Questions tagged [infection]

Questions regarding the ability of organisms to cause illness or disease in the body upon entering and multiplying in it should use this tag. It may be a virus, bacterium, parasite or other organism which uses the body as a host to the host's detriment. Some infections are subclinical or result in carrier states. Symbiosis is not considered an infection.

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High White blood cell count without fever

Is it possible / likely that a critically ill patient with a blood infection and high white blood cell count of 45,000 could be without fever? Thanks.
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Publication on the contamination of used needels by addicts

I am looking for scientific publications on the likelyhood to get infected with a specific disease by used needles which were thrown away by careless addicts. Which viruses can be found statistically ...
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Have replacement anatomical parts with silver electroplating hit the market and do they eliminate infection concerns?

According to this study from 2005 of the viability of silver plated replacement anatomical devices there appeared to be great promise. Has this promise come true? Are they available now and are they ...
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Would an operating theater ringed with green plants increase infection risk or reduce it?

I believe that the filtering and oxygen production of green plants is well established. Do those plants NASA approves for air filtration "emit" anything other than clean oxygen and perhaps benign ...
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Varicella vaccine UK, benefits vs risk

first question on medicine stackexchange so apologies if formatting isn't right. My specific questions are If vaccinated <5 years old, is the vaccine still likely to be protective at childbearing ...
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Is Myocarditis infectious?

How can Myocarditis spread from a person who has it? Is touching a person who died of Myocarditis dangerous?
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What is the most modern strategy for treating middle ear infections in children?

I am trying to wrap my head around the treatment of middle ear infections in children, since my toddler is having a lot of these, and there doesn't seem to be a clear cut solution. So far I have ...
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Does staying at home expedites recovery from infections?

Where I am from it is a common belief that staying at home leads to shorter recovery times from common infections (such as cold). Is that a valid belief? I know there are other reasons why it may be ...
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Father gets chickenpox, but doesn't infect his two children. How is this possible?

My brother in law got chickenpox, yet somehow he didn't infect my two nephews, even though they are living together. According to wikipedia, varicella has an infection rate of 90%: Varicella is ...
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Streptococcus pyogenes mutation and recurrence

Does the bacteria that cause strep throat also mutates, just like the virus that cause flu? In the same season, is it possible for a person to be infected multiple times (concurrently or not) by the ...
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Consistently high WBC, normal CRP in a post-cardiac arrest patient

A patient had an elective coronary angioplasty which showed 80% blocked LAD. A stent was placed. She was stable and sent home. The next day she felt unwell and collapsed with LOC for a few seconds. ...
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Do humidifiers help cure the flu?

According to this report, absolute humidity affects transmission and survival of the influenza virus with 90% accuracy. Lower humidity at winter promotes both the influenza virus transmission and its ...
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Can HIV patients get further infected by their own blood?

A person without HIV can get infected with HIV by, blood already infected with the virus entering into their body (for example). Can HIV patients get further infected by the for example ingestion of ...
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Can one be infected with Naegleria fowleri from Steam?

Will Naegleria fowleri be present in the steam molecules. Many people inhale steam from hot water to get relief from sinus infections. I read that Naegleria fowleri gets killed over 70 C. So will ...
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How much time takes it to get a diagnosis of borreliosis/lyme disease?

I cannot find any source that clearly tells me how quickly a diagnosis for finding out wether someone carries borreliosis or not can be conducted (I hope it is clear what I mean, I have little medical ...
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How to clean a second-hand electrical shaver to avoid infections?

I remember a poster campaign advising against sharing razors and shavers because of infection risk with a disease (I think it was a variant of Hepatitis). I no longer find the campaign and don't ...
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Epidermis destruction after fish eating skin?

Before a time I asked myself a question: Part of the epidermis cells are dead right, so aren't the fishes (see link below) in a spa dangerous to skin by eating a part of epidermis that basically ...
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What methods are there to diagnose helminths?

I know that stool tests can diagnose tapeworms/pinworms/other worms. Are there other methods?
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Drinking alcohol after tick-borne encephalitis vaccine

A friend of mine got a tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) shot yesterday, and the doctor said he mustn't drink alcohol for 3 days after getting the shot. Unfortunately, my friend forgot about that for a ...
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Did I catch a cold from eating unwashed fruit?

Recently I caught a cold in presumably an amazingly short period of time (~6h). From prior infections I had the experience to have 24 to 48 hours "left" being a bit ill, before being forced to stay in ...
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Do infected family members need to be treated with antibiotics at the same time?

When antibiotics become necessary I assume that the body can not kill the bacteria on its own and there are no useful anti bodies being built. So in a case where the child is treated with antibiotics ...
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Are any infectious diseases 100% fatal?

I know rabies was once considered 100% fatal, but now has some survivors due to the Milwaukee protocol. Are there any infectious diseases that have a 100% mortality rate?
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How long will non-infectious cystitis take to heal? [closed]

I want to know the Min, Max and average time that this disease can last. Last month I saw blood in my urine, the doctor performed cystoscopy on me and found out that my bladder is irritated and the ...
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Too low level of HIV virus to be infectious?

I just read about a court case where someone was acquitted for "being dangerous to the surrounding" by having unprotected sex when diagnosed with HIV. The reasoning was that since this person was ...
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Can you get infections by washing your body with someone else's water?

I was in a debate with someone about some religious topics. And one of them was a religious treatment ritual that included taking someone else's saliva and throwing water on his back then mixing both (...
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Does dipping something metal in alcohol sterilize it?

Since childhood, some people told me that wetting a metal utensil in alcohol could sterilize it. How true is this?
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What is the relationship between susceptibility to subclinical secondary immune response and susceptibility to colonization?

Damien, Scheider, and Muller 1998 looks at susceptibility to secondary immune response in vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Is it reasonable to infer, from susceptibility to subclinical secondary ...
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Why stomach ulcer need more than one antibiotic at the same time?

Almost all treatment recommendation for gastritis, duodenitis or peptic ulcer that has Helicobacter pylori, calls for 2 or 3 antibiotic at the same time, why is that ? Why not use a single effective ...
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What causes the long tiredness caused by the Infectious mononucleosis disease (by the Epstein-barrvirus)?

Of course to cure from a fever in general takes already time to recover from, but in the kissing disease it takes often much longer (sometimes even years) and the tiredness is much more a symptom of ...
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What does CRP decreased result means within 2 months [duplicate]

What does it means when you repeat all your blood test between 2 months and all the result are within range and exactly the same as previously, but a test called CRP decreased from 2 to 0.98. Does it ...
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Why White Blood cells are that important in defining infections

I know that sometimes if the White Blood Cells are high that will not indicate that something really bad is happening in the body. But why, in general, when there is suspicion for dangerous ...
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can a person get infected by Hepatitis B while taking Hepatitis B vaccine

can a person get infected by Hepatitis B while taking Hepatitis B vaccine if the needle is infected with Hepatitis B virus.
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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Resistance of Bacteria to Antibiotics after fall-back

If an infection comes back a few weeks after taking antibiotics, because the full dose and prescribed amount of antibiotics wasn't taken, does this mean that the bacteria is now immune to that ...
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Whose bite is worse for infection a cat's bite or a dogs?

I've been wondering lately, I get bitten, or scratched by my cat a lot and the wound gets a tiny bit swollen, and then it heals. So if I get bitten by a house dog what could be the case?
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How can you disinfect your laundry?

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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What happened to this guy? (Graphic)

There's an image floating round the internet. The source, near as I can tell, is an upload to Pinterest with no explanation. If there were just one wound you might think it was a spider bite, but ...
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Can you acquire an infection by inhaling bacteria and viruses?

I am not medical student so you may feel this is silly. But is this possible? Can you acquire an infection by inhaling bacteria and viruses?
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Sterile urine, but UTIs?

If urine is sterile, why do people warn that refraining from urination too long will cause a bladder infection or urinary tract infection?
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What are the dangers of eating spoiled meat? [closed]

Most people seem to naturally understand that spoiled food is "gross." But what are the actual dangers of eating it? Does it taste bad, or does it have serious potential to make one sick? Clearly, ...
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What are the dangers of sitting on a public toilet seat?

Growing up, I was taught to cover public toilets with toilet paper before sitting on them. This was to protect me from diseases left by other users of the toilet. But can one actually get dangerous ...
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Does the saliva of a person just recovered from an infectious disease help to cure another persons having the same disease?

I have always had this 'weird' thought (But could never quite test it...). Would the saliva contain antibodies, or other immuno-boosting substances that can help fight off the same pathogen in another ...
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Which infectious diseases only require a one-off intervention for treatment, cure or prevention?

I am writing an article about vertical vs. horizontal health programmes. I read that vertical programmes (health care programmes that aim to combat specific diseases) are more suited for diseases that ...
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If someone has a bacterial throat infection (tonsillitis), can it be transmitted sexually (penetration)?

If there is an infection in the throat such as tonsillitis, where transmission is through the air "in droplets when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes", then does this imply that sexual ...
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Does being infected protect one from further infection?

Does being infected protect one from further infection? Intuition for why it could be the case When one catch an infective disease, its immune system becomes more active which could eventually also ...
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What is the average recovery time for cold and catarrh

I've been having cold and catarrh for the past one week. I don't want to disturb my parents about medicines, so I drink lots of water everyday, but doesn't seem to have any improvement. Q1: What is ...
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Can herpes spread if an infected (nonactive) person takes a bite of your burger?

A friend of mine suffers from Herpes (HSV) infection. He only told me about the same about 2 months back when we last met. Yesterday, at a restaurant he took a bite out of my burger twice. when I ...
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Can wearing a mask when sick help fight off infection?

I keep reading that at least in the case of viruses humidifiers and warmer air can kill viruses, especially if you have sinusitis. I was thinking that if you wear a mask you would achieve both higher ...
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Can an infection with toxoplasma gondii be cured with the current medical state of the art?

According to the CDC, toxoplasma gondii is purported to be present in approximately 22.5% of those in the US above the age of 12, and is present in some populations worldwide at an incidence rate of ...
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Where are good places to find reference?

I'm a special effects makeup artist (these are the guys who do the wounds or injuries for the movies). I need good reference (images or video) of how all kinds of Injuries look like, to make the stuff ...