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Doctor insights on: Opportunistic Infections In Children

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What are opportunistic infections?

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

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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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

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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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How can you prevent getting opportunistic infections?

How can you prevent getting opportunistic infections?

Healthy lifestyle: Eat healthfully w at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit /day (organic is best). Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Watch portion sizes. No tobacco, illicit drugs & low to no alcohol use. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs sleep /night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Maintain good hygiene. Daily physical ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about aids and opportunistic infections?

Can you tell me more about aids and opportunistic infections?

Caused by HIV: Aids is a clinical syndrome caused by infection with hiv. Over time HIV weakens the immune system. As the immune system wanes, the person has an increasingly difficult time fighting off infections from which a person with a "normal" immune system would typically not suffer, a.K.A. "opportunistic" infections. These can include other viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What causes my 1-year-old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

What causes my 1-year-old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

Impaired immunity: The key word in your question (opportunistic) suggests primary immune deficiency. Recurrent viral infections not considered 'opportunistic' can be normal in young children while their immune system is still developing. ...Read more

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What causes my 1-year-old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

What causes my 1-year-old to get chronic opportunistic infections?

Immunodeficiency: Primary or acquired immunodeficiency should be suspected. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Opportunistic infections in AIDS?

What is the definition or description of: Opportunistic infections in AIDS?

Infections in AIDS?: Opportunistic infection are infections by microbes that would not normally cause illness in a healthy host. With HIV, immunity suffers which can allow certain bacteria, viruses, fungi, or protozoa to take hold. ...Read more

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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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If a rapid progressor has HIV then does he remains sick continuosly for 2 - 3 yrs or get opportunistic infections at the end of these 2 - 3 yrs?

If a rapid progressor has HIV then does he remains sick continuosly for 2 - 3 yrs or get opportunistic infections at the end of these 2 - 3 yrs?

HIV: Your astute question is difficult to answer, mainly because this is such a highly variable illness, with each patient providing their own clinical variant. As a rule, patients who progress rapidly have low CD4 counts earlier than others, and this obviously then predisposes to opportunistic infections, but interestingly some not as readily as others. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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Are there treatments to boost immunity in immunocompromised people? Or are there only treatments for the potential opportunistic infections?

Are there treatments to boost immunity in immunocompromised people? Or are there only treatments for the potential opportunistic infections?

Depends: On the cause for immune compromise, primary or secondary, replacement therapy with immunoglobulins is given if low, stopping the offending drug or titrating if it is the cause, Antiretroviral therapy in HIV, bone marrow transplant if bone marrow failure either 1ry or 2ry, otherwise good sleep, fresh air, exercise, lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy lifestyle, wish you wellness, ...Read more

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Where can I find relatively extensive info on immunosuppression & opportunistic infections on the web other than wikipedia? Thanks in advance!

Where can I find relatively extensive info on immunosuppression & opportunistic infections on the web other than wikipedia? Thanks in advance!

Many sites: Try web MD, google thetopics and you will find a lot of sites. You can also ask your physician about options ...Read more

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Which are the more common opportunistic infections related to acquired immunodeficiency?

Which are the more common opportunistic infections related to acquired immunodeficiency?

Numerous: Toxoplasmosis, pneumococcal pneumonia, pneumocystis jarovekii pneumonia, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, severe mucocutaneous candidiasis and dozens of others. ...Read more

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Can opportunistic infections occur in healthy people? Ie- if you get one does this mean you have a serious immune issue like hiv or cancer?

Can opportunistic infections occur in healthy people? Ie- if you get one does this mean you have a serious immune issue like hiv or cancer?

Opportunistic infect: Usually but we never say never opportunistic infections as the name implies needs an " opportunity" due to a decreased immune response. Other weakened states are diabetes, autoimmune disease., infancy or elderly What infection are you referring to and where is ti occurring? Some like coccidio occur in health individual in endemic areas, as can histo. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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

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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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds (upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

Be careful: Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately. ...Read more