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Dr. Dhaval Shah
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Chronic Infection (Overview)

Chronic infection is a persistent low-level infection that never completely resolves. Chronic infections can occasionally relapse into more serious acute infections.


Dr. Dhaval Shah
77 Doctors shared insights

Chronic Infection (Overview)

Chronic infection is a persistent low-level infection that never completely resolves. Chronic infections can occasionally relapse into more serious acute infections.


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I ve bronciectasis, does that mean I ve chronic infection in lungs? And am I contageous to others, ie while kissing, sharing water cup, thanks

I ve bronciectasis, does that mean I ve chronic infection in lungs? And am I contageous to others, ie while kissing, sharing water cup, thanks

Not contageous: Bonchiectasis is generally not contageous. But you need to see your doctor about its cause and treat it properly. Consider seeing a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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What is considered chronic infection and how is it diagnosed?

Timing is everything: If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic. To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor! ...Read more

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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

See your doctor for an evaluation
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Have a pelvic exam
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Have an ultrasound
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What is a treatment for chronic yeast infections?

What is a treatment for chronic yeast infections?

Chronic Infection: If you have recurrent (four or more) yeast infections per year or a chronic yeast infection simple treatments may not be adequate. Please see your physician for treatment in that situation. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Treatments for chronic ear infection / bulging eardrum?

Several: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure chronic bacteria infections?

Antibiotics.: Chronic infections should be cultured in a lab to determine what the organism / bacteria is that is causing the problem. The lab can also then do sensitivity testing in which the bacteria are grown in the presence of different types and concentrations of antibiotics. These results can help the doctor caring for you decide which is the best antibiotic (s) with which to treat. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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How to get rid of chronic vaginal infection I hve taken cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) and still having it?

How to get rid of chronic vaginal infection I hve taken cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) and still having it?

Get tested: Needs more information. First of all all infections could not be treated by cleocin (clindamycin phosphate).
Second, how old are you? Did you ever had a traumatic delivery?
Please talk to pcp. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to prevent chronic yeast infections caused by birth control pills?

Can there be any way to prevent chronic yeast infections caused by birth control pills?

Discuss BC with Dr.: Talk with your physician about a change to your birth control pills. In the meantime you can take other preventive measures. 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying >>. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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Sinus was left open after tooth extract. Then oral surgeon. Removed my bone in my cheek. I left with chronic infection. Brain lessons. How do I get well?

Sinus was left open after tooth extract. Then oral surgeon. Removed my bone in my cheek. I left with chronic infection. Brain lessons. How do I get well?

See Oral Surgeon: First sse your original oral suirgeon and let him/her evaluate your present condition. If needed or wanted seek a second opinion. There should never be any direct opening of the sinus into the oral cavity. Do this as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are risk factors for chronic prostatitis infection?

What are risk factors for chronic prostatitis infection?

Not all prostatitis: Is bacterial. Perhaps prostate and seminal vesicle congestion may be irritating? We call prostatis when we cannot make a more specific diagnosis, and you suffer irritative effects. Commonly, anti-biotics are used, and anti-inflammatories. But sex, too much or too little, has no established role. Having sex can elevate the psa test, however. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Can you tell me why I have my chronic infection?

Could you be: More specific? Chronic infection of what exactly, for how long, and what make you think something is infected? ...Read more

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Help! What could be causing my chronic infection?

Need more info: What organ is effected? Do you know the organism? What treatment has been done to date. ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider natural medical alternatives such as dipsacus
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What is considered chronic infection and how is it diagnosed?

Timing is everything: If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic. To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor! ...Read more

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My ferritin shows chronic infection, but where?

My ferritin shows chronic infection, but where?

Ferritin: Serum ferritin levels cannot show infection, whether acute or chronic. This a simple lab value which requires clinical data for any form of interpretation. Stop worrying unless you are having a specific problem. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which immunoglobulins will increase in chronic infection?

Which immunoglobulins will increase in chronic infection?

IgG: Igm is the first antibody made by the b-lymphocyes but this converts to igg after the first few weeks. Igg levels typically reach maximum levels within 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How would you know between a recent versus a chronic infection with a pathogen?

Timing is everything: If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic. To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor! ...Read more

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How would you distinguish between a new versus a chronic infection in your vagina?

Timing is everything: If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic. To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor! ...Read more

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Can chronic infection cause lower platelet counts? And once treated, could that cause platelets to return to a more normal range?

Maybe.: That may be true. Depends on a lot of things, inc. The cause of infection. Often platelet counts might have been low before an infection, but were not tested recently and so the finding may not be due to the infection at all. There are also other causes of low platelets. Ask your doc what the plan is to follow up on these. Repeating the test to follow it after a week or two is reasonable. ...Read more

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What does this mean in terms of proximal second phalanx Differential diagnostic considerations favor chronic infection or neoplastic process.

Incomplete: Information given. Not sure what "Proximal second phalanx", seems like there should be something that follows phalanx as the entire phrase only denotes the location of the condition in question. Please repost with more pertinent information and/or description of the problem. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What are possible complications of a chronic infection in the sinus because of a perforation from a root canal?

What are possible complications of a chronic infection in the sinus because of a perforation from a root canal?

See Endodontist: It depends upon what was placed into your sinus. If it was the disinfecting solution the denist uses to clean your canals then the sinus usually recovers with no intervention. However, if the 'filling material' of the root canal was placed in the sinus then you need the help of an oral surgeon or ent. Since you said this is 'chronic' I would suggest getting this looked at soon. ...Read more

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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