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Community Acquired Infections
I recently acquired a mouse problem and have to clean up a lot of it on my own. Whats the risk of lcmv infection & the risks to my baby at 37 weeks?
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
As the name implies: Infections that you get while you are in the hospital for a different reason. They are usually more resistant to available treatment (though it may not always be the case). ...Read more
Yes: Any illness that mom experiences during pregnancy that has a "blood" phase (germs circulating in the blood) can pass that to baby. That includes std's(syphillis, aids), viruses like the flu, chickenpox& rubella. After the water breaks, the baby can acquire germs from mothers vaginal tract like group b strep. ...Read more
How could my husband acquire an infection after we had sex last week when we both believe i don’t have it? I have no symptoms. Thanks!
What infection?: There are several infections which can be transmitted sexually when one partner has no symptoms. Women may be long term carriers of several stds without manifestations, and men can also do this to women. ...Read more
I'm having an arthroscopic ACL surgery in a few days; what are my chances of acquiring an infection?
Ask the surgeon: You surgeon keeps up with the hospital statistics on infections. You can also ask him what his personal infection rate is. Talking to your doctors is your best defense against infection as you will need to follow their directions after the procedure. ...Read more
Lots.: There are two types of MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph aureus) infections: hospital-acquired and community acquired. Both are serious, in that MRSA bacteria are resistant to many types of antibiotics, so treatment options are limited. They are also contagious. Don't fool around with MRSA - see a doctor right away. ...Read more
Universal precaution: Up are to be followed in all hospitals to prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more
Yes.: Yes. But a longer stay in one of the hospital wards would increase the likelihood. Currently, there is a very big push to decrease the number of hospital acquired infections, and the numbers are going down. ...Read more
How easily can a 6 year old child catch a hospital acquired infection from visiting at the hospital?
How do you acquire staph infection? Daughter has suddenly came down with staph was wondering wher you get such and how to prevent a reoccurance?
It is everywhere: Staph are germs in the environment.They can be found on the skin surface, door knobs,banisters, tables,shopping carts, etc. Some are non-invasive strains, some can cause infections.Good handwashing & antiseptic lotions can help limit exposure.People often acquire & lose staph germs every day & if under your fingernails you plant them where you scratch. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me in my wound: e. coli, acinetobacter baumannii, stenotrophomonas, achromobacterbe considered hospital acquired infections?
Acinetobacter: Acinetobacter baumannii is usually only seen in very ill patient in medical settings. ...Read more
Hello doctors, thank you for your time, is it possible for a person to acquire T cell cancer months after sexually transmitted htlv1 infection ?
Little or no risk: HTLV of all types (1, 2, 3) is rare and probalby most infections are not sexually acquired. And cancer probably is a rare consequence of HTLV; if it happens, probably it's usually decades later. This isn't something to be worried about. Tested for HTLV should not be done because of sexual exposure or lifetyle. ...Read more
Is there a possibility of acquiring hepatitis e infection without getting prior infection of hav, HBV or hcv? What are major complcations of hev? Ty.
Unique RNA virus: ...With 4 genotypes, outbreaks of which have accounted for epidemics in europe in 18th ; 19th centuries, ; today in india and asia where the infection is endemic. Outbreaks have particularly high attack rates ; mortality among pregnant women. Fecal-oral transmission from person-to-person. See no chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer but severe hepatitis with fulminant hepatic failure is possible. ...Read more
A total of 8 different organisms in my wound: e. Coli, acinetobacter baumannii, stenotrophomonas, are these hospital acquired infections?
Yes.: They can all be hospital acquired infections. ...Read more
What would the symptoms of infection aquired via neti pot be? I have sinus and ear pain and have used neti pot with untreated well water.
Sinus irrigation: Please do not do that again. Only use sterile distilled water and use an irrigating bottle that can be washed and put into the microwave for 60-90 seconds to sterilize it. You could develop deadly amoebic meningitis otherwise with severe headache, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, fever, coma, convulsions, and death. ...Read more
What could cause secondary (acquired) immunodeficiency coupled with autoimmunity? Both started at same time. Cancers and infections?(negative 4 hiv)
Immune Dysregulation: Disruption of the process of self/non-self recognition can lead to either immune deficiency (increased susceptibility to infection) or to autoimmunity (increased and pathogenic responses to self-antigens). Many of the genes that create susceptibility to autoimmunity also create susceptibility to immune deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When do I become concrened about strep worsening? I acquired strep while on amoxicillin for a sinus infection. Returned to the dr, and was placed on cefzolin. Pain has increased and pus has multiplied. Should i call them again or wait? I'm beginning t
Antibiotics : Antibiotics can take 2 days to take effect. If fevers worsen, it may be time for another check. Some throat infections can look like strep, was it swabbed? I would at least call the doctor to give an update, and they may think you should go back for a re-evaluation. ...Read more