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Germ Defense Medication
I have become overly paranoid about germs, have to force myself at times to "override" my obsessions with my kids. Is therapy or medication best?
The best treatment: Is a combination of medication and therapy! Get the best! ...Read more
I have taken amoxicillin 500mg capsules without completing the entire prescription due to persistent diarrhea. Will I get drug-resistant germs?
Maybe: It could happen. No way to tell for some time. ...Read more
The skin provides a major defense, the Kidneys can filter out toxic substances, the lungs can filter the air we breath, but by far the Immune system is our major defense against germs. See the following link for some info:
http://www. Merckmanuals. Com/home/infections/biology-of-infectious-disease/defenses-against-infection ...Read more
Unknown.: Nonbacterial prostatitis is a generic term given to a syndrome of pelvic pain and urinary symptoms that is often very difficult to classify, work up, and treat. Though many common & uncommon germs have been investigated, the causes are still not known. Proposed mechanisms include inflammation, autoimmune reaction, neuropathic pain, trauma, anxiety, & stress. ...Read more
Catches Tb: The germs get to the lung. The body responds. If there is enough germs a fight ensues. Symptoms are usually absent or mild. If not eradicated, the germs are kept in check and go dormant. Sometime later, even many years later, they can break out and cause active infection in the body, most commonly the lungs. ...Read more
Yes but. .: We all exhale = it is part of the breathing cycle. Most exhaling is gentle and carries little if any material with it and this includes germs. If you have an infection, the liklihood increases especially if you are coughing or sneezing at the same time. ...Read more
Hand wash & vaccines: Teach your child to wash hands. Scrubbing hands for 20 seconds or as long as it takes to sing “happy birthday” twice. Make sure you disinfect surfaces in the house. Get the children vaccinated, get all the recommended vaccines. It is important to wash hands before eating. ...Read more
To many to list: With only 400 characters to use I can not list all the germs that can be harmful to kids. Some are opportunists, can exist on your skin surface & not cause problems but if a cut opens the skin will cause an abscess or blood poisoning (staph, strep, others).Some are trouble if ever inhaled (anthrax spores) some can enter your brain thru your nasal skin (amoeba, meningitis)too many to say>. ...Read more
Depends. . .: Answer depends upon germ & surface. Check out http://www. Huffingtonpost. Ca/2013/12/27/how-long-can-germs-live_n_4509419.html & http://www. Popsci. Com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem. ...Read more
Define GERM: A germ I my opinion, I guess you mean bacteria? Life is a symbiotic system. One help or hurts the other and so on. Without bacteria there would be no breakdown of organic matter. In the mouth for instance, if we had no bacteria, yeast cells would become prevalent leading to a candida infection. (yeast infection). So you see how it work. Without bacteria life would not exist. ...Read more
Depends: There a million germs. Some may and some may not. What specific germ are you concerned about? ...Read more
Nothing: Crazy if you use normal methods to clean before and after. Clean seat before use. Wash hands etc. No sig risk if use normal precautions ...Read more
Wash hands: Germs refers to organisms which cause an illness. They can be bacterial, viral, or even fungal. Prevention and spread go together. Hand washing is probably the most effective method. Covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing can prevent spread by air. But good hygiene is probably the most effective means of prevention. ...Read more
You cannot!: Germs are a part of life, and exposure to them helps boost the immune system to prevent future and severe illnesses. That being said, frequent handwashing, not sharing cups and utensils, and maintaining general health to support a strong immune system are good for everyone. ...Read more
Sanitation: 1. Amongst the seven of you - ensure that the bathroom / toilet are regularly cleaned. 2. Can place tissue on the seat. 3. Wash hands well with soap and warm water after using the toilet. ...Read more
Germs are found all around us. How long do they live without a host and do they really make us sick?
How do germs travel? Do they travel and stick on you as soon as you touch them and transfer to everything else you touch?
Need more info: In general viruses are either spread via droplets or direct contact; once the droplets have dried, they are no longer contagious. Bacteria have varying susceptibilities and several species can be anaerobic and can exist for long periods of time on clothing. So more information is required. ...Read more
Can opening a peddle bin when you're holding a plate of food in front of it cause germs from the bin to land on the food if you are quite close to it?
Not Likely: Unless material stuck to the lid flew up onto your plate, it is nearly impossible for any germs to infect you. Try not to worry about germs. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to WASH YOUR HANDS frequently and before eating. Brush teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. ...Read more
A short time: Most types of germs (viruses and bacteria) do not live very long in unfriendly environments like a piece of paper. Some types live longer than others, and a few like the mycobacteria that causes tuberculosis can live a fairly long time outside of a body. There are spores, like botulinum spores that can live a very long time outside of a host. ...Read more
Yes but not often: We can die from millions of germs in the environment, from our own normal germs that get into the blood stream to make us sick, and from hospital germs. All hospitals have employees pay special attention to hand washing to prevent spreading germs. Healthy people all have bacteria on or in our bodies normally, and these normal bacteria can cause severe or life threatening infection. ...Read more
Fear vs Phobia: A germ is a microorganism that may/may not transmit disease. A phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a thing, activity or situation that instills a powerful desire to avoid it germ phobias tend to interfere significantly w/ daily functioning. Exposure is actually the best idea...Living w/germs as most people do. Exposure therapy wouldn't involve risks considered dangerous by most people! ...Read more