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Needle Injury

When the needle used for an infected person accidentally pricks the healthcare worker while needle handling, it can lead to needle stick injuries. Needlestick injuries can lead to the contraction of infectious diseases such as hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, syphilis, shingles, and other infections. Immediately washing the area with running water and soap, getting post-exposure prophylaxis, and immunization shots (depending on the initially injected person's condition) might be beneficial.

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I stepped on a sharp needle. Can I get HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible for someone to get HIV by stepping down on a needle thrown on the road? A few days back, I stepped down on something, but I am not sure if that was an injection or something else. When I came home, I saw there was a blood clot in my foot. I am worried. Can I go for a tes...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Theoretically, it is possible, but practically no such cases have been reported. So, no need of testing and retesting too.   Read Full »

I had adverse effects from the rabies vaccine. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been injured by a needle after injecting unvaccinated white mice in my college and I have received two doses of rabies vaccine on the day of exposure and day three but the side effects were severe (hypertension, nausea, vomiting, dizziness) and I do not want to complete the thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Hassan Shoukat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Rabies for sure is dangerous. Only one case is reported in the world to be able to survive in your country after having rabies. But, it all depends upon how much chances of getting rabies. With needle stuck I do not believe there are many chances also and chances are hi...  Read Full »

I am anxious about the needle stick injury that happened two years before. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Two years back, I had my first ever dirty needle stick exposure, which has caused me great mental distress. I accidentally poked myself on my right index finger. I noticed bleeding, but I did not clean it right away. I started my infectious disease protocol that night, and the urgent car...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I went through your reports (the attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your signs and symptoms do not suggest any transmission of disease from needle stick injury, particularly HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), since you ...  Read Full »

What causes arm pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a blood test done around six days ago and my arm is paining now? It aches when I curl my arm and also when I stretch it out flat. This has never been an issue for me previously. What might be causing this pain on my arm? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is a possibility that there may have been multiple attempts at the same site before taking the blood sample. This causes extravasation of blood in the surrounding tissues as well leading to hematoma formation often accompanied by discoloration of the skin. Thi...  Read Full »

Can HIV spread through needle prick injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a medical professional. I injected a 5 year child in his buttock and while recapping the needle it pricked my finger. I applied pressure and allowed a few more drops of blood to ooze out and washed my hand with soap and water. Now, my question is that what are the chances of HIV (Hum...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to world health organization (WHO),you are at 0.3% risk. Various other studies have also shown the risk range from 0.1% to 0.5%.   Read Full »

Can you get symptoms for needlestick exposure after two years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a paramedical staff. Two years back, I had my first ever dirty needle stick exposure, which has caused me great mental distress at this point. The patient was a young female who was admitted to drug use. I picked her up at a residence that did not look clean. She was staying with ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Your test results submitted here are inconclusive. I would suggest you do a complete STI (sexually transmitted infections) panel test that includes tests for the following. 1. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). 2...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have fatigue, soreness, and headaches after the Moderna COVID vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor,When I got my Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, I started bleeding profusely, and the guy who injected the vaccine was upset and said that there was a lot of blood. My concern is that he injected it in the wrong place, like a blood vessel or vein? I had terrible side effects like intense fatigu...  Read Full »

Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fatigue, myalgia, and headache are the usual side effects of the vaccine, and that means you have been injected inside the muscle only and not inside a vessel. But he might have punctured a tiny artery during injecting, and that might be the reason for the bleeding...  Read Full »

I tested HIV negative after exposure. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a needlestick exposure two months back with an HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) patient, and I did not start ART (Anti- Retroviral Treatment) yet. I had the following tests, which showed negative. Individual donor nucleic acid test (ID-NAT) for HIV - 19 days. HIV duo fourth-gen...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The following are the answers to your queries. No more tests are required if the 117-day test result is negative and there is no other exposure. No symptoms can diagnose HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). These sympto...  Read Full »

Can a lymph node enlargement be due to the HIV infection from a needle injury?

Query: Hello doctor. I am a 26-year-old male who is 5 feet10 inches tall and weighs about 163 lbs. I am a firefighter or paramedic working on the ambulance. Twenty days back, I had a dirty needle stick incident involving myself and a patient. The patient was a 27-year-old female who admitted to me she smok...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. Not all people are HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) positive, and not all who smoke or take any drugs will be positive. Moreover, her all panel tests are negative, and she is negative for HIV too. Though we cannot tell it is conclusive likely, s...  Read Full »

Pricking my finger resulted in blackish discoloration. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, This might sound like a silly question, but something unusual has happened with my finger. I was testing my blood sugar using a lancet (I am not diabetic but have been feeling hypoglycemic or lightheaded when hungry; therefore, I tested my glucose). My sugar readings were normal. However,...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You may have gone deeper with a lancet. It usually happens when someone does it on themselves and is very new to doing so. This is because they need to become more familiar with the pressure needed to get the blood for testing. Good to know t...  Read Full »

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