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Infectious Colitis Contagious
Do you know the cause of the infection?
If you know the cause of the infection- you might be able to just treat it. If you don't know the cause, doing a colonoscopy might be helpful to get tissue samples and get further evaluations under the microscope. For example, if it's a virus- the particular virus might help determine a tailored treatment. How do you know its INFECTIOUS? ...Read more
How does infectious colitis spread from person to person? My dad was diagnosed with it last night.
Usually: It's related to spread of the infectious agent in the stool making it your mouth, as in the orofecal route. This can happen with optimal hand hygiene is undertaken with diarrhea and the infectious agent isn't cleaned off one's hands and then can contaminant your food. ...Read more
8 months ago I was diagnosed with an infectious colitis. The symptoms ceased after a week. Last week they resurfaced but less intense. Any ideas?
Many causes: Many things can cause those symptoms. Diverticultiis, inlfamatory colitis, stomach viruses, food poisoning? Giardia? If it persists for more than a few days you may want to be seen by your primary for work up. Stool cultures and tests for parasites can help. A colonoscopy may be in order. Feel better. ...Read more
?'s for friend. Can infectious colitis be viral? And can one with IBS have watery diarrhea once a day? Or does diarrhea once a day mean something worse?
Need evaluation: Go to Duke in Durham and get a good evaluation as to what is going on in your gut. ...Read more
On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others... What does this means?
Imaging studies: These provide information used to determine whether further investigative studies may be necessary based upon your clinical signs and symptoms and lab values. The results of your ct show an abnormality that your doctor may wish to pursue with a colonoscopy or other procedures of their choice. Hope this clears up uneventfully. ...Read more
Some are: Certain forms of infectious colitis can be directly transmitted from person-to-person due a low number of organisms needed to produce infection (shigellosis, e. Coli o157). Some are more likely to be transmitted from one to another through a vehicle in which the bacteria can grow to higher concentrations (salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis). Some are not transmissible like ulcerative colitis. ...Read more
Autoimmune: Uc or ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disorder which typically responds to steroids and other immune modulators as imuran (azathioprine). It is not contagious. Complete proctocolectomy with ilioanal j-pouch pull-through "cures" the disease, though backwash ileitis is a common finding on colonoscopy... ...Read more
Ulcerative colitis: Is not. However, proctitis or colitis caused by bacteria especially clostridia difficile can be very contagious as can other forms of infectious colitis. Use good hand hygiene and be sure to not contact stool or underclothes and get a correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Hello docs. I was wondering can ulcerative colitis or polymyositis be contagious or communicable?
No evidence: To suggest that either condition is contagious or communicable, although they can run in families. ...Read more
ER diagnosed me with colitis. Prescribed 2 antibiotics. Said it showed on a CT scan. Does this mean it's not ulcerative colitis? Infectious?
I have black spots mainly on my arms and legs. Was just diagnosed with infectious ulcerative colitis.am taking prednisone and Lialda. Do u know be?
Is c diff colitis still contagious after a round of broad spec. IV antibiotics? Can my 1 month old baby catch it from me? How can we keep her safe?
The er dr just told me may have colitis. Is it contagious. Symptoms were lower abdominal pain cramps when standing fever and loose watery stool. When laying down very little pain.
Colitis: Colitis is a nonspecific term that denotes inflammation/irritation of the colon. It can be from a viral, bacterial,parasitic infection. It can be due to irritable bowel, food intolerance(gluten, lactose,excess roughage), medications or autoimmune disease. Avoid harsh roughage, take kaopectate and Tylenol, (acetaminophen)drink fluids and see your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more
Neither: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in other words your immune cells are causing inflammation in your tissues and organs. It is not contagious but does occur in families related to genes but you do not catch it from another individual like you would a cold or influenza. ...Read more
Is it true that all contagious diseases are not infectious but all infectious diseases are contagious?
What are the actual differences between infectious diseases and contagious disease? Any answers appreciated!
Contagious disease: By definition — contagious means you're liable to 'catch' something from someone else. I think of 'the flu', chickenpox, 'meningitis' as good examples of that. (So always good to practice hygiene!). Whereas infectious diseases encompasses all that PLUS other diseases caused by 'germs' that may not necessarily be contagious: for example those deadly amoeba that kill kids every summer, Lyme dz etc. ...Read more
How long is c diffcile contagious after you get on meds? Should I cancel next week, s dinner for my family? Thanks
Enjoy your dinner: Clostridium difficile is acquired by ingesting the spore form of the organism. These spores form from the bacteria in stool. If you've been treated and are continent of stool you are not considered contageous. Even if you are colonized with c. Difficile unless you take antibiotics there is little risk of your getting ill. ...Read more
What is the difference between s. Heamolyticus and s. Saprophyticus? Are they both transmitted the same way? Are they both as contagious?
Skin flora: Staphylococcus haemolyticus and staph saprophyticus are bacteria that live on the skin. When they're found in the urine in a man, it's usually because of contamination from the skin of the penis during the process of peeing into the cup. It's not an infection, not contagious, and nothing to worry about. ...Read more
My S/O family member is being treated for scabies, she has no symtoms but being treated. Is she contagious even if she has no lesions? Stay away?
See below: Esbl means "extended-spectrum beta-lactam". This is a term for bacteria that have a specific resistance to the beta-lactam class of antibiotics. Esbl is not contagious to people but it can be passed among bacteria. The concern is spreading resistance to other people, knocking out the native antibiotic-sensitive bacteria. That's the point of isolation — to prevent the resistance gene spread. ...Read more
Not contagious: Ebonics is african american vernacular english, which is a bit different from american english. An american english speaker who only spends a few hours a day with a person speaking another english dialect, but is not immersed in the other dialect all day long, is not likely to unintentionally start speaking in the other english dialect. ...Read more