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What Can I Do In Order Not To Get Germs In A Shared Toilet Among 6 Other People
Sanitation: 1. Amongst the seven of you - ensure that the bathroom / toilet are regularly cleaned. 2. Can place tissue on the seat. 3. Wash hands well with soap and warm water after using the toilet. ...Read more
Can you catch aids just by someone putting their penis in you, or do they have to ejaculate and exchange bodily fluids in some sort?
Hey we have a case of noro virus in our house and i tend to go crazy when i hear about these flu what can a person do to avoid getting it or a treatme?
Wash your hands: The best way to prevent any gastrointestinal illness is diligent hand washing with soap and water. Hand sanitizer would not be sufficient. Sterilizing all surfaces at home will help too, to decrease the chance that there is already a contaminated surface that you could touch. ...Read more
Other than aids why are some men unable to have sex? According to what I have heard something may be wrong with their blood stream in their penis.
Are there any serious diseases you could get by talking to a vagabond in close proximity and shaking his hand? Esp. diseases that kill in stealth?
No: Jimmy, you did a good thing, and you're a far better man than most of your peers. One of the most wonderful gifts you can give another human being is your time. A homeless person may suffer from loneliness and from mental bewilderment beyond what you can even imagine. You were surely a blessing to him. Don't worry -- you're tough, and your body can handle whatever was on his hands ...Read more
I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?
No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosquito bites. Most adults only have mild symptoms if they contract Zika (fever, rash, joint pains) and recover without any side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you get hsv1 from sharing popcorn with someone who has it like they put some in their mouth then put their hand back in to get more can I get it
None: Infection of plants is an entirely different issue than infection of animals (and humans). Plants frequently are toxic to animals to prevent consumption by those same animals.But that is not common illness. ...Read more
Why does everyone say you should let your kids play in dirt and at the park if its possible to catch parasites that can cause blindness and worse?
Odd preoccupation: Not every park or sandbox is a breeding ground for germs/parasites or worse. Your preoccupation is sad, since you are likely to pass it on to your kids who may never be able to enjoy nature. You are free to believe this if you wish, but I encourage parents to introduce their kids to the natural world.In 3+ decades of practice none have had the issues you fear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you get Ebola from an infected person's blood or bodily fluid/secretions that are left like say, in a public place long after they have left?
Ebola Virus: When dried, in small amounts on a surface in ambient conditions - the Ebola virus usually is not alive for more than a few hours. It can live longer in body fluids maintained at room temperature and considerably longer at lower temperatures (4 Celsius or lower). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get acquainted with a women who travels often to South Asia. As for the many diseases in the region. Do I have to refrain from having sex with her?
STD risk: Unprotected sex( sex without a condom) carries the risk of sexually transmitted disease ( STD). Correct and consistent use of condoms will mitigate risk but not eliminate it. Unless both partners are known free of STD and are mutually monogamous ( they have sex only with each other) , sex will carry risk of STD. ...Read more
Can just walking around in a public place like a library (no physical contact with people) cause you to catch any type of virus?
Very unlikely: Some viruses (and bacteria) are spread through the air, e.g. when people cough. However, almost all such infections require pretty close physical contact or at least coughing right in the face. The risk is very low from simply being in a public area. Be sure you are up to date on immunizations, including influenza vaccination once a year. Otherwise don't worry about this. ...Read more
Minimize contact ;: Most viruses are spread by touch so try to avoid touching those who are sick as well as surfaces they touched (which can be tricky- doorknobs, light-switches etc.) but even if exposed you may not get sick if your immunity is strong. Eat well (esp. Avoid sweets), get enough sleep, take vit d (5-8.000 iu/day) ; a mulitivitamin, take immune tonics like andrographis ; astragalus. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i went to a tuberculosis clinic to pick up some documents and was sitting in the same room with other people, coulld i get infected with tb?
TB: Unless someone actively coughed in your face or was coughing in your close vicinity, i would not be concerned. ...Read more
Can you tell me if throughout the black plague what were some things people did to keep sanitation?
How do I disinfect my cellphone and remotes in order to clean off giardia or other protozoa parasites (suppose they are there)?
See below: Unless your phone and remote were contaminated by fecal material, it is unlikely that there are cysts of these parasites on the implements. To satisfy your concern, you may clean these with Chlorox wipes. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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