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Doctor insights on: What Is The Super Bug Going Around 2012

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Dr. Chad Morse Dr. Morse
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
21 years in practice
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Is there a new GI super bug going around presenting with excessive vomiting and/or diarrhea without fever and lasting only 24 hours?

Is there a new GI super bug going around presenting with excessive vomiting and/or diarrhea without fever and lasting only 24 hours?

Norovirus: This is one of the seasons for highly infectious, but fortunately self-limited GI illnesses. Viruses are a common cause for such symptoms. The norwalk virus, norovirus, adenovirus and others can cause these kinds of symptoms. Staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest and washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom are very important. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Wispelwey
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Antimicrobial Resistance (Definition)

Antimicrobial resistance refers to bacteria or viruses which have become mutated so that certain drugs ...Read more


Dr. Robert Gluck Dr. Gluck
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What is a super-bug?

What is a super-bug?

Super bug: A super bug is generally used to describe a micro organism i.E "bug" that has developed resistance to normal treatment i.E antibiotic resistance. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What is meant by a "super bug"?

What is meant by a  "super bug"?

Highly resistant: A bug that's highly resistant to multiple antibiotics. The kind of bug that we're beginning to see because of global overuse of antibiotics, both in livestock and for treatment of human non-bacterial diseases. ...Read more

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the symptoms of a super bug?

What are the symptoms of a super bug?

Like any other bug: The term is generally used for bacteria resistant to most and sometimes all antimicrobials. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What is cre and what are the symptoms of this "super bug"?

What is cre and what are the symptoms of this "super bug"?

CRE: Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae is infection commonly seen in people with exposure to healthcare settings such as hospitals or nursing homes, & occur among sick patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions, such as patients on ventilators or catheters or long-course antibiotics. Symptoms vary depending on site of infection, ex. Uti or pneumonia or blood. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Do you think MRSA is greed-created super bug but that escaped from a pharma lab?

Do you think MRSA is greed-created super bug but that escaped from a pharma lab?

Usually Benign Bact: Just staphylococcus aureus trying to stay alive, frequently present skin, respiratory tract, especially nose. Mrsa merely means resistant multiple abs. Control of bacteria, as with all, a function of immune system. Sa most commonly a commensal bacteria, but reality not good for marketing fear. Dietary choices, activities, emotions, any internal control affecting staph & immune function can change. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Has anyone ever had the super bug ( staph ) and treated it with amoxacillin?

Has anyone ever had the super bug ( staph ) and treated it with amoxacillin?

AMOXICILLIN/STAPH IN: Amoxicillin is a drug of choice for beta lactamase negative bacteria, and is quite effective normally when we suspect staph infetion we do not use Amoxicillin because we do not know if the it is staph coagulase neg or positive but in reality it is a good antibiotic for coagulase negative staph. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Is it true about.This.New.Super.Bug or a resistant strain of gonorrhea thats going around and.If so please explain it to me?

Is it true about.This.New.Super.Bug or a resistant strain of gonorrhea thats going around and.If so please explain it to me?

Nope, not true (yet): All gonorrhea can be treated easily with standard antibiotics; there is no such thing as a "superbug" gonorrhea strain that cannot be effectively treated. It is a possible concern for future, but probably not for many years. ...Read more

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Dr. Jennifer Diabo Dr. Diabo
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Can the staph super bug known as MRSA appear on a female?

Can the staph super bug known as MRSA appear on a female?

Yes: Mrsa can affect anyone, male or female, young or old. It does not show a predilection towards a certain sex. ...Read more

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Dr. Yale Kanter Dr. Kanter
Ophthalmology
57 years in practice
Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine
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What kind of treatment do they give you when a "super bug" resists all antibiotics?

What kind of treatment do they give you when a "super bug" resists all antibiotics?

Antibiotics: A culture and sensitivity would be in order to identify the offending organism and find out what it is sensitive to. ...Read more

Dr. Edgar Mendizabal Dr. Mendizabal
Internal Medicine
51 years in practice
Greater Bolivian University of San Andres
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Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Peripheral neuropathy. i have a SUPER BUG UTI. dr wants to give me cipro. ive had norfloxacin before with no ill effect, does that mean im ok on cipro?

Peripheral neuropathy. i have a SUPER BUG UTI. dr wants to give me cipro. ive had norfloxacin before with no ill effect, does that mean im ok on cipro?

Unclear,...: Did peripheral neuropathy happen before or after taking norfloxasin? If after, flouroquinolone-related ueropathy may be suspected. Then, it is reasonable for not using it or using with precaution. How to sort all related things out correctly for good care? Follow instructions in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html & those in http://www.formefirst.com/onUTI.html. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

Antibiotic overuse: Perhaps the two most important factors are (1) inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans to treat viral infections and (2) inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock. ...Read more

Dr. Joel Gallant Dr. Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
32 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

ABx only when needed: Don't ask your doctor for unnecessary antibiotics when you have a viral infection, and lobby congress for regulation of unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Zacharisen Dr. Zacharisen
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
29 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Bug bite is super inflamed and hot, can I use claritin (loratadine)?

Bug bite is super inflamed and hot, can I use claritin (loratadine)?

Yes but...: Certainly, there is no harm to using Claritin (loratadine) and it can decrease itching, but there would likely be more relief with topical Hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand Dr. Scholand
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Hello doctors, i need help with bug bite identification. Where can I go?

Hello doctors, i need help with bug bite identification. Where can I go?

Show it to a doc: Definitely the key to a diagnosis is getting the right doctor to evaluate something. In your case, I would hope your primary doc would be able to help you out. If not, infectious disease specialists are pretty good. Most bug bites aren't very serious, but if this is bothering you - best to get on the phone and try to be seen. Any ideas what it could have come from? Important symptoms like fever?? ...Read more

Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Dr. Pamela Middleton Dr. Middleton
Pediatrics
36 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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My daughter is terrified of bugs. We can't go outside? How do I help her get over this?

My daughter is terrified of bugs. We can't go outside? How do I help her get over this?

Ask her why: Ask your daughter to tell you why she is afraid then without dismissing her fear reassure her that the bugs do not want to hurt her but want to be her friends. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Litt Dr. Litt
Dermatology
67 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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I feel like there is a bug (singular) crawling on my leg and I keep going to hit it but it's not there-?

I feel like there is a bug (singular) crawling on my leg and I keep going to hit it but it's not there-?

CRAWLING BUG?: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON? DO YOU TAKE ANY MEDICINES? IT COULD BE ANY NUMBER OF THINGS . . . DO SEE YOUR GENERAL DOCTOR SOON. BEST LUCK. ...Read more