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Can antioxidants prevent bacterial infection?

Can antioxidants prevent bacterial infection?

Not by themselves: We need a balance of oxidants and antioxidants. If the fuel (food) is right and the non caloric nutrients are balanced, we reach maximum immune potential. But a bacterium is an attacking enemy and a war sometimes has to be fought------we call that "flu". The better the defenses the more likely that a war will not have to be fought! ...Read more

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Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more


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What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

Good hygiene: The best way to prevent bacterial infections, or viral infections, is good hygiene. Wash your hand properly and often. Next come nutrition; your immune system works much better if you give it the proper tools to work with. Next comes sleep; not sleeping properly or enough has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to infections. ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that can prevent a bacterial infection?

Are there herbal supplements that can prevent a bacterial infection?

Unfortunately, no: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard & expensive to do). No supplement has been shown to prevent any particular infection. ...Read more

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Can probiotics prevent bacterial infections and sepsis?

Can probiotics prevent bacterial infections and sepsis?

Probiotics: The use of probiotics continues to increase along with the publication of studies to look at the issue of whether they help or not. Right now it appears to be a neutral issue: that is, the use of probiotics has not be shown to be harmful, may be helpful, and the worse thing is that it increases costs. Note that using active culture yogurts may be just as beneficial. ...Read more

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Can good hygiene prevent the possibility of bacterial infection and sepsis?

Can good hygiene prevent the possibility of bacterial infection and sepsis?

Risk reduction: You reduce your risk of infection, and thus for complications for infection, by practicing good hand hygiene, getting vaccinated, eating well, and avoiding excess alcohol and smoking anything at all. It is never possible to prevent (absolutely) the possibility of severe infection. ...Read more

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How do I prevent from getting yeast infection or bacterial infection in my vagina?

How do I prevent from getting yeast infection or bacterial infection in my vagina?

Question unclear: Are you getting these? Or do you just want to prevent the possibility? Stop taking Keflex and this will reduce the risk of candidiasis. Bv is not likely to occur unless some change in the acidity or other environmental changes in your vaginal secretions. Doubt you can prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent bacterial infections?

Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent bacterial infections?

None which work: Many popular supplements claim to boost the immune system. However scientific testing does not show they they actually work in people eating balanced diet. Oddly enough, taking too much of some supplements can actually weaken the immune system (ex. Zinc) washing your hands, eating well, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep is the best way to boost your immune system. ...Read more

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I keep getting reoccurring urinary tract infections and every now and then bacterial infections how can I prevent it or help the problem?

I keep getting reoccurring urinary tract infections and every now and then bacterial infections how can I prevent it or help the problem?

See below: The number one thing to do is to make that you are wiping front to back as this will help prevent utis. Also, if you are a diabetic you want to get this under control as elevated blood sugars increase your risk for utis. Also consider seeing your doctor for a pelvic if you have not had one. ...Read more

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How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?

How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?

Normal kid behavior: Kids often put their fingers into their mouths. That is normal behavior for children. The best that parents can do is to keep the children's environment fairly clean, and avoid places with obvious disease risks. A parent cannot constantly follow a child around and watch the child's hands, but giving the child gentle instructions every now and then is fine to do. ...Read more

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Bacterial infections after sex. Taking Macrobid to prevent UTI after sex but still getting infections & fishy smell only after sex. No sex no problems?

Bacterial infections after sex. Taking Macrobid to prevent UTI after sex but still getting infections & fishy smell only after sex. No sex no problems?

Infection: Aa fishy odor noted after sex suggests an infection, possibly bacterial vaginosis (BV). Your health care provider can diagnose the problem and prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies for preventing or curing bacterial infections after tooth extraction?

What are some natural remedies for preventing or curing bacterial infections after tooth extraction?

Infections are rare: Bacterial infections are quite infrequent following extraction as the source of the infection is the tooth, which was removed. As long as the patient is not immune compromised (ie. Diabetes, hiv, chemotherapy) the body should clear any residual infection by itself. ...Read more

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Is cleaning your vagina with washcloth an water after sex a good way to prevent bacterial infections after skin to skin contact from sex?

Is cleaning your vagina with washcloth an water after sex a good way to prevent bacterial infections after skin to skin contact from sex?

Not really...: Immediately after sex, urinate and wipe from front to back. The only real infection you need to worry about after sex is a bladder infection. As for other skin bacterial infections, I guess you could take a shower using warm water and soap as usual. ...Read more

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Is taking a shower after sex a way to prevent bacterial infections, not std's but bacterial infections from entering through the vagina?

Is taking a shower after sex a way to prevent bacterial infections, not std's but bacterial infections from entering through the vagina?

Bacteria: Certainly washing the genital and perineal areas frequently reduces the bacterial count in these areas. In terms of reducing bacteria pushed into the vagina during sex, it would be more helpful to shower before intercourse. ...Read more

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Ways to prevent yeast infection or a bacterial infection at your vagina? Does it help if I don't wear underwear when I sleep or does it make it worse?

Ways to prevent yeast infection or a bacterial infection at your vagina? Does it help if I don't wear underwear when I sleep or does it make it worse?

Does not matter: Maintaining a healthy vaginal flora and ph is the best way to avoid overgrowth with unwanted bacteria, like yeast or a mix of anaerobic bacteria, that cause bacterial vaginosis. You should avoid vaginal douches and what often helps are otc vaginal ph balancing gels. They come in packs of single applicators and you get them most of the time in supermarkets, next to the tampons. ...Read more

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Does a really strong immune system prevent a stomach virus or bacterial infection such as salmonella, e. Coli, etc...?

Does a really strong immune system prevent a stomach virus or bacterial infection such as salmonella, e. Coli, etc...?

It depends: Salmonella and e coli can devastate even the strongest individual. Symptoms from these infections depend on the how strong the exposure is to these organisms and the over all health of the patient. If the exposure is small enough then it is possible that no symptoms will occur. If the exposure is still small but the recipient is already weakened from something else then problems may occur. ...Read more

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I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

Acidify & probiotics: Many women struggle with flares of bacterial infections related to times when the ph of the vagina goes up. That is the acidity that is supposed to be at 4. Blood and semen are both about 7. Using a product such as rephresh once after sex and for 3 days after each period can help. At the same time taking probiotics by mouth increases good bacteria in your body including the vagina. Lactobacilli +. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial infection, how can I cure that?

I have a bacterial infection, how can I cure that?

Antibiotics: Certainly you need to see your primary care md. Bacterial infections are treated with anticiotics, whereas viral infections are not. Your primary will help you. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more