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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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Dr. Al Hegab
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more