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Why Are Some People Prone To Skin Abscess
Yes, but.......: As an internist i see many people come in with the thought they are somehow more prone or susceptible to infections than others. This isn't necessarily true. It's actually very uncommon to have some sort of immune system problem or other condition which would make one more susceptible to infections. Sometimes medications can do this, such as steroids and chemotherapy. ...Read more
Yes: Primary peritonitis is more common in malnourished people including alcoholics. Peritonitis can complicate peritoneal dialysis. Any condition weakening your intestines can also cause bowel perforation with peritonitis to follow (e.g. Inflammatory bowel disease [crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis] and diverticulitis). ...Read more
In some cases: Pseudogout refers to a type of arthritis that causes sudden episodes of joint pain and swelling. It is due to the accumulation of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues. People can inherit a predisposition to pyrophosphate accumulation and are at higher risk for disease. Other risk factors include age, iron storage problems and parathyroid gland diease. ...Read more
YES...: Those with 'irritable bowel syndrome', have more diarrhea, there is treatment for this. Diarrhea can be a symptom of systemic illnesses, malabsorption syndrome, anxiety, food allergy, etc. Food, drink, beverages which cause high osmolar environment in the intestine, draws more fluid into the lumen causing diarrhea. Check with your doctor if it is bothering you. ...Read more
Supply and demand: Microbes need a warm home w/lots of nutrition. Some like it hot ; some survive in colder climes. Some like moist areas ; some like areas with little oxygen. On the skin staph, strep, and dermatophytes abound. In the mouth ; sinuses organisms that like a little air, moisture ; can withstand oral chemicals survive, in the gut organisms that like a dark, quiet place w/o oxygen ; w/good food survive. ...Read more
In special crcmstncs: There are some very rare genetic diseases which can increase chances of getting bacterial infection (e.g. Scid) and some conditions (e.g. Having a spleen removed) which can also increase bacterial infection. Diabetics with high blood sugar also can get infections and certainly aids increases risk of certain infections, including TB and mai (a related bacterial infection). ...Read more
Yes: One could chuck this one up to hereditary but it is more appropriately related to constipation. High pressures withing the colon on the left side may produce ballooning of the inner lining of the colon through weak points in the wall. The bubbles fill with undigestible particles and may get infected and pop a leak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
YES: Depends on geography (exposure to the fungus esp in San Joaquin Valley in CA, southwest AZ, and southern border of TX and NM), genetic background (African or Filipino descent) , and immunity ( immmunosuppressed people with AIDS, transplant, on chemotherapy are more prone to getting it), and exposure to dust (digging a ditch or gardening). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure: Parasitic illness, "snail fever". Endemic in some parts of africa, caribbean, middle east, asia, s. America. Depending on type can cause liver or urinary problems. Exposure to standing fresh water- (including man-made lakes, either from work, recreation, domestic chores. Avoidance is key on an individual level; bigger issues on a societal level. ...Read more
Yes: People over age 50 with high-fat, low-fiber diet ("western') are at increased risk for developing polyps which can turn cancerous over time. Alcohol intake may be linked and patients with inflammatory bowel disease are also at a higher risk. Family history can increase the risk in patients too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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