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Nail bed infection for 4 wks, low potassium, and having on and off chest pain and tightness. Why the chest pain and tightness? Related symptoms?

Nail bed infection for 4 wks, low potassium, and having on and off chest pain and tightness. Why the chest pain and tightness? Related symptoms?

No relation: Nail bed infection and low potassium would not cause chest discomfort. Are the chest symptoms brought on by exertion and relieved by rest? Is there associated shortness of breath, cough, belching and are they worse with a deep breath? I recommend an exam by your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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I stepped on a rusty nail. What should I do to avoid infection?

I stepped on a rusty nail. What should I do to avoid infection?

Clean/ tetanus: Cleanse the area well with warm water and soap. Rinse. Rusty puncture wounds increase risk for tetanus. Obtain medical care and get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the last ten years. ...Read more

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If you have a cold how do you know, if it is viral or a infection?

Infection: This is a condition caused by another organism, whether virus, bacteria, fungal, parasitic, etc. If you have a typical "cold" with congestion, sore throat, runny nose, etc. it is likely to to due a virus, but if you simply have sore throat you want to be checked to be sure it is not due to Strep infection. Hope this clears soon. ...Read more

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What causes viral GI infection and how can I treat it?

What causes viral GI infection and how can I treat it?

A virus: Here's great advice for little people as well as adults. Drink water - especially the kind w/ electroytes and other good stuff. Get potassium - banana, potato, etc. It should pass in 2-5 days. Read this and call doctor if not better soon. http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-treat-a-stomach-virus Best! ...Read more

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Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Can you get pain with nail fold infection? What are the other symptoms?

Sure: Pain, swelling, throbbing are common complaints. This is usually treated easily with an oral antibiotic and sometimes a partial nail avulsion is necessary. Or sometimes, a partial nai avulsion without the antibiotic...Depending on the condition and who is treating. ...Read more

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How long do viral infections last?

How long do viral infections last?

Depends: The incubation, illness duration & effects of a given virus depends to a great extent on the virus and the pre-illness health of the patient. Some people can shake off a stomach bug in 24hrs or sooner if they have partial immunity from a past illness. Some cases of eb virus can remain ill for 6 wks. The HIV virus has you for your lifetime. ...Read more

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How come I have recurring viral infections?

How come I have recurring viral infections?

Immune system: Some people are prone to certain types of infections due to their immune composition. Rarely people can have immune disorders, but this is usually diagnosed early in life. ...Read more