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Is infectious colitis contagious?

Is infectious colitis contagious?

Yes, by definition: Infectious means that it is contagious from one person to another. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Had an infectious colitis in september last yr but couldn't find cause, had very similar symptoms reoccur 6 months later, could it be something serious?

Could be: Ulcerative colitis, but your doctors should be able to tell the difference between infectious colitis and ulcerative colitis with a colonoscopy. If your symptoms recur, I am sure your doctors will recommend it. ...Read more

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Infectious colitis... Is a colonoscopy needed or can medications/diets cure it.?

Infectious colitis... Is a colonoscopy needed or can medications/diets cure it.?

CAUSE?: 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

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How does infectious colitis spread from person to person? My dad was diagnosed with it last night.

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

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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?

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

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On my CT says: circumferential wall thickening large bowl. Inflammatory bowel disease, infectious colitis among others... What does this means?

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

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Is colitis contagious?

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

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What can you tell me about contagious colitis?

What can you tell me about contagious colitis?

Rare: Some contagious bacteria or viruses can lead o colitis type symptoms but most true colitides are autoimmune based ...Read more

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Is bacterial colitis contagious?

Is bacterial colitis contagious?

Yes, but: Fortunately almost all enteric organism are exquisitely sensitive to heat and handwashing. So after your bowel movements, wash hands thoroughly. If you handle uncooked or cold foods, make sure it gets heated thoroughly. ...Read more

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What causes ulcerative colitis? Is it contagious?

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

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Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

Is proctitis, colitis, or ulcerative colitis contagious?

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

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How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

How long after begining oral antibiotics is c diff colitis contagious?

DEPENDS!: It will greatly depend first and foremost on whether the C. Diff responds to or is susceptible to the chosen antibiotic. ...Read more

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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?

See a doctor: Not clear what type of colitis you have but certain types of colitis can have skin manifestations such as pyoderma gangrenosum. A dermatologist or gi doctor can help evaluate this further. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not likely: You could take Probiotics, available in most drug and health food stores without a prescription, they are "good" bacteria that colonize in the gut and may help keep C. diff. Infection from recurring. ...Read more

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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

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Is lupus infectious or contagious?

Is lupus infectious or contagious?

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

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Is it true that all contagious diseases are not infectious but all infectious diseases are contagious?

Is it true that all contagious diseases are not infectious but all infectious diseases are contagious?

No: You have it completely backwards. Almost if not all contagious diseases are caused by infectious microorganisms. Many infectious diseases such as e. Coli urinary tract infections are not contagious ...Read more

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What are the actual differences between infectious diseases and contagious disease? Any answers appreciated!

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

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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

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What is the difference between s. Heamolyticus and s. Saprophyticus? Are they both transmitted the same way? Are they both as contagious?

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

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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?

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?

Relax: Even if the person you love is crawling with scabies, that's no reason not to snuggle up and be happy together. You can both be treated at the same time. Congratulations on your relationship and best wishes to you both. ...Read more

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Is mg contagious?

Is mg contagious?

No: If you mean myasthenia gravis, it is not contagious. It is an autoimmune problem that has a relationship to the thymus. Some other neuromuscular problems can be similar, so be sure to get a clear diagnosis if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Is athletes food contagious?

Is athletes food contagious?

Yes: Athlete's foot is contagious. It is caused by a fungus that grows in the outer layer of the skin. One of the reasons one should wear bath sandals when showering in a public bath area like a gym. ...Read more

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Why esbl need to isolate, why is it contagious?

Why esbl need to isolate, why is it contagious?

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

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My assistant might be afflicted with ebonics. Might she be contagious?

My assistant might be afflicted with ebonics. Might she be contagious?

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

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more