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If my boyfriend has a mild heart infection from an unknown cause, can he spread it to me?

If my boyfriend has a mild heart infection from an unknown cause, can he spread it to me?

Heart disease: If the cause is unknown then unfortunately we can't know whether it can be spread to you. We only know what we know..... ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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What would happen if PID (causes are unknown) is untreated several years? Can infection spread to other body parts, such as thighs and calves?

What would happen if PID (causes are unknown) is untreated several years? Can infection spread to other body parts, such as thighs and calves?

Untreated PID: Untreated PID can cause tubal scarring. It does not spread to thighs and legs. If you think you have PID then see a doctor for testing and treatment. Do not ignore ...Read more

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If I ignore my diagnosed fungal infection between my breasts, would that spread or cause anything serious, like internal infections? Just curious.

If I ignore my diagnosed fungal infection between my breasts, would that spread or cause anything serious, like internal infections? Just curious.

Topical to systemic: A topical fungal infection is a person w/an intact immune system should not spread internally. The most worrysome thing would be a bacterial superinfection on top of the fungal infection. Most importantly, keep area as clean & dry as possible. You might consider an antifungal powder (look inthe jock itch section of the store). If possible at home do not wear a bra & allow oxygen to work. ...Read more

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Can sinusitis cause no mucus to come out of the nose? Will this excess mucus cause infections if spread to other parts of body?

Can sinusitis cause no mucus to come out of the nose? Will this excess mucus cause infections if spread to other parts of body?

Possible: Although acute sinusitis is often associated with a thick discolored nasal discharge, one may have sinusitis without any discharge at all. The mucus is mostly the body's way to fight against the infection and thus in the case of sinusitis would not spread to other parts of the body. One may need an antibiotic if the problem persists for more than a week or gets worse. ...Read more

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Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

Why does a tooth abscess not spread and cause an infection of the other teeth?

You're right...: Most tooth abscesses rarely affect adjacent teeth. This is a remarkable sign of a healthy immune system that can hold the infection 'at bay.' the infection tends affect the supporting bone and not destroy blood supply or nerves. If the cause of the infection is removed (extraction or root canal) our bodies can heal the affected bone while the blood/nerves still survive. Amazing isn't it? ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection cause pain under the jaw I'm on clindmaycin and ibproufen scared it's spread?

Yes: A lower tooth infection can cause pain below the jaw by either involving the lymph nodes or spreading into the soft tissues under the jaw. If you pain or swelling progresses despite the antiobiotics, you should see an oral surgeon asap. These infections can spread and become life threatening. ...Read more

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Can a staph infection spread throughout your body & cause some to severe itching & hard bumps in certain places of the body?

Can a staph infection spread throughout your body & cause some to severe itching & hard bumps in certain places of the body?

Yes: Yes this type infection can cause this it needs an evaluation in person by a doctor if your symptoms are severe go to the Emergency room of the hospital ...Read more

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Is deep cleaning safe? It seems like it’s more likely to spread infection than cure it. I mean, all that scraping causes bleeding, so don’t the bacteria get in your blood? Could they spread to other parts of your body? My gums aren’t bleeding now, they’re

Is deep cleaning safe? It seems like it’s more likely to spread infection than cure it. I mean, all that scraping causes bleeding, so don’t the bacteria get in your blood? Could they spread to other parts of your body? My gums aren’t bleeding now, they’re

Possibly: If you are healthy, deep cleanings remove the hard deposits and inflamed tissue in the gum sulcus, keeping your gums bone and teeth healthy.
Bacteria entering the bloodstream is possible but of little consequence unless you are immune compromised or have a prosthesis or other medical condition that may require prophylactic antibiotics. ...Read more

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If you get trichomonaisis in your eye and it causes an infection will it spread to the brain?

If you get trichomonaisis in your eye and it causes an infection will it spread to the brain?

Unlikely: Trichamonas does not typically cause eye infections. Orbital cellulitis can spead to the brain but is usually cause by bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What fungus can causes lung infections and can spread to bloodstream and brain?

What fungus can causes lung infections and can spread to bloodstream and brain?

Cryptococosis: Leads my list of a brain seeker, but others are histoplasmosis, and coccidioidomycosis of san joachim valley fever fame. ...Read more

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Is it possible to spread ring worm to genital area and cause a yeast infection?

Is it possible to spread ring worm to genital area and cause a yeast infection?

Not exactly: If ringworm were spread from one body part to another it would still be ringworm. It would not cause a different infection to occur like a vaginal yeast infection. ...Read more

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If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday

See a dentist ASAP: Any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth infection won't go away without treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head fast. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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If HIV dies outside body After 1min then how come vaginal fluid containing HIV spreaded on cloth for 2 min wiped at tip of penis cause hiv infection?

If HIV dies outside body After 1min then how come vaginal fluid containing HIV spreaded on cloth for 2 min wiped at tip of penis cause hiv infection?

Whaaatt?: Story is unusual. WHY would someone wipe a cloth from a known HIV person over the tip of a penis--and how soon after did the test turn postive? If positive right away, then the person was already infected, and maybe looking for a reason? You need to talk to your doctor to sort this out! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a staph infection on the penis? Does it cause redness on glans and tiny red bumps? And can it spread internally?

What are the symptoms of a staph infection on the penis? Does it cause redness on glans and tiny red bumps? And can it spread internally?

Staph Infections: Yes. Of course. I am not sure why you have not gone to the doctor. This is not a kind of infection and not a place to just wait and let it get worse. Please get to your family doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Is it rare for tooth infection to spread and cause the throat to swell shut? I am on sulfamethoxazole. Paranoid.

Is it rare for tooth infection to spread and cause the throat to swell shut? I am on sulfamethoxazole. Paranoid.

Rare: Dental infections do tend to involve surrounding oral tissues, but severe cases of so-called odontogenic deep neck space infections and cellulitis (e g ludwig's angina) are fortunately uncommon in otherwise healthy folks. Early treatment makes spread of infection less likely, but sulfamethoxazole would not be a first choice. Get rechecked if no improvement, especially for any breathing difficulty. ...Read more

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I am a 20 year old female and had a root canal. Could a spread dental infection cause tingling in the cheek, near the infected tooth and on tongue and lips?

Yes: Some teeth are near areas where an infection can affect a neighboring nerve. This is especially the case in lower premolars where a nerve provides sensation to the lower lip. Your root canal treated tooth should be evaluated for a possible recurrence of infection by a general dentist or endodontist. ...Read more