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Infectious And Noninfectious Causes
How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?
Disease definitions: Disease is 'being out of balance' -- 'dis' which means 'negative' and 'ease'.. Infectious diseases generally relate to illnesses caused by germs. Degenerative diseases are more 'chronic' in nature, as things wear out- whether from too much inflammation, old age or some kind of damage. Environmental diseases arise from exposures - like mold in the work place. There are docs that specialize in these ...Read more
Assays.: These kinds of diseases are tested for ny tests called assays that test for viral antigen oe antibodies to the viral antigens or proteins. For example, the hepatitis b surface antigen (hbsag) is the screening testy for hepatitis b infection. Meanwhile, the anti-hbs antibody tells if the person has recovered from the hepatitis b infection, or has been vaccinated. ...Read more
Surgical trauma: Labyrinthitis by definition is an inflammation of the inner ear. The inner ear has both the organ for hearing (cochlea) and the organs of balance. Bacterial infections of the labyrinth are very rare and life-threatening. The cause of inner ear inflammation is usually viral but can certainly follow middle ear or inner ear surgery. Middle ear infections can also penetrate into the inner ear. ...Read more
See below: An infectious disease is caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Infectious diseases can affect almost every organ in the body. Examples are boils, abscesses, influenza, colds, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, amoebic dysentery, hiv/aids, malaria, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis etc. Etc. All other diseases would be non-infectious diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Live well: The best thing to do to avoid disease is to live sensibly -- that means 'no bad habits' - like smoking, alcohol etc. Exercising at least 5x week. Eating well - avoiding all the fast-foods, 'junk' out there. Sleeping 8 hrs a night. Keeping stress levels to the minimum. AND checking in with your doc periodically for routine health care incl. vaccinations etc. Give your primary doc a call & take care ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pneumonia: Legionella is a relatively common cause of community-acquired and hospital acquired pneumonias. Legionnaire's disease is a syndrome of pneumonia caused by legionella species. One acute, febrile, self-limited infection caused by legionella is pontiac fever. I am unaware of any chronic infections involving legionella species. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Molecular mimicry is a possible cause of some forms of autoimmunity due to bacterial infection..Do fungal/viral infections ever cause autoimmunity?
Molecular mimicry: Why yes viral infections certainly do display molecular mimicry. Most commonly are the herpesvirus family (herpes simplex, varicella, cmv, ebv...16 in all). That is why these viruses remain latent within us and if the immune system is disrupted by acquired immunodeficiencies (age, chemotherapy, HIV or other viral infections) these viruses then reactivate. ...Read more
Not all prostatitis: Is bacterial. Perhaps prostate and seminal vesicle congestion may be irritating? We call prostatis when we cannot make a more specific diagnosis, and you suffer irritative effects. Commonly, anti-biotics are used, and anti-inflammatories. But sex, too much or too little, has no established role. Having sex can elevate the psa test, however. ...Read more
One: "Strep throat": Bacteria cause many diseases in humans. Some include: strep throat, gonorrhea, some forms of meningitis, some forms of pneumonia, and staph infections of the skin. Most bacterial infections are treated effectively by antibiotics, but antibiotics must be tailored to the specific infection and taken as prescribed in order to help guarantee that the drugs will work. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
STD virus?: HIV, Hepatitis B, cytomegalovirus (CMV), Human Papilloma virus (HPV) and Herpes simplex virus (HSV) can be sexually transmitted. Only HIV is really likely to cause death although under certain circumstances you could die from Hep B or CMV. Fatigue will certainly happen along the way ...Read more
Alternatives: Intravaginal boric acid, a 600 mg capsule once nightly for 14 days may be able to help with your problem. This medication is not FDA-approved for this purpose and must be made by a compounding pharmacy. Boric acid can be fatal if swallowed rather than used intravaginally, so be careful around children. Still it's a worthwhile option when all the antibiotics don't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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