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I had some skin cancers removed (scrape / burn ) last Friday

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I had some skin cancers removed (scrape / burn ) last Friday from my ankle, and the gravity flow caused the bandage to overflow and bleed. So when I got home, I changed the bandages a few times and had to clean up quite a bit of overflow blood with multiple alcohol prep wipes from the drug store. I guess the alcohol wipe gave me a false sense of security because I neglected to wash my hands after I finished. I took the rest of the afternoon with my leg up per doctors orders to stop the flow of gravity/blood to my ankle. It worked. I napped for a few hours, so any blood residue on my fingers would have dried. I didn't realize I should have washed hands, which I neglected to do; hours later that night I went to the drug store to purchase some milk with those same fingers and hands that had blood on them earlier. Now I feel guilty that I might have transmitted some blood borne pathogen to the store employee and facilities. A year ago I tested negative for Hep A, B, C and HIV (I am an abstainer so nothing has changed in that regard.) Am I worrying needlessly about contamination of the store employee and facilities ? Might it possibly be my own OCD complex which I struggle with ? Would the chances of hand to hand transmission of something blood borne be low or medium or nigher in this case? I've really been having a guilty conscience about it, so I could use some good medical advice to possibly alleviate or substantiate my fears. I am wondering what my responsibility is now in this case.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 12 months ago.


There is no worry is YOUR BLOOD!! You can't give yourself any of these infections !!

So you are fine ... No need worry of this situation!

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Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 12 months ago.
You are not placing anyone at risk from everything that you have described ....
Let me know if you have further questions
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Anthony Bray MD