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Is ringworm ever deadly?

Is ringworm ever deadly?

No: Ringworm will not grow at body temperature, which is good. Reptiles (cold-blooded) have been known to die of these fungi. If you were this severely immunocompromised, some other infecton would have carried you off first. By contrast, the acne bacterium occasionally causes deep tissue infections, especially after heart surgery. ...Read more

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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! as we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax. Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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I heard that dermatitis is highly contagious. How contagious is it really?

I heard that dermatitis is highly contagious. How contagious is it really?

Variable: Dermatitis is a broad term meaning "inflammation of the skin" there are some conditions mostly microbial(virus/bacteria) that are spread by direct contact. There are some spread by other means like chicken pox which is caught by spread of "fomites" or sputum like the common cold. In general barrier protection and careful hygiene are optimal in reducing the spread of many but not all dermatitis. ...Read more

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How serious is scabies?

How serious is scabies?

Define serious: For the person who has it, it can cause horrible itching, but it's certainly not life threatening. The "serious" thing about scabies is that it's highly contagious, which can be a big problem in places like nursing homes, medical wards or group homes. ...Read more

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My mother has hyperthyroidism how do we cure it? Is it deadly?

My mother has hyperthyroidism how do we cure it? Is it deadly?

Treatment is: Either radioiodine or anti-thyroid drugs. It is usually treated, rather than cured. It is only deadly if ignored for a long period of time. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea. Is this condition something that is considered serious? .

How serious is pityriasis rosea? I just heard of pityriasis rosea.  Is this condition something that is considered serious?

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Not Serious: Pityriasis rosea is skin condition that begins with a "herald patch" 1 larger red scaley area and then you develop multiple of them. Some people think that it's related to a virus. It typically lasts weeks to months and there are not a lot of great therapies- topical steroids, light therapy, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Is it possible that Ebola devastating West Africa is man-made?

Ebola Virus: Theory is that bats are the reservoir for Ebola. Partially eaten fruit dropped by bats may be eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. Eating or handling bush meat from them can transmit the disease to humans. Dogs eating human carcasses or infected small mammals may also contribute to the spread. Although the CDC reportedly has Ebola BUNDIBUGYO virus patent - that doesn't mean > ...Read more

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I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

I heard that ringworms are contagious? Is it really?

Yes: Ringworm is not caused by a worm but rather by a fungus or yeast. Like most infections it is contagious and spread by contact with infected persons or animals. It can also be spread by touching the objects used by infected persons such as comb, brush, clothing, toys. Washing hands and objects touched by infected persons helps. Avoid direct contact with infected persons. ...Read more

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Coccidioidomycosis, is it potentially fatal?

Coccidioidomycosis, is it potentially fatal?

Often not fatal: For most otherwise healthy people coccidioidomycosis is a mild self-limited disease. Probably a surprisingly high percentage of the us population has been exposed without knowing it. Those with hiv/aids or some other immunodeficiency are at risk for more severe or disseminated disease, which can most certainly be fatal. ...Read more

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8-year old son bitten by gopher. Er did not treat because gophers "very rarely" get rabies. Once symptomatic, death is certain. Vaccinate anyway?

8-year old son bitten by gopher. Er did not treat because gophers "very rarely" get rabies. Once symptomatic, death is certain.  Vaccinate anyway?

Rabies vaccination: Consider (1) the history of any cases of rabies from gophers in your locality; it sounds like the er mds are saying it is very rare; and (2) consider the circumstances of the bite. Did the gopher go after your son for no apparent reason, or was your son trying to play with it. If the latter, then this is a "provoked" bite which also carries less risk. If so, i think it safe not to vaccinate. ...Read more

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Could anybody get vasculitis? Is it contagious?

Could anybody get vasculitis? Is it contagious?

Not: It's not contagious. I guess anybody can get anything. That said, vasculitis is not a common disease. ...Read more

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Are ringworms deadly if its not treated?

No: Unsightly, difficult to treat occasionally but as a whole these are rather unimportant compared to lots of other germs. They primarily live off the older dead skin that covers our body surface & cannot digest the newer deeper cells.You could take them as similar to head lice in their importance.There are many available over the counter treatments for most cases.A few can get bad, but that's life ...Read more

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Scabies isn't usually serious, but is it possible to die of it?

Scabies isn't usually serious, but is it possible to die of it?

Scabies: Scabies, all by itself, would not cause death. I suppose that you could create a scenario or two in which the person itched themselves so much that they wound up with an skin infection, cellulitis, sepsis and death. ...Read more

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Asthma, how is it treated nowadays?

Asthma, how is it treated nowadays?

Asthma treatment: There are different kinds of inhalers. A preventive inhaler needs to be taken on a daily basis in some patients with asthma. It keeps the inflammation down in the lungs. A rescue inhaler is taken on an as needed basis for symptom relief. Treatment is individual-based. ...Read more

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Is vitiligo vulgaris treatable..Does it stops from spreading?

Is vitiligo vulgaris treatable..Does it stops from spreading?

Treatment options...: Medical treatment for vitiligo isn't always needed. Sometimes, skin color returns without treatment. For others, using sunscreen and applying cosmetic camouflage cream may improve the appearance of the skin. For light-skinned persons, avoiding tanning can make the areas almost unnoticeable. Medical therapies include steroids, immunomodulator drugs, ultraviolet light (puva, uvb), skin lightening... ...Read more

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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

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Is fifth disease ever fatal to anyone?

Yes: Infected fetus from maternal infection during pregnancy can result in death. The risk of fetal death is between 2% and 6%. ...Read more

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Is leukemia ever contagious?

Is leukemia ever contagious?

No: In humans we have not demonstrated contagiousness in the usual sense of the term. In other animal species we are aware of several types of leukemia that are transmitted by specific leukemia viruses- usually species specific. ...Read more

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Is balanitis fatal? Can it kill a man? If the person had it for years

Is balanitis fatal? Can it kill a man? If the person had it for years

Balanitis: Nope. This infection may scar a man but it is not in general life threatening. ...Read more

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Ringworm (Definition)

A highly contagious, fungal infection of ...Read more