Doctor insights on:
Why Is A Retrovirus Harder To Treat Than Other Viruses
Is there cases where HPV positive people cleared it out of their system and went back to be STD free? After all it's a virus, and they're treatable??
If low-risk HPV is so common & acts similar to flu or chickenpox; symptoms treatable, system weakens virus, why is it so stigmatized as threatening?
Because of sex: Two main reasons. First, HPV is sexually transmitted, and throughout history most societies have had negative views about sex and see STDs as embarrassing and frightening. Second, warts, the main problem from low risk HPV, have a "yuck" factor. Even common hand warts often are considered unclean (e.g folklore about catching them from toads), and many people consider genital warts especially gross. ...Read more
Rev transcriptase: "retro-" means backwards and the virus carries RNA which is translated backwards to dna by their own reverse transcriptase; the dna is then integrated into the host's genome. The "endogenous retroviruses" can even be passed from generation by infection the sperms / eggs. ...Read more
They don't penetrate: DNA viruses don't have the capability of entering the cell membrane. As such when one sees DaNA on tumor membrane it is from mutated mitochondrial DNA. The RNA viruses penetrate the cell and elaborate reverese transcriptase to allow transfection of the nuclear DNA. This enzyme only occurs with the retroviruses. ...Read more
Why are human endogenous retroviruses (herv's) "activated" in some people, but not in others, when exposed to exogenous viruses? Genetic mutations?
HERV's evolutionary: Endogenous retroviruses have made us evolve. They make up 8% of our dna genome. These aren't of the same class as HIV (lentivirus) or htlv (deltaretrovirus). Few are active & only w/growth & infection. Co-infection w/hiv can turn on herv replication wh/allows our immune system ability recognize & kill HIV viruses w/herv presenting-hiv infected cells leading to new therapies for HIV (vaccines!). ...Read more
West Nile Virus: Most people recover from west nile virus without treatment. Over the counter pain relievers can help ease mild headaches. There is no direct cure for encephalitis caused by the virus except supportive therapy in hospitals. Researchers are investigating interferon therapy for the treatment of encephalitis caused by west nile virus. ...Read more
Train alone.: You don't catch colds from training; you catch colds from training with people, specifically people who are sick and coughing and spreading their viruses and germs throughout the gym. If you don't want to get sick when training, train alone. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of the west nile virus? And if I get it and do get symptoms is their any way to treat it?
Wide variety: Fever, chills, gastrointestinal signs and symptoms, muscle aches, stiffness, pain, severe headache, alterations in sensorium and mental status and other neurological sign and symptoms may all occur. There is no specific treatment except managing the symptoms. Fortunately very few people get central nervous system involvement and most recover entirely. ...Read more
My son just got treated from HFMD; however, the virus was transferred to his cousin who is showing symptoms of HFMD already. Can my son re-contact it?
Not this strain: Once you have this strain of the virus you develop resistance to the germ. That is why the illness and spot formation stopped after it flared up. There is more than one strain that can produce HFMD so the kid could have a similar illness at some point, but thus germ does not go back and forth like strep throat might. ...Read more
Symptomatic treatmen: Rotavirus causes watery diarrhea in toddlers, for which, vaccine is quite effective and should be used, For those who get the infection, symptomatic treatment with electrolyte solution and avoidance of foods which make diarrhea worse, such as dairy and sugary drinks. ...Read more
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
Coxsackie virus: You cannot treat infection with this enterovirus, and how long it takes to clear up depends upon the strain of virus, your immune status, the type of infection you experienced and other factors. You seem to not be communicating with the doctor who is evaluating you. Talk with them. Good luck and hope you are better soon. ...Read more
There are: Medications available. But people in many places in the world may not have access to them. These medications are expensive. Some people are not compliant with treatment & some do not come in for assessment until their condition is an advanced state. ...Read more
What is the best thing to treat Tonsillitis caused from a virus? And how long does it usually last?
How can viruses be used to target and treat cancer if they only bind to very specific receptors in the body?
I had HPV virus like10 yrs ago I was treated and eliminated it. Could I get it again and should I get the shot for HPV?
I have HPV and I'm not sure what that means for me. I am 48 yrs old and have HPV virus. What does this mean for me? How do I treat it? What tests do I need?
Label confusion: HPV is a family of dozens of virus strains that includes the common skin wart. It also includes 9 strains that are known to cause genital infections, 2 wart strains and 7 associated with cervical cancer. Having HPV doesn't make you unique. Women have been getting pap smears for decades for early detection/treatment of the HPV associated cancer. It just may make you more likely to do your follow up ...Read more
Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
TREATMENT OR EB VIRU:
The disease is self limiting and notreatment is neccesary, except bed rest in acute infections and oral fluids.
If there is a co existing infection than treat with appropriate antibiotics. In severe cases some times we use oral corticosteroids, which reduce some symptoms and swelling
precutions for few months to avoid contact sport and activities to prevent rupture of spleen. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor online
- Causes of eyelid drooping
- One of my nipples have been harder than the other for a year
- Why is it hard to treat autoimmune diseases?
- Why do some people need more fiber than others?
- Why do some people have darker moles than others?
- Why do some women produce more milk than other women?
- Why are some people more prone to hernias than others?
- Why do some women show earlier than others when pregnant?
- Why is one ovary bigger than the other?