Patient discussion about contact

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Q. Contact lenses

I’m 17 years old girl, and I have glasses since third grade. I never had any real problems with wearing them,. my best friend always encourage me to try contact lenses, but it seems so strange to put something on directly on your eyes- is it safe? How difficult is it to do?
A1Consult your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) before you decide.
A2Generally, if one keeps all the hygiene precautions and the maintenance procedures as needed, contact lenses are not dangerous. However, there is still a risk of eye infection although it depends on the specific type and use of the lenses.
A3I've been using contacts for at least 10 years now (on and off)- it's pretty safe if you follow the rules. because you insert them into your eyes- you need to keep them sterile. here is a Wikipedia link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_lenses#Complications

there are some risks over there i've never known :) but i guess it's pretty rare.
i guess the best advise is talking with an eye doctor that will check you up and fit you with contacts that will be good for you.

Q. i have been in contact with someone whose in contact with bacterial meningitis. is this dangerous?

A1 bacterial meningitis is one of the most lethal infections known. when people get infected by it they get a __ load of antibiotics and so are their families. but it all depends on what stage you had contact, and how close contact. in any way- he is probably under treatment now, no? if so, contact the doctors where he is hospitalized and ask them what is the protocol.
A2For the one who has bacterial meningitis, it is dangerous, and hopefully this person was treated with antibiotics quickly. The covering of the brain and spinal cord become swollen, so damage can occur with the infected person's nervous system. Quick treatment is necessary.

Viral meningitis is more common than bacterial, yet bacterial is more dangerous. The bacteria responsible for meningitis are spread through close contact with the infected person's nose or throat.

About 75,000 cases of meningitis happen every year in the us. Head ache and neck pain are the initial symptoms. See the following link:

http://www.dhpe.org/infect/Bacmeningitis.html

Q. for how long can i use my eye contacts with out harming my eyes? can i go to bed with it?

AIt is very much advised NOT to sleep with contacts, because of higher risks for eye infections that can be very dangerous. You shouldn't wear your eye contacts longer than a full day of work, and remove them when resting.

Q. for how long can i use my eye contacts with out harming my eyes? can i go to bed with it?

AIt is very much advised NOT to sleep with contacts, because of higher risks for eye infections that can be very dangerous. You shouldn't wear your eye contacts longer than a full day of work, and remove them when resting.

Q. can an HIV virus last when it comes in contact with air and out of the body? in what ways can i get HIV?

and what are the treatment options ? is it treatable ? and what are the side effects for this kind of treatment ?
A1This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/qa1.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV Hope this helps.

A2HIV cannot survive air exposure. but it can live in blood samples (not dry ones). it is no longer a terminal illness but a chronic one because there are medication that can you take that stop it from deteriorating. but the side effects are severe. for more information:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV

Q. My contact lenses get very dry and it hurts. any suggestions?

ADry contact may signal they should be replaced with new ones, and pain may result from damage to the lenses (e.g. torn lens- VERY VERY hurts). However, as much as I would like to help you, it's just impossible to give you the correct diagnosis over the net without even looking at your eyes. So if you feel any problems with your eyes, ophthalmologist (eye doctor would be the answer).

Meanwhile, you may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/eyewear.html

Q. I suffer from an itchy skin that appears as a wealt my doctor says it is contact dermitis, or is it uticaria

I have numerous spots appearing on my neck shoulders elbows and buttocks, they vary from small itchy spots to quite large weals they come and go, I am on antihistamines, but they only give relief occasionally, the weals and terrible itching is worse at night, and I find it difficult to sleep because of the intense itching, my gp says it may be 'contact' dermititis, but I think it may be uticaria, can you help please
AUrticaria (AKA Hives) is the name of this bulging red rush of yours. 'contact' dermatitis is an allergic reaction that can be shown as hives. so it's pretty much the same thing. i suggest try and find out what is the cause of all this- there must be a reason for that allergic reaction. start by when the rash started and what is the material you were exposed to in that area of time.
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