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What are the types of anthrax infection?

What are the types of anthrax infection?

Skin, lungs and GI: Anthrax is an infection caused by bacillus anthracis that is usually spread by infected animals or animal products and can manifest itself in three ways. The majority present as skin infections with pustules. Next, inhalation anthrax is much more severe and presents with flu-like symptoms. The third is gastrointestinal anthrax and may present with severe abdominal pain and bloody vomit or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anthrax infection?

What sort of problem is an anthrax infection?

A bad one: Anthrax infection is caused by the bacteria bacillus anthracis. It can cause troubles with your lungs and breathing, rashes, and gastrointestinal upset, among other symptoms. The concern nowadays is that it can be used as a weapon in spore form (e.g. Through the mail). Thankfully, it can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What symptoms does anthrax infection usually cause?

What symptoms does anthrax infection usually cause?

Depends on form: The worst form, inhalation anthrax is flu like early with low grade fever, fatigue, non-productive cough, muscle aches, etc. One to 5 days later there may be abrupt onset of high fever, severe breathing difficulty and shock. Death may ensue within 24-36 hrs. ...Read more

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What is the best option for prevention of the anthrax infection?

Vaccine and : Antibiotics. Depending on the circumstances, a person may get vaccination. If a person has been exposed, s/he may be put on prophylactic antibiotics. See the site below for more information
http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002301/. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Anthrax: It depends on which kind is involved. Inhalation anthrax is very serious, and only 25% respond to antibiotics. Cutaneous and gastrointestinal anthrax responds much better to antibiotics — better than 50 — 60%. ...Read more

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Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

Does the anti-biotic cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) help prevent an infection like anthrax virus or the flu?

No: The flu is caused by a virus. Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is an antibiotic, so it can't be used to treat or prevent a viral infection. Anthrax is not caused by a virus; it's caused by a bacterium. But why would you want to prevent something as rare as anthrax? ...Read more

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Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Koch's infx/TB: Tuberculosis just doesn't develop — you catch it from someone who is infected. It is only transmitted human to human, so you need to be exposed to someone who either has an active case or is a carrier. Many people worldwide are unaware they are infected, are asymptomatic carriers. That's why when someone is diagnosed with TB, everyone around them they've had contact with need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What are the treatments of fungal infection in children?

What are the treatments of fungal infection in children?

Where ?: To get the most from this site you need to appropriate provide background information & ask a clear related question. A kid could get a fungal infection on their skin, scalp, in their blood, lungs, sinuses or brain. Each would be approached differently. You are welcome to start over & be more specific. Your posts are not linked & go out to the site at random. ...Read more

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Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Yes: Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly. ...Read more

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What is the most frequent salivary gland infection in children?

What is the most frequent salivary gland infection in children?

Parotitis: The parotid gland (and to a lesser extent, the submandibular gland) can become infected, sometimes in association with a salivary stone. An entity of "recurrent parotitis of childhood" is a relatively common cause of repeated salivary infections in kids. Sometimes it isn't the gland itself, but a lymph node in the gland that is what is infected. ...Read more

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How to distinguish between viral and bacterial sinus infection in children?

How to distinguish between viral and bacterial sinus infection in children?

Sinuses are 4 : Sets of air-filled, mucous membrane-lined pockets near nasal passages that don't develop fully until adolescence. 2 sets are small, but present at birth; 1 set begins to develop at 7 yrs. & 1 in adolescence. Suspect bacterial sinusitis in a child with a 10-14 day history of viral or allergic nasal congestion, fever, green nasal discharge & headache. See www.entnet.org/content/pediatric-sinusitis. ...Read more

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What are some herbal treatments for sinus infection in children?

Depends: On the age of the child and whether its sinus congestion or sinus infection. Sinus infections when serious rarely resolve with supportive care alone. Congestion on the other hand can improve significantly though temporarily with eucalyptus and/or peppermint. These measures should be avoided in young children. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the herbal treatments for sinus infection in children?

Can you please tell me the herbal treatments for sinus infection in children?

Try xylitol solution: I don't know of any herbal remedies, but if the child can inhale a solution of xylitol and warm water (1/4 tsp xylitol in a pint of warm water) into his nose _ not into lungs, that should help by making to bacteria slippery and easier to get oit of the body. Gargling may help too. ...Read more

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What's the different between Cefdinir to any other antibiotics for sinus infection in children? Any side effect?

What's the different between Cefdinir to any other antibiotics for sinus infection in children? Any side effect?

Sinusitis: Cefdinir, a third generation cephalosporin, is good for acute bacterial sinusitis, although for chronic sinusitis might not be as effective, as longer duration is needed and a broader antibiotic spectrum, side effects not that common, diarrhea, pruritus, and others, caution if hypersensitive to the drug, good luck ...Read more

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Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different from healthy adults?

Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different from healthy adults?

Yes : The very young and elderly are typically affected more so and have higher rates of loss of life or prolonged recovery by any serious infection. ...Read more

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Do you think that I could get anthrax from a skull I found?

What kind of skull?: No, you are not likely to get anthrax from a skull. If you suspect that the skull may be human, report it to the police immediately. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions on do I have inhalation anthrax?

Inhalational Anthrax: Symptoms of inhalational anthrax include: fever, sore throat, muscle pain ; fatigue which can evolve into respiratory problems or shock after a few days. However, please be aware that anthrax infections are rare in this country and are most likely to occur in someone who has higher risk job (such as woolsorters or people who work with animal hides or horns). Intentional bioterrorism w anthrax is. ...Read more

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I live on a farm, can I get anthrax from my livestock?

Possible but not : Likely. Please consult this site for more information.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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How likely am I to be infected by anthrax during a terrorist plot?

Unlikely: Unless you were directly exposed, inhaling the spores of anthrax at the time they were suspended in the air, your risk is minimal. Infected persons do not spred the anthrax to others like you would see with a flu. See www.Bt. Cdc. Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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I am already sick, will anthrax exposure cause severe complications?

Yes: You are less likely to get anthrax than getting hit by lightening. If you are so paranoid, consult your doctor for feasibility of getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can I get screened or tested to find out whether I have been exposed to anthrax?

Not a specific test: There is not a specific test for anthrax. If spores were to be seen on gram staining — this could confirm the diagnosis. Problem is that they are often not present. ...Read more

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How can I know my cold or flu is not anthrax?

Statistics: Statistically, it would be very unlikely. Unless you are in at risk population such as researches who work with animals, veterinarians, farmers or people who sell exotic hides or you are military and could be exposed to weaponized anthrax in a deployed setting — it is very doubtful that you would contract anthrax. ...Read more

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Where can I find out about the long term affects of having been given anthrax vaccines?

See below: See this site for information about anthrax vaccine.
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-anthrax.pdf. ...Read more

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Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Few Cases/ Serious: There are very few cases of anthrax — however infection wth anthrax is a serious healh problem with a high fatality rate for GI & inhalational anthrax. ...Read more

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Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can come in contact with infected hides or meat. Animal outbreaks are most often seen in undeveloped countries. ...Read more

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How many types of anthrax are there?

How many types of anthrax are there?

1 germ/3-4 forms: There is one anthrax germ that produces human illness based on how it enters the body. Inhaled spores can produce pulmonary anthrax (terrorist act), eating raw meat or dairy from infected animals can produce mouth & throat or gastrointestinal anthrax. Spores that are scratched into the skin surface can produce a skin sore. See www.Bt. Cdc. Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

Dr. Helle Lukk
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Anthrax Infection (Definition)

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