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What are opportunistic infections from?

What are opportunistic infections from?

Immune suppression: Opportunistic infections are infections with pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) that wouldn't normally cause illness in someone with a healthy immune system, but that can cause disease in people whose immune systems are compromised. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Please tell me what can be causing my 1 year old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

Please tell me what can be causing my 1 year old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

Immune problem?: It can be very normal for a toddler to have a mild respiratory infection once a month, and secondary infections such as thrush and yeast infections can result. The term OPPORTUNISTIC infection has a very specific implication in the medical field. Recurrent, true, opportunistic infections in a child indicates immune dysfunction until proven otherwise, and requires a complete medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What are opportunistic infections normally found in HIV positive people?

What are opportunistic infections normally found in HIV positive people?

HIV+ complications: Hi there should be zero opportunistic infections if one is on effective HIV treatment. This is the miracle of this decade. Good care and appropriate medications lead to prolonged health and longer life. But, without treatment there are the standards: thrush, pneumocystis, shingles, severe herpes, lymphoma, meningitis, etc. ...Read more

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Why can opportunistic infections may increase the risk of malnutrition in the patient with HIV / aids?

Multiple reasons: Infections generate the release of cytokines which suppress appetite; some opportunistic pathogens (giardia, cryptosporidium, CMV and others) may actually cause malabsorption resulting in malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. There is also a wasting syndrome in aids, the full etiology of which is not yet fully understood. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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Are opportunistic infections the final stage aids?

Are opportunistic infections the final stage aids?

Possibly: This could be a sign of aids developing from HIV itself. Could be 'final stage' if no longer responding to haart (anti-viral treatments) which should help prevent most opportunistic infections once the HIV viral load is suppressed. If otherwise stable most of these infections have specific treatment options. ...Read more

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What are opportunistic infections from?

Immune suppression: Opportunistic infections are infections with pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) that wouldn't normally cause illness in someone with a healthy immune system, but that can cause disease in people whose immune systems are compromised. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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What are opportunistic infections?

Immune suppression: Ois are infections that don't affect people with normal immune systems but that can affect people with weakened immune systems. ...Read more