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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Ate biscuits from a person feeding a street puppy from his hands. Before serving me he washed his hands with water. Chances of Rabies? (Immunized)

Ate biscuits from a person feeding a street puppy from his hands. Before serving me he washed his hands with water. Chances of Rabies? (Immunized)

Nil: The dog was acting appropriately and the concern for rabies in dogs in most areas is 0. It does not sound like there was skin break down. The puppy can be tested and observed but not necessary. ...Read more

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Chance of rabies?brother picked up trash,a raccoon kicked our can over.he washed his hands but I touched the faucet then touched a scratch on my leg

Chance of rabies?brother picked up trash,a raccoon kicked our can over.he washed his hands but I touched the faucet then touched a scratch on my leg

No: You would need to have come into direct contact with the raccoon and be bitten or scratched. Your brother is not in danger from picking up the trash and you are not in danger as a result of touching something that your brother touched. No need to worry. If your concerns continue, speak with your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Dog bitten by definate rabies jackal. Can it transfer rabies virus by drinking soapy water (washing my car) 4 days after bitten? My hands in water.

Not likely.: Check with your area health officials but I would doubt the transfer of rabies. This has usually to be through broken skin that occurs when the rabid animal bites you. Best wishes ...Read more

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My 8wk old house puppy nipped at me on left arm. No broken skin, no blood just small tooth mark. Cleaned wound, etc. Rabies? Pup 2 young for shots.

My 8wk old house puppy nipped at me on left arm. No broken skin, no blood just small tooth mark. Cleaned wound, etc. Rabies? Pup 2 young for shots.

Rabies: Rabies is extremely rare nowdays in the us, especially as a result of dog bites. If there was any risk of rabies, it would be from street dogs, but it doesn't sound like your puppy is a street dog. Also, rabbit dogs would normally be expected to act accordingly. Your case doesn't allude to that. I'd not worry about rabies, but would definitely watch the wound as it is prone to infection. ...Read more

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Glucose was 42 out in cold hunting. Rechecked twice same thing, felt fine other than cold. Felt horrible in house when glucose 56 earlier? Cold hands?

Glucose was 42 out in cold hunting. Rechecked twice same thing, felt fine other than cold. Felt horrible in house when glucose 56 earlier? Cold hands?

Hypoglycaemia: You had severe hypoglycemia. Due to the cold weather, you did not had symptoms. Please check with your doctor soon to modify the regime so as to prevent any further episode of hypoglycemia. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Unlikely: If you touched the ulcer directly with a finger which had a wound you might get this, but by secondary transfer this would be quite unusual. Nothing is impossible. ...Read more

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Kitten scratched me on my hands, arms, & legs. Have red bumps all over where he scratched. Cat diagnosed w/ ringworm. cat scratch disease or ringworm?

Kitten scratched me on my hands, arms, & legs. Have red bumps all over where he scratched. Cat diagnosed w/ ringworm. cat scratch disease or ringworm?

Allergy?: Sounds like an allergic reaction to the scratches. You cannot get ringworm from the scratch itself. Cat scratch fever doesn't develop immediately after the scratch but within a day or two. Symptoms of cat scratch disease include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and loss of appetite. ...Read more

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SEVERE cold sore phobia; have something on lip, unknown.. Touched lip with vinyl glove. Do I need to wash this hand or did glove protect hand?

SEVERE cold sore phobia; have something on lip, unknown.. Touched lip with vinyl glove. Do I need to wash this hand or did glove protect hand?

RELAX: Yes, the glove protected your hand. If a person has herpes on the lip it will NOT spread to any other area. Do you have herpes??? Most adults carry herpes type 1 but never have any symptoms. If you need to know if you are already a carrier, a blood test will tell you. ...Read more

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10% HCl on my hands during organic chem lab. I was wearing nitrile gloves entire time.Right hand feels hot, irritated, tingling/burning.

Seems OK.: Hcl usually gives symptoms right away. Feels just like a burn. If you have not had any significant symptoms by several hours after the lab you will be fine. Could there have been an organic contact or perhaps irritation by nitrile? ...Read more

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How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

How long does the herpes virus live on objects? If my roommate touches cold sore, doesn't wash hands, puts away "clean" forks, and I eat 20 min later.

ANSWER: Herpes viruses last for 4 hours on plastic 3 hours on cloth and two hours on the skin..I would use 4 hours as a "safe" time...BTW your ROOM MATE IS A SLOB! BUY some BLEACH or get a NEW ROOMATE! Hope the helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Body heaviness/semiparalysis triggers shower, bare skin, weather change, some hand motion & bad sleeping. Lasts for secs a minute maximum. Cataplexy?

Body heaviness/semiparalysis triggers shower, bare skin, weather change, some hand motion & bad sleeping. Lasts for secs a minute maximum. Cataplexy?

Serious : And general anybody with the symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. We cannot give a specific diagnosis or treatment with this free service from Healthtap ...Read more

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Why do charcoal fumes/burn off make me sick? Get real sick from the smell of charcoal, cat eat anythig cooked on coal burning grill. I get serveal headaches/stomaches, real nervous, hives, laying in a fetus position, shaking, can't think straight. Is thei

Why do charcoal fumes/burn off make me sick? Get real sick from the smell of charcoal, cat eat anythig cooked on coal burning grill. I get serveal headaches/stomaches, real nervous, hives, laying in a fetus position, shaking, can't think straight. Is thei

This : This may be less an allergy as a sensitivity to the fumes or by products of the grilling process. See your physician or an occupational specialist who would know more about your exact exposure.In any event -avoidance may be the only answer. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more