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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

Risk of Giardia: Giardia is prevalent worldwide, & drinking infected water is the most frequent mode of transmission (e.g. Streams, wells). Person-to-person is 2nd mode in groups with poor fecal-oral hygiene (daycare centers, custodial institutions, sexually active male homosexuals). Food transmission has been documented in commercial settings. Sheep, beavers, cattle, dogs, cats can get it & may pass it to people. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing early Lyme disease?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing early Lyme disease?

Avoid ticks: Wear long sleeves, cover pants with socks. Use insect repellant amd examine your skin for ticks when returning from tick prone areas. If exposed see doctor for examination of tick and early course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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What can you do to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder cancer?

What can you do to reduce the risk of developing gallbladder cancer?

Difficult: It is a rare cancer and risk factors include gallstones, obesity, and advanced age. Diet and weight reduction can help and removal of the gall bladder in case of repeated gallstone attacks may be protective. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing cerebral contusion?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing cerebral contusion?

Safety: Bicycle helmets, motorcycle helmets, avoidance of collision sports like soccer and football. Prevention is the key and avoidance of activities that could injure the head and brain. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my risk of catching the flu this year?

What can I do to reduce my risk of catching the flu this year?

Get a flu shot: Got a flu shot and was your hands well multiple times daily eat well and rest. ...Read more

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What proven things can I do to reduce the chances of developing the big c (cancer) in my life?

What proven things can I do to reduce the chances of developing the big c (cancer) in my life?

Limit Cancer Risks: Best 2 educate ourselves & make choices to limit cancer risk. Please see 10 good recs for ca prevention from the american institute for cancer research. I try & follow these & recommend to my patients. Making conscious positive choices help reduce fear & reminds us we control our lives & health 1 choice at a time. Check it out! www.Dietandcancerreport.Org/expert_report/recommendations/index.Php. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my risk of leukemia?

What can I do to reduce my risk of leukemia?

Moderation: It sounds cliche but exposures to things which cause cancer are usually a lifetime exposure issue as compared to a one time occurrence. This is why occupational (longterm) exposure to certain carcinogens or environmental agents (smoking) can increase the risk. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

How can you reduce the chances of getting a viral disease?

Wash your hands: Many viral illnesses are transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or else by touching a contaminated object (also known as a fomite), then touching our mucous membranes. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce my risk of kidney cancer?

What can I do to reduce my risk of kidney cancer?

Stop smoking: There is no way to decrease your chance of getting kidney cancer. It may familial or sporadic and just occur due to a mutation or some other reason that we are not aware of. There is another type of kidney cancer called transisitonal cell carcinoma wher the cancer forms in the lining where urine flows and this has been linked to smoking. ...Read more

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What dietary changes can I make to reduce my chances of getting colon cancer in the future?

What dietary changes can I make to reduce my chances of getting colon cancer in the future?

High fiber: Less red meat, high fiber, and my preference is to avoid proceesed and smoked meats as well. ...Read more

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What can I do to increase the chances of getting pregnant?

What can I do to increase the chances of getting pregnant?

Be healthy: You should eat a healthy, balanced diet to set yourself up for a healthy pregnancy, moderate lifestyle, no tobacco, limit alcohol and caffeine. Moderate regular exercise. You can also see a doctor for further help. ...Read more

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What can I do while I have chickenpox to reduce the chance of scarring?

What can I do while I have chickenpox to reduce the chance of scarring?

Don't scratch!: It itches like crazy and can drive you mad but if you scratch, each little spot can leave a scar. See your doctor to be sure it is chicken pox and you can also request anti-itch medications to help you. Be careful because you are contageous until all the sores are crusted over. ...Read more

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What is the cause of nasal cavity cancer and what can I do do minimize the chance of having it?

What is the cause of nasal cavity cancer and what can I do do minimize the chance of having it?

Uncommon: These are uncommon cancers. They might be related to smoke or other exposures, but are not typical sites of cancer. There are about 2000 cases yearly in the us. I think that no smoking is the best advice. If you have some symptoms that worry you see your doctor. Is is likely to be something else. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

How can I reduce my chances of becoming infected with viruses that can lead to viral meningitis?

Hygiene: Well...Meningitis is incredibly rare. The best way to prevent viral infections is frequent hand washing and hygiene. Unfortunately, unless you live in complete isolation in a sterile environment, you will get viral infections at some point. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent or lessen the chance of avascular necrosis?

What can I do to prevent or lessen the chance of avascular necrosis?

Options limited: Depends on the location and manner of fracture. Shoulder & hips at highest risk for avascular bone necrosis, so only real prevention is not getting injured to begin with. In some special cases you can take steps to reduce risk. Deep sea divers (due to the bends) and patients on high dose long term corticosteroids are more at risk. Talk to your dr. ...Read more

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What else can I do to reduce my risk of vulvar cancer complications?

What else can I do to reduce my risk of vulvar cancer complications?

Vulvar Cancer: Vulvar cancer is often associated with the human papilloma virus (hpv) and so limiting the number of partners, and having protected sex is always prudent. The development of a white vulvar "patch" that doesn't scrape off and heal, may be an early sign, so a heightened state of vigilance is important, too. When in doubt, always consult your gynecologist. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease my chance of acquiring diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease?

What can I do to decrease my chance of acquiring diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease?

Eat Right!: Some of it's genetic, but a lot of it you can control by eating in a healthy way. Limit sugar intake drastically, including fructose and other forms of it - it's everywhere, but you can definitely enjoy eating without it! stay away from white processed carbs as much as possible, including rice and pasta - these things release sugar into the bloodstream quickly and have little nutritional value. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm afraid of losing my natural flora and also of bowel perforation. How likely are these risks?

What to do if i'm afraid of losing my natural flora and also of bowel perforation. How likely are these risks?

Unlikely: These are unlikely scenarios if your bowel is otherwise healthy, you do not have inflammatory bowel disease, take antibiotics chronically, or are being treated with chemotherapy. Eating sensibly allows the body to keep its natural bowel flora in balance. ...Read more

Dr. Ernie Ordonez
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Giardia Infection (Definition)

Giardiasis can present with rotten egg (sulfur) smelling burps, with diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation& loss of appetite. Giardiasis is an infection of the small ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Giardia (Definition)

A condition in which a person is infected by parasites (Giardia lamblia) resulting in diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more