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How much does it take to get sick

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by algerville, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. algerville

    algerville Hatching

    Oct 14, 2015
    Ok so this is gross...just got done cleaning chicken coop, washed hands, did some other stuf. I am a nail biter, hence i dont have long nails, but started biting my nails and it tasted like the smell of chicken poo. Am i going to get deathly ill? Apparently must have been microscopic amoubt under my nail :-(

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Free Ranging

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Not sure how to answer this, but IMO time will tell if there was enough bacteria/yuck ingested that will make you sick.

    Washing hands and under the nails is a good habit to get into. A nail brush may be helpful in getting all the gunk from under the nails. Also consider getting a good pair of rubber gloves or some disposable gloves when doing your chicken chores.

    Hope all is well.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016
  3. Adalida

    Adalida Songster

    Nov 21, 2015
    Personally, I think you'll be fine. I think we get exposed to a lot more germs and nasty stuff than we realize every day. You're probably more at risk of getting sick from touching the handle of a shopping cart! I'm weird though, I get more grossed out by "people germs" like when people wipe their nose or sneeze into their hand and then handle money, shopping cart, etc, than I am by chicken poop!
  4. Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sadly, I also bite my nails. [​IMG] I do have a nail brush I use even to scrub my hands. I think you probably didn't get enough to be sick, but every person and their immune system is different. Since we have dogs and chickens we don't get sick nearly as often as we did before having animals. So it has actually boosted our immunity!

    Also, I would be embarrassed to admit that! [​IMG] Thanks for sharing anyways! [​IMG]
  5. algerville

    algerville Hatching

    Oct 14, 2015
    Im. Not embarrased...i have a bad habit...better than smoking i guess lol...just disappointed that could even still be under my short nail after washing hands
  6. I don't smoke either. [​IMG]

    And I didn't mean that you should be embarrassed, just that I would be and was being silly. [​IMG]

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