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Doctor insights on: What Causes Nocardiosis Nocardia Infection

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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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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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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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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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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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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Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes: Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. ...Read more

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What might cause recurrent lymph node infections in the neck in a child?

What might cause recurrent lymph node infections in the neck in a child?

Many things: Actinomycosis, nocardiosis, tuberculosis, fungal infections, immune deficiency states. First you must find out if these are truly infections, and if so, what is the causative organism? A pediatrician or a pediatric infectious diseases specialist may be very helpful. Hope your child is better soon. ...Read more