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Can children immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

Can children immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

Yes: Rsv prophylaxis only protects against pneumonia. With the new drug motavizumab the lokelihood fir upper resp tract infection is lower. Keep in mind that there is no immunity after the prophylaxis. Its an antibody. Not a vaccine. The concentration drops after administration and needs to be repeated. ...Read more

Diphtheria (Definition)

A potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and throat. ...Read more


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What are signs of secondary skin bacterial infection in chickenpox.I have 3 spots that oozed w/ transparent yellow/gold fluid.Are they infected?

Maybe: Open skin lesions like those of chickenpox can be secondarily infected by various skin germs like staph or strep. Your physician can sort this out for you because it is sometimes difficult to tell with chickenpox. ...Read more

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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may get skin ulcers - this is usually due to a complication from the disease called cryoglobulinemia- these skin lesions are not contagious, but blood and other bodily fluids are. ...Read more

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What cells does ebola infect when getting on your skin? If the skin protects against viruses, how come ebola is transferred so easily?

What cells does ebola infect when getting on your skin? If the skin protects against viruses, how come ebola is transferred so easily?

Ebola: Ebola virus is transmitted by contact of body fluids of infected humans and some animals (bats, pigs, etc). The skin rash with ebola usually develops by day 5. It is from whats going on inside the body not from direct skin contact. Your skin is excellent at protecting from all sorts of horrible things. Breaks in the skin or when we touch things and then touch our eyes or mouth that bugs get in. ...Read more

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Is HPV spread through skin to skin contact? What types?

Yes: All types of hpv are transmitted by skin to skin contact. There are about 100 different types of hpv. About 50 are genitally transmitted. ...Read more

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Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Can simple skin fungal infection become deadly in immune-compromised people?

Potentially: If the 'fungus' is untreated; and the person is indeed immunocompromised then potentially yes; rare, but it occurs. ...Read more

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Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

Hi, intact skin that touches blood. Hiv can be transmitted? Thanks

No: The tainted blood would need to enter the blood system or body in some way, and without an open sore n the skin, there would be no such transmission, ..As the skin provides an excellent barrier/protection. ...Read more

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Aftr BCG vaccine, why appearance of blister is normal?Is it caused by BCG antigen?

Aftr BCG vaccine, why appearance of blister is normal?Is it caused by BCG antigen?

BCG: Bcg is an intradermal injection at the deltoid. If bcg is accidentally given subcutaneously, then a local abscess may form that can ulcerate, and may require treatment with antibiotics. Without treatment it could spread, causing damage to other areas. If pus is aspirated and analysed and treated correctly, the abscess will generally heal on its own in a matter of weeks. ...Read more

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May a child immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

May a child immunized against respiratory syncytial virus still get it?

YES: Yes, the RSV shot is not a true vaccine - its really a collection of antibodies to RSV to help neutralize and lesson the effects of future infections. It is not the same thing as the other vaccines your child gets. However, it should reduce the risk of serious complications cause by RSV if your child still gets infected. It is not 100% effective in preventing infection. ...Read more

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Can non-genital warts be transmited though skin to skin contact?

Can non-genital warts be transmited though skin to skin contact?

Yes: The virus that cause warts are part of the human papilloma family -- and skin contact is usually required. Auto-inoculation can also develop. But in general, the virus does not survive well free of a host. ...Read more

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Can you get hep c through dry skin peeling top layer?

Can you get hep c through dry skin peeling top layer?

No evidence.: If you are asking whether it can be transmitted through dry skin, there is no evidence that it can. Hepatitis c is spread when blood from a person infected with the virus enters the body of someone not infected. Usually that's due to sharing drug needles, but sometimes it's from sharing personal care items that may have come in contact with another person’s blood, such as razors or toothbrushes. ...Read more

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Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

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Diphtheria, tentanus, pertussis immunisations? Where can I get them in us?

Diphtheria, tentanus, pertussis immunisations? Where can I get them in us?

Dr. or Public Health: Most pediatricians and family physicians offer them in their offices, and you local dept. Of public health will also have them, often at a reduced prices. ...Read more

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Can HIV virus be spread from bottoms of shoes?

Can HIV virus be spread from bottoms of shoes?

HIV: This virus is not spread by inanimate objects unless the object contains moist body fluids containing the virus and is placed into contact with the bloodstream or mucous membranes of the other person. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from saliva through skin cracks caused dyshidrotic eczema?

Can you get HIV from saliva through skin cracks caused dyshidrotic eczema?

No risk: Saliva is a very poor HIV transmitter. Your best bet is to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. Since you have eczema, you are at increased risk of dry and cracked skin. You must apply hypoallergenic moisturizer after handwashing to reduce irritation. You might also consider wearing gloves if this weighs on you psychologically. ...Read more

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