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Yes: Almost everything in the pediatric office carries germs, including books, toys and even the doctor's stethoscope. Most offices try to clean these items but it would be very difficult to clean everything between each patient. Hand washing is a good idea when you leave using soap and water or hand sanitizer which should be available in each room. ...Read more
Can micro HCV particles infect me through sharing a clipboard/pen if they get onto my hands and then get into an open, bleeding cut 1-2 hrs later?
4 days ago, a metal clipboard fell on my toe its still slightly swollen, bruised & starting to get itchy w/ limited bending pain w/ prolonged standing
Clipboard: As long as there was no break in the skin and the toe did not change in position this sounds normal. It may take up to 4 weeks for the swelling to resolve. If symptoms continue after 4 weeks seek medical attention. ...Read more
Can I wash my pencils, eraser and plastic clipboard to remove/disinfect any amoeba (giardia etc) with liquid soap or benzalkonium chloride or alcohol?
Possibly: Chipboard or particle board is held together with glues and resins. Burning these resins can give off toxic fumes and lead to health issues. Best to avoid this type of exposure and to seek medical care if there is significant exposure. ...Read more
How long can I packet of nuts be left open for in a cupboard? They were open for around 6 hours. Should I chuck them?
Nuts!: There about 800 million people on Earth who do not have enough food to eat, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Always think long and hard, before chucking any food away. Ask oneself some questions. Is the food really perishable? What do other people do with that kind of food? How is that type of food stored and sold in stores? ...Read more
I have a small patch of skin that's dry and flakey on my lower back on the right side. The dried skin is white. What could this be?
See Dermatologist: Could be eczema. See a dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Wrong website: You'll need to get your information regarding woodworking and home improvement from a non-medical website... ...Read more
Throw out: If you are convinced by information about certain foods that have incorporated cancer causing chemicals, then discard them, do not buy them again and read labels carefully in the store. Most foods are carefully regulated and true cancer causing chemicals are mostly not allowed in food sold in usa stores. ...Read more
I banged my head quite hard on a kitchen cupboard on thursday and still have a headache. Should I be worried?
I'm craving salt a lot. Not salty foods, just plain salt back to the cupboard all the time to sneak a bit of salt?
Or Addison's Disease.
Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more
I'm waiting for insurance to approve my omeprozole perscription. I found prilosec in the cupboard but it expired 5 years ago! Can I still take it?
Probably: Prilosec is the brand name for omeprazole. If the pill or capsule is dry, the package undisturbed and the temperature in the house has been even, then it should still be good and have the right effect for you. There will certainly be no harm. ...Read more
No: I would expect this to be a minor injury but if there was any loss of consciousness or a wound as a result you should be seen by your primary care physician. Normally otc pain relievers should be adequate. ...Read more
I hit my hard on the corner of the cupboard and it bled for 10 minutes. Do I need to see a doctor?
Probably Should: If you are concerned - probably best that you see a doctor. While most hand injuries show up within a few days, you want to make sure that you didn't damage any vital structures (nerves, bones, tendons, etc. ...Read more
I usually just do small things like get up and open the cupboard or something, but sleep walking is getting worse now. Help?
Looks like mini pebbles are in my stool. Going on for almost 2 months now. I know this not normal, the pebbles are white. What could this be?
Pill fragments?!?: Hard to know for certain, but could be the "shell" of pills passing through the GI tract. ...Read more
I hit my head on a cupboard yesterday morning tonight I have got a pain in the centre of head like someone pushing down its uncomfortable and painful?
Baking Soda: If you are sure it is acid indigestion, then Baking Soda (Not Baking Powder) may work, but only temporarily for up to a few hours. Just sprinkle a teaspoon into 2 to 4 ounces of water, stir it up and drink. If symptoms improve then you quite likely had acid indigestion. Then you should see a physician. Meanwhile buy some over-the-counter antacids such as Prilosec, Prevacid, (lansoprazole) Pepcid, or Maalox. ...Read more
I've had a tight chest for quite a while from 11am onwards. I can only get 250 on my peak flow metre. My inhaler isn't in the cupboard. Any thoughts?
Get seen: This isn't something you should wait around on. Get to the doctor ASAP and get a treatment. ...Read more
Just got my MRI report. It says multiple (greater than 25) small abnormal T2/flair signal throughout the periventricular deep and subcortical whitemat?
There are a: Number of causes of white matter lesions, impossible to make a determination based solely on the fact that they are there. Your doctor needs to correlate the size/distribution/number of lesions in the context of your clinical picture. Various possibilities include demyelinating processes (e.g. MS), vasculitides, and inflammatory/infectious processes (e.g. Lyme disease). ...Read more
Can wasabi peas go bad and cause food poisoning? Ate some for first time ever, already were sitting in cupboard for while. Felt flu-ish next few days
Not food poisoning: Dried foods like wasabi peas are an unlikely cause of food poisoning, and "flu-ish" symptoms don't suggest it. The main symptoms of food poisoning are gastrointestinal -- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. And food poison symptoms generally clear up on their own within 1-2 days. Almost certainly your symptoms have nothing to do with the wasabi peas. See a doctor if they continue or become severe. ...Read more
Lip gloss caused tiny whitedots on my upper lip. Stopped using it but the dots are still on my lip after 1.5 year. What are they, how are they treated?
Stuff inside pores?: White dots (bumps) along the lip margins may be trapped oily sebum material inside pores. If the pore is open, a primary care doctor or dermatologist may be able to remove the material. If the pore is sealed over, the doctor may have to open the top of the bump to get the material out. First, one should get examined to see what the dots really are. ...Read more
Opened coconut milk Mon, refrigerated, thn accidently put in cupboard. 'Refrigerate Consume within 5 dys' Boiled Sun. Food poisoning type time 2 occr?
It is not worth the: Chance for a $3.00 can of coconut milk. Throw it away! ...Read more
No: No otc meds can change the color of your sclera. ...Read more
I just took Tylenol (acetaminophen) and remembered I have advil cold and sinus in my cupboard. Can I take it now or wait?
I fell and hit my leg against the cupboard I fell from I applied ice pack immediately but now a small area next to the gash is numb, why?
Unrelated: If you remember that the nerves in the skin run in all directions including across the area that is now your open wound. In addition, there is inflammation of healing (red, hot, swollen and tender) that may involve that nerve. Plus, the trauma may have cut or otherwise damaged that nerve. The good news is that skin nerves usually resolve and return to function depending on the injury severity. ...Read more
I hit my head on a cupboard door pretty hard by accident. Big bruise/no headache. I was mildly disoriented for a few minutes. Is that a concussion?
I hit my head on a cupboard earlier I have small cut but I feel ok apart from a small ache in my head and ears should I see a gp?
See below: If the cut is closed (the edges not apart) just a triple antibiotic ointment and bandaid. If the wound is slightly apart and not deep> flush with hydrogen peroxide briefly and close with Steri-strips to hold the wound closed>antibiotic ointment. If the wound is more than 2 mm apart> may need sutures >see MD ...Read more
I fell and hit my spinous process and surrounding muscles on the corner of a cupboard handle. Initial pain 6/10. No obvious bruising yet however it feels bruised. How long will my pain last? What could I have done?
Contision: The pain may last for 4-6 weeks. Treat it symptomatically with cold then warm packs. A medication such as Advil used briefly over 5 days may help. There are also topical anti inflammatories. If you are unable to walk or loose control of your bowel or bladder be seen. Most physicians do not like to image that area due to radiation to your pelvis. All the best. ...Read more