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Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger person?

Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger person?

Fragile skin: As people age, the skin becomes more fragile. Outer layer of skin (epidermis) becomes thinner. Underlying protective fat layer also thins. Fragile skin leads to more skin injuries (e.g. Skin tears and breaks in skin) and increased risk of bacterial infection. It is important to keep skin well moisturized as dry skin is more prone to injury and infection. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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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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Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, it is thinner - your infection risk goes up because the barrier is weaker and has less defense against the outside. ...Read more

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Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Is it easier for an older person to get pressure sores?

Pressure ulcer: As a patient gets older, they are often become more sedentary and the chances of prolonged pressure on bony prominences increases the incidence of pressure sores. This same subset of patients have altered nutrition too which puts them at further risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Yun Tran Dr. Tran
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If an elderly person has T2 diabetes for 10 years then does this make it MUCH more difficult to survive an infection, sepsis or pneumonia? Why?

Dr. Yun Tran Dr. Tran
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If an elderly person has T2 diabetes for 10 years then does this make it MUCH more difficult to survive an infection, sepsis or pneumonia? Why?

Decreased immune: It's mainly due to reduced immune system that an elderly diabetic is more at risk when faced with infections. However, if this individual has controlled diabetes fairly well and is relatively active, risks are smaller. ...Read more

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How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...Read more

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Is it actually healthy for an elderly person with diabetes to have a CT scan?

Is it actually healthy for an elderly person with diabetes to have a CT scan?

Yes: In general, a ct scan can be safely administered to diabetic and or elderly patients. However, if intravenous contrast is going to be administered, at a minimum kidney function should be evaluated, certain medications should be temporarily discontinued, and certain precautions should be taken. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

Is it normal for an elderly person with a chronic kidney infection to be confused and talking jibberish?

No: It's never normal for a person to be confused and talking gibberish. The question is why, and it usually takes a medical examination to find out. Kidney failure or fever from infection can cause delirium, but there are many other possible causes too. If it's a new problem, the person should see a doctor right away. If it's not new, it may be due to a permanent disability such as stroke. ...Read more

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Is it true: if an organ from an elderly person is successfully transplanted into a younger person the organ can last an extended lifetime?

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
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Is it true: if an organ from an elderly person is successfully transplanted into a younger person the organ can last an extended lifetime?

Yes, ...: The accumulated experience in organ transplant over the past 60 yrs confirms it's okay to transplant the elderly person's organs for the younger, and it has done well. In fact, the oldest donor in the us was 96 years old. So, it's true. ...Read more

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When a person who is HIV+ want to have kids is that possible?

When a person who is HIV+ want to have kids is that possible?

Having kids possible: It is possible to be HIV+ and have children. Would need to be on anti-retroviral medication at time of delivery to prevent HIV transmission. ...Read more

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When a person who is HIV+ want to have kids is that possible?

When a person who is HIV+ want to have kids is that possible?

Yes indeed!: With proper medical treatment and care by an expert, people with HIV can expect to live a normal lifespan and to live pretty much normal lives, including healthy pregnancy, delivery, and children. Get care from an expert in infectious diseases in general or HIV/AIDS in particular; s/he will also be able to refer you to an ObG with expertise in managing HIV in pregnant women. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Avoid: Avoid that person since your immunity is depressed and you do not want to get that infection. ...Read more

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Why is a person with autoimmune more susceptible to the common cold? An overactive immune system should fight it off?

Why is a person with autoimmune more susceptible to the common cold?  An overactive immune system should fight it off?

Good question: Ironically people with autoimmune diseases have an immune system that is reved up against normal parts of the body yet also is not efficient at fighting infections such as viruses that cause the common cold. Also many patients are on medications that suppress the normal immune response to infections such as prednisone, methotrexate, enbrel, humira, or remicade (infliximab). ...Read more

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Could hypoglycemia cause an elder person to think a family member is someone else? Is this included in the "confusion" it may cause?

Could hypoglycemia cause an elder person to think a family member is someone else? Is this included in the "confusion" it may cause?

Possible: The elderly are very susceptible to things like this. However, this is not typical. If this kind of behavior continues, first check their serum glucose and if this is normal, look beyond this. Your pcp can check a mini mental exam for instance. Perhaps it could be a sign of early dementia. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a caucasian person to donate bone marrow to an african american?

Is it possible for a caucasian person to donate bone marrow to an african american?

Yes: We are all the same on the inside. If the blood and phenotypes match up, then your particular ethnicity or other social factors do not matter. Visit: http://marrow.Org/home.Aspx for more information. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an obese young adult to develop type 1 diabetes and not type 2?

Is it possible for an obese young adult to develop type 1 diabetes and not type 2?

Yes : Obesity is known to increase risk for developing type 1 dm in both adults and kids. Some adults with type 2 diabetes also have antibodies for type 1 diabetes. Some would argue that both types of diabetes are the same disease on either side of the spectrum. We do sometimes diagnose children with "double diabetes" when they clearly have antibodies but also significant chronic Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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If a person has diabetes (T2), which is not particularly well controlled, then is it the case that the person is more likely to get an infection or more likely not to be able to resist the infection once he/she has it, or both?

If a person has diabetes (T2), which is not particularly well controlled, then is it the case that the person is more likely to get an infection or more likely not to be able to resist the infection once he/she has it, or both?

Yes and Yes!: Diabetes, either Type 1 or Type 2, is an autoimmune disease. When it is well-controlled, your immune system works normally. When it is not well-controlled, the immune system suffers and becomes inefficient. This increases the risk of getting infections AND once you get an infection, reduces your ability to fight the infection. So, keep your A1C test # under 7.0 to stay well-controlled & healthy! ...Read more

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Can it truly make a person susceptible to a cold/flu by walking in the rain?

Maybe: If the body is significantly taxed it can lower immunologic resistance/ reserves with which we fend off viral infections. A virus is required to catch a cold. Cold, dry air ^’s nasal mucus production & viscosity. Mucus is part of our body’s defense mechanism. It traps viruses & other particles. When the mucus is thick (sluggish) it makes removing viruses more difficult. Another function of the >. ...Read more

Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more