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Is it possible for pressure sores to spread to unaffected areas?

Is it possible for pressure sores to spread to unaffected areas?

Yes: Pressure sores occur in patients who either lack sensation (e.g. Spinal cord injury patients) or the ability to reposition themselves (elderly or comatose patients). In general, repositioning should be done every 2 hours to prevent the development of pressure sores.) with infection, tissue loss may spread to other surrounding areas. ...Read more

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Bed Sore (Definition)

A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more


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Is it possible for MRSA to spread from incision to joints and to cause pain?

Is it possible for MRSA to spread from incision to joints and to cause pain?

Possible....: What you are describing is a person who had a local infection (soft tissue) and now has septic arthritis (infected joints). I have seen this happen several times only when the initial source was not properly addressed and transient or persistent blood seeding occurs. In most instances, the pain in the joints in this picture you describe is from something else. Check with your doc. ...Read more

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Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Can cold sores be spread to the genital area? Is it possible for someone with cold sores to cause genital herpes in another person?

Yes, : Yes, it is possible. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (hsv-1) and are extremely common. Most people become infected as an infant or small child when kissed or by sharing eating utensils with an adult who has the virus. 20% of the cases of genital herpes are also caused by hsv-1 thought to be infections from oral-genital contact. The virus is most contagious when someone has a cold sore, but can still be passed along by someone who does not. Many people do not even know that they are infected because the virus can "hide out" in the nerve cells for very long periods of time - for some people it hides out forever and they never get a cold sore. For others, the virus can "wake up" at any time and that's when a cold sore happens. No one knows exactly what causes a cold sore to appear - sometimes stress, illness, fevers, colds, sunlight, cold weather, menstruation, certain foods, allergies, you name it! they usually last 7-10 days and are more of an annoyance than a danger unless you have a weakened immune system or contract a bacterial infection on top of the cold sore. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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How long after getting genital herpes is it still possible to spread it to other parts of your body?

How long after getting genital herpes is it still possible to spread it to other parts of your body?

Herpes: This does not usually happen, although it is conceivable if you become immune suppressed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ocular herpes to spread to another person's lips?

Is it possible for ocular herpes to spread to another person's lips?

Contact: Only if one kisses the eye when the lesions are fresh and open. It can move in the other direction also. This would be rare, not common. More often one with a fresh herpes lesion rubs their eye, then touches something that the person with the vulnerable lips also touches and then rubs the lips. ...Read more

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Is it possible for staph infections to occur in your bones?

Is it possible for staph infections to occur in your bones?

Yes: Fortunately most routine staphylococcus infections are limited to the skin. However, once the bacteria moves beyond the skin to involve the blood, the infection can then spread almost anywhere including into bones. This condition is called osteomyelitis & generally requires expert evaluation for diagnosis & management. Individuals at particular risk for osteomyelitis include uncontrolled diabetics. ...Read more

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If a person has a well established Hsv1 orally for 17years is it possible to spread it to the genitals?

If a person has a well established Hsv1 orally for 17years is it possible to spread it to the genitals?

Yes: The most common way this occurs is through oral sex. At that time if there is any lesion in the mouth or any virus present it can be spread to the genitals ...Read more

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Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Is it possible for breast cancer to spread to bones even if it didn't reach the blood system or any lymph nodes?

Possible: Hi ASandler, Typically, cancer spreads through the bloodstream (hematogenous spread) or the lymphatics as you stated. However, direct invasion is also possible. ...Read more

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Can botox migrate to other areas? Is it possible for the botox to migrate under the skin to unintended areas after injections? If so, how is the problem avoided? .

Can botox migrate to other areas? Is it possible for the botox to migrate under the skin to unintended areas after injections? If so, how is the problem avoided?

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Botox migration: Botox can migrate to other areas. This is the cause of the eye droop seen occasionally after injection of the "parenthesis" area between the brows. It is very unusual for Botox to cause systemic problems, except on individuals who have unusual neuromuscular disorders, such as myasthenia gravis or ms. ...Read more

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Is it always genital warts if the area you applied vingear to turns white or could it be from other causes to ?

Is it always genital warts if the area you applied vingear to turns white or could it be from other causes to ?

Not always.: Interpreting the result of applying vinegar to skin requires some experience. Very often the tips of normal glands will turn white with vinegar application. It's best to have a doctor check the area a give an opinion. ...Read more

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How do I treat the wound from ingrown hair so that it will not recur? There seems to be an infection because the area where hair is supposed to grow is swollen first and has pus with blood

How do I treat the wound from ingrown hair so that it will not recur? There seems to be an infection because the area where hair is supposed to grow is swollen first and has pus with blood

In grown hair : Removing the offending object (which acts as a foreign body - in this case the hair) helps a wound heal. The best way to avoid recurrence is to use proper shaving techniques to avoid the hair growing inward. ...Read more

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If I'm on antibiotics for a mrsa infection how likely is it that it will move to other places on body or bloodstream?

If I'm on antibiotics for a mrsa infection how likely is it that it will move to other places on body or bloodstream?

If it is the correct: treatment for appropriate duration of time (key aspect of treatment of MRSA!) then you should not get satellite infections or transmission to bloodstream. MRSA is difficult to treat because it generally requires the correct antibiotic that the MRSA is sensitive to, and a longer duration of treatment. For skin infections, typically 10 to 14 days and internal infections, 14-21 days. ...Read more

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How likely is HSV 1 to spread via multiple contacts. For instance, if a person touches their cold sore and then an object and I then touch the object?

How likely is HSV 1 to spread via multiple contacts. For instance, if a person touches their cold sore and then an object and I then touch the object?

"Objectively", no: Transmitting HSV or any STD for that matter is virtually impossible to do if an inanimate object is the intermediary. It takes one warm, moist place contacting another. ...Read more

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Pressure Sores (Definition)

Pressure sores = Bed sored = Injury to skin & deeper tissues due to prolonged ...Read more