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Does using neosporin on a cut reduce my chances of a bacterial infection?

Does using neosporin on a cut reduce my chances of a bacterial infection?

Yes: Neosporin has neomycin (kills fungus) and Bacitracin (kills bacteria) in it. Both, however can cause rashes, and you may need to take oral antibiotics if you are already infected. See a doctor if you have questions. ...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


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Would washing my vegetables in hot water reduce my chances of getting a bacterial infection?

Would washing my vegetables in hot water reduce my chances of getting a bacterial infection?

Very hot water: Water would need to be very hot to kill bacteria. It would be too hot to handle safely and comfortably. Thorough washing will reduce but not eliminate the chance of getting bacterial infection, if the vegetable is contaminated. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the chance of my child getting a bacterial infection?

How can I reduce the chance of my child getting a bacterial infection?

Avoid sick people: Keeping clean, cooking food thoroughly, and staying away from sick people are reliable ways to reduce bacterial infections. A bath or shower washes away bacteria than cause impetigo. Washing hands after using the bathroom (and washing hands before eating) helps prevent infections like typhoid and cholera. Not getting cough or sneezed on helps prevent illnesses like strep throat and whooping cough. ...Read more

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What are the chances of contracting a bacterial infection from sharing a straw with another person?

What are the chances of contracting a bacterial infection from sharing a straw with another person?

Maybe none, if...: If the other person doesn't have a bacterial infection to transmit, then there is no chance of "contracting a bacterial infection" from the other person. One cannot "catch" something that the other person does not have. Beyond that, it is not possible to predict how easily infections, such as strep throat, will pass via the straw in each specific case (there are too many other factors involved). ...Read more

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Is improved sanitation a good way to reduce most bacterial infections?

Is improved sanitation a good way to reduce most bacterial infections?

Yes: Keeping clean, cooking food thoroughly, and staying away from sick people are reliable ways to reduce bacterial infections. A bath or shower washes away bacteria than cause impetigo. Washing hands after using the bathroom (and washing hands before eating) helps prevent infections like typhoid and cholera. Not getting cough or sneezed on helps prevent illnesses like strep throat and whooping cough. ...Read more

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What are some good tips for food preparation to reduce bacterial infection?

What are some good tips for food preparation to reduce bacterial infection?

Wash: Wash all food well, cook food thoroughly. If serving meat, you are better off with a steak than ground meat, because ground meat has a higher incidence of e coli. You would have to cook the hamburger well done to make sure you kill off any e coli that could be in the middle. ...Read more

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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?

No: It only increases your chance of suffering from heartburn or swallowing problems. If you have either, see your physician. ...Read more

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Is changing positions during sex way if increasing your chances of getting a bacterial infection through the vagina?

Is changing positions during sex way if increasing your chances of getting a bacterial infection through the vagina?

No: Sexual position makes no difference. Use condoms if you are concerned about sexually transmitted disease and you are your partner should be tested. ...Read more

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My wife had one of her ovaries removed, she have now a bacterial infection where stinky, fluid is coming from the cut on her abdomen. What now to do?

My wife had one of her ovaries removed, she have now a bacterial infection where stinky, fluid is coming from the cut on her abdomen. What now to do?

Go back to doctor: Go back and get examined and treated asap. Postoperative wound infections of this nature can extend to vital areas very quickly and have the potential to be life-threatening. Do not wait, and if your doctor is not readily available go to an er. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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Need to know why skin rashes that have fluid not going after dad cut his toe.Taking antib & using cream.He has sugar.What kind of bacterial infection!

Need to know why skin rashes that have fluid not going after dad cut his toe.Taking antib & using cream.He has sugar.What kind of bacterial infection!

Must beTreated: When wounds are not healing with standard treatment practices, especially when you are a diabetic, it is best to see a specialist. This can minimize any future problems that might arise. ...Read more

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How can washing your hands with soap and water reduce bacterial infections?

Washing your hands : Some soaps can kill some bacteria and the washing and friction, with the bubbling of the soaps, can rinse some of the bacteria off of your hands. ...Read more

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Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

No: Unless you have a rare side effect and have suppression of your bone marrow and can not generate enough infection fighting cells. ...Read more

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

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How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?

Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can a male get bacterial infection (e.x. e. coli) via oral sex if partner has no STI? if so, how common is that? can risk be reduced without condom?

Can a male get bacterial infection (e.x. e. coli) via oral sex if partner has no STI? if so, how common is that? can risk be reduced without condom?

E coli is not a risk: E coli is every where, including in your drinking water and is not a concern. If your partner does not have any STI, you should be okay. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail 8 months ago but didn't feel it right away since i'm diabetic and do not have feelings at the bottom of my feet. In short, i've been treated for a bacterial infection that went into my bone system. Every 2 wks. The doctor cuts

I stepped on a rusty nail 8 months ago but didn't feel it right away since i'm diabetic and do not have feelings at the bottom of my feet.  In short, i've been treated for a bacterial infection that went into my bone system.  Every 2 wks. The doctor cuts

The : The treatment for a bone infection involves long-term antibiotics (months) and regular debridements (cutting away) to remove devitalized or dead tissue. This may involve skin, bone, and anything else between the two. Sometimes, outer skin starts closing up and healing while there is still infection and dead tissue underneath, which is probably the reason your doctor keeps cutting away at it. The fact that you're bleeding when he does this is good. One of the principles of debridement is to remove all devitalized tissue until good, healthy, bleeding tissue is found. But i can't stress enough the importance of you taking meticulous care of your diabetes while you're trying to heal from a bone infection. You can't leave everything up to your doctor. You need to take an active role in your recovery. Something you might want to ask your doctor about is the use of a total contact cast, which will redistribute pressure away from the area. As long as you walk on an ulcer, you will delay or even prevent complete healing. Part of having loss of sensation in your feet must involve daily inspection of your feet. The body has no compensatory mechanism for loss of pain. And because you don't feel pain, there is nothing to remind you to take a look and check out what's going on down there. I also want to add that the only way to diagnose a bone infection is to actually remove a piece of the bone and have it biopsied and cultured. This will also allow the proper antibiotic to be used for the bone infection. Wound cultures taken from diabetic foot wounds are notoriously inaccurate in seeing what's infecting the bone underneath. Good luck, and please watch your diabetes! ...Read more

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I had bacterial infection in right side of throat ..doctor gave bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) tab. After taking 2tbs my throat got inflammed hw to reduce inflammation doc?

I had bacterial infection in right side of throat ..doctor gave bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) tab. After taking 2tbs my throat got inflammed hw to reduce inflammation doc?

See your Dr: Lots of unanswered questions: Was your Dr treating a Strep throat? Was it tonsillitis? Or did you have some other type of infection.? Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is not prescribed for Strep throat. If you believe the throat got worse after taking Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) it could be an allergic reaction or it could be the infection is not responding to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). See your Dr. ...Read more

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How does one get bacterial infections?

How does one get bacterial infections?

Exposure/germ factor: Infections occur when a germ is introduced to a location where conditions are supportive of germ growth.The germ begins to reproduce using local nutrient sources & invades the area.Some germs are benign hitch hikers & simply hang around while others are invasive & elaborate toxic chemicals that are destructive to tissue. ...Read more

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Can anybody get a bacterial infection ?

Yes: The human body has a whole community of good and bad bacteria living in a homeostatic balance. When this balance is disrupted, the bad bacteria can flourish and cause an infection. ...Read more

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How do I cure chronic bacterial infections?

What type?: There is very little information here. What types of infections? Other medical issues? You could either re-ask & clarify or discuss with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I catch bacterial infection from my pet?

Yes: It depends on the pet. Reptiles can spread salmonella. Birds can spread psittacosis. You can get toxoplasmosis and q fever from cats. You can get leptospirosis from dogs. Also bites and scratches can cause infections. ...Read more

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What does a bacterial infection feel or look like?

What does a bacterial infection feel or look like?

Bacterial infection: This depends upon the area of the body infected, the organism involved, the immune status of the host and other factors. If you have a specific infection in mind, rephrase the question and can respond more definitively. ...Read more

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Can lactocillibus pills cure any bacterial infection?

Can lactocillibus pills cure any bacterial infection?

Probably not: However, use of lactobacillus may help prevent future bacterial overgrowth. If a bacterial infection is present, usually antibiotic treatment is required to eradicate. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to cure a bacterial infection?

Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections are treated mainly with antibiotics, the kind and nature of which is determined by the type of bacteria. Antibiotics are usually taken orally but serious ones need to given intravenously (iv). ...Read more

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I'm curious. What symptoms go along with bacterial infections?

It depends on which.: Symptoms depend not only on which bacterial infection it is, but also on where it is and on the age and immune function of the patient. ...Read more

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What disease is characterized by frequent bacterial infections?

Immune defect.: Impairment in the immune system is usually associated with recurrent infections particularly in the sinus and lung. There are many types of immune defects but a discussion would fill a textbook. ...Read more

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