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Is wearing a mask a good way to prevent the spreading of lung infections?

Is wearing a mask a good way to prevent the spreading of lung infections?

Yes: For air born infections wearing masks is a good way to prevent spreading to others. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

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


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Will wearing a mask help in preventing transmission of the disease?

Will wearing a mask help in preventing transmission of the disease?

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 more

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I keep getting a thrush, what is the best way to prevent another recurrence of thrush?

I keep getting a thrush, what is the best way to prevent another recurrence of thrush?

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

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Is there a way to prevent from getting eye cancer?

Is there a way to prevent from getting eye cancer?

No: You cannot prevent it, but you can lower your risk by using uv protection from a young age. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent ear infections in a baby after a cold?

Is there a way to prevent ear infections in a baby after a cold?

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 more

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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

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Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Whats the best way to get a rid of a sinus infection without going to the doctor. Is a sinus infection contagious also?

Depends: Most "sinus infections" are actually viral upper respiratory infections that require time to heal. Acute bacterial sinusitis can be cured spontaneously but a doctor's diagnosis and antibiotics will hasten the cure. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to wear long underwear in the summer for protection from skin cancer?

Could it be a good idea to wear long underwear in the summer for protection from skin cancer?

Too hot!: Depending on where you live, it might be too hot to wear long underwear during the summer! you should protect your skin with sunscreen (spf 30), hats, uv protective shirts, and minimize your sun exposure. Enjoy the summer! ...Read more

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What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus and risk of spreading to others?

What is a good home remedy for toenail fungus and risk of spreading to others?

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 more

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If a fever helps prevent the proliferation of pathogens, isn't it better to not try to get rid of the fever?

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 more

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Is there a natural way to get rid of a sinus infection?

If you have: A bacterial sinus infection - antibiotics are very important. A natural way to improve your sinus health is to stop smoking ! ...Read more

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Is there a good way to prevent from getting diabetes?

Is there a good way to prevent from getting diabetes?

Weight loss: The best way to prevent diabetes as an adult is losing weight. Adult onset diabetes usually results from being overweight, which can then lead to Insulin resistance and diabetes. A healthy diet, low in fat and carbohydrates, along with regular exercise can help. ...Read more

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What is the best mask to wear for protection against the hananter virus?

What is the best mask to wear for protection against the hananter virus?

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

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Is there a way to prevent bacterial pneumonia?

Is there a way to prevent bacterial pneumonia?

You can reduce your: Risk of pneumonia by getting your yearly flu vaccine. Also if you are an appropriate candidate, get your pneumonia vaccine every 5 years. If you are immunocompromised, avoid visiting sick patients. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent or protect yourself from contracting scabies?

Is there a way to prevent or protect yourself from contracting scabies?

Yes. Stay away: Scabies is contagious and can be caught by contact with someone who has it or comming in contact with their clothing, beddings, towel, furniture, etc. Scabies is caused by a mite which usually dies in a few days if it does not come in contact with human skin. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with pain of double lung transplant?

What is a good way to deal with pain of double lung transplant?

Healing/time: As the chest wall heals from the incisions the pain should diminish substantially. Many patients two weeks after the transplant have mild pain which improves over time. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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