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Is Wearing A Mask A Good Way To Prevent The Spreading Of Lung Infections
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Possibly: Wearing a respiratory mask may help in preventing certain diseases. However, it is generally not considered helpful for viral infections (i. E. Colds and flu's) as these viral particles are small enough to easily pass through the masks. Best disease prevention technique is good hand washing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stopping thrush: Thrush occurs when the normal bacteriology of the mouth becomes imbalanced. Assuming you have a normal immune system, are you being over hygienic? (meaning oral rinses too often). If so, try cutting back to just simple brushing twice daily. If that is not the case, i usually instruct my patients to take a probiotic (e.g. Florastor) or eat a cup of yogurt daily. If it persists, visit an ENT doc. ...Read more
Some basic ideas: Babies are prone to ear infection because they have tiny plumbing that drains mucous made inside the ear to the throat. That drain (eustacian tube) can be invaded by throat germs if it is not flowing. Exposure to cigarette smoke, perfumes, wood burning stoves, candles, cleaning fumes, etc. All increase chances the baby will have ear infections. Avoiding these helps, but growth is the main solution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the best way to get rid of a very contagious disease that you get from doorknobs and surfaces?
Bleach mixture: Apply to area wearing gloves. A brand that you could buy premixed with towelettes would be chlorox wipes. ...Read more
Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?
Medicine works best: There is no home remedy that is effective. You can try topical antifungal medications, but the ones provided in podiatry offices are more effective than those in the pharmacy. There are other options, including oral medication, that are also effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a fever helps prevent the proliferation of pathogens, isn't it better to not try to get rid of the fever?
Fever: Fever is one of the body's responses to infection; so some fever is beneficial (below 102º f). Higher fevers, however, can be detrimental: seizures, brain damage, etc. Children tolerate higher fevers (temporarily) better than adults. If fever goes over 102ºf, treat it (remember, no Aspirin in fevers in children! use tylenol (acetaminophen) or children's advil). If no response after couple hours, see doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Why are you worried about hantavirus? Are you going to be in an area where the virus is endemic? If not, I wouldn't worry about it. If you are, I'm still not sure I would worry about it. Viruses are very small and would likely bypass any mask you would wear unless you were in a suit such as what the researchers at the CDC wear. ...Read more
Is a common cold or the flu likely to reduce affect immune system sufficiently to allow the recurrence of a head/neck cancer?
Is it safe to dab a small amount of abx ointment inside nostrils to prevent a cold/flu? If not, what's a good preventative measure? Any good products?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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