Doctor insights on: Can you catch an infection from someone
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
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?
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
Avoid exposure: To avoid an upper respiratory tract infection, you have to avoid exposure and wash your hands regularly. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Certainly possible: Yes quite possible. Not a good idea. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Unless you doing something other than voiding or defecating. ...Read more
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
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
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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