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A 42-year-old member asked:

what cause repeat infections?in the kidney, chest, or throat?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Complex: It may be that the infection was not treated effectively the first time, and is recurring. It may be due to impaired immune function from some underlying condition. It may be that there are anatomic abnormalities which are predisposing to infection. These are things that doctors learn in medical school and practice, so that if you have these infections, see your pcp.

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Everytime I go to a pool or beach I get a pain in my stomach and throat I go in at any distance in it. I am currently not on any medication.Ideas?

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Can bronchitis and an upper respiratory tract infection elevate liver function?

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