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Dr. Mark Pack
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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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I popped a huge pimple by my eye. It was swollen and puss-filled. ....Brain infection? Am i just paranoid? What symptoms should I look for?

I popped a huge pimple by my eye. It was swollen and puss-filled. ....Brain infection? Am i just paranoid? What symptoms should I look for?

Its just a pimple: A pimple is just a pimple. If you had an infection in the brain you could have altered mental status, dizziness, headaches, fever, blurred vision, unsteady gait, etc. See a provider if you feel there is something wrong. ...Read more

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Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Does encephalitis just happen at any time? The virus you had in the past is dormant in your system then transfers and infects the brain of some people? Or does it more commonly happen in the new infections of the virus' ?

Confusing question: The wording of your question is hard to follow. That said, there are some basics I can state. Most encephalitis viruses burn out and are essentially eliminated by the immune system.There transfer process is type specific, some in saliva during the illness, some by mosquitoes, once healed, you do not pass the virus to others. ...Read more

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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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Can a nostril piercing cause brain infection?

Can a nostril piercing cause brain infection?

Yes: Closest way to the thinnest bony structures surrounding the brain were there's a lot of blood flow. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an abscessed tooth to cause a brain infection and what are the symptoms?

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How long does it take for an abscessed tooth to cause a brain infection and what are the symptoms?

Count time?: There is no precise time for an abscessed tooth to infect your brain. It may never happen or it may happen quickly. The point is you need to get it treated as soon as possible to avoid any bad consequences. The longer you wait, the larger the damage it will cause locally and remotely. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a brain infection?

How do you diagnose a brain infection?

CSF tests, imaging: While there are certain blood test results or MRI findings that raise the suspicion for infection, a definitive diagnosis often requires a lumbar puncture for analysis of cerebrospinal fluid. That being said, in many cases we will treat infections empirically just based on clinical suspicion, especially if the patient is presenting with seizures or other worrisome signs. ...Read more

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How do you prevent brain infection?

How do you prevent brain infection?

Healthy living: Bacterial encephalitis is uncommon these days thanks to healthy living and nutrition, getting bad teeth fixed right away, and getting treated promptly for sinusitis or ear infections. Bronchitis, pneumonia, endocarditis etc can spread in the blood stream and need to be treated aggressively to avoid seeding. Viral (herpes, hiv) or fungal brain infections are special situations - ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Would a MRI show brain infection?

Would a MRI show brain infection?

Yes, not always : Depends on the type of infection. A larger abscess will be detected. More diffuse infections such as meningitis may reveal characteristic suggestive of an infection. Usually need to combine clinical history, exam, blood tests, CSF analysis +/- ct/mri to make diagnosis of a brain infection. ...Read more

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Toothache and abscess, brain infection related?

Toothache and abscess, brain infection related?

Possible: There have been documented cases of death due to an abscessed tooth draining into the brain region, one such sad case of a child who's parents could not afford the antibiotics and chose to buy the pain medicine. ...Read more

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Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

Cmv retinits and brain infection, what to do?

CMV retinitis/enceph: CMV is a virus that we're infected with usually before adulthood. Once infected it stays latent w/in us ; our immune system keeps it in check. If our immune system is altered (w/hiv, or transplant treated w/meds suppressing immunity) virus reactivates ; causes problems. This is a serious infection that needs specific therapy. You need to see an id specialist. If you havent been, test for hiv. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

What are the tests for CMV brain infection?

Viral cultures, etc: The diagnosis is mostly done by tissue and peripheral blood leukosytes. These can take weeks. Other tests, like urine and saliva are not reliable, and ab titers can take 4 weeks. For CNS infections like viral meningitis and encephalitis, PCR testing provides rapid, sensitive, and specific identification of CMV and other viruses. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a CMV brain infection?

What are the symptoms of a CMV brain infection?

Viral meningitis lke: The symptoms of this are probably like those of any viral meningitis, and consist of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, malaise, anorexia, abdominal pain and diarrhea. This could also have CSF lymphocytes, higher protein, and glucose. This usually just needs supportive care. If the brain itself is involved, there can be altered consciousness, seizures, and focal neurologic findings. ...Read more

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Does squeezing pores on nose and chin cause brain infection?

Does squeezing pores on nose and chin cause brain infection?

Rarely: Squeezing zits on the nose and upper part of the faces can (rarely) cause bacteria to migrate up to the brain and cause a brain abscess (infection). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CMV brain infection?

CMV is a virus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus member of the Herpes virus family. In immunocompetent people infection is generally asymptomatic or you can have a mononucleosis type syndrome. In immunodeficient people or in young infants, it can cause severe infection, including CMV meningitis, which is an infection of the tissue surrounding the brain or CMV encephalitis, which refers to infection of the brain. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more