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Doctors, what are the chances of contracting an infection disease from a mosquito. Do all of them carry disease.?

Doctors, what are the chances of contracting an infection disease from a mosquito. Do all of them carry disease.?

Quite variable.: Not all mosquitoes are carrying infections. Depending on where one is, mosquitoes can be a linked to diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile viruses & encephalitis. West Nile, encephalitis viruses & Dengue Fever (rare) can be found in the US.
If you are an area that it endemic for a particular disease - then your chances of contracting it are higher. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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Can ER doctors detect if you have a Gastrointestinal disease or infections?

GI: I am an ED doc so have experience in this question. Yes, it is possible to diagnose certain infections such infectious diarrhea. However, we are limited in certain cases such as Ulcerative Colitis or IBS. These are usually diagnosed by GI as a colonoscopy is often necessary. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection of black mold. How can I find a doctor that can fully treat these issues?

My wife has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and co-infection of black mold. How can I find a doctor that can fully treat these issues?

Ok: An infectious disease physician should be able to sort out the DX of lyme disease. 'black mold' in the environment generally is a cause of allergic respiratory symptoms but the id doc can help as well. ...Read more

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I had an MRI done of my brain & the doctor just said it said I had sinus disease. Is that just a sinus infection?

I had an MRI done of my brain & the doctor just said it said I had sinus disease. Is that just a sinus infection?

Maybe: "sinus disease" is likely a catchall phrase. It would normally include chronic sinusitis, allergic sinusitis, sinus polyps and certainly bacterial or viral infection. If you are not symptomatic (pain, fever, greenish discharge) and you have allergies, this is all likely due to the allergies. If you have problems related to your sinuses then you might want to visit an ENT speicalist. ...Read more

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Ebv positive had lumbar puncture if EBV infection showed in the spinal fluid what is the outcome of this would it prove to my doc autoimmune disease?

Ebv positive had lumbar puncture if EBV infection showed in the spinal fluid what is the outcome of this would it prove to my doc autoimmune disease?

Not necessarily: Ebv is very common, and many younger pts experience infectious mononucleosis, but very few go on to develop an autoimmune condition of any type. Assume the lumbar puncture was done to look at possible central nervous system disease, perhaps ms, and typically, most doctors would not order ebv titers in spinal fluid. Perhaps you need to schedule a conference with your doctor and get more info. ...Read more

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Good morning doctors! Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer questions. Can Flagyl be used for u.T.I infections? Thank you.

Good morning doctors! Thank you for taking time out of your day to answer questions. Can Flagyl be used for u.T.I infections? Thank you.

Usually not: Flagyl would cover many bacteria found in vaginal infections and other conditions but not necessarily be a good choice for uti. After culture results are known, it may be found to be effective against the infecting organism, but it doesn't work well for several common bacteria which cause uti. It is not a common first-line agent. ...Read more

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The doctor has confirmed that it's a bacterial infection, but nothing is curing it. Could there be some larger disorder that this is a symptom of?

The doctor has confirmed that it's a bacterial infection, but nothing is curing it. Could there be some larger disorder that this is a symptom of?

Please specify: You refer to a bacterial infection but don't specify what type. You will need to provide more information to obtain a meaningful answer. Take care. ...Read more

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Anyone read my last question & tell me could that possibly be an ear infection! That's what my doctor told me when I went to get checked out?

Anyone read my last question & tell me could that possibly be an ear infection! That's what my doctor told me when I went to get checked out?

Questions not linked: Your questions are not linked on the site. The statement above does not give enough information for us to comment. This is not a to & fro email setup. ...Read more

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Quick question. I'm a Zumba instructor and teach Monday evenings. Ever since my class on Monday evening, its been difficult to swallow (fluids, and food). I talked to my dad (who is a doctor) on Tuesday but he said that its not an infection nor does there

Quick question. I'm a Zumba instructor and teach Monday evenings. Ever since my class on Monday evening, its been difficult to swallow (fluids, and food). I talked to my dad (who is a doctor) on Tuesday but he said that its not an infection nor does there

Your question: Was incomplete but I have a question for YOU!
Are you NERVOUS teaching?? Some people are. It's a bit like stage fright! (And by the way the best teachers probably have a bit of that feeling" It may make EATING difficult!
Ask your question again or obtain a "live" Health Tap Consultation
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm not a carrier for mrsa however I've had 4 mrsa infections. 3 in my right breast and one in my left armpit, doc mentioned rare disorder?

MRSA infections: You should see an infectious disease maven in your area. You may have a complement deficiency (that's not a typo!). You really should be worked up before things get out of hand. Good luck! ...Read more

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Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Just diagnosed with inner ear infection with fluid behind eardrum. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Otitis media?: Part 1: inflammation and fluid collecting behind the ear drum (this is actually is the "middle ear" area) is "otitis media". This usually happens when one has a cold or respiratory infection (many times caused by viruses) where the eustacian tube, the opening that allows for fluid to drain from the middle ear into the throat, is closed up (or else an infection travel into the middle ear). ...Read more

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My question is about my ear 8 days ago I was seen by my family doctor for ear trouble. She said " ear infection" remedy z-pack. Well the parscription has been taken and I still have pain in behind my jaw. Also have been out to california (driving truck)

My question is about my ear 8 days ago I was seen by my family doctor for ear trouble. She said " ear infection" remedy z-pack. Well the parscription has been taken and I still have pain in behind my jaw. Also have been out to california (driving truck)

Sometimes: Sometimes the inflammation from an ear infection can last well beyond the actual infection. You can still have pain, fullness, popping, poor hearing... There should be an overall improvement over the next few weeks. If it does not get better, you may want to see an otolaryngologist (ent). ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me gemlow 320mg for a week to cure my prostate infection and penile discharge. Will it be effective and cure the disease in 7days?

My doctor prescribed me gemlow 320mg for a week to cure my prostate infection and penile discharge. Will it be effective and cure the disease in 7days?

Here are some. ..: I couldn't find out what is gemlow. As I have known, no antibiotics can cure prostate infection, usually by bacteria, and penile discharge, usually by STD-related urethritis - gonorrhea or chlamydia. So, please let's know what is the generic name or ingredients of gemlow. ...Read more

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Does this happen a lot after lap. Surgeries? #nqlu I kept going back to the doctor's office after the lap. Gallbladder removal surgery with hives, cough, diahrea, mild infections (sinus, skin), and feeling fogged in. I even went to an infectious disease doct

Does this happen a lot after lap. Surgeries? #nqlu I kept going back to the doctor's office after the lap. Gallbladder removal surgery with hives, cough, diahrea, mild infections (sinus, skin), and feeling fogged in. I even went to an infectious disease doct

Strongyloides: You need to see an infectious diseases expert and be fully evaluated. Some of these symptoms may be related to reactions to medications you may have received in conjunction with the surgery. Many may be related to strongyloidiasis, an uncommon but easily diagnosed and treated illness which can affect the gallbladder and be spread to elsewhere from there. Go back and talk to that id doctor. ...Read more

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Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Autoinmmune disease: Acute glomerular nephritis (agn) is the consequence of an autoimmune reaction against the kidney triggered by antibodies to streptococcus pyogenes, the infecting agent of "strep throat." pushing fluids will help your body recover more easily from the acute infection, but will not prevent the agn. Using proper antibiotics for an appropriate period of time will prevent most cases of agn. ...Read more

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Green discharge when using Monistat 7 for yeast infection. 70 years old. Search for a question, topic or doctor?

Green discharge when using Monistat 7 for yeast infection. 70 years old. Search for a question, topic or doctor?

Please see GYN ASAP: Green discharge may mean a vaginal bacterial infection. Please see your gynecologist as soon as possible for a proper examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What doctor specializes in infections?

What doctor specializes in infections?

ID doctor: There is a medical subspecialty call infectious diseases. These doctors are doctor of internal medicine who complete their internal medicine residencies and then do fellowships in infectious disease. ...Read more

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I want to see infection doctor inmy eara?

ID doctor: I would call tour regular doctor and ask for his recommendation for an id doctor. If not this way, you could search online and get appointment with the id doctor with the best credentials. ...Read more

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How can I get an infection out without a doctor?

From where?: A bit of an open ended question. How do you know you have an infection, and is it viral or bacterial? You'll need a doctor to diagnose and tell you that. Antibiotics usually will resolve a bacterial infection, but which antibiotic to take for your particular problem is up to your doctor. ...Read more

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What to ask my doctor about my persistent infections?

What to ask my doctor about my persistent infections?

Infection: Without knowing what specific infections you are referring to and whether attempts to manage or eliminate them have been appropriate my answer may be vague. You should ask if you may have an immune defect, are being consistently reexposed to some organism, have an anatomic abnormality that predisposes you to infection, or whether the infection is of a type that is curable. ...Read more

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Doctors use pyrantel to treat some sort of infections?

Worms: Works against intestinal nematodes - roundworm, hookworm and pinworm are most common indications. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a bladder infection?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a bladder infection?

Bladder infection: The most common symptoms of a bladder infection (UTI) are frequent urination and burning on urination. If you have those symptoms, see a physician and have your urine sent off for a culture and get started on an appropriate antibiotic to cure it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who are the doctors at travel clinics? Infection experts?

Who are the doctors at travel clinics? Infection experts?

Travel med clinics: Yes, travel medicine clinics are usually staffed by infectious disease specialists, or they may be staffed by a family doc or internist who has a special interest in travel medicine, has done extra training in this area, and has full up-to-date access to all of the latest health information everywhere around the world. ...Read more