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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   please put me out of my misery...two days back i went to a place where we can treck..i came back from trekking to our hotel room which we checked into the previous night..after having a bath,i came and sat on my bed and was watching tv.suddenly,i noticed some blood marks on my bed sheet(absorbed by the bed sheet).i was startled by this.I called the room service and got the bed sheet changed.After sitting,i casually looked at my foot and found some reddish color marks on my foot( very little) which i presume to be blood.due to the trekking there was some itching there.what if the blood was that of an hiv infected person and what if i contract hiv from that?? is PEP recommonded?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
User :   am i at risk doc?
Doctor :   No not all
Doctor :   The blood stains can be either due to mites
Doctor :   In the bed
Doctor :   And regarding blood stains in foot could have injured your self during trekking or might be leeches
Doctor :   I meant thge bed would have infested bed bugs
User :   and in the worst scenario
Doctor :   And there is no chance for any infection to spread through
Doctor :   No chances for infection either
User :   what if it it was some human blood??
Doctor :   Even the worst scenario could have infested bed bugs that all
User :   no doc
Doctor :   Even if human blood it could not pierce through skin or just external contact will not spread any infection
User :   i have some itching
User :   on my skin
Doctor :   One more thing if so the blood was infected with HIV as your doubt
Doctor :   The virus will die immidietly after 30 secs of exposure to AIR
Doctor :   Itching could be due to bed bug infestation
User :   ohh
User :   so no need of PEP?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   yes as in no need of pep..
Doctor :   Yes
User :   so am i absolutely fine??
Doctor :   You will not require
Doctor :   All required is wash all your clothings once in hot water
Doctor :   And change bedsheets and also dry your natress in hot sun
Doctor :   That will do
Doctor :   Good housekeeping is also essential in the fight against bed bugs. Applying chemical treatments for bed bugs should only be done after the room has been systematically cleaned.
User :   this happened wen i stayed in the hotel room
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   But you have already come back home right?
User :   one thing thats occupying my brain is
User :   yes doctor
Doctor :   So you might have transferred them in home too just a preventive measure suggested yu
User :   i am back home
Doctor :   ok
User :   we booked two rooms
Doctor :   Ok
User :   we all are in one room
Doctor :   Ok
User :   our room was open
User :   when i came back to our room
Doctor :   ok
User :   the room cleaning guy was coming out
Doctor :   What do you suspect?
User :   i suspected him for the blood initially
Doctor :   There are minimal chances for that
User :   ok doctor
Doctor :   lavender containing sprays that provide relief from skin irritation
User :   thank you for your valuable time
Doctor :   Mint is another scented spice that can be a better option than garlic or cayenne owing to it's good aroma.
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   wishing you a speedy recovery
User :   good nite doc
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Good night
Doctor :   Take care
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