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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. Krishna Kumar
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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

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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 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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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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