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Are Kidney Infections Highly Contagious
The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more
All your own: Most kidney infections arise from our own flora that's migrated from the environment up into the wrong place: the urinary tract. Post-coitus uti's are common but they are w/our own flora. Persons can have alterations in their microbial flora if they have a change in environment (i.e.:a hospital stay) ; then become infected with those organisms if present in the wrong place at the right time. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, they are highly contagious, and are spread via the fecal to oral route. That can happen if a child doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom, and then tough their mouth. Touching a contaminated area, and then touching the mouth can also cause infection. Rotavirus can live for hours on human hands, and days on dry hard surfaces, so washing hands is key to prevent transmission. ...Read more
Yes/yes: We often have bacteria in/on our bodies in harmony.The process is labeled colonization and can be useful. You clot your blood with the help of gut bacteria's effect on vitamins. We usually reserve the term infection to note a harmful process. Bacteria are acquired from the environment, whether that be from persons,animals or objects where they live.The degree of contagiousness varies. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis?: Viral gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea) is very contageous. Norovirus/ enterovirus/ norwalk virus are some of the most common causes of outbreaks. Spread can be stopped by good handwashing (lister was right!). There are many types of other contageous stomach infections: bacterial (salmonella, shigella, campylo bacter, h. Pylori, c. Diffi); parasites (giardia, cryptosporidia, cyclospora)..... ...Read more
Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Although the cold that may have preceded the ear infection may be contagious, the otitis is not.Common throat germs from the kids own mouth & throat will invade the ear from the eustachian tube if conditions are favorable. Once there, they are confined to the middle ear space. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Allergies are your body's unique reactions to allergens that your body recognizes as foreign to your system. If it is an inhaled allergen, it would cause sneezing and watery nasal discharge. If it is an allergen that settled on the skin, it would cause a rash that is generally itchy. It is not contagious but rather genetic so it is common for members of family to react to same antigen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster virus), which is an entirely different organism from staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria. However, shingles lesions can get superinfected, and the most common cause for this is staph. Aureus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that all contagious diseases are not infectious but all infectious diseases are contagious?
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Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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