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Tips To Norovirus Infection
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
If you got a viral respiratory infection and it turns to Bacteria can salt water gargle kill bacteria and save trip to doctor ?
Sometimes: Yes, if you catch it early and do the gargles frequently. Listerine gargles have been show to also be effective and shorten even the vira lillnesses. Needs to be every 4 hours for the first 5 days of the illness.l ...Read more
Vaccine, wash, clean: Hep a: fecal-oral transmission: bad food, drink, sanitation. Can get vaccinated. Wash, cook. Hep b: shared blood products, less often sex. Can get vaccinated. Avoid IV drug use, nasal drug use, high risk sex. If from endemic region (far east, middle east, africa) or parents from endemic region-get tested. Hep c: no vaccine. Most from IV drug use, transfusion before 1993, less from sex exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotics; time: Bacterial infections of the eyes are treated with antibiotics specific for the likely causal organism, whereas viral infections are ordinarily managed with irrigation, cleansing the eyelids, artificial tears, decongestants, and occassional antiinflammatory agents like steroids for complicated keratitis. Specific viral infections like herpes simplex have antiviral medications for treatment. ...Read more
3 different issues: Latent TB may present many different ways, as lung or skin issues or even as an incidental find on a routine xray. Annual ppds should find it if positive. Tb is a fungus mycobacterium and may be transmitted person to person via resp pathway or via birds as in mai you should see an md for testing if concerned. ...Read more
My upper respiratory infections never viral tired of going to doctor ever fall for antibiotics . Is there another way to kill bacteria without antib?
Met: I would suggest a culture prior to another course of antibiotics. Most URIs are caused by viral rather than bacterial infection. Tests may be performed to identify respiratory viruses, including the flu virus. Atypical bacteria such as Mycoplasma should also be considered and treated accordingly. If you have a persistent cough, an imaging study may be performed. ...Read more
Here are some...: After evaluated as a pt of uncomplicated UTI, the following measures may help curb its recurrence as follows: Urinate at urge to void - don't hold urine; wipe anus backward after BM; improve topical hygiene; void after sex; use prophylactic antibiotics before sex if honeymoon cystitis is suspected; possible use of chronic suppressive agents such low-dose antibiotics or concentrated cranberry tab.. ...Read more
M.D. visit/mgt: If you have been diagnosed with a bacterial illness, monitoring your temperature, staying hydrated and letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms while on an antibiotic is advised. Certain viral infections may cause severe respiratory, throat and eye infections as well. These are typically not associated with a lot of discharge or mucus production from the lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is ciprofloxacin a good medicine for throat infection ? How to learn if throat infection is due to bacteria or virus ?
Over 90% viral...: ...and won't respond to any antibiotic. In early stages, it usually isn't possible to tell. After a few days, persisting fever (>38C), white patches in the throat, or enlarged/tender glands in the neck suggest strep or other bacteria. Ciprofloxacin is not the best choice for strep/bacterial pharyngitis. Amoxicillin, augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or a macrolide (azithromycin etc) are more reliable. ...Read more
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