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can bacterial infection cause encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes but likely viral: Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc... Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis.
Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
Yes: Bacterial infections of the brain can cause encephalitis (there are several non-bacterial causes of encephalitis as well). A serious problem, may lead to death even with treatment. Patients with bacterial encephalitis will need to be hospitalized, intravenous antibiotics will be given, neurosurgeon possibly needed to drain infection.

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Should I be concerned that my baby has an ear infection?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Ear infections are common and many children have one or two in the first two years. If they are becoming recurrent, than I am concerned and want more information. Often diet can be a factor, or starting daycare, or if you moved to a new location. Garlic and willow drops (or garlic and mullein or garlic and goldenseal) in the ear as drops can help alleviate pain.
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What are the causes of ear infections?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Ears are connected..: ...To the nose on the inside, with a tunnel called the eustacian tube. Anything that happens in the nose, can affect the ear.
Dr. Brian Affleck
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
The most common cause of ear infection is that the Eustachian tube isn't working. This results in a negative pressure, like a small vacuum. The negative pressure can be strong enough to pull fluid from the delicate tissues lining the middle ear. Once there is fluid, bacteria from the nose can then infect it. There are several reasons for the Eustachian tube to not work, including colds/allergy
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you have sex with a girl that has a urinary tract infection and not get it?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: Vaginal penetration by the penis will not induce infection simply because your partner has a uti.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Good hygiene: The best way to prevent bacterial infections, or viral infections, is good hygiene. Wash your hand properly and often. Next come nutrition; your immune system works much better if you give it the proper tools to work with. Next comes sleep; not sleeping properly or enough has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to infections.
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What causes frequent throat infections?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Many possibilities: Inadequate therapy, re-exposure or frequent exposure to persons with causative organisms (like schoolteachers), changes in immune function, chronic tonsillar infection, and so on and so on.

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