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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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 ...
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Can viruses be inherited?

In theory, any virus capable of infecting germ cells can plant its genetic load into the sperm/ova that will eventually become offspring. So are most viruses inheritable? Really, if your parents ever ...
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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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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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Is opening the chest cavity still considered dangerous to the spread\growth of disease? [closed]

Talking to relatives, it sounds like it was once believed that opening the chest cavity generally caused the spread and growth of diseases such as cancer because of the introduced oxygen into the area....
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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 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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Can dog bites cause Echinococcosis?

I know that dog bites are dangerous and can give you rabies,but can a dog bite cause Echinococcosis?
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How to be relieved of pain with in-grown nails?

I have an in-grown nail on my toe and I don't know what to do. I'm aware that seeing a podiatrist(?) might help but I don't want my nail getting removed (yet) because I have a swimming class. They say ...
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What to do about a dental infection? [closed]

I have an infection in my gums, similar to the picture below. The 'pimple' has gotten bigger and than shrank back down but never disappeared.Mine being only one and much smaller. Besides taking ...
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Why don't gum abscesses heal on their own?

A gingival (gum) abscess is a pus filled pimple on the gum. I've read that they don't go away on their own and need to be drained by a dentist and cleaned before the wound can start to heal. From ...
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UTI bacteria climbing up urine stream!

I visited a doctor who suggested that it is possible for UTI causing bacteria (E coli among others) to climb-up (so to speak) the urine stream, from a dirty urinal for example. I would like to ...
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Does getting the cold constantly build defense? [closed]

Since it's molecule format changes every year or so, does it even matter (in terms of resistance) that you had it last year?
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How to get rid of from intertrigo by using home remedies?

For someone suffering from Intertrigo skin infection in their groin area. Is there any home remedy to get rid of it?
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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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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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Explanation of normal CRP during neutrophilia?

Let us assume we have a patient with this history and let us try to explain his/her normal CRP values on the end of this post given the fact of commorbid high fever and neutrophilia. The questions to ...
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Is a child with chickenpox who is vaccinated still contagious?

If a child is vaccinated for chickenpox but she gets the disease anyway, will her vaccination affect the likelihood of transmitting the disease to others?
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Can Helicobacter pylori be transmitted through saliva?

I was wondering if you can get Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria that can cause gastritis and ulcers) by kissing a person, if that person is infected with it?
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Medical relevance of tetanus vaccination

As somebody who has recently come into contact between another person's blood and/or other fluids and a cut on my hand should I ask them for the year of their most recent tetanus shot? As far as I am ...
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Is the spit test for candida legitimate?

My friend sent me a test to determine if one has too much candida. I called her gullible and she got mad and sent me several other sites which amounted to the same thing, like http://www....
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Why isn't clorhexidine gluconate used among humans?

It is used for non-human animals, but as far as I have read it is not used among people. Are there exceptions?
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Difference between common cold and flu?

What are the differences between flus and colds? I don't know about English, but in Spanish they confuse it very often when using words gripe and resfriado. Maybe it's not the case in English, but I ...
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Why is FMT an effective treatment for Clostridium difficile?

I have a relative who has gone through a few different courses of antibiotics to combat a Clostridium difficile infection, with limited success. As I understand it, the initial antibiotic course for ...
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Why are people with certain blood types more/less susceptible to norovirus?

Infection with some types of norovirus appear to be rarer in people with some blood types than in others, see Norwalk Virus Infection and Disease Is Associated with ABO Histo-Blood Group Type, from ...
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In a viral infection, which symptoms are caused by the virus itself, and which symptoms are caused by the body fighting the virus? [closed]

Most symptoms commonly associated with respiratory viral infections, like the common cold, are actually immune in nature. Fever is the body's attempt to overheat the virus, excess mucous is the body's ...
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Can pathogens be transmitted from smelling something?

Long story short, when visiting neighbors the other day, a young child playing outside in the lawn stepped in some fresh animal fecal matter, and not knowing what it was, ended up taking off their ...
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Is E. coli contagious?

I have a girl that I'm seeing. She was just in the hospital about 2 weeks ago with an internal E.coli infection in her kidney (she had the other kidney removed due to cancer). She has been given a ton ...
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Does a fungal infection transmit in swimming pools?

I've contracted a fungal infection on my nails. My doctor told me not to swim in swimming pools but in the ocean/lake, because swimming pools would make the infection worse and it could transmit to ...
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Tuberculosis: Lung scarring and weight gain

I have a few questions regarding tuberculosis: If a person is cured of Tuberculosis, is it compulsory for all patients effected by Tb to have a patch/scar on their lung? (references for patch) ...
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Proper treatment of Chalazion draining [closed]

I have had a Chalazion on my left upper eyelid for about a month now. It had been growing larger, and recently started to form a white head. I get styes and chalazions fairly frequently, but never ...
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What to do about throat ulcers?

I've had throat ulcers for five days now; there are multiple lesions throughout my throat. In the past few days, I've also noticed that my face has been breaking out, somewhat similar to the chicken ...
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How does a MRSA test work?

Let's assume we have a patient with acute infection. The doctor suspects MRSA. A culture is taken, brought to the lab, and then what? I'm interested to hear what are the usual steps a laboratory ...
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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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What exactly is inflammation?

If I get stung by a bee, I'll have inflammation in that area. But I've seen inflammation mentioned in the context of the whole body. What is this invisible inflammation, and how can its presence be ...
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Why are antibiotics and ear tubes the primary treatment for chronic ear infections rather than improving normal drainage through the Eustachian tube? [closed]

Ear infections are not contagious, and most resolve without antibiotics. There are risks inherent with excessive antibiotic use as well as many allergies and negative side effects. Ear tubes require ...
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Are ear infections more likely when visiting high altitudes?

We recently took our toddler to the Alps, and I was surprised when multiple people asked me if I was worried about her getting an ear infection due to the high altitude (the highest point was 2770 m). ...
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How do I get rid of toenail fungus?

I have had several treatments for toenail fungus where you have to file down the nail then apply a solution for weeks [about six weeks] to kill off the fungal infection. Each time it has come back ...
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Skin lesions: osteomylitis, impetigo or other?

I have an odd rash pattern on my ankle, and it hurts a lot; I've been to two doctors about it who gave very different diagnosis. One said it looked like osteomyletis, the other said it looks like ...
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Can Helicobacter pylori affect the body outside of the digestive system?

I had a discussion with a friend who's going through some medical issues as of lately. She underwent a few tests and met a few doctors which inquired about her medical history. She has frequent ...
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How does a breeze cause irritated nose and throat?

The question popped in my head as to how a breeze (let's say one from a ventilator or ACU) can cause irritation in certain respiratory systems (e.g. nose/throat). I haven't really found a suitable ...
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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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Can microbes be bred to be less infectious?

It was a strange idea that popped into my head. Could wild infectious microbes be bred (directed evolution) by some mechanism (such as through hypothetical drug therapies) to "domesticate" them and ...
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How to tell if the common cold has turned to an infection

I am very susceptible to the common cold. I get it at least 2 - 3 times a year. Sometimes it goes away in a couple of days, sometimes it develops into a nasty throat/lung infection with an awful cough ...
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How accurate is testing for HSV-2?

I've never had any symptoms of a Herpes simplex virus 2 infection. However, I want to find out if I carry this type of virus in my body. Is it true that there is an antibody test to answer that ...
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Can “Waterproof Swim Cap” be good for people with ear infections?

OK, I have an ear infection. The doctor says that I should not allow any water to go into my ears. However, I want to swim, but I don't want any water (even a tiny drop of water) go into my ears. So, ...
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Are there high chances of long term complications from having TB?

Asking this question for somebody else here! Background: Some parents that I know are very concerned, as their 16 year old's friend, has extrapulmonary TB. They have been rather ill for several ...