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Doctor insights on: Can Malaria Be Fatal

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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Can toxoplasmosis be fatal?

Can toxoplasmosis be fatal?

Yes.: For most healthy people, toxoplasmosis is not fatal - in fact, 80-90% of healthy people don't ever get symptoms of the disease. However, if you are pregnant or are immunocompromised (aids), you are at risk from complications including death. That being said, death from toxoplasmosis here in the U.S. Is still uncommon (about 750 people die each year that we know of). ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

Yes but not commonly: Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care. (many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc. ...Read more

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Can itp be fatal?

Can itp be fatal?

Can be, but rare: Most people w/ treated itp can expect to live a normal life span. Platelets help the blood clot, so a person w/ extremely low platelets (due to immune system attack in itp) can have fatal bleeding esp in the brain. However, this happens <1% of the time. Your doctor will monitor your platelets, and there are many treatments for itp such as Prednisone that can help maintain a good platelet count. ...Read more

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Can lymphedema be fatal?

Can lymphedema be fatal?

Rarely: It is impossible to give a specific answer. It would depend on what other conditions coexist with the lymphedema. Severe lymphedema could coexist with cardiovascular disease, diabetes etc. In severe caeses, ulceration , infection can occur and lymphedema can become permanent. ...Read more

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Can ascites be fatal?

Can ascites be fatal?

See below: Ascites is caused by serious illness. Though it usually does not cause death by itself, the underlying reason for ascites can be fatal. Liver disease and cancer are 2 common causes of ascites. ...Read more

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Can river blindness be deadly?

Can river blindness be deadly?

Not directly: While onchocerciasis can cause blindness due to obstruction of retinal vessels by the parasite but not direct death, the blind in third world countries are far more likely to succomb to hazards of life due to being blind and so their lifespan is diminished. ...Read more

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Can cytomegalovirus infections be fatal?

Can cytomegalovirus infections be fatal?

Cytomegalovirus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses.. CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Cmv can cause serious disease in people with a weakened immune system and in such instances could be fatal. ...Read more

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Can psoriasis be fatal?

Can psoriasis be fatal?

Almost never: In a very small percent of very severe psoriasis there can be fulminnant cases which require systemic medications. In those cases during flares of erythrodermic psoriasis it is possible to develop systemic infections which in very rare cases be life threatening. ...Read more

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Can tonsillitis be fatal?

Can tonsillitis be fatal?

Usually not: Tonsillitis is an annoying issue but usually very treatable. Strep throat should be treated with antibiotics to prevent some scary complications like scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation or abscesses of the peritonsillar space. Also, severe swelling of tonsils (and adenoids) with mono or other infections and cause airway obstruction. So get a tonsil infection checked out! ...Read more

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Can asthma be fatal?

Can asthma be fatal?

Yes: In spite of a number of advances in treatment medications and methods there are a significant number of asthma deaths every year. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be fatal?

Can anxiety be fatal?

Usually not: Anxiety, in and of itself, is not a fatal disease. It does have physical manifestations, but those are not life threatening. On the other hand, people are anxious are at higher risk for traumas, as they may lose control over their actions when anxious and do things that they would not normally do. ...Read more

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Can anxiety be fatal?

Can anxiety be fatal?

Eventually only: It's a very slow (usually many decades) and painful way to die. The acute anxiety/panic attacks may feel like you're dying, but almost never do kill anyone. It's the long-term damage wrecked on your body by excess exposure to stress hormones that eventually does us in. Also the hazardous risk-taking, abusive behaviors many do to react to anxiety. The death certificate will not say "Anxiety". ...Read more

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Can hypertension be deadly?

Can hypertension be deadly?

Yes it can be : Yes especially if severe and untreated it can cause stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure as well as kidney disease. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia be fatal?

Can fibromyalgia be fatal?

No: Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that can be challenging to treat, but it is not fatal. ...Read more

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Can diabetes be fatal?

Can diabetes be fatal?

Most certainly: Diabetes is a multi system disease and can be lethal in many ways. The sugar can get way out of control and a condition called keto-acidosis can be fatal. Diabetes affects blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, the brain and the heart and damage to any of these can lead to severe illness and sometimes death. Control is best in the hands of a good endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can rhinovirus be deadly?

Can rhinovirus be deadly?

If immunosupressed: Rhinovirus ("rhino-" = nose) strains are the most common cause of the common cold, but in people who are severely immunocompromised (notably bone marrow transplant recipients in the critical days), it has caused fatal pneumnias. ...Read more

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Can a tick bite be fatal?

Can a tick bite be fatal?

Lyme disease: Yes- lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever. Rare but does happen. Seek medical attention-now. ...Read more

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