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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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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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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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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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Are there safe over-the-counter medications that I can give a child to help his bacterial infection?

Are there safe over-the-counter medications that I can give a child to help his bacterial infection?

Prescription only: Medications to treat bacterial infections are only available by prescription. See your pediatrician or family doctor to confirm this is a bacterial infection and to give you the treatment options. ...Read more

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My child suffers from scid, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

My child suffers from scid, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Yes: Scid children have a much decreased ability to fight off infections, so they can develop overwhelming sepsis infections from germs that would only cause minor problems in normal, non-scid children. ...Read more

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My child has digeorge syndrome, is it more likely that a bacterial infection can become septic?

My child has digeorge syndrome, is it more likely that a bacterial infection can become septic?

Possibly: In children with digeorge syndrome, the thymus gland may be small or missing, resulting in poor immune function and frequent, severe infections. ...Read more

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How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?

How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?

Normal kid behavior: Kids often put their fingers into their mouths. That is normal behavior for children. The best that parents can do is to keep the children's environment fairly clean, and avoid places with obvious disease risks. A parent cannot constantly follow a child around and watch the child's hands, but giving the child gentle instructions every now and then is fine to do. ...Read more

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Could i get night sweats from getting a bacterial infection ?

Yes: Bacterial infections cause fevers which as they cycle can cause night sweats. There are other things that can, but yes, bacterial infections can too. If you have been diagnosed with one, and the night sweats came at about the same time, then the antibiotic should help. If not, make sure you follow up immediately. ...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