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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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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Do hydrophobic materials keep bacteria away from open after surgery wounds?

I recently had an operation in the perianal area leaving me with a seton stitch (open wound) indefinitely. I was told to avoid the sea due to potential infection. I am wondering whether using ...
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What to do after being exposed to someone with the flu/cold

If I spent 45 minutes in a car with closed windows with someone that had a cold/flu, what would I have to do immediately after exiting the vehicle to reduce and if possible eliminate the chance of ...
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Seboorrheic Dermatitis, Fungi, Environmental Factors

How can seborrheic dermatitis not be caused by poor hygiene as the assotiation for dermatology said? Wouldn't poor hygiene at least aggravate the condition? The treatment is mainly antifungal. And ...
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Are there probiotics for upper respiratory tract tissue?

If the lungs can be subject to bacterial infection, why do there not exist beneficial probiotics that live in lung tissue to combat "bad" bacteria proliferation?
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Which HPV types are detectable by the immune system to remove it from body?

Some resources (like WHO) says that HPV can be cleared by the immune system as the following. WHO There are many types of HPV, and many do not cause problems. HPV infections usually clear up without ...
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Should a person with warts avoid baths to avoid the spread of HPV to other body parts?

The cause of warts in general is the Human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. If I understand it correctly, HPV causes both genital warts and warts on toes. Does this mean that if a person with a wart ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is the common cold deadly to a suppressed immune system?

If you were taking an immune system suppressant such as Prograf (Tacrolimus) for a long period of time would a virus like the common cold linger in the body and cause infection over time and possibly ...
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Can I get infected again with the same cold?

Both me and my mom got infected with cold from the same person apparently, since both of us fell ill a few days after meeting this ill at that time person. However, mom got infected far more severely ...
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Are microbes that don't make you sick able to reproduce more numerously or at a faster rate in the human body than microbes that do make you sick?

Are microbes that don't make you sick able to reproduce more numerously or at a faster rate in the human body than microbes that do make you sick? I wouldn't want to assume much on this question.
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CDC close contact definition - why masks addressed only in K12 setting?

CDC defines close contact as Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour ...
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Why does my volunteering with kids mean I should get a tetanus shot?

I volunteer with kids a decent amount. A little while ago my doctor recommended that I get the tetanus shot specifically due to the fact that I spend so much time around small children. At the time I ...
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Is there a simple way to quantify viral content beeing exhaled by a person potentially independent of the specific virus type?

As far as I have understood it, persons who have contacted virusses (that are to a substantial part transmitted through the air, such as covid-19) tend to be only or most strong infectuous during a ...
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Solve SIR in continuous or discrete form, which one is more accurate in epidemiology sense

Oftentimes, SIR model is used in epidemiology to model infection. Based on the model form, the original SIR model is continuous, and strictly should be solved with continous ode solver. However, it ...
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What is the risk of meningitis after nasal hair plucking?

I heard board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) refer to a Nasolabial triangle as the "triangle of danger" on one of her tv show episodes. Re-reading the ...
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Why would someone, healthy and 10-39 years old, infected with covid-19 might die?

From https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus we can see that a person between 10 and 39 years old has a probability of 0.2% of dying, which is very low but meaningful. See also this table below for ...
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Do tooth infections pockets build pressure?

Here is a strange situation that happened these days. I had an infection in a tooth that had a root canal and a post with a crown. The infection was there for a while and these days, the whole thing (...
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What's the primary body entrance + surface of infection for catching the flu?

I realize there are multiple ways, but if you tallied up all the people who caught the flu or a cold last year, what would be the majority... Entrance for infection: Mouth Nose Eyes Ears Skin Bio ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Why are lower respiratory infections so prevalent in undeveloped countries?

As you can see here, lower respiratory infections are a major cause of death in undeveloped and developing countries, especially in central Africa. What are the primary causes of lower respiratory ...
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Swab tests reveals I have a staph infection. Can it tell if it's MRSA? Or is that a different test? If so, can that distinguish HA-MRSA & C-MRSA?

I had a blistered rash that kept spreading so my doctor took a swab to see if there was any kind of bacterial cultures present. The results came back today -- I am positive for a staph infection. ...
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Can walking barefoot on cold floors cause kidney problems?

If a toddler goes barefoot most of the day on cold floors, can that lead to a kidney infection? The child is always dressed warmly but refuses to wear anything on feet. Now being winter, and moved to ...
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COVID-19 exposure risk from passing joggers versus walkers

What is the COVID exposure risk from passing close by someone who is jogging relative to passing close by someone who is walking? The reason I ask is with regard to going out for exercise, or to run ...
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Are the surgical site infections "in the brain" caused by same bacteria found in "other parts of the body"?

Are the surgical site infections "in the brain" caused by same bacteria found in "other parts of the body"? There's a blood-brain barrier so, most of the bacteria that infect ...
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Length of stay vs Acute length of stay in a hospital

I came across a term called Acute length of stay recently from a medical dataset hosted in Kaggle [here] 1 While I understand that the usual length of stay is given by the formula date of discharge - ...
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Do pharmacies' terminals spread infections?

Everybody who's purchasing medicine in a pharmacy has to write a signature on a touchscreen payment terminal, either with his/her finger or by using the stylos attached to the terminal. This practice ...
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T2DM diagnosis vs disorder due to T2DM diagnosis?

I have a database of diabetic patients. Mostly 80 % are T2DM patients. Now I would like to identify the T2DM patients based on their conditions reported. I mean when patients visit hospital (diabetic ...