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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. William Singer
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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?

Possibly: Worse than that, you could get lung cancer, emphysema, bladder cancer, kidney cancer and pancreatic cancer, all linked to cigarette smoking. But at least you think you will look cool while you smoke... ...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