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Are Some People More Prone To Getting The Mumps
A viral infection of children caused by the paramyxovirus virus. The salivary glands (especially the parotid glands behind the ears) swell. The paramyxovirus virus is spread by direct contact with an infected person's sneeze or cough. With nearly universal immunization in childhood, there are few cases ...Read more
Yes: the unimmunized: All humans can get rubella (german measles). If your mother had the disease, you have some protection but only for 6 months. After that, you are on your own. The best defense is immunization which trades a very mild usually inapparent 'infection' for long term protection. Rubella is not innocuous-my sister, for example, has deafness and needed heart surgery in 1945 from rubella in utero. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure: Parasitic illness, "snail fever". Endemic in some parts of africa, caribbean, middle east, asia, s. America. Depending on type can cause liver or urinary problems. Exposure to standing fresh water- (including man-made lakes, either from work, recreation, domestic chores. Avoidance is key on an individual level; bigger issues on a societal level. ...Read more
Lacking venous valve: Boys or men who lack venous valves in the spermatic vein or veins between testicle and left renal vein are more prone to developing a varicocele. They are only discovered at approaching puberty or later by presence of a scrotal swelling that feels like a bag of worms when subject is standing up or as part of an infertility workup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk of cholera: The major vehicle for spreading cholera is contaminated water and food. Infection by person-to-person contact is uncommon. People with low gastric acidity, associated with malnutrition, are more easily infected than those with normal acidity. Cholera is endemic to, and often epidemic in, the indian subcontinent, asia, south america. Also, watch out for asymptomatic cholera carriers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Cholangitis is an infection of the common bile duct, the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder and intestines. This infection occurs more commonly in women than men. The onset is usually after age 55. Individuals who are at greater risk are those who have previously suffered from gallstones. ...Read more
YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent) , and immunity ( immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more
Not really: Gastroenteritis is a self-limited viral illness characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Exposure to the virus is all that is necessary to get the illness. People with weak immune systems may be more prone to get viral illnesses, but people with normal immunity can get sick if exposed to the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Yes: Primary peritonitis is more common in malnourished people including alcoholics. Peritonitis can complicate peritoneal dialysis. Any condition weakening your intestines can also cause bowel perforation with peritonitis to follow (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease [crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis] and diverticulitis). ...Read more
Yes: One could chuck this one up to hereditary but it is more appropriately related to constipation. High pressures withing the colon on the left side may produce ballooning of the inner lining of the colon through weak points in the wall. The bubbles fill with undigestible particles and may get infected and pop a leak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amebiasis: Caused by entamoeba histolytica, amebiasis is worldwide, ranges from asymptomatic carrier to fulminant severe illness, & may involve multiple organs (generally colon). It is passed by direct fecal-oral contamination (sexually, day care, institutional settings). Amoeba assume greater invasive potential in those with at-risk sexual behavior, who are immunosuppressed, taking steroids, or pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Allergic rhinitis is more likely to be found in people with a family history of allergy. If one parent is allergic, there is an approximately 30 % chance that the child has an allergic disease. When both parents have allergies, the chance that the child will have allergies increases to more than 60%'. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but...: We are all prone to getting cataracts. They are a normal aging change in the eyes, causing our natural lenses to lose clarity. Some individuals may get cataracts at an earlier age due to exposure to certain chemicals or ultraviolet; others may have a family tendency toward early cataracts. There is currently no treatment to prevent cataracts, although a short procedure will permanently remove them. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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