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Can catching the flu cause complications with my pregnancy?

Can catching the flu cause complications with my pregnancy?

Yes: Unfortunately the flu during pregnancy can be devastating. If you can get a flu shot, it is safe at any point in pregnancy although some like to wait until after 12wks. For whatever reason, the flu can become more invasive & produce lung failure and death more often in pregnancy.In my local I am aware of 2 we lost in one flu season. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can toxoplasmosis cause complications in my pregnancy?

Can toxoplasmosis cause complications in my pregnancy?

Yes.: The risk of vertical transmission increases with increasing gestational age at maternal infection. Conversely, the risks of intracranial lesions and serious neurodevelopmental sequelae decrease with increasing gestational age at maternal infection. Rarely, fetal infection leads to stillbirth or neonatal death. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point. ...Read more

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Are there steps and precautions i can take to prevent the risk of catching the swine flu?

Wash hands: Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting swine flu. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water- often. Use hand sanitizer when this is not available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes until your hands have been properly cleaned. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of newborn eye damage from chlamydia and can I prevent them in my baby?

What are the symptoms of newborn eye damage from chlamydia and can I prevent them in my baby?

Conjunctivitis: The most common form of chlamydial eye damage to a newborn infant is conjunctivitis, and it's treated with Erythromycin opthalmic ointment at time of birth. Premature birth, increase risk of fetal loss, abruption of the placenta and other congenital afflictions are of more concern in a woman with chlamydial infection during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the possible risks and complications that can occur after I get the peg tube because my dad is extremely worried?

What are the possible risks and complications that can occur after I get the peg tube because my dad is extremely worried?

You need to discuss You need to discuss with your physician: you need to discuss this with your physician. We do not know why you need the peg, and thus we do not know the rest of your health problems. The peg is there to help give you nutrition when you can't take it yourself. Your physician can discuss the risks and benefits related directly to you as we can without knowing your health and your case ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections cause complication in my pregnancy?

Can cytomegalovirus infections cause complication in my pregnancy?

Depends: Many have had CMV long before they ever become pregnant and are thus immune. Exposure to CMV during pregnancy would not be a problem. If you have it for the first time during pregnancy, the baby gets it too and the effect varies with the timing. It could cause miscarriage, generalized fetal infection and brain damage. In milder cased it can cause severe hearing loss. ...Read more

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Untreatable meningitis can lead to death?What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Untreatable meningitis can lead to death?What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Meningitis: Most meningitis is caused by viral infections. Viral infections are not in and of themselves treatable. The medical community works to support the life of the infected person but many if not most do not die. ...Read more

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I had proteus wound infection and have had joint problems since can the infection be the cause. And will this cause any longterm problems to my health?

I had proteus wound infection and have had joint problems since can the infection be the cause. And will this cause any longterm problems to my health?

Proteus: This is an unusual cause of wound infection, and is often a contaminant in cultures because of its ability to overgrow other bacteria. It is unlikely to be related to joint problems and you should see a doctor about the cause of these. The wound infection should not have long-term effects if it has been adequately eradicated.. ...Read more

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What causes a subcutaneous hemorrhage on my embryo and how can I minimize the risk around miscarriage, complications with my baby and pregnancy?

What causes a subcutaneous hemorrhage on my embryo and how can I minimize the risk around miscarriage, complications with my baby and pregnancy?

U mean sub chrionic: Hematoma which is not uncommon in the 1st trimester, usually they will resolve, if it is large sometimes not usually it can lead to a miss., i tell my pts no intercourse, not strenuous activities like jumping jacks and u will obviously need a followup us in 2 weeks and hopefully it will be gone or much smaller. ...Read more

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Can the flu cause my period to be late?

Can the flu cause my period to be late?

Yes but : If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Do this before you assume it's anything else ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with the swine flu vaccine?

Can you please list the risks associated with the swine flu vaccine?

Safe to use: Swine flu is related to the strain that caused a world wide pandemic, felt to be the precurser of parkinson's disease in those infected. In more recent times, swine flu vaccine was associated with paralysis and in rare cased death. The current vaccines have not been associated with these problems. Vaccine can prevent swine flu or make the course less severe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how a vaccine provides immunity against infection. what problems are associated with the use of a?

Can you tell me how a vaccine provides immunity against infection. what problems are associated with the use of a?

Turn on immunity: Vaccines take a substance that mimics the shell of a virus or bacteria and introduces it into the body. That substance triggers the immune system to create antibodies.Those antibodies will capture and eliminate the wild germ if the patient is exposed at some future time. The vaccines undergo decades of development and constant surveillance. They are safe and effective when used as designed. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my baby dying during labor if I have the bacteria b strep'? I also have an ongoing chronic severe neutropenia of unknown cause

What are the chances of my baby dying during labor if I have the bacteria b strep'? I also have an ongoing chronic severe neutropenia of unknown cause

Low if treated: If you have known gbs, your doctor will give you IV antibiotics during labor in order to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the baby. If for whatever reason you don't get the antibiotics, they can do tests on the baby to evaluate for infection. The baby will need to be watched closely for 48 hours, as most infections show up in that time. ...Read more

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How can I protect my baby from the effects of hepatitis b in pregnancy?

How can I protect my baby from the effects of hepatitis b in pregnancy?

Vaccinate: Ideally you should be vaccinated against hepatitis b before you ever become pregnant. If you happen to carry hepatitis b then your baby will get two vaccines upon birth to protect it from hepatitis b. ...Read more

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How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

OB's follow protocol: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated & babies are monitored & tested for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more