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Very concerned
Nov 16, 2008

Hi, I'm quite concerned about an incident that happened a few days ago now. I had been speaking to a guy on a train I didn't know, at the start and end of the conversation we shook hands. I get eczema on my hands, which wasn't to bad at the time however I had washed my hands and not put on mostizer so my skin was a little cracked in places and I think had weeped slightly a little while before the hand shake. I had noticed on his palms he had a lot of scabs and white heads, and he seemed to be picking his palms every so often. I did not see any visible blood on his hands or on my hands after the hand shake but is this a possible risk and should I get tested?

Response from Dr. McGovern

I would not recommend testing.

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