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Dr. Ziad Akl

Infectious Disease
Washington, DC
32 years experience male

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Office

Washington, DC

Address

1712 I St NW, Suite 1007, Washington, DC
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Infectious Disease

Languages spoken

English

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299 Answers
61 Agrees
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Infectious Disease 32 years experience
No: Respiratory alkalosis is not a symptom. It is a rise in the blood ph that occurs when you breath fast. That often happens in illnesses that also cause... Read More
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Yes: A spider bite can get infected at any time before healing is complete.
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Immune deficiency: The immune system is responsible for preventing and fighting infections. It is made of white cells. There are many diseases that affect the number or ... Read More
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ABx: It is easily treated with an antibiotic.
A 46-year-old member asked:
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Many: There are many yeast infection creams over the counter. They are all good.
A 55-year-old female asked:
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Yes: Yes but it is important to know why you have that infection. Was this a result of piercing or trauma?
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Probably not: None of the stds does that. It's probably a skin issue. Eczema is common.
A female asked:
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More info: Please post more info. Your age. Describe the lesions you're calling impetigo. When did they start happening? Ho often do they appear? How long do hey... Read More
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Good: Prognosis is good if treated early.
A 32-year-old member asked:
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None: There are no known home remedies that are proven to combat yeast infections.
A 25-year-old male asked:
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Yes: Hiv does not always cause the lymph nodes to swell. So one can have HIV without lymphadenopathy.
A 45-year-old female asked:
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Infection: It does not sound good. You may have an infection of the wound or even worse, of the knee. Have your surgeon check it asap.
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There may be various: ...Reasons for the discharge but chlamydia can cause a clear discharge and urethritis, causing discomfort on urination.
A 25-year-old female asked:
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Yes: The two things have nothing to do with each other. Naat looks for the viral nucleic acid, while seroconversion is the appearance of antibodies against... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
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This is serious: Not passing urine at all is an emergency. It means either that your bladder is not emptying or your kidneys not functioning. The fever could be due to... Read More
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Yes: Reflux can manifest as just nausea without the burning sensation. Reflux does not cause diarrhea though.
A 37-year-old female asked:
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Diabetes: You need to seek medical attention asap. You have diabetes and your blood sugar is out of control which can lead to serious consequences. This is an e... Read More
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Accurate diagnosis?: The question is how was typhoid diagnosed? If by culture, then maybe it is resistant to the antibiotic prescribed. Another possibility is that you're ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
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Muscles: During a fever, the muscles contract causing chills, burning calories. I am not aware of this causing "carb craving" but it's probably the reason.
A 63-year-old member asked:
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Antifungal: You can either use over the counter creams or a prescription for Diflucan (fluconazole) from your doctor. It's a pill you take once.
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TB test: Tuberculin skin test consists of injecting a small amount of bacterial protein into the skin. The site is checked 3 days later for redness and swellin... Read More
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Widespread: Listeria is ubiquitous, which means it can be found in soil, water, and the intestines of many mammals including humans. It is easy then to see how it... Read More
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Common: Salmonella infections are uncommon in industrialized countries but common in third world countries where sanitation is not so great.
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Treat the cause: Edema is swelling of the skin that can be caused by many things. Usually we treat the cause but sometimes we give water pills to decrease it, such as ... Read More
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Yes: The term lyme refers to a city in connecticut where the disease is prevalent. In fact the disease is widespread in the northeast and mid atlantic regi... Read More
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Not necessarily true: I am not aware that men are more likely to get sepsis.
A 34-year-old member asked:
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Specify: What type of infection? Have you been diagnosed and/or treated? Is it the same type every time?
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Wrong premise: All viruses are hard to treat. In fact very few viruses have any treatment. It is not accurate to say that HIV is harder to treat than other viruses. ... Read More
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Reaction: Fever is an abnormal elevation of the body temperature. Most of the time it is caused by an infection of some sort but there are many non-infectious c... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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STD: It is a sexually transmitted disease, just like chlamydia.
A 23-year-old male asked:
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URI: You have a viral upper respiratory infection. Treat your symptoms and wait it out. No antibiotics.
A 41-year-old female asked:
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Unusual: It is unusual for herpes to last this long. Either the diagnosis is wrong or there is severe immunodeficiency. Since you haven't said that you have an... Read More
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Coronavirus: The SARS virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses, hence its name.
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Asthma: The most common cause of persistent cough after a flu is asthma. Even if you are not known to have asthma you could have what we call reactive airway ... Read More
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Yes: There are many viruses and bacteria that can cause eye infections. You can infected again with a different organism or even with the same one.
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Semantics: Facial nerve palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve of any cause. When the cause is unknown it's called bell's palsy but a lot people use the terms in... Read More
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Tricky: Usually we follow inflammatory markers like the sed rate. When it normalizes it usually means the infection is gone.
A 49-year-old female asked:
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Don't think so: Chronic bronchitis is when you cough constantly and produce sputum. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001153/ if you had an episode la... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Treat the cause: If you have not been investigated, you should be checked for stones, anatomic abnormalities etc. If all causes have been ruled out, you should conside... Read More
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Bacterial inf: It is a bacterial infection caused by a bacterium of the genus rickettsia.Iit is transmitted through a tick bite. It causes fever and a rash, hence th... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
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Virus: This sounds like a viral upper respiratory infection. Treatment is symptomatic for pain and fever. If bloody mucus continues after the infection resol... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Yes: Herpes on the body is called herpes gladiatorum. It looks like one or more small blisters close to each other, each 1 mm in size. The area might be re... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Yes no problem.
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Not the fever: The rash is caused by the underlying illness, not by the fever.
A 27-year-old female asked:
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Lungs?: The phlegm may be coming from the lungs. This could be due to asthma, chronic bronchitis etc. He may need to see a lung specialist.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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No: If it is ruptured and you are feeling well you may just cover it with gauze.
A 22-year-old female asked:
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No: It is not clear what your doctor means by cyst. You need to see your doctor again and rethink the diagnosis.
A 35-year-old member asked:
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Muscle relaxant: It is a derivative of gamma amino butyric acid.
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Yes: Tonsils can get infected with he flu virus whether you have a lymphoma or not. When you have the flu you can infect someone by kissing coughing sneez... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
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Antibacterial soap: You can try antibacterial soap but there is no magical treatment. If these are areas you shave, try applying an antiseptic before shaving.

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Nov 25, 2012
Great answers. Impressive.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Akl is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Akl is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! i discovered that I have pharyngitis. and I've been prescribed antibiotics. but I have body aches all over does that belong with it
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Thank you. In addition to the infection there are stones that have been in my r kidney since Oct 2010. Glad to know this is not the infectio
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Thank you. Was dx with the kidney infection 11/18 but no ct was done. I will try to get another appt w/ my pcm. Your answer was very helpful

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St Joseph's University
Graduated 1990MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, District Of Columbia - Winter
2013
Top Infectious Disease Specialist , First Place, District Of Columbia - Winter
2013

Affiliations

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