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How do you prevent brain infection?

How do you prevent brain infection?

Healthy living: Bacterial encephalitis is uncommon these days thanks to healthy living and nutrition, getting bad teeth fixed right away, and getting treated promptly for sinusitis or ear infections. Bronchitis, pneumonia, endocarditis etc can spread in the blood stream and need to be treated aggressively to avoid seeding. Viral (herpes, hiv) or fungal brain infections are special situations - ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Cmv Brain Infection (Definition)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus member of the Herpes virus family. In immunocompetent people infection is generally asymptomatic or you can have a mononucleosis type syndrome. In immunodeficient people or in young infants, it can cause severe infection, including CMV meningitis, which is an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain or CMV encephalitis, which refers to ...Read more


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How to prevent spread of eptain barr virus?

How to prevent spread of eptain barr virus?

Difficult: Epstein barr virus infections are very common. Transmission is through the saliva of infected person to another. The symptoms of infection may be very mild, but some people develop a major illness. Almost all of us have been exposed to it, and even many carry the virus in their saliva without actively being infected (carriers). Its best to avoid intimate mouth to mouth contact with ill people. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a viral hepatitis infection?

How can I prevent a viral hepatitis infection?

Vaccine, wash, clean: Hep a: fecal-oral transmission: bad food, drink, sanitation. Can get vaccinated. Wash, cook. Hep b: shared blood products, less often sex. Can get vaccinated. Avoid IV drug use, nasal drug use, high risk sex. If from endemic region (far east, middle east, africa) or parents from endemic region-get tested. Hep c: no vaccine. Most from IV drug use, transfusion before 1993, less from sex exposure. ...Read more

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How to prevent and cure bladder infections?

How to prevent and cure bladder infections?

First why is it?: The most important question for bladder infections is why did it happen. Most recurrence is relapse. Could be anatomic issue, colonization with bad bugs, related to intercourse (esp w/diaphragm-spermicide), change in urinary tract mucosa with menopause. Prevention is linked to the cause and once that is known, prevention is strategic working against the causes. ...Read more

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Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more

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Post kidney transplant, how can I avoid CMV infection?

Post kidney transplant, how can I avoid CMV infection?

You really can't: Most people have CMV on board already, from kissing adults as kids, or other young people as teens, or from transfused blood. CMV may flare and need to be treated when your immunity wanes on immunosuppression. And kissing your new grandkids (who may already have cmv) is very much worth the risk. Best wishes and good luck on this adventure -- glad you received a transplant. ...Read more

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How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

Education: Different measures are indicated according to the type and degree of immunodeficiency. All immunodeficient patients should avoid contact with obviously sick individuals. Washing hands and avoiding crowded environments. Antibiotic in prophylaxis doses are a common indication for some conditions. Antibody replacemtns is indicated for those with proven antibody deficiency. ...Read more

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How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

How can someone protect from infection related to meds-induced immune suppression?

Many things: Wash hands often, stay away from ill people, don't touch your face after being in public (until you've washed your hands), wear a mask if you must be in a hospital, day care or other facility where people may be ill. Don't eat in restaurants that do not have an "a" rating, avoid pot lucks and buffets, don't share food, drink or utensils with others. Clean cuts quickly, use new razors, etc. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Can somebody tell me how can Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Unlikely : Hib vaccine is helpful when given early in life to build antibiodies that protect the infant/kid from hib disease later in life.It can be given as early as 6 weeks. It is of no benefit when given to a kid in the middle of hib disease (takes 2 or more weeks to generate antibodies). ...Read more

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In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

In what way does antiviral medication lead to bacterial infections?

Not usual antivirals: Common antiviral medications such as Zovirax or Valtrex (valacyclovir) used to treat herpes viruses, or Tamiflu used to treat influenza viruses, do not lead to bacterial infections. Certain medications that suppress a person's immune system, such as prednisone, are sometimes used to decrease inflammation caused by some viral infections. With immunosuppressant meds, a person may get other infections more easily. ...Read more

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How to prevent e.Coli infection?

Wash hands cook food: Nearly all E. coli infections are the result of a fecal-oral transmission route. This means wash hands and and don't eat undercooked ground meat from giant producers you don't know. ...Read more

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How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

How to prevent meningitis in infants/children?

Vaccination: Vaccination has proven the most effective way of prevention of bacterial meningitis caused by hemophilus inluenzae ; strep pneumoniae meningococcal meningitis is very sporadic, and routine immunization against it is not currently recommended for young children under age 11. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how Hib meningitis vaccine help the body's immune system fight the disease?

Prepared antibody: The HIB vaccine allows the body to prepare blocking antibodies ahead of time.Antibodies form to the vaccine antigen that will be immediately available to the patient if they are ever exposed to the germ, so the germ is prevented from invading the body. ...Read more

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How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

How can you prevent infant from influenza virus ?

Avoidance: The best way to avoid influenza is good hand hygiene and avoidance of exposure to infected individuals. The "flu" shot is very effective as well but not appropriate for infants <6 months old. Discuss with your provider. Avoid touching having people touch your baby around the eyes, nose and mouth. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia? What are those medicine can heal pneumonia? How can I prevent or how to prevent pneumonia?

What is pneumonia? What are those medicine can heal pneumonia? How can I prevent or how to prevent pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of lung, usually caused by bacteria or virus but also by fungus, too. Chemicals can cause similar pneumonitis or inflammatory response. Cancers & foreign objects can also block lungs too. Best way to prevent pneumonia is to avoid being coughed/sneezed upon, wash hands frequently, don't smoke, maintain your immune system via diet & exercise. Most important, stop smoking! ...Read more

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What causes a kidney infection from strep bacteria? How can I prevent another?

Pyelonephritis: This can occur by extension of infection from another site through the bloodstream, from an adjacent area of infection, or by ascending infection from lower urinary tract infection. Strep is an unusual cause of pyelonephritis, and as mentioned previously it would help to know which species of strep you have. Prevention may depend upon this knowledge. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

Viral cultures, etc: The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a CMV brain infection?

What are the symptoms of a CMV brain infection?

Viral meningitis lke: The symptoms of this are probably like those of any viral meningitis, and consist of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, malaise, anorexia, abdominal pain and diarrhea. This could also have CSF lymphocytes, higher protein, and glucose. This usually just needs supportive care. If the brain itself is involved, there can be altered consciousness, seizures, and focal neurologic findings. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CMV brain infection?

What is the definition or description of: CMV brain infection?

CMV is a virus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus member of the Herpes virus family. In immunocompetent people infection is generally asymptomatic or you can have a mononucleosis type syndrome. In immunodeficient people or in young infants, it can cause severe infection, including CMV meningitis, which is an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain or CMV encephalitis, which refers to infection of the brain. ...Read more

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Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

Any new treatments for CMV brain infection?

no: Ganciclovir, foscarnet, Cidofovir remain only fda approved treatment. ...Read more

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Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more

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If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

If I develop CMV encephalitis, how will it be treated?

A specialized drug: CMV encephalitis is rare and usually associated with immune impairment from a lot of different causes. A drug called gancyclovir can be effective at treating this infection. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV encephalitis?

What are the tests for CMV encephalitis?

PCR testing.: The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called a cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.) brain infection.?

Cmv encephalitis: Cytomegelovirus (CMV) encephalitis in adults is uncommon. It usually is seen as part of a generalized CMV infection in immunocompromised patients. ...Read more

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How do you prevent brain infection?

Healthy living: Bacterial encephalitis is uncommon these days thanks to healthy living and nutrition, getting bad teeth fixed right away, and getting treated promptly for sinusitis or ear infections. Bronchitis, pneumonia, endocarditis etc can spread in the blood stream and need to be treated aggressively to avoid seeding. Viral (herpes, hiv) or fungal brain infections are special situations - ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system.There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more

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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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Can a nostril piercing cause brain infection?

Yes: Closest way to the thinnest bony structures surrounding the brain were there's a lot of blood flow. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an abscessed tooth to cause a brain infection and what are the symptoms?

How long does it take for an abscessed tooth to cause a brain infection and what are the symptoms?

Count time?: There is no precise time for an abscessed tooth to infect your brain. It may never happen or it may happen quickly. The point is you need to get it treated as soon as possible to avoid any bad consequences. The longer you wait, the larger the damage it will cause locally and remotely. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a brain infection?

CSF tests, imaging: While there are certain blood test results or MRI findings that raise the suspicion for infection, a definitive diagnosis often requires a lumbar puncture for analysis of cerebrospinal fluid. That being said, in many cases we will treat infections empirically just based on clinical suspicion, especially if the patient is presenting with seizures or other worrisome signs. ...Read more

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Would a MRI show brain infection?

Would a MRI show brain infection?

Yes, not always : Depends on the type of infection. A larger abscess will be detected. More diffuse infections such as meningitis may reveal characteristic suggestive of an infection. Usually need to combine clinical history, exam, blood tests, CSF analysis +/- ct/mri to make diagnosis of a brain infection. ...Read more

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Toothache and abscess, brain infection related?

Toothache and abscess, brain infection related?

Possible: There have been documented cases of death due to an abscessed tooth draining into the brain region, one such sad case of a child who's parents could not afford the antibiotics and chose to buy the pain medicine. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


Dr. Austina Cho
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more