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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Do I have to wait after a tick bite to get vaccinated for encephalitis?

I recently removed a tick I must have caught while camping. Thinking of my plans for the summer (which involve frequently changing clothes in the wilderness), I realized I'd like to get a vaccination ...
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Stray cat scratch - tetanus?

My mother was scratched by a stray cat that lives in our apartment basement two days ago (when she was going out for a walk). Long story short, after about thirty minutes of walking, she noticed the ...
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Can being cold or wet be a significant influence in getting the common cold?

As most people know, it's a common thing to say something like "better wear a sweater, otherwise I'll get the cold tomorrow." In my limited understanding, the common cold is caused by a virus. How ...
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Does chronic Lyme disease really exist?

It seems that Lyme disease infection (borreliosis) can persist despite antibiotic treatment in early stages. Is there any definite proof of this in medical literature? If there is, why is Post-...
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Is typhoid contagious?

Can typhoid spread from one person to the other through any medium? if so what are the measures that should be taken to avoid it from spreading?
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Can typhoid occur multiple times?

Are there any chances of a person being reinfected with typhoid at regular intervals again if they don't follow proper medication and diet, even though they are cured or survived the first infection? ...
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How effective was the 2014-2015 influenza vaccination?

I’m aware that the CDC released this abysmal report on the effectiveness of this year’s influenza vaccination, including data collected through Jan 30, 2015. In practical terms, this means the flu ...
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Effect of the common cold on the immune system

I've heard that once a person catches a cold, his whole immune system becomes weak and is affected. In what way does having a cold influence the immune system? If it does weaken it, how can one keep ...
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Why does whooping cough last so long and can the duration of cough be reduced?

Whooping cough is a chronic cough resulting from an infection with the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. The cough resulting from the infection may last several weeks, and as such whooping cough is ...
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How do tubes help treat ear infections?

My young son keeps getting ear infections. The otolaryngologist want to perform surgery to put tubes in his ear drums. How does putting a tube in the ear drum help with the ear infections?

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