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How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

How deadly is beijing's air pollution?

Not good: For most of the year Beijing has an air pollution index which would be unacceptable in the US. Chinese are willing to put up with it as a sign of progress and the fact that they are earning a living. There will be a burden of disease in the long run which will be tragic. ...Read more

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How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous.This provides ample nutrition for whooping cough & a multitude of other germs. ...Read more

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Can smoke inhalation cause asthma?

Can  smoke inhalation cause asthma?

Possibly: It depends on what you mean. Inhaling virtually any type of smoke will trigger an asthma attack in those whose asthma is not well controlled, and often even in those in whom it is. For a non asthmatic, significant smoke inhalation, such as being in a burning building, can damage the lungs in such a way as to cause asthma. I have a firefighter in my practice on permanent disability for this. ...Read more

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How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

Very dangerous: Inhalation anthrax death rate is estimated to be approximately 75% with treatment. Prior to development of aggressive treatments the death rate was more like 99%. ...Read more

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Can inhaling steam form lung crystals?

Can inhaling steam  form lung crystals?

Interesting question: ...and certainly inhaled particulate can deposit in the lungs, but keep in mind your lungs are moist and at body temperature (not room temperature) relative to whether what/how much you've dissolved in your "steam" precipitates out. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics does CDC recommend for prevention of inhalation anthrax?

Which antibiotics does CDC recommend for prevention of inhalation anthrax?

Prevent- vaccination: Biothrax is an acellular anthrax vaccine which is used in the United States for prevention of anthrax. ...Read more

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How deadly is anthrax?

How deadly is anthrax?

Very: Skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary anthrax are increasingly deadly in the order listed. Pulmonary anthrax, once it becomes apparent, is lethal in almost all cases. ...Read more

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Gasoline fume inhalation effects on the body?

Gasoline fume inhalation effects on the body?

Poisonous : Gasoline is poisonous if inhaled. Go out side and get plenty of fresh air. The fresh air will displace the volitile chemicals in the gasoline. ...Read more

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Can you get bacterial lung infection by inhalation of aerosolized contaminated water?

Can you get bacterial lung infection by inhalation of aerosolized contaminated water?

Yes: Planning a little terrorist attack? This is always a public health fear; some little devil will simply aeriolize sewer water and give large numbers of people pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Can inhaling incense smoke cause carbon monoxide poisoning?

Yes.: The burning of both traditional incense and the drug of abuse "herbal-incense"creates carbon monoxide. A significant dose of carbon monoxide in an unventilated space, especially in a susceptible individual can lead to co poisoning. Please be responsible and safe. ...Read more

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Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Anthrax vaccine: Although much has been written in the lay press about it, the current anthrax vaccine is safe. The most common side effect, like most vaccines, is injection site pain. ...Read more

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Sore throat from marijuana smoke inhalation?

Sore throat from marijuana smoke inhalation?

Smoke irritation: Marijuana smoke is highly irritating to the lining of the respiratory tract. ...Read more

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Is desflurane only administered by inhalation?

Is desflurane only administered by inhalation?

Yes: Desflurane is in a liquid state at room temperature. It turns into a gas when administered via an anesthesia machine. It should only be administered in a controlled fashion by an appropriately credentialed anesthesiologist in an appropriate environment. ...Read more

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Is ozone gas effective against tuberculosis bacteria?

Is ozone gas effective against tuberculosis bacteria?

TUBERCULOSIS: The conventional TB treatment does not include ozone gas.They are inh , rifamfin, pza and emb. ...Read more

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Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Removed from market: There are currently no over the counter asthma inhalers in the us. The manufacturers of primatine are petitioning the fda to keep it available. No actions as of yet. Available prescription rescue inhalers more specific with fewer side effects. Recently a new otc inhaler has been released. It is called asthmanefrin. I recommend you speak with your physician before starting any medications. ...Read more

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Is diacetyl harmful through inhalation? Please advise!

Yes: Inhalation of diacetyl vapors can be harmful to health. ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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How anthrax can cause respiratory attack?

How anthrax can cause respiratory attack?

Anthrax: The anthrax infection begins in the mediastinum and produces toxins which kill nearby cells. As more cells are infected and die, swelling and bleeding occur. Toxins spread throughout the body affecting organs and causing the organs to fail. When organs begin to fail, the disease has become fatal. ...Read more

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What to do if do about inhalation anthrax?

Antibiotics: Anthrax is treated with antibiotics. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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

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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Do I have inhalation anthrax? I was on webmd symptom checker it says I have it I have a scratchy throat mild fever of99.5 & slight shortness of breath

Probably not: Unless you work with infected animals or animal products (hair, wool, hides) or are a target for bioterrorism you are unlikely to be exposed to anthrax spores. Chronic bronchitis from smoking more common. See your md for testing if concerned. ...Read more

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How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

How does anthrax affect the lungs once it has been inhaled?

Tissue death: Once the inhaled anthrax spores germinate in the lungs they release toxins. This causes both bleeding & swelling which ultimately leads to tissue death. Death rate is around 99% untreated and up to 75% when treated. ...Read more

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Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Is there a difference in mortality of cutaneous, inhaled and gastrointestinal anthrax?

Yes: Mortality rate for untreated cutaneous anthrax is 10 -20 percent but less than 1% with correct antibiotic tx. The mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is around 75% (50 - 90 %) even with antibiotic therapy. Mortality rate for gastrointestinal anthrax is about 50 % (25 -60%). Effect of early antibiotic tx is uncertain for gi. Meningitis due to anthrax is just about 100% fatal. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics does CDC recommend for prevention of inhalation anthrax?

Prevent- vaccination: Biothrax is an acellular anthrax vaccine which is used in the United States for prevention of anthrax. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

What is the treatment for patients with inhalation and cutaneous anthrax?

Depends on the type.: Patients with cutaneous anthrax can be treated as outpatients w/ doxycycline. However, inhalational anthrax is a very serious condition that requires hospitalization because of its high mortality rate. Patients will require IV antibiotics. They may also need support of heart and lung function due to the detrimental effects of the anthrax toxin on the body. Inhalation anthrax=possible bioterrorism. ...Read more

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What is anthrax?

Bacterial infection: Infectious disease caused by bacteria called bacillus anthracis. Called woolsorter's disease because those at highest risk work around hoofed animals such as sheep, cattle, goats. Infection in humans most often involves the skin, gastrointestinal tract, or lungs. Can be treated with certain antibiotics. Can be fatal if not treated. ...Read more

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How deadly is anthrax?

Very: Skin, gastrointestinal and pulmonary anthrax are increasingly deadly in the order listed. Pulmonary anthrax, once it becomes apparent, is lethal in almost all cases. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anthrax?

What is the treatment for anthrax?

Antibiotics: Ciprofloxacin/ levofloxacin/ doxicycline & penicillin are primary treatments for anthrax. Duration of rx depends on setting. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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What are best lab tests for anthrax?

This is moot: Anthrax organisms grow on culture. However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back. ...Read more

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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 are the symptoms of anthrax poison?

Bacterial infection: Anthrax is a bacterial infection with three major types of manifestations, in order or severity, cutaneous, gastrointestinal and pulmonary. Pulmonary infection, once it becomes apparent as pneumonia is usually lethal. Gi type causes severe bloody diarrhea and skin forms presents as an ulcer with fever. ...Read more

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How can our immune system fight anthrax?

Vaccination: A vaccine for anthrax was available a while ago and was given to military personnel. For microbial diseases, vaccination is the best way to support the immune system to fight the infection. ...Read more

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How anthrax can cause respiratory attack?

Anthrax: The anthrax infection begins in the mediastinum and produces toxins which kill nearby cells. As more cells are infected and die, swelling and bleeding occur. Toxins spread throughout the body affecting organs and causing the organs to fail. When organs begin to fail, the disease has become fatal. ...Read more

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Why does treatment for anthrax take so long?

Long prevention: Anthrax, once clinically evident, usually kills quickly and treatment is not very effective. You may be referring to the 60 day course of antibiotics prescribed for some one exposed to anthrax. This is based on the findings of an outbreak in russia. Exposed individuals developed the disease up to 60 days after exposure. ...Read more

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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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How dangerous is respiratory anthrax nowadays?

Very dangerous: Inhalation anthrax death rate is estimated to be approximately 75% with treatment. Prior to development of aggressive treatments the death rate was more like 99%. ...Read more

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What causes the anthrax virus? Is there a cure?

Anthrax: It is caused by Bacillus anthracis. There are treatments available. ...Read more