Dr. Ziad Akl

Infectious Disease
Washington, DC
33 years experience male

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Washington, DC

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

Languages spoken

English

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299 Answers
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A 24-year-old member asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Popular remedy: Lice are becoming resistant to many insecticides. I strongly recommend apple cider vinegar and a metal comb. Google 'apple cider vinegar head lice sch... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Depends on cause: Most cases are due to a viral infection, in which case you need a pain killer such as Ibuprofen or naproxen.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Resp and contact : Strep lives in the throat and on the skin. It is transmitted via respiratory droplets or by direct contact.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
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Very good: If you're talking about intestinal salmonellosis other than typhoid the prognosis is very good unless the person is immunocompromised.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Ingested : Salmonella spp. Are contracted through food, water, and contaminated hands. Once in the intestine they can cause diarrhea or spread to the blood and p... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
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Yes: If the person failed to disclose, there may be civil or criminal liabilities depending on the state.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Not contagious: Staph is part of the normal bacteria that reside on our skin. If someone gets a staph infection, it's because there was a breach of the normal body de... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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No: Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition that results in depigmentation of the affected areas. It is caused by antibodies directed against the self. It is... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Germs: A cyst is a collection of fluid that is not infected. Boil is a common term for an abscess in the skin, that means bacteria penetrated the skin and ca... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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Not necessarily: Yellow mucus usually indicates an infection but it can be due to any number of causes.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Uncommon: Most mosquito bites are harmless in the us. West nile virus is probably the most common infection transmitted by mosquitoes in the us.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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No: Many people think they have oral thrush because they see white spots in their mouth but they actually do not have a thrush. Oral thrush is uncommon. I... Read More
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Laryngitis: Usually laryngitis lasts a few days. The less you speak, the faster the healing. Silence is golden!
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Too vague: Please be more specific. Can you post a picture?
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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?gonorrhea: This is possibly gonorrhea but other causes such as trichomonas or bvcannot be ruled out . You should see your gyn.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Yes: If one of you carried an std prior to being together, that person could have given it to the other person, and it can bounce back and forth. You both ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
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Specialist: If you saw a doctor and they can't make a diagnosis you need to see a gastroenterologist to figure out the cause. Then you treat the cause.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Food poisoning: Food poisoning is a common cause of such symptoms but by no means the only possibility. Best to consult a physician.
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Rectal bleed: If i understand you correctly, you are having rectal bleed. There are many causes for that, including hemorrhoids, tumors, dilated blood vessels etc. ... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
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Capsaicin: Topical capsaicin can be helpful.
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Maybe: Chlamydia can cause infertility by blocking the tubes, but 1) you're not necessarily infertile; 2) there are many causes of infertility. If you keep f... Read More
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Incomplete picture: He should see a doctor. I doubt you can get a diagnosis easily on here.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Possibly: Sometimes fever is hard to feel or detect, and sometimes it is suppressed by medications. However, you should note that stiff neck is a loose term whe... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
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Many possibilities: If you have diarrhea with it, the likelihood is that it is food poisoning. If you don't, there are too many possibilities to discuss here. You need to... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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More details: Please provide more details. Where are the bumps, how many, how long you've had them?
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A male asked:
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Immunity: This means she is immune to the disease and does not need to get the vaccine before she conceives.
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10 years: A tetanus shot should be renewed every ten years. However, in case of a major injury, a new one should be given if it has been more than 5 years since... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Electrolytes ...: And other nutrients become depleted. For example you can have low potassium, low sodium, low vitamins like a, d, e and k. Weight loss can occur.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Muscle relaxant: It is a derivative of gamma amino butyric acid.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Clarify: Your question implies that you should have these symptoms. These are side effects. They can occur any time after starting the medicine.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
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Don't ...: ...Treat the lymph nodes. You need to find out what the cause is and treat that. See your doc.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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Viral: Laryngitis is viral. No need for antibiotics.
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Please clarify: Is this something that's been happening for a long time or just a couple of days. If the latter, food poisoning is a common cause of diarrhea and you ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Yes but....: Many people think they have oral thrush because they see white spots in their mouth but they actually do not have a thrush. Oral thrush is uncommon. I... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
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Recurrence: It is possibly a recurrence but hopefully it is a local unrelated issue.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
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Absolutely not true: You can contract HIV without having an std. Having certain stds makes it easier to contract HIV but it is not a necessary condition.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Please clarify: Please clarify what you mean by phlebitis. In medical terms, it is an inflammation of a vein. It can be superficial or deep. It can be due to a clot ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
No: It's not even common to have pneumonia once. First you need to make sure the term is not being used loosely to describe an acute bronchitis. If you tr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
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Remove ring: First you have to remove the ring. If the area of redness is not too large it may resolve on its own. If it is large you may try triple antibitoic ove... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
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Depends: It depends on what test you want to run on it, and it depends on whether it was sent with a preservative or not.
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Yes: Bond arrow transplant eliminates the white cells that contain memory of previous illnesses and vaccines. It is recommended to receive certain vaccines... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
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Not necessarily: You may have the virus without ever having any outbreaks or manifestations.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Several days: It takes a few days to leave your system but that doesn't mean you can't have adverse reactions after that. Ask your question again and detail your sy... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
PID: The signs are a tender lower abdomen and elicited abdominal pain on pelvic exam (manual vaginal exam). Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, vaginal ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Diagnosis: You're describing insect bites that got infected. If no improvement with antibiotics, either the diagnosis is wrong or you're on the wrong antibiotic.... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
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URI: It is clear you have an upper respiratory infection. Whether you have a sinus infection on top of that is a tricky question to answer in a doctor's of... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Need neurologist: Weakness and pain in legs can be caused by many conditions. I don't think you will find an answer here. You should be seen by a neurologist.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
It depends: Hardness may be caused by the fact that the lymph node is scarred from an old infection, so it's not necessarily a sign of current disease. One has to... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
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Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Yes: It is easily treated with antibotics.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
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Children do: It is unusual in adults but children may have diarrhea with upper respiratory infections.
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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

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