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Dr. Tony Ho
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Recurrent Infections (Overview)

Recurrent infections refers to infections that heal or disappear, and then return again.


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What's the underlying cause of the recurrent infections?

What's the underlying cause of the recurrent infections?

Many: Some people just get sick more than others..Sometimes it's allergies. Can be frequent contact with sick people. Some people have immune problems that make them prone to more infections. Some medications can increase your risk of infections. So there are many, many different causes depending on the person's situation. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Ho
69 doctors shared insights

Recurrent Infections (Overview)

Recurrent infections refers to infections that heal or disappear, and then return again.


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I've been getting several recurrent infections and it's starting to effect my work. Why?

Immunodeficiency: Recurrent infections of different types can be due to many causes. If you have recurrent infections, especially if you are an adult with recurrent sinus, and lung (pulmonary) infections, you should see an immunologist and be evaluated for immune deficiency. Everyone is allowed to get "sick" occasionally, but recurrent infections can have an underlying cause that an immunologist can diagnose. ...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 kinds of germs can give you recurrent infections?

What kinds of germs can give you recurrent infections?

Any: Pretty much any infection can be recurrent if it is not treated with the appropriate antibiotic or for long enough. ...Read more

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Had 4 hiv tst in 2yrs, all NEG results Ive had neutopenia since brth having recurrent infections Could HIV tst giv false NEG results b/c im neutopenic?

Had 4 hiv tst in 2yrs, all NEG results Ive had neutopenia since brth having recurrent infections Could HIV tst giv false NEG results b/c im neutopenic?

No: I wish they were all this easy to answer. Some folks simply run low neutrophils, often for life, and if they're not super-low or prone to disappear for a few days every few weeks, it's almost never a problem. ...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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Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinus problems, recurrent infections, because of allergy?

Sinusitis + allergy: Allergies are one of the commonest causes of sinusitis, or sinus infections. This happens because nasal allergies make the membranes inside the nasal cavity and sinus cavities swell. When they swell, they block the tiny openings that connect the sinus cavity to the nasal cavity and bacteria trapped behind the blocked openings or ostia, then grow very numerous; next, your body sends white cells. ...Read more

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U/s of thyroid shows nodule. Hypothyroid and have low WBC + recurrent infections, blue feet, fatigue, sob, depression, anxiety. Appt tomorrow. Ideas?

U/s of thyroid shows nodule. Hypothyroid and have low WBC + recurrent infections, blue feet, fatigue, sob, depression, anxiety. Appt tomorrow. Ideas?

Relax: Don't worry or get stressed out. Discuss the issues with your doctor and hope all your concerns are addressed properly. Good luck ! ...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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Are recurrent infections usually the same virus or same bacteria?

Are recurrent infections usually the same virus or same bacteria?

Recurrent infection: Since many types of bacteria and viruses have different strains, recurrence can be either the same type of orgaism but different strains or a different organism completely. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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