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Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more


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I was cleaning chicken and I smelled my hand. Is it possible I can get brain eating bacteria from doing that? I know it can live in tap water. I only smelled my wet hand no water went up my nose.

I was cleaning chicken and I smelled my hand. Is it possible I can get brain eating bacteria from doing that? I know it can live in tap water. I only smelled my wet hand no water went up my nose.

It is highly: Unlikely that you will have any problems at all from smelling your hand while cleaning a chicken. Make sure to wash your hands, the sink and surrounding counter with soap after you are done. ...Read more

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What can treat a severe infection that has spread to the brain, flesh eating bacteria, please help. She is still breathing on her own.?

What can treat a severe infection that has spread to the brain, flesh eating bacteria, please help. She is still breathing on her own.?

More information: Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease) can be caused by a variety of bacteria, alone or sometimes in combination). I have not seen a case where infection has spread to the brain as meningitis or, more likely, an abscess, but it could occur. With aggressive therapy, she has a reasonable chance for recovery. I hope things turn out ok. ...Read more

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Can intestinal bacteria influence the brain? What are your expert opinions?

Can intestinal bacteria influence the brain? What are your expert opinions?

I'm skeptical: I saw the yogurt / brain scan study too. The area's hard to study but this one just might have something to it. We know that the germs in the large bowel make substances that can act as neurotransmitters. We're going to need to replicate the work currently in the news -- extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and these studies are prone to all kinds of artifacts. ...Read more

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Can bacteria spread to your brain from an incomplete root canal procedure?

Can bacteria spread to your brain from an incomplete root canal procedure?

Technically yes: Although extremely rare, most any infection can spread to other organs via your bloodstream. If you have unfinished dental treatment, then finish it. Chances are you will not have an infection spread to your brain, but that you will loose the tooth if you do not complete your care. ...Read more

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My breast shot milk straight up my babies nose when she pulled away during feeding. Could this introduce bacteria into her brain or harm her in anyway?

My breast shot milk straight up my babies nose when she pulled away during feeding. Could this introduce bacteria into her brain or harm her in anyway?

Not to worry!: Breast milk will not harm your baby when introduced to the nose. In fact, most babies have some degree of reflux in which milk or formula is frequently ejected up into the nose. ...Read more

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What can they mean by brain/severe brain damage that can be caused by bacterial meningitis?

What can they mean by brain/severe brain damage that can be caused by bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: Meningitis can cause damage to the brain by causing an increase in intracranial pressure (compresses the brain) or by other factors. In severe cases or if untreated in a timely fashion, it can result is a number of complications. When the complications are irreversible and the resultant impairment significant, it is considered serious. In severe cases paralysis or death can ensue. ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas. Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible. I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope. Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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Hw long brain swelling aftr japanese encephalitis takes to cure & whn cn v expect maximum recovery? Viral encephalitis is less serious thn bacterial?

Hw long brain swelling aftr japanese encephalitis takes to cure & whn cn v expect maximum recovery? Viral encephalitis is less serious thn bacterial?

Japanese encephaliti: This very severe disease has a better than 30% mortality rate and a 30% incidence of neurological dysfunction after recovery. Severity of both depend upon the particular organism causing the brain inflammation. ...Read more

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Can a CBC and MRI of brain without contrast be normal if bacterial meningitis is present?

Can a CBC and MRI of brain without contrast be normal if bacterial meningitis is present?

I'd: Likely the white cell count would be elevated but can be lower then normal. It is possible the white count can be normal. Mri is not usually helpful to diagnose meningitis. Best way to diagnose is doing a spinal tap. ...Read more

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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

Local spread: Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others. ...Read more

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Will an MRI scan show up any form of cancer, bacterial or viral infection? Mri - brain, spine & pelvis. Had pnuemonia. Can't find infection. Autoimmu?

Will an MRI scan show up any form of cancer, bacterial or viral infection? Mri - brain, spine & pelvis. Had pnuemonia. Can't find infection. Autoimmu?

Not that likely: I think you are putting too much faith in MRI scans
while they are certainly helpful in many cases there are certainly things that are not seen at all well with mri. ...Read more

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I want to know if cerebral palsy originates from a virus or bacteria?

I want to know if cerebral palsy originates from a virus or bacteria?

Can be realted to in: cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage related to an intrauterine infection or factors that interfere with blood flow to the fetus. It can relate to factors during delivery which intrefere with blood flow and oxygenation to the neonate. ...Read more

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My gf told me she has bacterial meningitis. In result she says she has learning disabilities and has a mind of a kid in a teen body. I want to know more?

My gf told me she has bacterial meningitis. In result she says she has learning disabilities and has a mind of a kid in a teen body. I want to know more?

Meningitis: Your girl friend may have had bacterial meningitis, she definitely does not have it at present. Depending on what organism caused her meningitis. One can learn the possible degree of brain damage was caused. ...Read more

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Does bacterial vaginosis, if treated, during pregnancy increase the risks of disabilities such as cerebral palsy

Does bacterial vaginosis, if treated, during pregnancy increase the risks of disabilities such as cerebral palsy

Unrelated: The fetus is rather well insulated from many of the health issues of the mother. Unless you have an infection with something that moves into the blood, like measles, hepatitis, etc., the baby is not affected by such things as bv, a sinus infection, etc. CP has many possible origins but this is not one of them. ...Read more

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Can the brain eating ameoba survive on dust?

Can the brain eating ameoba survive on dust?

Naegleria fowleri: Can only transmit infection in humans through water. Dust would not be sufficient to transmit. ...Read more

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When would someone typically die from pam or any other amoeba like the brain eating one?

When would someone typically die from pam or any other amoeba like the brain eating one?

PAM: Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri usually leads to death within 5 days of symptom onset. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have brain eating amoeba?

How do I know if I have brain eating amoeba?

Naegleria Fowleri?: Sx’s include headache, fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting as well as changes in the sense of smell ; touch. Symptoms progress with confusion, hallucinations ; seizures. You would be deathly ill if you had a brain eating amoeba. ...Read more

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Relating to the brain eating ameoba; is it ok if I boil the water in the morning and use it throughout the day? Keeping it in a bootle?

Relating to the brain eating ameoba; is it ok if I boil the water in the morning and use it throughout the day? Keeping it in a bootle?

Naegleria Fowleri: Is the amoeba causing the brain eating syndrome. The usual port of entry is through nostrils by swimming in warm, contaminated waters. Otherwise, I think is safer to boil the water, but for other reasons and if otherwise the water that you drink is not clean. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Should I be concerned about brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

It is really rare.: In the United States most infections have been found in warm bodies of freshwater in southern states. It is rare. Worldwide, since 1965, > than 144 cases were confirmed. So, I would not lose sleep over it. ...Read more

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What symptoms are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What symptoms are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Agree w Dr. Liang: N. fowleri infection causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis which destroys brain tissue. Sx's usually begin within 2 to 15 days of exposure & may include sudden fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea / vomiting, light sensitivity, feeling tired, confusion, loss of balance, hallucinations, seizures & death.
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What are the complications of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What are the complications of brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Naegleria fowleri: Naegleria fowleri infection complications can lead to confusion, loss of balance, marked sedation, hallucinations, seizures & death. ...Read more

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What conditions are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

What conditions are related to brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria fowleri)?

Naegleria fowleri: Is famous for rare cases of primary amebic meningoencephalitis. ...Read more