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Can You Catch An Infection From Someone
Shingles: N/Virus: Y: Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox. The varicella zoster virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters. http://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html. ...Read more
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
Not usually: Most viral upper respiratory infections are contagious (common cold viruses, flu), and these viral infections may lead to sinusitis. However, typical bacterial rhinosinusitis is not contagious. Unlike with cold viruses, most people will not develop sinusitis even if they are exposed to the bacteria. ...Read more
Possibly...: Some type of bacterial infections can be spread directly from person to person by close contact. One example is gonorrhea. This is a sexually transmitted type of bacterial infection. Another type of bacterial infection that is spread from person to person is Meningococcal meningitis. If you are concerned that you could have a transmissible bacterial infection, see a doctor. ...Read more
Question not clear: It is always possible to contract HIV but only by some form of very intimate contact. If you have a tongue piercing which has not fully healed and you engage in oral sex with ejaculate in your oral cavity from an individual with HIV disease the answer is yes. Conceivably the same thing might take place if you had oral sex with a woman who had HIV in her vaginal secretions before tongue healed. ...Read more
Absolutely yes: Herpes is easily transmitted via oral sex. Most other sexually transmitted diseases can also be obtained through oral sex. Saliva is somewhat protective, but not perfect. Having oral or dental issues such as inflamed gums or bad teeth can make you even more likely to transmit or get a disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: concepts. Bronchitis=irritation of the bronchiti (a catch-all term). Cold another catch-all term for ?ed eyes-tearing/nasal-secretions&edema, etc. Docs commonly promote illusion of knowledge while actually only using different words for labeling (diagnoses) a body behavior/symptom. Realize mind/brain/body=integrated system S7 study http://goo.gl/IXDw19, http://goo.gl/xqf4e4, http://goo.gl/Blh6rW, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Unless you doing something other than voiding or defecating. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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