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Are clipboards at pediatrics offices germy?

Are clipboards at pediatrics offices germy?

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

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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?

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?

Hcv transmission: Only blood exposure from hcv infected individual into open would could potentially transfer.
30% of individual with hcv don't know mode of transmission. ...Read more

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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

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

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Can I wash my pencils, eraser and plastic clipboard to remove/disinfect any amoeba (giardia etc) with liquid soap or benzalkonium chloride or alcohol?

Can I wash my pencils, eraser and plastic clipboard to remove/disinfect any amoeba (giardia etc) with liquid soap or benzalkonium chloride or alcohol?

Sure: Any of those 3 methods sounds ok, depending on how much contamination is there. Washing items with soap and water to get rid of any visible stuff, and then wiping down with alcohol to kill the invisible stuff, should be adequate. ...Read more

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Are there any health problems that can arise from burning chipboard?

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

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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?

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

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Can you tell me how I could refinish cupboards that have a paper like veneer on them?

Can you tell me how I could refinish cupboards that have a paper like veneer on them?

Wrong website: You'll need to get your information regarding woodworking and home improvement from a non-medical website... ...Read more

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What should you do if you find food in your cupboard with chemicals thought to cause cancer?

What should you do if you find food in your cupboard with chemicals thought to cause cancer?

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

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I banged my head quite hard on a kitchen cupboard on thursday and still have a headache. Should I be worried?

I banged my head quite hard on a kitchen cupboard on thursday and still have a headache. Should I be worried?

Probably not: Most likely, you have area of bruising which has triggered tension headache, which should depart over the next few days. If you do not have repetitive nausea, vomiting, dizziness, imbalance, blurring or doubling of vision, no reason to be concerned. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Do I need pain killers for knocking my head against a cupboard?

Do I need pain killers for knocking my head against a cupboard?

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

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I hit my hard on the corner of the cupboard and it bled for 10 minutes. Do I need to see a doctor?

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

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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?

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?

If you: Have any symptoms of nausea, vision changes, dizziness, and your blood pressure rises a lot these are signs of bleeding inside your head and immediate care is required. If your headache worsens or any of these symptoms appear, go to the er. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there anything in the kitchen cupboard I can take for acid indigestion?

Can you tell me is there anything in the kitchen cupboard I can take for acid indigestion?

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

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Just got my MRI report. It says multiple (greater than 25) small abnormal T2/flair signal throughout the periventricular deep and subcortical whitemat?

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

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Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

RICE ALLERGY?: Among the cereals when first intruducing solid foods, rice cereal is the safest. Mothers are advised to give cereals one by one to avoid allergy especially to wheat. During diarrhea, we give rice cereal to the diet. ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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I just took Tylenol (acetaminophen) and remembered I have advil cold and sinus in my cupboard. Can I take it now or wait?

I just took Tylenol (acetaminophen) and remembered I have advil cold and sinus in my cupboard. Can I take it now or wait?

Probably: Since these two drugs are totally different, you may take them together. Whether they work or not is another issue. Do note that Advil (ibuprofen) is more targeted towards inflammation (pain) and would not hasten your recovery. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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