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Gi Infections In Children
Depends: Many GI infections need no specific treatment other than replacing fluids and electrolytes, controlling diarrhea and nausea and vomiting and then watching carefully. Some GI infections may need antibiotic treatment, but would need to know the cause of the infection to give specific advice. ...Read more
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
Depends..: ...On the diagnosis. Parasitic infections (giardia for example) are treated differently than bacterial. And each bacterial colitis may have a different antibiotic. There are no treatments for viral gastroenteritis. To sort this out you need a stool culture and parasite exam as the first step. After a diagnosis you move on to picking a treatment option. ...Read more
See below: The majority of sinus infections (as well as ear infections) are caused by viruses and do not require an antibiotic. Medicines to promote mucus drainage may be helpful such as Mucinex (guaifenesin) or decongestants. Decongestants can cause side effects so check with your doctor before starting them. Saline rinses are also helpful. An antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more
Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. ...Read more
What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?
Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. ...Read more
No: There is no link between the two. ...Read more
None: There are no substances that naturally cure ear infections. The body's immune system may cure itself and when not, antibiotics are needed. No other things have been shown to cure these infections despite claims made. ...Read more
Bugs, bugs, bugs: Most GI tract infections (gastroenteritis) are caused by bacterial or viral contamination of what we eat. Proper hand washing, food prep techniques and food storage techniques should prevent these but most people get sick when they take shortcuts-- not washing hands, eating food from fridge that's too old, meat not cooked thoroughly, etc. ...Read more
Try these...: The GI tract can signal its distress with: nausea, vomiting, cramping, gassiness, belching, sharp/stabbing versus dull throbbing pain, hunger, burning/pyrosis, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, obstructive symptoms, fullness, diarrhea, constipation, or any change in baseline stooling, bleeding (either upper GI or lower GI related), abdominal tenderness, distension, rectal discomfort. More... ...Read more
Here's great advice for little people as well as adults. Drink water - especially the kind w/ electroytes and other good stuff. Get potassium - banana, potato, etc. It should pass in 2-5 days. Read this and call doctor if not better soon.
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It depends: Infections most often cause diarrhea, often accompanied by pain or bloating. Diarrhea is often due to viruses and treated by clear fluids or electrolye drinks, then bland food (bananas, rice, etc) until it improves. Vomiting is treated similarly. You should see your doctor asap if there's blood passed, severe pain, high fevers. Or you cannot keep down enough fluids, or if recent travel abroad. ...Read more
How long will it take to recoup lean body mass loss from GI infection of 1.5 months duration recovered spontaneously?
Unlikely: But one never knows fully until completely evaluated. Discuss with your treating doctor. ...Read more
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I hav suffered from yeast infections for years and it just dosnt GI away only when I treat it but coms back. How do I stop getting yeast infections?
This can: Certainly be a chronic problem. Will not be sorted out over the web. You need to get with the gyn, review the problems and the prior treatments, see if additional testing is needed, and figure out the plan going forward. ...Read more
22 y/o f with sle. The IV site from GI tests last week is red/swollen/itchy, and have a worsening cold. Could I have an infection?
You need to see phy: Infection is something we would absolutely consider. You need to see your physician immediately. ...Read more
I'm seeing my GI doctor in the morning who has set me up for blood work and imaging for possible diverticulitis. I have some amoxicillin at home and would like to take a dose to start the fight against infection. Is this safe and will it alter the resul
Dark green almost black stool could I have a stomic infection. I know I have GI issues as I have ciliac dease pain in upper abdomen and in back?
Go to the Doctor: This could represent a life threatening GI bleed. Regardless of what it might be you need to be seen urgently. Please contact your physician for instructions. ...Read more
Faint, lightheaded, dizzy, nausea in head not gi. Have sjogrens/ms etc. No infections. Bp okay. Hydrating/rest. Nausea med help? No new meds. My doc mon
Complicated: Check your BP supine (lying down) and then standing up. If it drops >20 points, it may be the cause of your symptoms which surely sound like low BP to me. ...Read more
Had upper GI endoscopy to check for lesions. Could any dangerous entities (other than H. Pylori infection)...have been missed? I had been taking Nexium (PPI) up to the day before procedure (allowed by gastroenterologist)
Followup w ur doctor: Generally w/o lesions, biopsies not taken unless symptoms or history (e.g. of ulcer) warrant including ruling out H pylori. However given ur age (esp prolonged nexium use), if severity warrants, discuss w ur doctor re diet and life style changes to decrease symptoms of reflux (if indeed reason for nexium) and rule out reversible esp causes if stomach symptoms - happy to consult further. ...Read more
I have GI related problems such as H. Pylori and acid reflux. Last week when I saw my mouth the roof of my mouth looks white and its been a Awhile my breathe taste like infection and my gums really hurt and bleeds. Last week I felt something bothering me
Esophageal reflux can cause dental and gum disease due to regurgitation of acid in the mouth especially at night time
With bad breath taste and bleeding gums. I suggest you make an appointment with your dentist asap and get your teeth and gums checked
At the same time you need to continue therapy from your Doctor or GI Specialist to control your acid reflux and Hpylori. ...Read more
Bleeding red stools daily 1 month, gone now. Colonscopy cleared, CT scan showed few enlarged nodes around colon. Gi said infection. Ask 4 biopsy?
No: Red blood in stool more frequent from anal problems rather than colon, as such a neg. colonoscopy and as a result no area requiring bx. If digital exam does not define an anal lesion or internal hemmorhoids then whatever the problem has resolved and again no bx required. Check for a repeat bleed and this followed by anoscopy. ...Read more
In the 9 months since my son was born he has had a GI bug, 3 viral infections, 3 ear infections and we are now battling thrush. Is he seriously ill?
Doubt it: The average kid will lose his mothers protective antibodies at 3 months. They then have an average of 5 respiratory illnesses and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr until age 5.Kids with significant immune problems have chronic thrush from birth and are hospitalized with a bone infection or blood infection by 4 months of age. Ear infections accompany uri's. Discuss with your doc, I see this in normal kids ...Read more
Took Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for GI infection. Stopped cause of side effects. Had fecal impaction (needed enema). Switched to Flagyl, w/colace. Will hard stools stop?
What could cause enlarged lymph nodes near colon seen in CT scan? Colonscopy & biopsy clear. Was having rectal bleeding for 1 month. GI said infection
Is it true adults are at reduced risk of appendix bursts because of the fat which contains the infection? But children don't have as much fat?
Could be, but...: Multiple factors decide how a disease may behave and progress, and more tissue such as fat around an abscess like fulminating appendicitis is likely to have more local tissue to wall it around, but such condition should not be construed as the sole factor to predict how it may do clinically. So, what you mentioned would not pose any clinically significant impact on how a patient should be managed. ...Read more
Depends: Really depends on the strain of e. Coli. Some are very virulent and cuase significant organ damage, no matter what the age. ...Read more
Bleeding into the skin, doesn't blench on pressure. If associated with fever without localizing signs, indicates high risk for serious bacterial infection, e.g. Bacteremia, sepsis, meningitis.
Viral rash, on the other hand, very common; seen as macular or maculo-papular rash that blenches on pressure. I assume, you are talking about viral rash. If petechiae, must see a doctor. ...Read more
Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?
Koch's infx/TB: Tuberculosis just doesn't develop - you catch it from someone who is infected. It is only transmitted human to human, so you need to be exposed to someone who either has an active case or is a carrier. Many people worldwide are unaware they are infected, are asymptomatic carriers. That's why when someone is diagnosed with TB, everyone around them they've had contact with need to be evaluated. ...Read more
Nope: Immune-compromised patients are.Get a more detailed answer ›
Certainly: Uncircumcised boys occasionally get utis in ffirst year of life. Utis are quite common in little girls, with a peak around toilet training age (2 - 3 years).! advise against using bubble-bath, and have little girls remove panties and pants and separate thighs widely to avoid labial trapping of urine. ...Read more
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