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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Repeated Hand Washing (Overview)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you need to see a mental health professional. You may be given medicine. The mh doc will teach you strategies to deal with this. A book called "the boy who couldn't stop washing" may help. The very best to you.


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Hand washing vs hand sanitizer? Which is better when done performing blood draws! would hand sanitizer prevent me from getting infected?

Hand washing vs hand sanitizer? Which is better when done performing blood draws! would hand sanitizer prevent me from getting infected?

Both work.: It's my understanding that hand washing and hand sanitizer are both good; certainly they are far better than not washing hands. If you are drawing blood, wear gloves. Don't re-cap needles, because you really can get stuck. If you should have a needle stick injury where you are in contact with a patient's blood, call your supervisor, the nursing supervisor, or the employee health department. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
3 doctors shared insights

Repeated Hand Washing (Overview)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder you need to see a mental health professional. You may be given medicine. The mh doc will teach you strategies to deal with this. A book called "the boy who couldn't stop washing" may help. The very best to you.


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How might hand washing affect our family's health at home?

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How might hand washing affect our family's health at home?

Decr infxn rate: Hand washing, regardless of whether at the hospital or at home, has been demonstrated to reduce the rate of disease transmission. This means lower infection rates, whether hospitalized or not. Check out following 3 links: http://www.Cdc.Gov/handwashing/ http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/handwashing/ http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/hand-washing/hq00407. ...Read more

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Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Yes: sniffing any chemicals can cause a health issues, why take a chance? If this is a habit you can't control, it is an addiction, and needs to be looked at... ...Read more

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washing not mine, dried blood off object why lowrisk for blood borne pathogens with paper towel dish soap and water ? Washed hands after with soap

washing not mine, dried blood off object why lowrisk for blood borne pathogens with paper towel dish soap and water ? Washed hands after with soap

Low risk: Low risk, unless you have an open wound and blood from someone with a known blood-borne pathogen. The risk is still less than being injected with that blood. ...Read more

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Can you contract HSV 2, if your hand comes in contact with an infected penis. After using hand sanitizer & lightly washing hands, then touching vagina?

Can you contract HSV 2, if your hand comes in contact with an infected penis. After using hand sanitizer & lightly washing hands, then touching vagina?

No risk, no worry: HSV2 is not so easy to transmit. Even sex with an infected partner, i.e. unprotected intercourse for several minutes, usually doesn't transmit it. No worries at all from this sort of contact. No STDs ever are transmitted by hand-genital contact, even if genital fluids are used for lubrication. ...Read more

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Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

OUCH! : That type of hand sanitizer is 63% ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Ethanol is the same alcohol found in spirits and liquors and beer and wine. It will sting and probably used sparingly will not harm a very superficial cut but id keep it out of deep cuts.Gentle washing with soap and water is effective. It also contains water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, carbomer, fragrance, aminomethyl propanol, etc. ...Read more

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Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Yes: Hand washing with use of a soap or detergent can be effective in removing germs. Also, alcohol based "hand sanitizers" can serve this purpose. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile- the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more

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Is there any treatments on over comming exssesive hand washing after each blood draw? I belive I have ocd:(

Yes: Excessive hand washing is one sign of ocd, but this needs to be evaluated and diagnosed by a mental health professional. If it turns out you have ocd, there are several effective treatments available, including medications and certain types of therapy (cbt). I don't know if you're the one performing or receiving the blood draws, but anxiety often makes ocd symptoms temporarily worse. ...Read more

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Is washing my hands 4 times,wiping my hands with alcohol prep pads,using fingernail polish remover under my nails&hand sanitizer enough to kill sprem?

Is washing my hands 4 times,wiping my hands with alcohol prep pads,using fingernail polish remover under my nails&hand sanitizer enough to kill sprem?

OCD: you are going way overboard with the washing, this is getting in the obsessive compulsive range. Why do you feel the need to do all these things, do you have other compulsions? If so you need to see a professional about this. Washing your hands once with soap and water was enough. ...Read more

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Is hand washing dish detergent dangerous for children?

Is hand washing dish detergent dangerous for children?

See below: Depends on how the exposure is. If ingested, exposed to the eyes or a mucosa surface, the detergents can be harmful. If you have any concerns about a present exposure, call your local poison control center for advise. ...Read more

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Will it work if you wash your hands and pee on your hand and rub it in your eye to get rid of a sty?

Will it work if you wash your hands and pee on your hand and rub it in your eye to get rid of a sty?

No: I am unaware of any scientific studies showing that topical urine has any effect on eyelid infections. I am personally skeptical of any claims of such as well. ...Read more

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Can we kill HIV with Dettol hand wash after touching infected person sweat?

Don't Sweat it: HIV is NOT spread by: air or water, insects, including mosquitoes or ticks, saliva, tears, or sweat, casual contact, like shaking hands, hugging or sharing dishes/drinking glasses, drinking fountains, or (non-bloody) toilet seats. So don't sweat it. You have to be up-close and really personal (blood,semen,pre-seminal fluid,rectal fluids, vaginal fluids,breast milk) or REALLLY unlucky. ...Read more

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