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A 45-year-old member asked:

can eating a lot of cheese cause more bacterial infections within the body?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not specificly: Unless the cheese is contaminated in some way in processing it will not predispose persons to infection. Any food product could carry germs, yet stomach acids kill some & many pass though the digestive system without causing any problems. Some germs will hurt some & not others bases on individual susceptibility.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can viral and bacterial infections enhance one another's effects in the body?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Yes: A great example is a bacterial pneumonia that occurs after a pulmonary virus infection. A virus such as influenza, can invade the cells that line the respiratory tract, and kill them.In doing so, the "physical" barrier of cells slough off, allowing bacteria to now invade the tissue and cause a pneumonia. Also, certain other viruses can also transmit resistance genes from one bacteria to another.

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Last updated Mar 26, 2013

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