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Dr. Ira Katz
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Infection (Overview)

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, that is an infection.


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What r h.I.V infections?

What r h.I.V infections?

Immune deficiency: Hiv stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This is the cause of aids. It is transmitted by intimate contact, either sexually, by blood or tissue transfer, by mothers to their fetus or newborn. Early onset illness may present in various forms, often as a mononucleosis-like syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
9 doctors shared insights

Infection (Overview)

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, that is an infection.


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How can I treat toilet infection?

How can I treat toilet infection?

Urinary infection: Symptoms include burning pain on urination, frequent urination &/or sudden urgency, foul smelling urine, possibly blood in urine &/or some wetting. You need to get your urine tested for infection, see a health care professional for antibiotics and drink plenty of water. Burning on urination can be helped by taking Pyridium (phenazopyridine) available otc at pharmacy. It only relieves symptoms & is not a cure. ...Read more

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Living with Genital Herpes (Tip)

Living with Genital Herpes

Tell partner.Have fun.Take medication as needed. Avoid sex or use protection during active infection. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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How do I know if I have an infection?

How do I know if I have an infection?

Depends where: It depends what part of the body is infected. If in the lungs cough, sputum, chest pain and shortness of breath would be the symptoms. The classic signs of inflammation and infection are redness, swelling and pain. Fever, malaise, arthralgias and myalgias are also frequent symptoms when infected. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Tip)

Treating Eye Infections

Eye drop medicine Clears away the yellow goo Pink eye will be gone. ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What should I do to stop an infection?

Stopping infections: First of all, prevention is key: wash hands, get vaccinated; antimicrobial prophylaxis when appropriate. If infection is present treatment depends on the site and the organism. Serious infection may need antimicrobial agents. Skin infection may need incision ; drainage; deep soft tissue may need surgery; foreign body removal (catheters/joints), drainage. Blood stream infection need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I help my child avoid infection?

How can I help my child avoid infection?

Wash hands!: You will never be able to prevent all infections, but that's ok. As long as your child has a normal immune system, he/she will be able to handle most infections. Make sure your child gets all the recommended vaccinations! When around other sick kids, make sure to wash hands. Many doctors think your immune system being exposed to antigens may actually be beneficial. Doctors are always there to help ...Read more