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Why Is A Retrovirus Harder To Treat Than Other Viruses
Viruses can hide: It's a complex question because there are many different viral and bacterial diseases. In general, all you have to do is to kill bacteria, whicto an be easy to do with the right drugs. Viruses are simpler, but killing them isn't enough. As an example, the genetic material of viruses like hiv, herpes, varicella, and hepatitis b can live dormantly in your own cells, hiding from the effects of drugs. ...Read more
HIV virus: Aids is caused by the human immunodefieciency virus. It is transmitted by blood and semen. Any sexual exchange of body fluids that includes blood or semen, plus any sharing of contaminated items such as used needles or Cocaine snorting apparaus contaminated with blood can transmit the infection. ...Read more
Why don't we have meds to treat or battle the common cold, considering we have antiretrovirals for hiv? Is the virus really more resistant than hiv?
Mortality: There is ongoing research into antivirals for some of the causes of the common cause but there are many viruses that can cause this. Because of the rapid spread of, and high morbidity and mortality with, HIV infection, there was more than adequate reason to work on the treatment of hiv. ...Read more
Yes.: Over half of all ear infections resolve on their own. Different people have different ideas on how bad an infection has to be before you either start antibiotics, or perform eardrum puncture (myringotomy) - either has a good chance of curing an infection too severe or long-standing to manage with pain control alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it common to get Acute Myocarditis after a common cold? Specifically, more than likely a Rhinovirus. If so, is mortality high?
No: Myocarditis is a rare disease, but not extremely rare. It does happen to people, but it is hard to find any exact numbers about it. Maybe one's chances of getting it are 1 in 5000 or 1 in 10000 people... these are just rough estimates. Likewise, it's not known how many cases are happening after Rhinovirus infections. ...Read more
What causes cold symptoms and why is it a necessary process to recovery which makes us more ill than the virus?
Body response: Cold symptoms (runny nose etc) are the body's response to an invading germ. Increase mucous to trap and eliminate the germ.Fever to cook it out. I am not sure about the second part of your question. I can tell you that there are many options that are natural that can speed healing form a cold that do not involve pharmaceuticals. ...Read more
Is it possible for a cold sore virus be transferred to the eyes, or is it entierly different stand of virus?
Why is naegleria fowleri way more deadly than viral and bacterial forms of meningoencephalitis ? And why doesn't it have a treatment?
Similar to humans: Naegleria fowleri is a eukaryotic protozoan. Humans are also eukaryotes, which means our DNA and general cellular structure is very similar. Antibiotics and antiviral medications are effective because they can target components of cells that are different than ours. However, with Naegleria, given that they are so similar it is difficult to target them specifically and leave our own cells alone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I want to get marriage to one of them.. I'm AS and he is AS by genotype.. The other one is HIV positive but undetectable viral load. Which 1 is better?
A dilemma: Most relationships work out best when based on compatibility and thus the choices are only yours to make. Having said that, I would be concerned over the HIV positive partner's health status especially if the disease was transmitted via IV drugs. In the final analysis, only you alone can make the decision. (By the way, what do you mean by AS genotype- is it related to alpha 1-antitrypsin?) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any gene therapies available to treat infectious diseases and if so, is it possible for mutations to create a immunity to the therapy?
Not there yet: Good question- the short answer is no. Major hurdles are still being worked out such as how to deliver or alter a gene so it doesn't harm the patient, as well as avoiding mutations that will will offset the benefits of gene therapy. ...Read more
Genetics: It's just genetics..Many diseases are related to your specific genetics......Why? Only the almighty can tell us ...Why...... ...Read more
Yes: Best prevention and treatment is getting the MMR vaccine at 12 months and 4 years old. Yes, if you do contract the mumps , best next thing to do is time, bed rest, supportive measures for the fever, pain and headache. Hopefully you don't get complications like orchitis, meningitis, pancreatitis and other complications that require hospitalization! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there different strains of a yeast infection that is resisitant to standard medication. If so how would it be treated and diagnosed. ?
Yes. Culture.: Typically yeast infections are due to candida albicans, a very common fungus that is not particularly resistant to treatment. There are numerous other species of fungi that have variable levels of resistance to anti fungal medications. If you have experienced a treatment failure, as your doctor to perform a culture and sensitivity, which will identify the fungus and treatment options. ...Read more
There are thousands: The key for most (not all) cancers is early diagnosis. Of the literally thousands of different types, some are trivial (a small basal cell carcinoma) and some are simply unmanageable (last time i read about hepatic angiosarcomas i found nothing hopeful). More concentrated human effort has gone into cancer treatment protocols than went into the space program. Your physician can tell you more. ...Read more
How many different ways can a pathogen be detected? Is 1 way better then another for all pathogens? Example: antibody-antigen-dna/rna-proteins..?
Many: A pathogen is any micro-organisms that causes disease. We find different pathogens by different techniques -- prions (which count as pathogens) only by chemistry, many by polymerase chain reaction, seeking antibodies, growing them (most bacteria, some viruses), or seeing them under the microscope. There's no one-size-fits-all. ...Read more
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