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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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Paronychia finger infection what symptoms ?

Paronychia finger infection what symptoms ?

Paronychia Sxs: Paronychia means swelling or irritation around the nail. It can be bacterial, viral or fungal. ...Read more

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Can paronychia finger infection spread to the upper arm?

Can paronychia finger infection spread to the upper arm?

It's a possibility: Infections that are not treated can spread and patients who have immunosuppression, such as diabetes HIV are more prone to these kinds of infections. These infections should be treated early and evaluated by a dr. ...Read more

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Finger pulp infection. Could I lose the finger?

Finger pulp infection. Could I lose the finger?

Yes, if neglected: The infection needs to be treated, surgery to drain the pus, may be required. The infection can spread to the bone or the flexor tendons if left untreated. ...Read more

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Possible nail fungal infection, finger red, swollen, painful, doctor gave me flucloxacillin, why? If its ineffective on fungal infections?

Poss bacterial infec: You may have a paroncyhia, which can be a bacterial infection. If the prescribed treatment doesn't help within about 2 days, or if it's getting worse, then i'd recommend you call the doctor who prescribed this and let them know. They may want to prescribe if different medication and/or see you back for follow-up. ...Read more

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Hiv infection causes beau lines in finger nails??

Hiv infection causes beau lines in finger nails??

Line: Beau lines can be caused by anything that is stressing your body, poor nutrition, medications etc,. ...Read more

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Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Someone touches cold sore, then shakes my hand. I have a tiny wound. Risk of contracting herpetic whitlow/herpes on finger?

Unlikely: If you touched the ulcer directly with a finger which had a wound you might get this, but by secondary transfer this would be quite unusual. Nothing is impossible. ...Read more

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Is penis fungal infection contageous through oral sex?

Is penis fungal infection contageous through oral sex?

Yes: If you have a yeast infection on your penis, it is conceivable that it could be given through oral sex, especially if the other person has some underlying susceptibility to the fungus, be it diabetes, hiv, or other immune dysfunction. ...Read more

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Infection on an open wound. Staph?

Infection on an open wound. Staph?

Have to culture: An infection arises when bacteria (most often) or fungus overwhelm the body's ability to control it. An open wound is not always infected but can be holding bacteria (colonized). The organism is identified through deep culture of the wound ...Read more

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Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Can herpes cold sores cause a skin bacterial infection?

Viral infection: Cold sores are a viral infection (herpes simplex virus type 1). However, it is possible that a person could develop a secondary bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Middle finger into Palm is sore & hurts. Dr said trigger finger. Could it be infection instead? No swelling or redness. No injury to hand. Only middle

Middle finger into Palm is sore & hurts. Dr said trigger finger. Could it be infection instead? No swelling or redness. No injury to hand. Only middle

Not likely infection: Trigger finger is more common (especially in the dominant hand) in a healthy individual with no history of trauma, no redness, swelling. There is often a mass that can be felt and move with flexing and extending of the finger. If infection is present a present usually doesn't tolerate moving the finger. Trust your physician. If you have doubts "see" another physician. ...Read more

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Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph infection scab. Is it contagious?

Staph aureus: Yes, bacteria in the eschar (scab) from infection with staphylococcus aureus can be potentially transmitted to others, but that depends upon what you are doing with it. ...Read more

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Whitlow or Fungus? 1 pen sized blister on finger, dots in it, no pain no redness but very itchy. Have persistent fungal inf on foot.

Whitlow or Fungus? 1 pen sized blister on finger, dots in it, no pain no redness but very itchy. Have persistent fungal inf on foot.

Sounds fungal: Would need a visual consult and better history to help you really. I hope you feel better and see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can a nail fungus spread to other, uninfected, nails?

Can a nail fungus spread to other, uninfected, nails?

Nail fungus spread: Since nail fungus is spread by direct contact, it is very likely that this can spread from one nail to another especially on the same foot. When treating nail fungus, i recommend treating all nails. Healthy nails should be treated in addition to the infected nails in order to prevent spread of the fungus. ...Read more

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I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

I get herpes simplex infection on finger. What is the treatment?

Anti-herpes drugs: This is often referred to as "herpetic whitlow." it's treated the same way other types of herpes are treated: with acyclovir, famciclovir, or valacyclovir. If you have infrequent outbreaks, you can treat the outbreaks when they happen. If they happen often, you can take a daily dose for prevention. ...Read more

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Does MRSA skin infection spread or could it remain a simple scratch without signs of infection?

Cellulitis: Very strong possibility of this progressing into cellulitis if not properly treated. If the wound/scratch is infected it will be erythematous, tender and usually have drainage. Treat any infection appropriately with antibiotics and local wound care. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Finger Infection (Definition)

A common condition in which a finger gets infected, usually by bacteria through the skin. It can range from very mild to serious. ...Read more