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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more

Dr. John Botti
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Cmv Infection (Definition)

CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, ...Read more


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What are primary HIV infection symptoms?

What are primary HIV infection symptoms?

Flu-like symptoms.: The majority of people infected by HIV develop a flu-like illness within a month or two after exposure. This illness, known as primary or acute HIV infection, may last for a few weeks. Symptoms include: fever, muscle soreness, rash, headache, sore throat, mouth or genital ulcers, swollen lymph glands, joint pain, night sweats, and diarrhea. Not everyone with HIV has all symptoms. ...Read more

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Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Hx of a "mononucleosis like virus" (titer neg), still get chronic sinus infections, weakened immune system, shingles, bact infects. Poss causes? Hiv-

Immune deficiency: Good that HIV has been ruled out! but there are other immune-deficiency states that need to be addressed. Tell your md to refer you to a good immunologist for further work up. ...Read more

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How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read more

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Test for or infection with human immunodeficiency virus hiv?

Test for or infection with human immunodeficiency virus hiv?

HIV testing: There are several HIV tests. We usually check what is called an elisa blood/oral test. It's very sensitive & specific but misses early, early infection (<15-20 days). In us we confirm a + elisa w/a test called a western blot (looks for HIV specific proteins). Other countries just use elisa x2. For acute HIV infection we measure viral RNA in blood. Can be falsely + so needs expert evaluation. ...Read more

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Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

Does having a MRSA infection confer future immunity to the infection?

No: A MRSA infection is like any other bacterial infection, just a fairly virulent bacteria with more resistance to antibiotics. Until a vaccine is made for it, an infection from MRSA confers no immunity. ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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What is a secondary herpes simplex infection?

What is a secondary herpes simplex infection?

Recurrence: When you contract the virus from someone else, that is a primary infection and the virus remains in the nerve root corresponding to the area of infection. Later in life the virus may travel down the nerve and cause new lesions. This is called a secondary infection. It can happen one or more times in a lifetime. A cold sore on the lip is such a secondary infection. ...Read more

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What can cause secondary (acquired) IgM deficiency? Cancer? Infections? Autoimmunity?

What can cause secondary (acquired) IgM deficiency?  Cancer?  Infections?  Autoimmunity?

Acquired is rare: The common primary igm deficiency is genetically transmitted , the acquired ( or secondary ) isolated with out other deficiencies , igm deficiency alone is are , usually due to infections like HIV , whipple's etc. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis a bacteria infection or a viral infection?

Is bronchitis a bacteria infection or a viral infection?

Either...: Acute bronchitis could be due to either a bacterial or viral infection whereas chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is due to smoking. ...Read more

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Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Is acute hepatitis C infection serious?

Acute hepatitis C infection doesn't always lead to chronic hepatitis C infection: But because a large majority of people with the acute infection go on to chronically harbor the virus, acute hepatitis C is serious. Acute hepatitis C infection can be treated, greatly reducing the risk of chronic infection. Unfortunately, hepatitis C infection is rarely diagnosed and treated in its acute stage because it usually causes no symptoms. Acute hepatitis C develops two weeks to six months after the hepatitis C virus enters your bloodstream. In the small proportion of people who get sick during the acute infection, signs and symptoms include: Jaundice, Dark urine, White-colored stool, Nausea, Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen. These signs and symptoms last for two to 12 weeks. Most acute hepatitis C infections today occur in people who share needles to inject drugs. Health care workers who have needle-stick injuries also are at risk. If you think you've recently been exposed to hepatitis C virus, it's important to get tested right away. Blood tests to detect hepatitis C virus proteins, followed by a later test to detect antibodies to the virus, can usually distinguish acute from chronic infection. Having acute hepatitis C infection makes a difference in the choice of treatment. ...Read more

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Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Is herpes simplex infection deadly to baby?

Neonatal Herpes: About 10% of infants born to mothers with active HSV will develop nnh with blood invasion by the virus, enlargement of internal organs, encephalitis & death or permanent disability. Recognition of the problem & planned delivery before the rupture of fetal membranes has a protective effect & bypasses the primary exposure. Even women without active lesions have had infants develop nnh. ...Read more

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Docs, could a kidney infection spread?

It can worsen: A kidney infection can worsen and become life threatening but it will not spread to other people. ...Read more

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Does the eb virus cause infectious mononucleosis?

Does the eb virus cause infectious mononucleosis?

Yes: The epstein barr virus (ebv) causes mononucleosis. After infection, it stays in the body for life. If the infection occurs in early childhood, the illness will be similar to the common cold. Most people have been infected by the ebv virus by the time they reach adulthood. ...Read more

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How should I treat CMV infection?

You do not: Vast majority of the CMV infections are sub-clinical, i.e., without signs or symptoms. Why do you want to treat CMV infection? If CMV infection needs treatment, the patient has other serious health issues and it is not something you would treat yourself for. ...Read more

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What are the tests for CMV infection?

What are the tests for CMV infection?

Blood and urine: Blood for CMV antibodies: IgM and igg and urine culture. Often a metabolic profile is done to look at the liver functions and a blood count to look at the white cell response. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of CMV infection?

What are the symptoms of CMV infection?

Varied: CMV can present like a common cold or like mono with fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, even abnormal liver functions. In newborns it can be very problematic with many symptoms or it can be totally asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What happens to my child as a result of CMV infection?

What happens to my child as a result of CMV infection?

It depends: According to the match of dimes "cmv is the most common congenital (present at birth) infection in the United States. Each year, about 40, 000 babies are born with CMV infection. Luckily, the virus does not harm most of them. But about 4, 000 of these babies develop mental retardation, learning disabilities, hearing loss, vision loss, or other disabilities as a result of CMV infection. ". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CMV infection?

What is the definition or description of: CMV infection?

CMV infection: CMV= cytomegalovirus, a virus in the herpesvirus family that can infect anyone. CMV is spread by direct contact of body fluids, such as saliva, blood, urine, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. CMV infection can have a wide range of symptoms from no symptoms to symptoms of fever and fatigue (resembling infectious mononucleosis) to severe symptoms involving brain, eyes and other organs. ...Read more

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What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

What are the tests for prenatal CMV infection?

Viral cultures, etc: This form of infection is usually asymptomatic and is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. 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. ...Read more

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Congenital CMV infection --can it be a problem?

Yes, major problem: CMV infection in utero can be fatal or leave the infant with numerous deficiencies, some of which may be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of prenatal CMV infection?

What are the symptoms of prenatal CMV infection?

Usually asymptomatic: This form of infection is usually asymptomatic infection is acquired at birth by passage through the birth canal or after birth by maternal milk. CMV can cause protracted interstitial pneumonia in premature infants. ...Read more

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

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

Prenatal CMV: When CMV seronegative mothers contract primary CMV infection during pregnancy, roughly 50% will transmit to the infection to the fetus. About 25% of the infected fetuses are then born with symptoms, which may include pneumonia, gastrointestinal, retinal and neurological disease. ...Read more

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Amnio due to CMV infection at wk16 is negative. Probability of transmitting after amnio and if yes, r symptoms serious? Need to repeat amnio at wk 21?

Amnio due to CMV infection at wk16 is negative. Probability of transmitting after amnio and if yes, r symptoms serious? Need to repeat amnio at wk 21?

Clarify with doctor: If you amnio was negative then it sounds like CMV is not an issue. Clarify with the doctor doing the testing to confirm exactly what applies in your unique circumstance ...Read more

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I have congenital CMV infection is it genetic?

No: This is not passed through the genes.It is caused if a woman develops a CMV infection while pregnant, passing it to baby during the process. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for CMV infection?

Are there good natural treatments for CMV infection?

NO!!!: What are "natural" treatments? These otc preparations have seldom had any proven effectiveness, they have been implicated in the production of numerous problems due to contamination by substances not listed on the packages, they are unregulated supplements not supervised by fda. Why would you spend good money on ineffective materials? ...Read more

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Which treatments for CMV infection are most effective?

Usually none needed: Usually no treatment is needed for CMV infection. CMV becomes a problem in people with immune deficiency and it is the immune disorder that needs priority attention. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for prenatal CMV infection?

Hyperimmune Ig.: Infusion of hyperimmune anti-cmv immunoglobulin has been shown to improve outcomes from in utero CMV infection. Postnatal treatment is also warranted with antivirals. ...Read more

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What are the tests for fetal CMV infection?

What are the tests for fetal CMV 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. ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is fetal CMV infection?

Virus infection: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is an infection of the unborn baby which can produce low birth weight, occasionally spontaneous abortion. It can also produce microcephaly (small brain size), jaundice and other severe changes in the newborn. This is a common virus which is often routinely screened for in pregnant women. ...Read more

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Can a cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection cause intense rib and chest pain that lasts for up to 6 weeks?

Can a cytomegalovirus (cmv) infection cause intense rib and chest pain that lasts for up to 6 weeks?

Devil's grip?: I'm betting you had a concurrent coxsackie virus infection. It's infamous for doing this. Read up on "pleurodynia". Hope you're better soon. ...Read more

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Post kidney transplant, how can I avoid CMV infection?

Post kidney transplant, how can I avoid CMV infection?

You really can't: Most people have CMV on board already, from kissing adults as kids, or other young people as teens, or from transfused blood. CMV may flare and need to be treated when your immunity wanes on immunosuppression. And kissing your new grandkids (who may already have cmv) is very much worth the risk. Best wishes and good luck on this adventure -- glad you received a transplant. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post kidney transplant,how avoid CMV infection?

CMV prophylaxis: Most people in the community are CMV+ (had exposure in the past) but the virus does not cause problems if your immune system is functioning normally. However, if you are on anti-rejection meds to prevent organ rejection, CMV virus that used to be dormant in the body might get reactivated and make you sick. Most Tx programs will put patients on anti-viral meds for the 1st 3 months to prevent CMV. ...Read more

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If I am suffering from rubella virus infection, and CMV infection, than chances of HIV infection is how much?

If I am suffering from rubella virus infection, and CMV infection, than chances of HIV infection is how much?

There is no link: Those diseaes are not linked--you need to be tested for them individually and having one does not confer risk for the other. But are you sure you have active rubella and cmv, or just evidence of past infection? Consult with your doctor directly. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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