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Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

Is chickenpox a contagious disease?

Chicken pox: It takes between 10 and 21 days after contact with an infected person for someone to develop chickenpox (this is known as the chickenpox incubation period). While this is the complete range for the chickenpox incubation period, the usual chickenpox incubation period averages between 14 and 16 days. ...Read more

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As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

As a baby i was vacinated for infectious diseases including shingles how ever i did have chicken pox. Any chance i'm not immune for shingles?

Confusing question: You state you were vaccinated for shingles as a baby, but the vaccine was not licensed for use in the us until 1995, making you 10 before it was available.A single dose at 10 would give 85% protection rate, so having chickenpox later would not be unusual.Either way you could develop shingles in your lifetime, but it is most common in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.. ...Read more

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What infectious diseases are common in Mumbai?

What infectious diseases are common in Mumbai?

Goto a travel clinic: Travel overseas, particularly to a throbbing metropolis in the heart of India requires adequate preparation. There are a multitude of infectious diseases I would be concerned about there. A doctor should help match up your past medical history and medical condition with what you may encounter depending on your plans in that area. See: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india ...Read more

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How to prevent infectious and no-infectious diseases?

Live well: The best thing to do to avoid disease is to live sensibly -- that means 'no bad habits' - like smoking, alcohol etc. Exercising at least 5x week. Eating well - avoiding all the fast-foods, 'junk' out there. Sleeping 8 hrs a night. Keeping stress levels to the minimum. AND checking in with your doc periodically for routine health care incl. vaccinations etc. Give your primary doc a call & take care ...Read more

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What are some infectious diseases that cause vision loss?

What are some infectious diseases that cause vision loss?

There are many: Most common would be corneal infections, like herpes simplex, contact-lens related infections or ulcers and subsequent scarring, acanthamoeba (rarely) etc. Retinal infections like cytomegalovirus (cmv), toxoplasmosis, histoplasmosis etc can also affect the vision. Rare but serious infections like endophthalmitis following trauma or spread from the bloodstream are also possible infectious causes. ...Read more

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Do infectious diseases trigger antiphospholipid syndrome ?

Do infectious diseases trigger antiphospholipid syndrome ?

In theory: In theory if you have preexisting antiphospholipid antibodies, a major infection such sepsis can trigger these antibodies to cause clotting events. ...Read more

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Why is there low death rate from infectious diseases in modern hospitals?

Not always.: Depending on the type of hospital infectious diseases may be associated with high mortality rates. An example is a reference hospital with a significant proportion of immunosuppressed patients including patients with cancer on potent chemotherapy, transplant patients, patients with cystic fibrosis, all of them at high risk for complicated infections. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are malnourished people often more susceptible to colds or other infectious diseases?

I'm wondering why are malnourished people often more susceptible to colds or other infectious diseases?

Immunity: Severe malnutrition leads to reduced immune function and therefore decreased ability to fight infections. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infectious Diseases (Definition)

Infectious diseases refers to a group of medical conditions that can be transmitted from human to human, object to human, and sometimes animal/insect to human. Causes of infectious diseases include bacteria, ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more