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New Guinea Impatiens
Very unlikely: It sounds as if you are worried about lyme disease. Deer ticks are potential carriers of lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Lyme disease can cause very disabling permanent effects; death has been reported, but would be unusual. Anaplasmosis and babesiosis would not be considered deadly. Here is a link to centers of disease control on lyme: http://www.Cdc.Gov/lyme/. ...Read more
No: The few people who got vJCD was through eating beef with bone in, from animals fed animal products. ...Read more
Nick from healthy, 17 week-old household puppy without rabies vaccine 1-week ago. Sniffles today, but otherwise fine, as is puppy. In East Peru. ?
Depends: You don't say how little the child is or the context. Mr. Roberts did a wonderful show on a dead goldfish was aimed at 5-6 yo. Death happens, and learning about how people deal with it is a task children eventually need to master. Nearly all the disney classics have a death (usually mom) in the plot, if your child watches such fare, be involved & answer question that arise at the level asked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there parasites one could acquire & spread to household members from working on pig farm? How about playing with crayfish?
Little if any risk: Animal parasites that can be harmful to humans once were common in hogs, cattle, etc -- but they are now extremely rare with modern farming methods. Probably no risk at all. I am unaware of any parasites carried by crayfish; probably no risk. ...Read more
Unknown: There are no cannibals in india as far as i know and cannibalism in new guinea ( causing the disease kuru) no longer occurs but mad cow disease is a prion disease (a protein with no dna or RNA that viruses have ) it spreads by ingestion or surgery the incubation period is about 18 months but longer periods have occasionally been reported. ...Read more
Just curious student: have new HIV drugs changed much since the days of azt (zidovudine)? Do new drugs like stribild have a chance of being resisted?
Antiretrovirals: The HIV mutates continuously, and this is one of several reasons why combination therapy with several drugs attacking the virus in different stages of its life cycle are necessary. Development of resistance is very common and when this happens, alteration of the therapeutic choices are often made. ...Read more
Pet allergy: You may also become allergic to guinea pigs, regardless if you are allergic to cat and dog fur or not. ...Read more
Is it normal to have many phobias? Like scared of elevators, cockroaches, snake, mice / rats, etc...
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please tell me, could you suddenly become allergic to cats despite having them as pets their whole life?
YES,but: A person can become allergic to anything at some time in their lifetime.That's how the system works. You are not born allergic to much if anything,but repeated exposures may set the immune system in motion to react. You may also be associating the "cats" idea with some other issue, like something they got into or were bathed in. ...Read more
99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?
Tapeworm: I hear your concern. Unfortunately, doctors don't believe self diagnosis, because despite most fervent claims, objective data are often lacking to support them. If you are sure that you ; your family members are infested with tapeworm, then it would be so easy to prove by giving a stool sample for testing and if it is there, it will be readily revealed. But if none is found, then there's a proble. ...Read more
Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor died last week. How do U.S. doctors prevent getting grievously ill from highly contagious patients?
They don't!: The brave men and women who are willing to fight the Ebola virus are amazingly courageous in their work. They are equally susceptible to contract the disease, but work hard to keep the risk low by wearing mask, gloves and down. However they are still at a very high risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pesticides?: Do you mean pesticides? No child should be directly exposed to pesticides - all labeled warnings should be followed. ...Read more
How to overcome jetlag? New york to johannesburg ( south Africa ). 4 days now, still battling to sleep. Thank you.
Are common garden birds' poo (pigeons, raven's etc) dangerous to human health if left undealt with on garden furniture?
Guano (bird poop): Bird poop (or guano) is usually a nuisance more than a health risk, there can be a risk of disease transmission, especially for those with weakened immune systems. Clean up with soap and hot water whenever you have contact with bird droppings. The guano does not present more problems if left for more time on the furniture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer