an exposed position.. Forceps have a tendency to advance foreign bodies. Keep the area clean and make sure immunizations are current. All the best. ...Read more

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Cleaned dark mold in car w/ bleach mix and sponge. Small area (4-6 inch). Caused by coffee.Used gloves but no mask. Should I worry about exposure?

Cleaned dark mold in car w/ bleach mix and sponge. Small area (4-6 inch). Caused by coffee.Used gloves but no mask. Should I worry about exposure?

I wouldn't worry:): Using gloves ... good for you! If you did not experience any symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, I wouldn't worry about the bleach fumes. High concentrations of bleach can cause lung irritation/inflammation which typically heals by itself. If you didn't have symptoms, not a problem. A mask is a good idea, though:) ...Read more

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Lg kidney stone removed, 3x3x.5 cm chunk for analysis. Components 70% Whewellinte, 15% Weddellite & 15% Dahllite. What diet restrictions would help?

Lg kidney stone removed, 3x3x.5 cm chunk for analysis. Components 70% Whewellinte, 15% Weddellite & 15% Dahllite.  What diet restrictions would help?

Calcium stones: You have a mix of calcium containing stones. If you have no other medical disease, increase your water intake to 2L per day. 24Hour urine metabolic test needed in 6-8 weeks post stone. decreasing the daily salt intake is the single best step and not calcium. Further changes in diet need the results of the test to determine if you need medications, dietary changes or both ...Read more

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Help! i'm having my house re-done & i was walking outside & tripped over a wire type fence on the ground & cut my leg in 3 places. The wire fence thing looked brand new. Do i need a tetanus shot?

Help! i'm having my house re-done & i was walking outside & tripped over a wire type fence on the ground & cut my leg in 3 places. The wire fence thing looked brand new. Do i need a tetanus shot?

If not up to date: If you have not had a tetanus shot within the last 10 years he will need to have a booster shot. It would also be a good idea if those cuts are deep to have them looked at that for any foreign body that may have become lodged in them and for general wound care. ...Read more

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Okay treatment for heavy metal poisoning that will remove mercury from body?

Okay treatment for heavy metal poisoning that will remove mercury from body?

Not an issue for: self diagnosis or treatment. If you think you have mercury poisoning, you should get tested for it and seek treatment from a doctor. This is not an issue for self diagnosis or self treatment. ...Read more

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6wks pst op bunion removed & screw in big toe, wires in 2 toes. Plaster & wires removed 2 days ago. The big toe is sticking up is this normal?

6wks pst op bunion removed & screw in big toe, wires in 2 toes. Plaster & wires removed 2 days ago. The big toe is sticking up is this normal?

Have it evaluated.: The position of the big toe immediately following cast, pin, and bandage removal is not necessarily reflect its final position after you have regained strength and mobility following the postoperative and rehabilitation period. For some procedures, the big toe may be purposely fused in a slightly elevated position and you may not be use to that. Consult with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How to remove tiny (invisible) pieces of metal from my laceration?

How to remove tiny (invisible) pieces of metal from my laceration?

May not be possible: With a laceration (open wound), proper care involves thorough cleansing, irrigation and sometimes debridement (removal of foreign debris and any devitalized tissue) depending on the situation. It is not always possible or practical to remove all foreign material (especially if tiny and "invisible"). An x-ray may be helpful to localize metal but sometimes it is best to leave it be and follow up. ...Read more

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