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I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

Won't die: Round worms / tape worms are annoying and rarely uncomfortable but you won't die. If you have accidental exposure (such as eating with unwashed hands after cleaning up from an infected animal) have your doctor test your own poop. Simple medications are avaialbe, if needed. ...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


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99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

Tapeworm: I hear your concern. Unfortunately, doctors don't believe self diagnosis, because despite most fervent claims, objective data are often lacking to support them. If you are sure that you ; your family members are infested with tapeworm, then it would be so easy to prove by giving a stool sample for testing and if it is there, it will be readily revealed. But if none is found, then there's a proble. ...Read more

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What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more

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What is a tapeworm in humans and how is it treated?

What is a tapeworm in humans and how is it treated?

There are three that: Occur classically in humans. The beef tapeworm, the pork tapeworm and the fish tapeworm. All of these are acquired by eating the undercooked meat of the animal with the larval form encysted in the food. They can be treated with an oral medicine called Praziquantel ...Read more

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Can dogs spread infections to humans?

Can dogs spread infections to humans?

A zoonosis: Is an infection spread from a animal to man. The most classical dog zoonosis is rabies. This is rare in the usa but capnocytophaga (a bacterium) can be spread by a bite. Leptospirosis is another canine zoonosis. ...Read more

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Can m.R.I. Or n.M.R. Scan detect all prevailing infections in the human body ?

Can m.R.I. Or n.M.R. Scan detect all prevailing infections in the human body ?

MRI Scans: Mri scans are performed on isolated parts of the body for specific reasons. If a physician is concerned for brain, spine or joint infections, than a targed MRI is a great test. It would never be used to screen a whole body. It would take hours and be very expensive. As an example, a brain MRI takes about 45 minutes. A total spine MRI takes up to 2.5 hours. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of parasites such as tapeworms and other types of worm parasites in humans?

What are some of the symptoms of parasites such as tapeworms and other types of worm parasites in humans?

Some asymptomatic: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, symptoms of malabsorption, itching around the anus and other symptoms may occur, but sometimes you may have none. ...Read more

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Can a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic for years?

Yes: The fungus had previously affected only people with weakened immune systems. It is absorbed through the lungs and the symptoms of infection, which can appear two to several months after exposure, can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever and a cough lasting weeks. ...Read more

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Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

Could a cryptococcus gattii infection in a human be asymptomatic and last for years?

No: Cryptococcal disease is a very rare disease that can affect the lungs (pneumonia) and nervous system (causing meningitis and focal brain lesions called cryptococcomas) in humans. The main complication of lung infection is respiratory failure. Central nervous system infection may lead to hydrocephalus, seizures and focal neurological deficit. Formerly known as cryptococcus neoformans. ...Read more

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What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

What caused the first aids infections in straight humans?

Sex and drugs: Straight people can get infected by sharing needles or through sex. Women can be infected through vaginal or anal sex with an infected male partner. Straight men can get infected through sex with women, especially if they're uncircumcized and/or have genital ulcers. Straight men can also get infected by having sex with men, since "straight" describes orientation, not behavior. ...Read more

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