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What's a giardia infection?

What's a giardia infection?

Intestinal infection: Giardia lamblia is a protozoan acquired usually by contaminated water that primarily causes diarrhea that can last for weeks or more. It can be treated with Metronidazole (flagyl). ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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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Can you have anti ssdna in your blood a month before you have symptom of a kindey infection ?

Can you have anti ssdna in your blood a month before you have symptom of a kindey infection ?

More details needed : You need to give more information. Usually however symptoms in the mouth are not associated with UTI symptoms, but get checked for STDs if indicated . ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What are the symptoms of shock from a serious infection?

What are the symptoms of shock from a serious infection?

Lethargy & confusion: Severe sepsis/septic shock often causes lethargy and confusion. Many symptoms will be a result of the underlying infection; the most common infections causing septic shock are: pneumonia-shortness of breath, cough, chest and/or abdominal pain; uti-pain/burning on urination, abdominal pain; intra-abdominal infection-nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea. ...Read more

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Signs of bladdler infection?

Signs of bladdler infection?

Urinary pain + other: The "text book" description of symptoms include : problems with urination, seeing blood each time you urinate, dribbling. Please keep in mind that not all patients will have the typical symptoms (painful urination, blood in the urine, frequent urination, low abdominal pain, low back pain). There are some people who come into the er and only have a fever, or just experience vomiting. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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How do you confirm the diagnosis of pinworm infection?

How do you confirm the diagnosis of pinworm infection?

Pinworms: There is a test called a tape test. Basically scotch tape- like paper is applied to the rectum in middle of night and sent to a lab to examine. This will confirm the infection. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

Clinical history: The diagnosis of most skin infections is made by the pattern of symptoms and physical exam findings. However, it is not usually possible to know without cultur whether the infection is caused by the staph bacteria or another bacteria, like group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus (strep pyogenes). A culture of any weeping or abcess will help determine if staph is present. ...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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Is there a diagnostic test for fungal infections of the skin?

Is there a diagnostic test for fungal infections of the skin?

See below: Yes. Skin scrapings can be treated with potassium hydroxide and examined under the microscope. In addition, skin scrapings can be implanted on sabouraud's medium. If a fungus is present, it will grow in the medium and produce a characteristic appearance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to test neg for hpylori but test positive for a past infection and what does this mean? Do I have hpylori?

Is it possible to test neg for hpylori but test positive for a past infection and what does this mean? Do I have hpylori?

Yes: Blood work will tell if one has been exposed to hpylori but can't destinguish old from active infections. Breath test, stool studies or egd with biopsy can determine active infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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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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Pls can u advice which tests i need to identify if I have any kind of infection in my body?, often i ve realised that esa is not the comprehensive one

Pls can u advice which tests i need to identify if I have any kind of infection in my body?, often i ve realised that esa is not the comprehensive one

No such thing: There is no such thing as a test to tell you if you have any infection in your body. If you have an infection, or have reason to suspect one, you need to see a doctor so that it can be identified and evaluated properly. ...Read more

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How you know if you have an infection?

Depends where: It depends what part of the body is infected. If in the lungs cough, sputum, chest pain and shortness of breath would be the symptoms. The classic signs of inflammation and infection are redness, swelling and pain. Fever, malaise, arthralgias and myalgias are also frequent symptoms when infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Lewis Dr. Lewis
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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 causes yeats infection in woman?

Yeast infection: This is often predisposed to by use of antibiotics, steroids, underlying diabetes, immune deficiencies and sometimes simple changes in the normal organisms present in the vagina. ...Read more

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How often is iritis associated with serious issues rather than it just being a simple treatable infection?

How often is iritis associated with serious issues rather than it just being a simple treatable infection?

50-60%: A lot of causes are known to result in iritis, and a careful work up is necessary to diagnose these. About 40% are a result of unknown cause, leaving the remainder of the cases of iritis with an evaluable cause. ...Read more

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Is there a good anti-fungal cream that treats many types of skin fungal infections?

Is there a good anti-fungal cream that treats many types of skin fungal infections?

Yes.: Most of the commercial antifungal creams do a pretty good job of treating many superficial fungal infections. However, creams cannot reach deeper infections, or superficial ones that have gotten into hair follicles, and will usually require an oral antifungal treatment. ...Read more

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I have been recently dignosed and treated for a yest infection and p.I.D does my male partner have to also be treated for this?

I have been recently dignosed and treated for a yest infection and p.I.D does my male partner have to also be treated for this?

4 PID Absolutely YES: Organisms that cause PID (which are actually many) can be transfered back and forth & cause relapse infections. Both of you need to be treated and not resume intercourse until you are both 7dd post treatment. Though controversial, male partners who are uncircumcised may be more likely to cause recurrent yeast infection to their female partners. If he has any sign of itching or rash definitely. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

Are there official recommendations for treating bladder infections?

Antibiotics / fluids: The usual treatment for a bladder infection is antibiotics (most often oral) and increased oral fluid intake. A urine culture is often obtained before initiating antibiotics. When the culture result is available, it can confirm the infection and confirm that the antibiotic prescribed is appropriate - or guide the change to an effective antibiotic for the particular bacteria causing the infection. ...Read more

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