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Could you catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?

Could you catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?

Not likely: First of all, the incision of the surgery is (hopefully) not infected, and second of all, animals and humans largely do not share pathogens; so there are very few infections that animals get that can spread to humans. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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 you catch an infection from a canker sore?

Yes and no: While not considered contagious some it is an open wound so you can get a secondary infection. ...Read more

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I have an active HHV-6 infection. I did not have roseola as a child. Does this make any sense? Can you catch HHV-6 from someone via sex?

I have an active HHV-6 infection. I did not have roseola as a child. Does this make any sense? Can you catch HHV-6 from someone via sex?

Saliva: It can be shared and transmitted from saliva. It can also be tested for by doing a western blot of the tonsils. If its present in saliva, it can be transmitted during sex. ...Read more

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Can you catch some sort of infection from a mouse?

Can you catch some sort of infection from a mouse?

Yes: There are several infections, transmitted by mites but carried by all rodents; almost all are viral but there are some that are spirochetal (similar to lyme) and some that are bacterial. If you are concerned about unusual symptoms you should see your physician as soon as possible ...Read more

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How do u keep another person from catching the upper reapirstory infection?

How do u keep another person from catching the upper reapirstory infection?

Avoid exposure: To avoid an upper respiratory tract infection, you have to avoid exposure and wash your hands regularly. ...Read more

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You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?

You are likely to get sick if close to sick people indoors, but what if outdoors, are you likely to catch infections or does the fresh air protect u?

Sunlight kills germs: Yes - when we are indoors - it's much easier to 'catch' something from someone else...especially if they are NOT covering their sneeze or cough properly. The great thing about being outdoors is the sunlight will quickly inactivate any germs sprayed forth from a sneeze or cough. Hopefully a fair breeze also can waft any surviving germ particles away in the other direction. ...Read more

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Can someone catch hantavirus infection more than once?

Can someone catch hantavirus infection more than once?

Possilble, unlikely: There are different strains of hantavirus and exposure to one may not confer immunity to others, but acquiring this is unusual to begin with, and getting it twice would be very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can I catch a infection if doc gave me 3 shots with no gloves on?

Can I catch a infection if doc gave me 3 shots with no gloves on?

Probably not: There is always a small risk of infection when the skin is penetrated by a needle or scalpel. For most types of injections, doctors wear gloves to protect themselves from exposure to patient body fluids. These gloves are usually not sterile and are not intended to prevent infections. If your skin was cleansed with alcohol and if the medications were drawn up properly, the risk is very low. ...Read more

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Is Bronchitis something that develops FROM a cold, or is it its own infection? Do people catch Bronchitis or just the cold from the sick person?

Is Bronchitis something that develops FROM a cold, or is it its own infection? Do people catch Bronchitis or just the cold from the sick person?

CommonVagueConcepts: Of? Value. Bronchitis=irritation/inflamation of bronchi (catch-all term). Cold=another catch-all for ↑ed eye-tearing/nasal-secretions&edema, etc. Docs commonly promote illusion of knowing while actually only using different words as labels (diagnoses) of a body behavior/symptom. Realize mind/brain/body=tightly integrated system. Study http://goo. Gl/IXDw19 http://goo. Gl/xqf4e4 http://goo. Gl/Blh6rW ...Read more

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Can you catch HPV from smoking after someone who has the infection?

Can you catch HPV from smoking after someone who has the infection?

Doubtful: There appears to be a requirement for skin to skin contact and abrasive force before this tissue surface germ can affix itself and trigger an infection. Saliva also has some anti-infective capabilities. If a person has an altered immune system from HIV or chemo, they may be at risk. Otherwise I doubt it would be an issue. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to catch something from oral sex while someone has a bladder infection?

Is it possible for you to catch something from oral sex while someone has a bladder infection?

Sex and UTI: You will not be at risk from having oral sex from someone with a bladder infection. ...Read more

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How did I catch a fungal infection on my face?

How did I catch a fungal infection on my face?

Fungal infections: If this is a superficial facial skin infection these are very very common. Unless you can think of somebody whose skin made direct contact with yours to induce infection there is unlikely to be a specific answer to your question since these fungi are ubiquitous. ...Read more

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Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Could someone catch an eye infection from a cat?

Yes: Although infections from other non-primate animals are not common, they can occur. It is, however, much easier to catch an infection from other people. ...Read more

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Can you catch HIV or any infection with gloves on? Or after removing gloves? ?

Can you catch HIV or any infection with gloves on? Or after removing gloves? ?

Myth dispelled: Gloves are worn to protect from direct contact with body fluids.
Hiv is transmitted through contact of blood, semen, or vaginal fluid. Hiv transmission from direct needle sticks are more likely than from HIV infected gloves.
How do you remove your gloves? Please wash your hands thoroughly after removal of those gloves. Skin is the natural barrier. So make sure your hands are not dry or chapped. ...Read more

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Had to wipe my daughter's butt with a paper towel that was on the floor of a public restroom (No TP) worried sick! Can she catch infections from this?

Had to wipe my daughter's butt with a paper towel that was on the floor of a public restroom (No TP) worried sick! Can she catch infections from this?

Infection not likely: If the paper towel wasn't soiled, unlikely to transmit infection. Although public restrooms are not the cleanest places still unlikely to pick up infections from paper towel. ...Read more

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Can you catch a trichomoniasis infection from a toilet?

Can you catch a trichomoniasis infection from a toilet?

No: Trichomoniasis is spread sexually when fluid passes from one person to another. This is through any kind of sexual contact. It is not through casual contact or from a toilet seat. ...Read more

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How do you catch a yeast infection and how long does it last?

How do you catch a yeast infection and how long does it last?

Not transmissible: Yeasts are part of the normal germ population of the gastrointestinal tract.
Yeast infections are not transmitted but develop whenever there is an imbalance in the body's germ population, such as when you take antibiotics, or when there is a drop in the immunity level. ...Read more

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How can a women catch a yeast infection? And how can you avoid from getting one...?

How can a women catch a yeast infection? And how can you avoid from getting one...?

Check out this link: Http://bodyandhealth. Canada. Com/channel_condition_info_details. Asp? Disease_id=26&channel_id=1020&relation_id=70907.

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If you have gonnorhea and your baby is a still born can they still catch the infection during birth?

If you have gonnorhea and your baby is a still born can they still catch the infection during birth?

Confusing, ask again: This sounds like a horrible situation. Please accept my condolences for this terrible loss. But it's a confusing question on several accounts. Gonorrhea does not cause fetal death (stillbirth). And there is no such thing as infection of human who has died (stillbirth, child, adult, or anyone). Re-post a new question to clarify what you mean. ...Read more

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What is a viral infection and can u catch it?

Viral illness: A viral disease (or viral infection) occurs when an organism's body is invaded by pathogenic viruses. Viruses are generally contagious. Depending on the virus, they can be transmitted by airborne pathways, or body fluids, etc. Some viruses are easier to contract than others. Proper hand washing and hygiene remains the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more

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How can you catch the flesh eating bacteria infection?

If you are talking: About mrsa, they are most common in prisons, schools, and wherever there is crowded and close contact. It is a form of staph that is more aggressive than other varieties. If your immune system is weakened, infection would be more severe also. ...Read more

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Please tell me what the chances of my bf catching a yeast infection from me if we have sex?

Although: This is not a primary way to get a yeast infection - yes, it can be spread through intimate contact. ...Read more

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Can I catch any infection or STD by sitting on a train sit where when someone got up was like wet from sitting too long on train so they started to?

Not likely: Not likely to get an infection or STD in the above mentioned circumstances. If you do have signs of an infection please seek medical attention since it might not relate to the described event. ...Read more

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Can I catch bacterial infection from my pet?

Can I catch bacterial infection from my pet?

Yes: It depends on the pet. Reptiles can spread salmonella. Birds can spread psittacosis. You can get toxoplasmosis and q fever from cats. You can get leptospirosis from dogs. Also bites and scratches can cause infections. ...Read more

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Can you catch chalmidya without having sex? I was in a pool where people have had sex, could I catch it by that or any other possible infection?

Can you catch chalmidya without having sex? I was in a pool where people have had sex, could I catch it by that or any other possible infection?

Chlamydia = STD: You cannot get a chlamydial infection of the cervix unless you have intercourse with someone who is infected. You cannot get it from swimmin pools. There are no other std's that you can get from a pool either! ...Read more

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I'm 18 and catch a cold at least every two weeks which then leads to bronchitis, pneumonia or some other Type of infection. Been happening for a year?

I'm 18 and catch a cold at least every two weeks which then leads to bronchitis, pneumonia or some other Type of infection. Been happening for a year?

Quite uncommon: While I would really need to know more about the true details of your history, it sounds like you need some sort of evaluation for a compromised immune system or respiratory system. You may consider being referred to an immunologist or pulmonologist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I was in a clinical restroom & dropped my keys in toilet bowl had to pick it up using my bare hands I'm worried if I wud catch infection please advice?

I was in a clinical restroom & dropped my keys in toilet bowl had to pick it up using my bare hands I'm worried if I wud catch infection please advice?

Wash: The only real answer now is to wash your hands very carefully right after such an event, with soap and water, but if no soap available, at least with water for 45 seconds or so, carefully washing your entire hands. If you have open wounds on your hands, watch them carefully over the next few days and keep them covered with antibiotic ointment. But if no open wounds, unlikely to be much concern. ...Read more

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Can I catch staph infection from kissing a guy?

Staph infections: No. The likelihood of this is extraordinarily small. ...Read more

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Can I catch a bacterial infection from an endoscopy?

Can I catch a bacterial infection from an endoscopy?

Doubtful: These are always sterilized before using. Unless there was penetration of the tube being endoscoped (colon, stomach, small bowel, other) it would be remarkably unusual to acquire infection from these devices. ...Read more

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If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need i.V. Antibiotics?

If you catch a kidney infection early enough will you still need i.V. Antibiotics?

Kidney infection: Most urinary tract infections can be treated with oral antibiotics. The usual situations where IV antibiotics are necessary are if the infection does not improve with oral antibiotics (often requires more than one course) or if the patient has nausea and vomiting and cannot take oral antibiotics. Otherwise, most people can be treated at home with oral medications. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your girlfriend has a vaginal bacterial infection can the man catch it?

Yes: Usually men do not get symptoms of it, but you can colonize with the bactria and reinfect your partner specially if uncircumcized. I usually treat both of you. This is not an std though. ...Read more

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Can you catch fungal infections from a cat? I suspect I may have fungal infection of scalp and curious

Can you catch fungal infections from a cat? I suspect I may have fungal infection of scalp and curious

Yes: Cats can carry Ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm but a fungal infection. The lesion is a raised, scaly, and itchy rash. There is usually a bald spot where the infection occurs. See your Doctor for treatment.
More info here:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/ringworm/basics/definition/con-20029923 ...Read more

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Can someone catch AIDS infection through a non-bleeding wound if it touches the blood of an infected person?

Can someone catch AIDS infection through a non-bleeding wound if it touches the blood of an infected person?

Extremely unlikely: In theory there might be a small risk from such exposure. However, there are no reported cases that this has ever happened. So nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I have a sinus infection, but my chest feels full. It is hard for me to catch my breath. Should I be concerned?

I have a sinus infection, but my chest feels full. It is hard for me to catch my breath. Should I be concerned?

See below: You may have congestion in your airways. An inhaler such as symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) may help you. You should see a doctor and have them listen to your chest. ...Read more

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How likely am I to catch staph infection surfing after rain fall in los angeles?

Staph infections: Staph infections are transmitted by contact with someone who has the infection or is colonized with staph. Staph can potentially be left on surfaces and be transmitted by contact with these surfaces. We see that often with kids that exercise on gym mats. Staph infections are not transmitted by rain. ...Read more