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A 34-year-old member asked:

can any sexually transmitted infections (sti) cause hearing loss and ringing in ears?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Hearing loss can occur congenital syphilis, latent syphilis and neurosyphilis.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Neurosyphilis: Incredibly rare in this era, however, tertiary syphilis can cause neurological symptoms including hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo. A simple blood test can determine this.

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How can I prevent ear infections in my child?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Airway inflammation: Since ear infections begin with inflammation in the upper airway (nose and throat), parents should avoid situations that may lead to inflammation. These include, but are not limited to: cold viruses, irritants like cigarette smoke, and aeroallergens such as pollen, in certain susceptible children.
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How do I know if a bacterial infection is causing my child to vomit and have diarrhea?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
Pediatrics 20 years experience
It usually is not: Most of the time stomach bugs are caused by viruses rather than bacteria, and most of the bacterial causes are usually not treated in children. Bacterial stomach bugs are a bit more likely to cause high, prolonged fevers and bloody stools. The biggest worry with GI infections is dehydration. Make sure that your child stays hydrated and have him or her seen if you are at all concerned.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between bacterial vaginosis and a vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Angela Savatiel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Different causes: Bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacteria normally found in the vagina. Discharge is white to grey and often has a fishy odor. Yeast is caused by a fungus; discharge is thick and clumpy often with itching. The first is treated with an antibiotic, the second with antifungal medication. People often self diagnose incorrectly and use the wrong treatment.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I take antibiotics or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug for ane. Coli infection?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: The strains of e.Coli that cause travelers diarrhea can be treated with the antibiotics Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or rifaximin. Antidiarrheal can be taken for symptoms. In the past there was some concern that antidiarrheals would prolong the infection, but that does not seem to be the case.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

I haven't had my period in 4 months now, not pregnant though because I haven't had sex since dec & I just took a pregnancy test at a clinic & im waiting on other tests on any STDs I might or might not have thats causing it. What could be the reasons my pe

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Many reasons: The clinic should have already told you possible causes, could be pregnant or problems with your female hormones you need the results of the blood and cultures and i recommend getting a pelvic ultrasound by a gyn doctor.

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