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Norovirus Infection Prevention
Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What i would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more
No, but no worries: Cold water just washes them away. If they are hardy enough to survive in cold water, then they don't die in the cold water. However, many germs do not have cold water as their natural habitat, so they eventually die if left in the cold water. Washing with cold water is cleaner than not washing at all. Sometimes, people don't have hot water, but still can live normal lives with cold water. ...Read more
How does pneumovax, a vaccine against a bacterial infection, reduce deaths from influenza which is a viral disease?
Pneumonia prevention: An important cause of death from influenza is often related to pneumonia, a common complication of influenza. Pneumonia following influenza is often caused by pneumococcus. Pneumovax provides protection against an invasive peumococcal infections including pneumonia. ...Read more
Treating West Nile: There is no specific therapy for this viral infection. Supportive treatment for symptoms and time are the only treatments. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more
Symptomatic treatmen: Rotavirus causes watery diarrhea in toddlers, for which , vaccine is quite effective and should be used, For those who get the infection, symptomatic treatment with electrolyte solution and avoidance of foods which make diarrhea worse, such as dairy and sugary drinks. ...Read more
How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?
Can the Hepatitis B vaccine alone (first shot for an unvaccinated person), given 48 hours post-exposure, prevent infection?
Not likely: If you have been definitively exposed to Hep B then will need HBIG/hep B immune globulin as well as the hep B vaccine. The immune globulin will act like a sponge and soak up any hep B virus present currently in your body. The hep B vaccine then stimulates your body to produce antibodies, which will then attach to and disable the viral particles. This process takes 2-4 weeks to make antibodies. ...Read more
Not generally: It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fluids: The goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration by making sure to replace the fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhea or vomiting. .Older children and adults can drink sports beverages such as gatorade, but these should not be used for children. Instead, use the electrolyte and fluid replacement solutions or freezer pops available in food and drug stores. Antiemetics may be used as well. ...Read more
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