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Doctor insights on: Contagious Ecthyma

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Is ecthyma gangrenosum common in children?

Is ecthyma gangrenosum common in children?

No: I have not seen a single case of ecthyma gangrenosum in the past 12 years taking care of children full time. So no i don't believe it is common at all. ...Read more

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Would you consider ecthyma easily (visually) identifiable by a family MD?

Would you consider ecthyma easily (visually) identifiable by a family MD?

Depends: Its a good start to see your doctor and voice your concerns. Any skin rash, redness, infection can be difficult even for the skin specialists. Its best to see your doctor for a full history and exam. Feel free to tell them what you were thinking! ...Read more

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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

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I have diabetes, am I more susceptible to ecthyma gangrenosum?

To a certain extent: Ecthyma gangrenosum is a skin lesion that manifests during a severe pseudomonas infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Pseudomonas infections of this kind rarely happen in patients that are not severely immunocompromised, but can occur if a wound gets infected. Patients with diabetes do tend to get wound infections more readily, esp if they do not follow proper prevention and wound care. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics the safest ways to treat ecthyma gangrenosum?

Are antibiotics the safest ways to treat ecthyma gangrenosum?

Infection: Ecthyma gangrenosum is an infection that is related to pseudomonas aeroginosa, and sepsis related to this bacteria the best mechanism to treat this infection is with antibiotics. Interestingly enough, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also effective, since the high oxygen levels destroys the bacterial toxin. ...Read more

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How common is sepsis with ecthyma gangrenosum?

How common is sepsis with ecthyma gangrenosum?

Very rare: I have never taken care of a patient with this despite working in an ICU for 7 years at a major referral center. There not even any case series published - just case reports, indicating that no one has been able to even accumulate enough cases at one institution to document more than a few. ...Read more

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Is mg contagious?

Is mg contagious?

No: If you mean myasthenia gravis, it is not contagious. It is an autoimmune problem that has a relationship to the thymus. Some other neuromuscular problems can be similar, so be sure to get a clear diagnosis if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Is athletes food contagious?

Is athletes food contagious?

Yes: Athlete's foot is contagious. It is caused by a fungus that grows in the outer layer of the skin. One of the reasons one should wear bath sandals when showering in a public bath area like a gym. ...Read more

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Why esbl need to isolate, why is it contagious ?

Why esbl need to isolate, why is it contagious ?

See below: Esbl means "extended-spectrum beta-lactam". This is a term for bacteria that have a specific resistance to the beta-lactam class of antibiotics. Esbl is not contagious to people but it can be passed among bacteria. The concern is spreading resistance to other people, knocking out the native antibiotic-sensitive bacteria. That's the point of isolation - to prevent the resistance gene spread. ...Read more