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Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Absolutely: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems , arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if your child has a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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Are streptococcal infections higher in under-developed countries?

Are streptococcal infections higher in under-developed countries?

Ubiquitous: Strep is ubiquitous, meaning it's everywhere. In famine countries, infections in general are more prevalent because the people, in their poor state of health, are more susceptible to infections. This does not mean you're more likely to contract an illness. Wash your hands, boil your water, and keep wounds clean. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Are e.Coli infections severe in the elderly?

Can be: The elderly, due to diminished immune function, can react more severely to all infections, including e. Coli infections. This is also true with colds, flu's, influenza, etc. When the elderly (or very young) get sick, be more diligent in getting them to the doctor. ...Read more

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Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

Are urinary tract infections in adults very contagious?

No: They are not contagious unless the UTI is tuberculosis or a parasite both of which are extremely rare in the US. ...Read more

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Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Not necessarily: Healthy young children are no more susceptible to staph infections than anyone else. Indeed, human immunity undergoes dips and blips throughout life, but i see no more staph infection in children than I do in adults if not more in the latter. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

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What are common bacterial infections in newborns?

See below: Streptococcus agalactiae, aka, group b strep., escherichia coli, and staphylococcus aureus are major culprits. They are responsible for neonatal sepsis (blood poisoning), meningitis, pneumonia, uti, and bone and joint infection. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections worse for children and the elderly

Are bacterial infections worse for children and the elderly

Yes, at extreme ages: Very young patients and very old patients both have trouble fighting off infections, for various reasons. That means their doctors prefer to do more tests, do tests sooner, and get treatment started earlier, so that infections have less of a chance to "take hold and spread". ...Read more

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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds ( upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Which ear infection viruses or bacteria will surely cause ear infections in a child's playmates?

Not contagious: Ear infections are not contagious. Oftentimes, a baby or toddler has a an accompanying cold when having an ear infection. The cold is contagious to another child and that adds a risk of developing an ear infection. ...Read more

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Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

The classic stiff: Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, head ache, vomiting are also part of the symotims from blocked ventricles and elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in new infants?

What causes viral infections in new infants?

New agents: New babies are pretected to some degree from the types of viruses the mom developed immunity to in her lifetime. This immunity is transient & passes thru the placenta during pregnancy.It lasts for a few months in most infants.Premis don't get as much as full term babies. If mom never had & developed immunity to a virus, baby will be susceptable. ...Read more

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Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Are schools a major source of MRSA infection in children?

Yes: Mrsa may not necessarily be found in schools but any public area is a potential site for harboring this infection. One such site in schools especially is gyms- and on dirty gym equipment such as football gear that is not cleaned properly. ...Read more

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Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Signs of ear infection in adults differ from kids?

Similar: The symptoms are pretty similar. The difference is in the ability to communicate the symptoms. ...Read more

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How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

How often is viral meningitis diagnosed in college kids?

11 per 100,000: The above stat is quoted as the overall incidence of viral meningitis in various studies with the incidence being the highest in younger children and declining with age. ...Read more

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What can cause viral infections in infants?

What can cause viral infections in infants?

Viruses: The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences. This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Is pneumonia bilateral in children contagious?

Yes: Most cases on bilateral pneumonia in children are caused by viruses or bacteria. These organisms can spread through droplets coughed out by the infected child into their surroundings & anyone nearby can inhale those droplets & thus acquire the infection if sufficient number of organisms have entered the lungs to start multiplying in the new host & cause infection. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pneumonia in adults in group homes?

What are symptoms of pneumonia in adults in group homes?

See below: Congested cough, generalized weakness, decreased appetite, fever, and change of personality. Not everyone gets same symptoms. The earlier you detect the better treatment respond this person gets. ...Read more

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