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Doctor insights on: Gray Patch Disease Agent Of Green Sea Turtle Virus

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What are signs of secondary skin bacterial infection in chickenpox.I have 3 spots that oozed w/ transparent yellow/gold fluid.Are they infected?

Maybe: Open skin lesions like those of chickenpox can be secondarily infected by various skin germs like staph or strep. Your physician can sort this out for you because it is sometimes difficult to tell with chickenpox. ...Read more

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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Lungs: i've been drinking herbal respiratory tea (thyme, eucalyptus) noticed some of the mucous that carries out debris changed to a bright white?

Lungs: i've been drinking herbal respiratory tea (thyme, eucalyptus) noticed some of the mucous that carries out debris changed to a bright white?

consider candida: When mucous is white one consideration is yeast over growth. Thyme oil is good against yeast but it may be necesssary to avoid dairy, wheat, and sugar as well. Avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is drying. Read about high histamine in food and consider using non corn based vitamin c to lower histamine. ...Read more

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Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Afraid of rabies, previously vaccinated. Walking outside on bright, sunny day (no rain). Single drop of liquid fell from tree and lands directly in eye/tear-duct. Couldn't identify source of liquid. Possible bat saliva exposure or being paranoid?

Paranoid: The most likely liquid falling from a tree would be water. Did it rain recently? The odds of a bat salivating in a tree on a sunny day is very very rare. Bats like dark places to rest during the day. Also, bats drooling? Also very rare. The saliva from a bat causing rabies comes from a bite, not drool. Also very rare to get rabies through the membranes of the eyes. So, please don't worry. ...Read more

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Silver white stray hairs in one small area just below the main eyebrow. Early sign of vitiligo?!? Only 26, aunt has vitiligo. Fair South Asian skin.

Silver white stray hairs in one small area just below the main eyebrow. Early sign of vitiligo?!? Only 26, aunt has vitiligo. Fair South Asian skin.

WHITE HAIR EYEBROW: THIS IS KNOWN AS POLIOSIS. IT IS HARMLESS. IT CAN BE HEREDITARY. CHECK OUT CATHERINE COOKSON'S BOOK "THE MALLEN STREAK," WHICH IS ALSO A TV SERIES. NOT TO WORRY! ...Read more

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Eaten takeaway chicken tikka masala/ tandoori approx 10 times over past 2 years. Has dangerous food dye in?. Also does korma? Can this cause cancer?

Eaten takeaway chicken tikka masala/ tandoori approx 10 times over past 2 years. Has dangerous food dye in?. Also does korma? Can this cause cancer?

Stop worrying: The best Indian food is naturally colored. But the food colorings currently in use in most of the world, while not of any benefit, have been tested for carcinogenicity and passed. Stop reading "scare" websites. They make stuff up. ...Read more

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Bit my lip, broken skin & trace bleeding. Risk of blood-borne disease (HIV, hep, etc.) transmission to/from partner in deep kissing?

Bit my lip, broken skin & trace bleeding.  Risk of blood-borne disease (HIV, hep, etc.) transmission to/from partner in deep kissing?

A small risk: yes there would be a small risk. you should have testing if there is a concern the partner has these infections. ...Read more

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What type of worm in human feces is small (2-3mm), white (rice grain appearence), black tip on one end, and moves around in the fecal matter?

What type of worm in human feces is small (2-3mm), white (rice grain appearence), black tip on one end, and moves around in the fecal matter?

Threadworm?: Probably a threadworm (pin worm) as those are the most common. Here is a link, i hope this helps! http://www.Netdoctor.Co.Uk/diseases/facts/pinworm.Htm. ...Read more

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23-yr-old female living in the Caribbean temporarily. My stool is Bristol type 2 and has little white things that look like sesame seeds. Suggestions?

23-yr-old female living in the Caribbean temporarily. My stool is Bristol type 2 and has little white things that look like sesame seeds. Suggestions?

Tapeworms: The classic description of a tapeworm infection is small "sesame seeds" or "grains of rice" in the stool. It is usually due to the tapeworm found in dogs and cats, but it can sometimes be found in humans. What is seen is the proglottid or a segment of the worm. An analysis of a stool sample can determine the exact type and what caused it. Here is a handout: http://tinyurl.com/qzclwja ...Read more

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What is the treatment of fungi infection with white color on line of cheek and dried toung the pt is 70 year?

What is the treatment of  fungi infection with white color on line of cheek and dried toung the pt is 70 year?

In person treatment: Is required by a qualified dentist or other health care professional. A medical and dental history and one-on-one examination is required for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment. People who use the internet for diagnosis and medical\dental treatment will only get themselves in more trouble. Sorry. ...Read more

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Where in the world does coq 10 come from? Cows, pigs, chickens, corn, fish? Does it make a difference?

Where in the world does coq 10 come from? Cows, pigs, chickens, corn, fish?  Does it make a difference?

CoQ10/ubiquinone: Coq10 is made in the body to assist in energy production (atp) & to work as an antioxidant. Food sources: fresh sardines & mackerel; heart & liver of beef, pork and lamb; & meats beef and pork, along with eggs. Vegetable sources include spinach, broccoli, peanuts, wheat germ and whole grains; soybean & canola oils. If using supplements, take them with meal since coq10 is fat-soluble—>. ...Read more

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Henoch-Schonlien Purpura as child from Lyme and given Aspirin. Portwine stain on arm. Digestive/skin/neuro symp. worse w/ age and b4 Mcycle. link?

Henoch-Schonlien Purpura as child from Lyme and given Aspirin. Portwine stain on arm. Digestive/skin/neuro symp. worse w/ age and b4 Mcycle. link?

Unrelated issues: Your HSP could give you transient issues for a few months & rarely long term kidney issues. If you didn't die from REYE syndrome after aspirin use (with flu or chickenpox), its a non issue. It is a good med we still occasionally use in kids. Your digestive/other issues could easily be food allergies/gluten related. I can't cobble these together as anything other than acquiring problems with age. ...Read more

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Multiple system atrophy with bradykinesia Treatment? Is this a form of Parkinson's. 100% Viet nam vet. Exposed to agent orange. Neuropathy, 3 tias, Ca

Multiple system atrophy with bradykinesia Treatment? Is this a form of Parkinson's. 100% Viet nam vet. Exposed to agent orange. Neuropathy, 3 tias, Ca

HowAboutANeurologist: First and foremost, thank you for your service.That was a tough time.There is just too little information in your question.Yes,bradykinesia can be a symptom of Parkinson's, which can be a symptom of MSA.There is "suggestive but limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of Parkinson's disease."See your doc ...Read more

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If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it ???

If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it ???

No: Black walnut worm is not a treatment for babesia (a “piroplasm,” that infects red blood cells, carried by ticks) ...Read more

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What is the meaning of ground glass appearance in hepatitis b?

What is the meaning of ground glass appearance in hepatitis b?

Ground Glass Xray: Ground glass appearance is a way to see the deadly pneumonia: pneumocystis pneumonia on chest xrays. It is seen in HIV infection. I am very unsure how this relates to hepatitis b? ...Read more

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A Grey patch on sclera appeared a week ago. It completely covers from the edge of my iris to inner corner of eye. Could this be a serious disease?

A Grey patch on sclera appeared a week ago. It completely covers from the edge of my iris to inner corner of eye. Could this be a serious disease?

Maybe: Several things are on the list including medications, diseases of the eye as well as other systemic diseases that can cause this. See link below for more info. Best to see eye doctor for eval http://www.aao.org/publications/eyenet/200703/am_rounds.cfm Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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What is the name of the disease that results from a dormant virus in the nervous system?

What is the name of the disease that results from a dormant virus in the nervous system?

Perhaps shingles: Herpes zoster virus seems to reside in the dorsal ganglion of the spinal cord and can become active in the form of shingles, but we have learned also plays a direct role in temporal arteritis or giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's truly scientific data that says meniere's disease is a virus?

Help! need to know if there's truly scientific data that says meniere's disease is a virus?

No: Meniere's disease has a number of suspected causes. See http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/menieres-disease/basics/causes/con-20028251. It's likely a combination of factors. No proof it is only due to a virus. ...Read more

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Can Agent Orange cause Huntington's Disease?

NO: Agent Orange has been implicated in many disorders, but Huntington's is an autosomal dominant hereditary disorder, and NEVER secondary to chemical exposure. ...Read more

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Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Is the flu always a disease caused by a virus?

Sure: True influenza is always caused by an influenza virus but there are lots of influenza-like viruses caused by other respiratory viruses and the stomach 'flu, not an influenza at all. ...Read more

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Please answer! what virus causes alzheimer's disease?

Please answer! what virus causes alzheimer's disease?

Not a virus: Ad is caused by an abnormal accumulation of a protein in the brain called beta amyloid. It is not known what starts the disease or how to prevent progression. There are drugs available to slow progression but no cure as of yet. ...Read more

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What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

What the difference betwen the newcastle disease virus strains?

Newcastle virus: Newcastle disease virus causes a deadly infection in many kinds of birds. In humans, it causes mild flu-like symptoms or conjunctivitis and/or laryngitis. Strains of all viruses vary in some structural components and this may increase or decrease their capacity to cause disease. Strains of NCV have been used in experiments to treat some cancers. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease and how to prevent it?

Can anyone tell me about Ebola virus disease
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Ebola: Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is the human disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms typically start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pains, and headaches. Typically nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. At this point, some people begin to have bleeding problems.[1] The virus may be acquired upon contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal (commonly monkeys or fruit bats).[1] Spread through the air has not been documented in the natural environment.[2] Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the virus without being affected. Once human infection occurs, the disease may spread between people as well. Male survivors may be able to transmit the disease via semen for nearly two months. In order to make the diagnosis, typically other diseases with similar symptoms such as malaria, cholera and other viral hemorrhagic fevers are first excluded. To confirm the diagnosis blood samples are tested for viral antibodies, viral RNA, or the virus itself.[1] Prevention includes decreasing the spread of disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking such animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooking meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may also be helpful, as are wearing protective clothing and washing hands when around a person with the disease. Samples of bodily fluids and tissues from people with the disease should be handled with special caution.[1] ...Read more

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What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about any organ system including the eye, joints,heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

West nile virus: West nile virus - is a mosquito transmitted virus that causes encephalitis (brain inflammation). This can cause coma and death. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria that affects peripheral nerves, skin, eye, mucosa -- secondary infections is usually the cause of death. ...Read more

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If you are a carrier of epstein barr virus, can you still transmit the disease?

If you are a carrier of epstein barr virus, can you still transmit the disease?

Yes: Although we are not absolutely certain of all the routes of transmission, ebv is a herpes virus, and as such, once you have it, it is with you for life. Some people shed the virus in respiratory secretions and other body fluids and can transmit it through intimate contact. Infectious mononucleosis has been called "the kissing disease". ...Read more

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What kind of viruses and diseases can a lumbar puncture help determine or rule out?

What kind of viruses and diseases can a lumbar puncture help determine or rule out?

Varies: A lumbar puncture is done to evaluate for diseases carried in the cerebro-spinal fluid. These can be viruses such as herpes, west nile, eee, etc. Bacteria can also be present such as strep pneumonia, h. Influenza, and others. This is usually done when patients have symptoms of meningitis or encephalitis. Also, non infectious diagnosis such as multiple sclerosis and others. Go in good health. ...Read more

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Can catching a virus trigger an autoimmune disease in less than two weeks? Help please?

Can catching a virus trigger an autoimmune disease in less than two weeks? Help please?

Yes: Post-viral diseases such as arthritis or certain neurologic issues can occur in less than 2 weeks after infection. ...Read more

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If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

If some disease is contagious doesa that mean it has to be caused by a bacteria or virus?

Both are possible: Both bacteria and viruses can be contagious. Always practice good hygiene. Washing you hands is the best prevention. Wishing you the best. ...Read more

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Is it likely for a transplanted organ to pass a disease or virus from the donor to the patient?

Most certainly!: Many examples of this scenario: hepatitis b and hepatitis c by both blood and solid organ transplants are examples. Others include hiv, hsv (herpes), west nile virus, balamuthia (amoeba), coccidioidomycosis (fungus), trypanosoma (chagas disease-a parasite), lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (lcmv), staph aureus, salmonela, are only but a few examples of what can be donor-derived infections. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why some vaccines only work if you have not yet contracted the virus/disease?

Antibodies: The theory behind vaccines is to prevent someone from getting the disease that is being vaccinated against. The way the immune system works for many diseases is that once you have had a disease, your own immune system will prevent you from getting the disease again. Thus you don't need the vaccine any longer. A vaccine allows you to create the necessary antibodies to help you ward off the disease. ...Read more

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