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Doctor insights on: What Causes Nocardiosis Nocardia Infection

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Could treatments for nocardia and amyloidosis be administered at the same time?

Could treatments for nocardia and amyloidosis be administered at the same time?

Yes: However, you are talking about a rather unusual situation with special challenges that your doctor(s) are in a better position to answer. ...Read more

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Is nocardia contagious?

Is nocardia contagious?

Not very: It's either an opportunist in immunocompromised people (if deep) or a cause of difficult ulcers, often on the feet (on the surface). It doesn't present a hazard to those around the patient. Surface ulcers should be kept clean and hygienic. ...Read more

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What is nocardiosis?

What is nocardiosis?

Subtle infection: Nocardia is a family of bacteria that are easily missed if they're not suspected. They cause foot infections that can be severe, or in immunocompromised, lung or systemic infections that are hard to diagnose. They are quite resistant to ordinary antimicrobial agents. ...Read more

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Most common symptoms of nocardiosis?

Most common symptoms of nocardiosis?

VAriable: Nasty foot ulcers especially in the tropics and hard to treat. Difficult pneumonia thankfully rare. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Had there been any outbreaks if nocardiosis or has nocardiosis played a significant role in history?

Had there been any outbreaks if nocardiosis or has nocardiosis played a significant role in history?

Not epidemic: Nocardia is fairly common in the environment. It's most famous as a cause of hard-to-treat, very severe tropical foot infections. The more-deadly lung infections that nocardia can cause are more sporadic -- often there's no telling why someone becomes ill from this curious bacterium. ...Read more

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Can cutaneous nocardia become brain or lung nocardia?

Can cutaneous nocardia become brain or lung nocardia?

Rare: Cutaneous nocardia usually originates from lung nocardia infection but there are cases of primary cutaneous nocardiasis. There are a few reports of cutaneous nocardiasis spreading to other organs. ...Read more

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What can cause a sperm count to go from excellent to poor, in a year? No history of recent illness or infection. Healthy lifestyle. Age middle 30's.

What can cause a sperm count to go from excellent to poor, in a year?  No history of recent illness or infection. Healthy lifestyle. Age middle 30's.

Low testosterone: may have a pituitary disorder , with low fsh and Lh , but could be a blockage in spermatic ducts, a full evaluation by an endocrinologist [gland doctor] and or a urologist[bladder and genital organ doctor], need full labs and sperm count and repeated exam to prove things, then a lot of things in the scrotum to penis that can cause it, and or certain types of medications. ...Read more