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How Is Lupus Contracted
Herpes Simplex: The herpes simplex virus-1 is most often the cause of cold sores. It can be spread to the mouth or lips through activities like kissing. It can spread to the genitals by mouth to genital contact or genital to genital contact. Herpes simplex virus -2 can be spread through vaginal, anal ; oral sex. ...Read more
Either one, but rare: Herpes simplex virus (HSV) rarely infects the hand. When it happens, usually as herpetic whitlow (google for photos), it's usually HSV1, but HSV2 is possible. Whitlow usually occurs simultaneously with a newly acquired oral or genital infection. Herpes zoster (shingles) could affect the hand, usually not in the form of whitlow. If you think you have any of these, see a doctor ASAP. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varicella: Shingles is Varicella zoster (chicken pox). Fluid filled blisters that rupture would be potentially infective to those who have never had chicken pox. Pregnant women regardless of past infection or not are extremely vulnerable in regards to the fetus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not contagious: Asthma is a chronic disease and is not spread person to person. The development of asthma is likely due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with asthma are likely born with a tendency to develop the disease, and are influenced by many environmental factors such as respiratory viruses and allergens. ...Read more
Hello, If no syphilis chancre is present( Assuming someone is infected), how does transmission of syphilis occur? Does it shed off peoples skin?fluid?
Multiple factors: The diagnosis of lupus is made based on a constellation of clinical and laboratory criteria. That is there are a number of pre-determined symptoms, physical signs (things a Dr. sees when examining you), and findings on bloodwork. A minimum number of these must be present in order for the diagnosis to be made. So, you would need to have a physical exam and have blood work drawn. ...Read more
Surroundings: Humans most often become infected after exposure to environmental sources, such as animal urine, contaminated water or soil, or infected animal tissue. Portals of entry include cuts or abraded skin, mucous membranes or conjunctiva. The vast majority of infections with leptospira are self-limiting. Although penicillins, tetracyclines, chloramphenicol, and Erythromycin have antileptospiral activity. ...Read more
Not easy;can do well: There is no cure for lupus currently so the goal of treatment is to put it into remission (quiet with no active symptoms or abnormal labs) and control flares of disease when they happen as quickly as possible. Most important is to see a board certified rheumatologist on a regular basis (every few weeks at first, then every few months if doing well), and take medications as prescribed by their doc ...Read more
Depends on severity: Lupus is can be an multisystem inflammatory disease and may involve skin discoid lupus, facial rash, joint involvement, lung involvement, etc. Recovery depends on the site, and severity of the disease. It can be kept quiet with the help of nsaids, antimalarials, oral steroids, chemotherapy and immunomodulants. ...Read more
How often do people contract cat scratch disease? How is it treated? Is treatment necessary? How long is recovery?
CSD: Cat-scratch disease (CSD) s a common and usually benign infectious disease caused by a bacterium, either Bartonella henselae or Bartonella quintana. It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat within about one to two weeks. It generally doesn't require any treatment. ...Read more
Check it out: Dermatomyositis is a disease that can affect the skin, muscles. It can range from mild to very severe. When someone is diagnoses with dermatomyositis, the doctor should do a work up for underlying cancer, because about 25% of cases are associated with an underlying malignancy. See a dermatologist if you have not already done so. ...Read more
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