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Dr. Booth Wainscoat

Infectious Disease
Hartford, CT
22 years experience male

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Hartford Hospital

Hartford, CT

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Hartford, CT
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Infectious Disease

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

70 Answers
7 Agrees
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Women also pose risk: All people with HIV regardless of their gender can transmit the virus through unprotected sex. While specific sexual activities may vary slightly, any... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: As with any area of health care, being well informed of risks & ways to modify behavior to avoid illness is crucial. Learning how std's are transmitte... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
No: Many antibiotics require ideal conditions in the stomach in order to be adequately absorbed and fight infection. Antacids will interfere with the effe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: A variety of infectious diseases can be transmitted after a tick bite. The most common in the U.S. Is lyme disease. 200mg of Doxycycline taken within ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
The smallpox virus: Smallpox virus - also called poxvirus variolae - is the cause of smallpox. In the case of naturally occuring smallpox (ie. Not including bioterrorism)... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Very rarely: There are many infections which can result from a tick bite. In the USA, lyme disease is by far the most common tick associated infection. There have ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Difficult to say: The best evidence comes from measuring larvae in the organs (liver, brain, eye) of mice after feeding them toxocara eggs. The liver may be infected as... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: Influenza a, b & c are genetically distinct viruses.Infection with a or b produces near identical diseases which are treated similarly.Influenza c is ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: Tonsillitis can result from either bacteria or viruses. Generally, both of these may be transmitted from one person to another & lead to swelling of t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: Humira (adalimumab) & other anti-tnf therapies have been associated with an increased risk for developing infection. It is recommended that all patien... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Special testing: Pneumonia is a general term for any lung infection caused by a variety of pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasites). Tuberculosis (TB) is a ver... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: Infection within the lungs (pneumonia) involves 2 basic principles: an infectious pathogen (bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite) and a failure of the ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Various reasons: Pseudomonas is a very common bacteria which has developed many clever ways of resisting different antibiotics. It can destroy the antibiotics with che... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not exactly: Most e. Coli infections arise from 'friendly' bacteria in our colon.These e. Coli escape & cause routine infections in our blood, bladder or lung. E. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Many things: #1 is prevention of influenza with vaccination, proper hand hygiene & cough etiquette.Early diagnosis of flu & treatment within the first 48 hours of ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Unlikely but possibl: One to 17 of every 100, 000 menstruating women and girls will get tss each year. This is the statistic that some tampon manufactures use in their info... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends.: Doctors select specific antibiotics for specific time periods depending on the type of infection. Most antibiotics are given for <2 wks. Antibiotic us... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not exactly: Hiv causes a chronic infection for which there is no current cure. With HIV medication patients can expereince a longer disease free life. However thi... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not exactly: Most cold sores are caused by a virus while most impetigo is due to bacteria such as staphylococcus. One does not lead to the other. However, if you h... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
#1: Call your doctor: And stop the alcohol.Several antibiotics do not mix well with alcohol such as metronidazole, tinidazole & bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
No: The screening test to detect HIV antibodies is among the most accurate & sensitive diagnostic tests in medicine. There is no significant change in det... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: Many different antibiotics exist.Each has unique side effects & interactions. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about the specific antibioti... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Tropical virus: Dengue fever is a common tropical viral infection occurring after a single mosquito bite.There are >100 countries where dengue is active.Most initial ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
From bacteria: Most 'boils' are due to staphylococcus bacteria infecting the skin.Pus forms below the skin which swells to form a painful boil.Sometimes streptococci... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Various.: There are no specific skin findings unique to hiv. Some people develop red, flaky or waxy skin changes along their hairline or face called seborrhea. ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes I can :): Fever results from a chemical cascade in response to a pyrogen. Infection causes the release of pyrogens which in turn cause the body to produce a che... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: There are many different types of staph infections - some are serious & require hospitalization.Most staph infections are skin related.These can vary ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not exactly: Various infections may be spread following tick bites - the most common is lyme disease. Amoxicillin (not penicillin) is approved for treating confirm... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Very rarely: Most of the microbes (i.e. Bacteria or viruses) which cause infectious gastroenteritis generally are only attracted to the gastrointestinal (GI) syste... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Eating Toxocara eggs: Toxocariasis is one of the most common parasitic infections in the world. It is acquired by ingesting the embryonated eggs or larvae of the toxocara p... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Usually safe: Most routine antibiotics can be combined with antiviral medicine when used for short periods of time. Taking any antibiotic for >2 weeks usually requi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not yet: No antibiotics are approved for use against west nile virus. Attempts at using ribavirin, immunoglobulins & interferons to treat wnv patients have bee... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Antibiotic pressure: When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the strongest bacteria survive. Strength is gained by genetic mutations & by acquiring resistance genes from ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes, many: Some people who live or visit areas with lyme disease may be diagnosed with lyme disease on the basis of the characteristic lyme rash. In the absence ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: There are several reasons why MRSA infections of the skin return. Chronic skin conditions such as eczema & psoriasis may promote repeat MRSA infection... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
It depends: There are >6 different antibiotic pill options for treating MRSA & >6 intravenous antibiotic options.The best antibiotic depends on the severity of th... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: Routine daily vitamin supplements are safe to take with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). Supplements to avoid while taking Bactrim (sulfam... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Get tested: Repeated infections in a young person suggests a weakness in the immune system. Some immunodeficiencies are genetic & show up in early adulthood. Othe... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking a... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Sore throat: Chlamydia infection of the mouth and throat is rare. Most sexually transmitted chlamydia infections affect the genitals. A throat infection with chlam... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Very unlikely: Recurrent uti's occur but a permanent UTI is very unlikely. Other diseases can mimic a UTI such as interstitial cystitis, polycystic kidney disease, l... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Dont wait for signs: Aids is the final stage of HIV infection that puts a person at risk for life threatening infections & cancers.The best way to know if aids is approach... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
A common virus: 'herpes' = herpes simplex (hsv): the virus that causes oral & genital blisters. Hsv is a common std. After infection with HSV the virus hides in senso... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Let's hope so: Neuraminidase inhibitors (nai's) are the only reliable antivirals used to treat human influenza. Approved nai's include oseltamivir (tamiflu) & zanami... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Not proven: True cfs (chronic fatigue syndrome) is a disorder with no proven cause.Recent scientific studies found an association between some cfs & xmrv - a 'new... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Absolutely: The 'stigma' of std's can be more distressing than the actual std. Become educated about your std. Participate in support groups & consider becoming a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Its complicated: 2 factors promote pyelonephritis. 1) bacteria must invade the kidney. 2) a person's immune system must fail to some degree. Bactereia are common in th... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
No: Incubation period refers to the duration after which a person is transmitted a pathogen (i.e. Virus or bacteria) until the infection is apparent. Stev... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Yes: Meningitis is a general term which refers to any process resulting in inflammation or swelling of the lining of the brain or spinal cord. Meningococca... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wainscoat is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wainscoat is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I cant get treatment for my lyme. Dr's wont talk about it in canada.
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thank you so much 3anti neg 2wk 1month 2 months and a p24 waiting on rna results know something tomorrow
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you for expert opinion you are very appreciate it

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Graduated 2000MD

Medical/Graduate school

UNECOM
Graduated 2000MD

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