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Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more


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Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Is a respiratory and sinus infection different from the flu /virus?

Yes: Influenza virus can cause respiratory tract symptoms and can produce changes that may lead to secondary sinus infections. You are talking apples and oranges. One is the causative agent of infection and the others are the anatomic sites and symptoms which may occur. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

What are the symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Multiple: Rsv has many symptoms and they can vary by age. It is most dangerous for infants, especially less than 6 months of age. Typically there is cough, nasal congestion, wheezing and coarse breath sounds, and fever. For an older child or adult, the symptoms generally mimic that of the common cold. In either case, time and supportive care are the best treatments. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia an example of upper respiratory infection?

Is pneumonia an example  of upper respiratory infection?

No: Pneumonia is an example of a lower respiratory tract infection (ie in the lungs). Examples of upper respiratory tract infections include sinusitis, rhinitis, tracheitis. (infections of the sinuses, nose or upper airway respectively). ...Read more

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Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Is staph infections including MRSA in cats contagious to humans?

Staph aureus: We are all colonized with staph aureus. Whether or not we become infected with these organisms depends on multiple different factors. The ones that are in your cat are the same as the ones in your gut, or in your nasopharynx or on your skin. They have the same disease producing mechanisms. Whether they will infect you is problematic. ...Read more

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What is the general length of infection from respiratory syncytial virus?

Variable, 1-2 weeks: In adults and older children, RSV is usually mild viral URI with nasal congestion and cough that lasts 1-2 weeks. In infants and young children with chronic medical problems, RSV can cause severe bronchiolitis with wheezing and cough that can require hospitalization and in extreme cases can cause death. ...Read more

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What disease or virus can inhalation of respiratory secretions transmit?

What disease or virus can inhalation of respiratory secretions transmit?

Many respiratory inf: Many of the upper airway viral infections such as influenza viruses and common cold viruses(rhino viruses).... Most importantly TB and some of the pneumonia causing bacterial infections can be transmitted thru the respiratory secretions. ...Read more

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Is candidiasis a common secondary infection of viral pneumonia?

Is candidiasis a common secondary infection of viral pneumonia?

Less than: Staph infections are much more common than candida following a viral pneumonia, but certainly they can occur. Generally, overgrowth of candida that is local (thrush or vaginosis) can occur in any patient. Systemic candidiasis or candidal pneumonia is seen, but usually only in the immune compromised or severely ill patient. ...Read more

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Antibiotic for respiratory tract infection?

Antibiotic for respiratory tract infection?

MostCausedByVirusBut: Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses like UpperRespiratory Infections and Bronchitis Lower Respiratory Tract infections like Pnumonia and some cases of Bronchitis are caused by Bacteria and different antibiotocs are used depending on the type of infection Pneomococcal infection can be treated with Levaquin (levofloxacin) or Zithromax,And others like legionaires disease are treated with Antibiotics ...Read more

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Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Is bacterial infection from tattoo contagious?

Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more

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Is streptococcus viridans a type of urinary tract infection?

Strep viridans: This is the name of a group of bacteria comprising different species of streptococci, some of which may produce uti, but this is not a very common cause of UTI and would question the validity of the diagnosis depending upon the manner in which the urine specimen for culture was obtained. ...Read more

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Is candidiasis a common secondary infection of bacterial pneumonia?

Is candidiasis a common secondary infection of bacterial pneumonia?

Yes: Oral candidiasis (thrush), or vaginosis is commonly seen in people treated with antibiotics. Both usually resolve with local treatment. Systemic candidiasis does occur in patients recovering from severe sepsis, but is not "common" outside the ICU except in the immune compromised. ...Read more

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What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

What is treatment of upper respiratory tract infection?

URTI = common cold: If fever, headache and malaise, anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen can be helpful. Rest. Stay hydrated to thin nasal secretions. Warm saline gargles and saline nasal spray or irrigations are also helpful for sore throat and cough, post nasal drip respectively. ...Read more

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Can HIV infection occur from splash exposure of conjunctiva with HIV infected blood?

Can HIV infection occur from splash exposure of conjunctiva with HIV infected blood?

Yes: Research suggests that the risk of HIV infection in this way is extremely small. A very small number of people - usually in a healthcare setting - have become infected with HIV as a result of blood splashes in the eye. http://bit.ly/lrct39. ...Read more

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What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

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What is more serious of a disease, lower respiratory tract infections or upper respiratory tract infections?

Lower respiratory: Upper respiratory infections involve upper airways such as throat, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, eustachian tubes, trachea as, nd bronchi. When the disease process in the bronchi, or bronchitis, continues, it could begin to involve lower airways in the lung tissues, which is then more advanced lower respiratory infections or pneumonia. ...Read more

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How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

How does respiratory syncytial virus infection spread?

Droplet / debris: Rsv can pass thru inhalation of droplets of infected material from a case, or exposure to infected material on hands or surfaces. It can live for 1/2 hr on hands & hours on surfaces. Touching your face or eyes with tainted hands can expose you. ...Read more

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Is upper respiratory tract infection the same as atypical pneumonia?

Is upper respiratory tract infection the same as atypical pneumonia?

No: Atypical pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria such as mycoplasma pneumoniae. It is an infection in the lower respiratory tract. An upper respiratory tract infection is more similar the a. ...Read more

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Transmission (Definition)

In medicine and biology, transmission is the passing of a communicable disease from an infected host individual or group to a conspecific individual or group, regardless of whether the other individual was previously infected. Sometimes transmission can specifically mean infection of ...Read more


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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