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MRSA: Disseminated MRSA infections are the infections caused by strains of staph aureus that are resistant to the antibiotic methicillin and are not restricted to the original site of infection but have spread to different parts of the body. Hospital-acquired disseminated MRSA infections have occurred frequently in individuals with reduced immunity. However, community-acquired infections are increasing. ...Read more
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
Like any wound: Like any wound, infection can happen whenever the skin is broken. However, infections after a finger stick are rare (i've never seen one). On the other hand, sometimes they continue to hurt because fingers are sensitive. ...Read more
Very unusual: It is highly unusual when the proper measures are taken to use a new lancet for every fingerstick and hands are properly washed and dried before checking. ...Read more
Husband has green drainage from exit site from dialysis venous catheter for three weeks and won't go to the dr. Does local infection always spread?
Local infection, not red, abscess. Previous i&d 3wk ago. Resting heart rate has been 90-120. Temp 97.1 to 99.4. Could it be sepsis or am I worrying?
Recheck: You may want to check again if the infection had all gone. ...Read more
My 7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant. Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option?
Second opinion: I suggest if you are still unsure you obtain a second opinion from a corneal specialist at a large academic institution. There are many available in georgia. Without know complete history of the infection, type of scarring, etc it is difficult to say for sure. The local docs may be right. The specialists may agree, but they would have the latest up-to-date answers for you, to put your mind at rest. ...Read more
Yes, it is possible: Inserting a foreign body into a human body may bring risk of complications and dental local anesthesia is not an exception. It is very rare complication. However, infection in administrating dental local anesthesia may occur due to preventable or unpreventable circumstances. ...Read more
What are good home remedies for urinary infection? And if I need antibiotics can I just buy them at a local drug store?
No: You need a prescription to get antibiotics in the United States. Few home remedies are to drink enough water, wear cotton underwear and pants so your skin can breathe, urinate often and don, t hold your urine to prevent bacteria from multiplying, and drinking cranberry juice won't hurt except if you are allergic to this. If you think you have Urinary Tract Infection see a doctor for treatment. ...Read more
I received dental work with local anesthesia five days ago. I woke this am to pain and swelling at the site. Could it be an infection?
It could be: But without knowing exactly what treatment was performed, and without being able to see you, how can anyone really tell? Why not call your treating dentist for a follow-up? They will have a better idea as to what may be needed to solve your problem. ...Read more
Had c diff 6wks ago from antiobio. Now must take antibio again for sinus infection. Which is likely to be gentlest and could I use local, inhaled one?
Sinusitis: It is often unnecessary to use antibiotics to treat acute sinusitis. Try using saline irrigation with a Neti-pot, decongestants (Afrin nasal spray, oral Sudafed, etc.), possibly nasal steroid spray and/or anti-allergy meds. Try to stay away from antibiotics when the complications can be worse than the original problem. ...Read more
Me and my 2yr old son have upper respiratory infections since Sept, once off 10 day antibiotic it comes right back. Need local doctor accepting cares?
Determine type: The question implies clinical improvement while on antibiotics. Therefore, the underlying reason for the recurrent infection hasn't been addressed. Factors like the source of infection and the strength of your immunity, a different antibiotic, a longer course of therapy, or additional treatments may be needed. A consultation with an id specialist may help find a solution for you. ...Read more
Can I get general anesthesia 4 ear tubes instead of local? The thought of being awake frightens me. Abx has not resolved month long infection
Yes: You have several options. As you stated you can have local anesthetic drops placed in your ears during the procedure, also you have sedation with versed and similar meds added with local anesthetic. You also have the option to have general anesthesia to be completely unconscious. Discuss this with your anesthesiologist and he/she should have no problem with this. ...Read more
I have chlaymydia and vaginal bacterial infection. I cannot get an appointment in either my local clinic or with my GP for the next couple of weeks.
Hi, I have been having a fever with body ache for almost 5 days now. My local gp told me it was just a simple viral infection. Is it?
Mane influenza: But must be diagnosed within48-72 hours for treatment to work. Sorry you were not tester, but if you have no other symptoms you ate not at serious risk, the treatment just shortens the course of the illness and the severity. During flu season., especially when we know there are a lot of people getting it who had the vaccine I always test. ...Read more
Had underwire mastitis and breast infection went to local surgeon cleaned wound after popped but there is still bleeding and mucus coming from wound?
Wound care: Your surgeon is your best place to start. Sounds like you are still inside the 90 days after surgery, so call and make an appointment. In the meantime, okay to shower, wash the area with mild soap, rinse well, pat dry, then hairdryer the wound. What you describe is within the normal expectations for your mastitis/breast abscess. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it ok using baby diaper all the time for my 2-week old baby girl? My local doctor said it could cause infection to her vagina. What should I do? Tq
Went to a local hospital to check on penis rash. Doctor suggests it's yeast infection and to leave it alone, however progress slow. Any advice? Thanks
Problem in my throat like irritation, throat pain its comes monthly, I check with local physician they telling through infection but monthly its comes?
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If it comes every month it should not be an infection unless it was incompletely treated. If you just get irritation, may be this is an allergy to something. I would recommend you to see an ENT specialist if you keep getting it every month.
Hope this helps. ...Read more
Everywhere: Wherever there is cat feces (domestic, wild, lions, tigers), there is plenty of toxoplasmosis. Eating undercooked meat is another important way to meet the organism. Toxoplasmosis usually gets missed clinically; its frequency in a community depends on physician index of suspicion. ...Read more
Immune deficiency: Hiv stands for human immunodeficiency virus. This is the cause of aids. It is transmitted by intimate contact, either sexually, by blood or tissue transfer, by mothers to their fetus or newborn. Early onset illness may present in various forms, often as a mononucleosis-like syndrome. ...Read more
Anyone can be infected but young children and older people are at risk of severe disease. Hus is more common in children.
Stec: stec (also known as vtec) infection can cause serious disease, including bloody diarrhoea, and sometimes haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Infection usually results from consuming contaminated food or water, or from contact with infected animals or people. Avoid eating underco. ...Read more
Urinary pain + other:
The "text book" description of symptoms include : problems with urination, seeing blood each time you urinate, dribbling.
Please keep in mind that not all patients will have the typical symptoms (painful urination, blood in the urine, frequent urination, low abdominal pain, low back pain). There are some people who come into the er and only have a fever, or just experience vomiting. ...Read more
Localized infection: Is an infection, usually bacteria, that is confined to one relatively small part of the body. An abscess, for example, is a localized infection. Sometimes a localized infection can be treated by draining out the pus. Other times, antibiotics are needed. Best wishes. Dr. Anne. ...Read more