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Doctor insights on: Touching People With Bandaids

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Do wounds heal faster when they are covered by bandaid?

Do wounds heal faster when they are covered by bandaid?

Covered is best: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Do bandaids slow the healing of cuts?

Do bandaids slow the healing of cuts?

Band aids: I don't think there's enough evidence to say that bandaids slow the healing of cuts or abrasions, but it's pretty obvious that many cuts do just as well without them. They're probably not necessary for the majority of cuts out there- except for cosmetic purposes. Proper wound care and dressing is important to healing, but your standard adhesive bandaid might probably not be part of that regimen. ...Read more

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Allergic to curad brand bandaids but not others. Is this unusual or what?

Resin: You may be allergic to a type of glue or resin they use, or to the latex in the bandaid. You should have a patch test to determine what you are allergic to. A dermatologist or allergist can help you. ...Read more

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Do you think I should keep my cut covered with a bandaid or let it breathe?

Do you think I should keep my cut covered with a bandaid or let it breathe?

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day, and protected from trauma. Air is bad for healing! Antibiotics do not help healing. ...Read more

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Is it okay that my skin is white after I take my bandaid off? Is it okay to put another one on?

Is it okay that my skin is white after I take my bandaid off? Is it okay to put another one on?

Wet skin: The skin under the bandaid is wet and needs to breathe a little. Keep the area uncovered at night and put a bandaid on if protection is needed during the day. ...Read more

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Why are the anti meds being so freely prescribed when for most are just a dangerous bandaid and are really hit and miss to even help, but complicate.

Why are the anti meds being so freely prescribed when for most are just a dangerous bandaid and are really hit and miss to even help, but complicate.

Which ones?: Dear lynx, can you clarify more. Antidepressants? Antibiotics? Antipsychotics? Anticholinergics? Anti-inflammatories? Antihistamines? Anti-seizure meds? Anti-anxiety meds? Etc. Please clarify what you are asking about & re-ask question. Thank you. ...Read more

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Should I cover shingles with a bandaid?

Should I cover shingles with a bandaid?

Yes: It's probably a good idea to cover it since it's contagious. You can begin taking oral antivirals to shorten the course of the illness. They've only shown to be helpful in the first 72h. ...Read more

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Could professional fighters but bandaids on their facial abrasions?

Could professional fighters but bandaids on their facial abrasions?

Abraisions&Fighters: Usually fighters are treated by their trainers with sterile Steri strips. Steristrips ...Read more

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What should I use instead of bandaids (adhesive allergy)?

What should I use instead of bandaids (adhesive allergy)?

Hypoallergenic: Look for hypoallergenic tape. Often paper tape is tolerated. ...Read more

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Can bandaids help prevent scarring from a thin and not deep cut?

Can bandaids help prevent scarring from a thin and not deep cut?

Yes and No: 1) the nature of the injury, 2) the repair technique used to close the wound and 3) your genetic predisposition for scarring play a far greater role on the appearance of the scar, having said that if a bandaid promotes primary intention wound healing by keeping the wound clean and moist, it may improve the scar compared to someone without a bandaid. ...Read more

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I just came down with shingles, should I cover it with a bandaid?

I just came down with shingles, should I cover it with a bandaid?

One more thing: An outbreak of shingles may be harmless, or it may cause a lot of pain and then resolve. But an outbreak can also mean that your immune system is struggling due some other unknown problem. The scariest is a hidden cancer. See your doctor and ask for a check up including age appropriate cancer screens. ...Read more

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Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Ointment: Apply some ointment (does not necessarily need to be antibiotic ointment) and cover. You don't want it to actually be wet with water. ...Read more

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Is there risk of disease if you step on a used bandaid with shoes on?

Is there risk of disease if you step on a used bandaid with shoes on?

No.: Most germs that cause disease need a way to get in your body, either through mucous membranes (like your mouth, eyes, or genitals), by being eaten, by being breathed in, or piercing the skin. A few can cause disease through intact skin, but these are relatively rare. Your shoe is a poor reservoir for live germs; almost all that cause disease will die quickly. You have extremely little risk. ...Read more

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When can you take off the water proof bandaid once you had the inplenon removed?

When can you take off the water proof bandaid once you had the inplenon removed?

Yes!: I recommend leaving the bandaid on for about five to seven days after Nexplanon removal, to allow wound to heal enough. You can change the bandaid if one falls off or gets dirty. ...Read more

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Is it possible to stop nipples showing through a non padded costume with bandaids?

Is it possible to stop nipples showing through a non padded costume with bandaids?

NIPPLES SHOWING: DEAR LADY:
I THIS A MEDICAL QUESTION?
YOU CAN ASK A RELATIVE, A FRIEND.
BUT TO MORE THAN 70, 000 DOCTORS?
NOT APPLICABLE. . . ...Read more

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Can I get or contract anything from stepping on a bandaid? And then touch the bottom of my shoe?

Can I get or contract anything from stepping on a bandaid? And then touch the bottom of my shoe?

No: You're young and life's scary. You wouldn't worry about shaking hands with someone with a healing cut -- both of you have your skin sealed, yours intact, his/hers by scab. Even directly handling somebody's band-aid poses no more of a risk. ...Read more

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I have had all tests including mileogram for herniated discs. L4andl5sitting on nerves. I want surgery not a bandaid. How can they fix this?

I have had all tests including mileogram for herniated discs. L4andl5sitting on nerves. I want surgery not a bandaid. How can they fix this?

Microdiscectomy: If you have radiculopathy or true sciatica, microdiscectomy is the answer. Make sure your neurosurgeon thinks the discs are causing your symptoms. More often than not patients with disc herniations do not have symptoms, or the symptoms have nothing to do with the discs. ...Read more

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I have a scab on my back and I was messing with it and then the whole thing just came up. I put a bandaid on it but I don't know what to do! Help me?

I have a scab on my back and I was messing with it and then the whole thing just came up. I put a bandaid on it but I don't know what to do! Help me?

Pressure Application: You did right to put band aid. If it is not bleeding and not painful, just watch it. If bleeding is continued, provide pressure for sometime untill it stops bleeding. Can try OTC medications for pain relief. ...Read more

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I had on gloves when I picked up a unused glove and bandaid then I noticed that the glove was on the floor again picked it up with no glove HIV risk?

I had on gloves when I picked up a unused glove and bandaid then I noticed that the glove was on the floor again picked it up with no glove HIV risk?

Stop worrying: Especially if you're working in a health care setting, you need to get over these unrealistic fears of HIV. It's simply not transmitted by this kind of contact when there's no skin breaking and no exchange of body fluids. This isn't even a hepatitis B risk and this is thousands of times more transmissible. You owe it to yourself and those around you to contain these fears. ...Read more

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Does liquid bandaid kills hepatitis c?

Does liquid bandaid kills hepatitis c?

No: No 'liquid bandaid' or other home remedies kills hepatitis c. There are newer medicines that are being used to cure patients with hepatitis c. See a liver doctor to discuss your options. ...Read more

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Bloodclot below knee hard, size of large bandaid?

Bloodclot below knee hard, size of large bandaid?

Vein or artery?: Is your door warm? Is there pain? Some people will get thrombosis of the varicose vein at that spot, but safest is to get a suede on who fixes veins/arteries to check on it. ...Read more

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Can compression bandaids/stockings work to combat swelling?

Can compression bandaids/stockings work to combat swelling?

Compression: Yes, they work but trying to figure this out by yourself may be difficult. There are dozens of companies that make stockings and the quality and reliability of the products vary greatly. Also, putting on too much (strong or tight) compression can result in great harm if your arteries are not normal. See a clinician that can direct you. ...Read more

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Do compression stockings/bandaids really help for moderate to heavy swelling?

Do compression stockings/bandaids really help for moderate to heavy swelling?

Compression stocking: compression stockings will help to prevent swelling, if they're placed on the legs prior to the legs being dependent. Appropriate pressure and sizing are important

I am unclear as to Band-Aids helping ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out why did my bandaid take the pigment out of my skin?

Is there a way to find out why did my bandaid take the pigment out of my skin?

Didn't: The band aid didn't. It probably got macerated and that whitened the skin. ...Read more

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My stitches are bleeding. Can I cover the area with liquid bandaid or medical tape?

My stitches are bleeding. Can I cover the area with liquid bandaid or medical tape?

Better: Ask the surgeon. It is not clear how long you had the stitches or where or if it is wound dehiscence or normal seeping from the sutures ...Read more

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My blisters popped while practicing for jujitsu underneath the bandaid. What can I do to treat them?

My blisters popped while practicing for jujitsu underneath the bandaid. What can I do to treat them?

Clean area: Once blisters have opened, it is important to keep the area clean, remove some of the dead skin so that no collections of fluid can get infected. Keep the area covered, and use a mild antiseptic such as Bacitracin or neosporin ointment until the area has healed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me for people who suffer from an adhesive allergy, what do you use as an alternative to bandaids?

Can you tell me for people who suffer from an adhesive allergy, what do you use as an alternative to bandaids?

Paper tape: Many persons are allergic to adhesives on tape. The use of a telfa pad (this shiny side of a band aide) and paper tape often does not result in allergic reactions. ...Read more

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I cut my finger 8 hours ago. I washed the cut and put a bandaid on it. When I took it off 5 minutes ago, it bled. What do I do?

I cut my finger 8 hours ago. I washed the cut and put a bandaid on it. When I took it off 5 minutes ago, it bled. What do I do?

Repeat process: You should rewash the finger apply an antiseptic and put another bandaid on and leave it alone for a couple of days. Omit this finger when washing and let the clot mature and retract. Then you can remove the bandaid. ...Read more