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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. Austina Cho
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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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How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

How can I decrease the risk of my baby getting a group b strep infection?

OB's follow protocol: The frequency of invasive group b strep disease has declined since the adoption of surveillance and treatment protocols by ob's & peds. Since gbs can come & go, most moms will be screened at 35-37 wks & receive abx during labor if positive, if status unknown she will be treated & babies are monitored & tested for a specific period after delivery. Discuss your concerns with your ob. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

Wash your hands: Many viral illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or else by touching a contaminated object (also known as a fomite), then touching our mucous membranes. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a yeast infection while still on the antibiotics?

How can I get rid of a yeast infection while still on the antibiotics?

Diflucan (fluconazole): You could take Diflucan (fluconazole) which is an anti-fungal. Increasing dietary yogurts, live cultures may help, too. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

Risk of Giardia: Giardia is prevalent worldwide, & drinking infected water is the most frequent mode of transmission (e.g. Streams, wells). Person-to-person is 2nd mode in groups with poor fecal-oral hygiene (daycare centers, custodial institutions, sexually active male homosexuals). Food transmission has been documented in commercial settings. Sheep, beavers, cattle, dogs, cats can get it & may pass it to people. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my risk of catching the flu this year?

What can I do to reduce my risk of catching the flu this year?

Get a flu shot: Got a flu shot and was your hands well multiple times daily eat well and rest. ...Read more

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How to increase my chances of having a baby boy?

How to increase my chances of having a baby boy?

Nothing proven. : There is no scientific data or studies that i'm aware of that shows a way for a couple to be more likely to have a male baby. ...Read more

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What is the chances that my child's infection will lead to septicemia?

What is the chances that my child's infection will lead to septicemia?

Depends: It depends on the infection location, bacterium (or virus or fungus), the age of your child, and how healthy your child's immune system is. In general, for most children and most infections, it is highly unlikely that they will develop sepsis. ...Read more

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I've got a cut how do I get an infection? And what are the side affects of infections?

I've got a cut how do I get an infection? And what are the side affects of infections?

Skin and Wound Care: The goal, I am afraid, is to do all you can to avoid getting an infection; to avoid possible scaring or damage to the tissue infected. I would bet that keeping the wound clean and covered with a bandaid would be a great way to start to avoid complications that could have life long implications. ...Read more

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What can I do while I have chickenpox to reduce the chance of scarring?

What can I do while I have chickenpox to reduce the chance of scarring?

Don't scratch!: It itches like crazy and can drive you mad but if you scratch, each little spot can leave a scar. See your doctor to be sure it is chicken pox and you can also request anti-itch medications to help you. Be careful because you are contageous until all the sores are crusted over. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

How can I prevent my infant from getting chronic ear infections that run in the family?

Prevention: The factors which seem to protect children most from getting ear infections are breastfeeding, not being in daycare, and avoidance of cigarette smoke in the environment. It is also recommended that babies do not feed lying flat on their backs. There is some evidence this may increase the rate of ear infections. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do to help reduce the chances of my sore throat progressing into a full-blown cold?

Is there anything i can do to help reduce the chances of my sore throat progressing into a full-blown cold?

This can help v sxs.: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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I jave moderate ureaplasma infec, will it prevent me from getting pregnant in the future? Are there chances the infection will come back?

I jave moderate ureaplasma infec, will it prevent me from getting pregnant in the future? Are there chances the infection will come back?

Not necessarily : The infection won't necessarily effect your fertility. If you are not getting pregnant, you will want to have an HSG to make sure your tubes are open. If you and your partner are both treated, the risk of recurrence is small. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant, will my child have herpes as well? Is there a way to prevent my child from getting it?

I'm pregnant, will my child have herpes as well? Is there a way to prevent my child from getting it?

Manageable risks: If a mother delivers vaginally with her first genital outbreak, there is ~30% risk the baby could get it and have a terrible illness. If a recurrent outbreak, this drops to ~4% but suppression of outbreaks or c-section delivery before the membranes are open 4 hours can cancel the risk. Rarely, some women shed herpes without an outbreak and could pass it , baby sick around 2 wks. ...Read more

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My husband has clindamycin 300 for a tooth in fection i have a uti can i use his tablets to get rid of the uti is there anything I can take otc ?

My husband has clindamycin 300 for a tooth in fection i have a uti can i use his tablets to get rid of the uti is there anything I can  take otc
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Clinda won't work: Clindamycin is not active against most of the bacteria that cause UTIs, and there are no safe and effective over-the-counter or natural treatments. (Some OTC "azo" products may help symptoms but don't treat the infection.) You definitely need professional care. Don't screw around with this; see your doctor soon to confirm the diagnosis and get proper treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

You can't: If it is in the genes it will show up on the baby. I often see a pattern of storks bite marks in several family members or they may come up as a new finding . I've never had a parent complain about the mark in > 30 years of practice. Given what I have seen over the years i'm just happy when the parts are ale there & seem to fit. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of getting appendicitis?

How can I reduce my risk of getting appendicitis?

Unlikely : Appendicitis can be prevented to some extent general incidence has been reduced due to be trend as seen in lost 6 to 7 decades, bavoiding contaminated water & food . Infection will cause obstruction of lumen , younger age is prone to it as they have more lymphatic tissue also obstruction of lumen like faecolith or hard stool , constipation or pin warms etc in the lumen may cause appendicitis. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my toddler from getting the flu when the rest of the house has been diagnosed?

How can I prevent my toddler from getting the flu when the rest of the house has been diagnosed?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir): The prescription Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is available through your kids physician & is commonly used as a preventative down to 1 year olds. Few other methods are helpful, the flu is contagious from the day before first symptoms, so containing it in a household is quite difficult. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of getting legionnaires' disease?

How can I reduce my risk of getting legionnaires' disease?

Avoid source: Legionnaires' disease is an infection with a legionella bacteria that causes a pneumonia. It is transmitted in a waterborne fashion, often from cooling towers, humidifiers and such. It is not spread person-to-person. It is treated with antibiotics if found. Avoiding the source is the best way to avoid infection. There is no other preventive treatment that I am aware of. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

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Bacteria (Definition)

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