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Why Is Mastoiditis More Harmful Than Sinusitis
Infection of bone: Mastoiditis has increase risk because it is considered an infection of the mastoid bone which can lead to infection in the brain if severe or not treated. A sinus infection is a infection within the sinus cavities which is not near the bone/brain barrier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It is poison to lung: Various elements in cigarette smoke damage the cells which line the air passages and the alveolar cells in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed. It especially damages the hair cells which have little cilia which push mucus and the crud we breathe in out of the lungs, so our lungs cannot clean themselves out. It also kills immune cells which help produce antibodies and kill the germs we are breathing. ...Read more
Natural selection: People with myopia can see well at near without glasses. People with significant hyperopia cannot see well at any distance without glasses. It would be reasonable to assume that seeing at near offers a selection advantage for reproduction over not being able to see at all. ...Read more
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
Yes: Bacterial pneumonia is more dangerous in the extremes of age - the very young and the very old. Their immune systems are sometimes not capable of fighting off the infection on their own and therefore should be treated appropriately in consultation with your doctor. For complicated/difficult cases in children, it may require the expertise of a pediatric pulmonologist to guide therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Altered immunsystems: Repeated close interval cold sores tells me your immune system is compromised. Lack of proper rest, stress, or perhaps something more serious is going on. See your dr. For a diagnostic work up if you feel you are not stressed, have a proper diet, and get enough sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several reasons.: Women have strategically placed body fat, that men do not have. Fat has very little blood flow and is naturally colder than skin overlying muscle. Metabolism and muscullar work is another facttor. ...Read more
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I am getting headaches more frequently, is this due to allergies or is this something more serious?
Many headache causes: There are many things that could be causing worsening headaches, some of which are quite serious. Allergy can sometimes contribute to headaches by blocking sinuses. But it would be unwise to assume that allergy is the cause. See a healthcare provider for a careful history and exam to begin figuring out the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You decide: Wow. As long as you do not find yourself obsessed with your new body and its sensations, and are not missing class, job, or ball games, or opportunities to meet that one special person, you're okay. Perhaps there's an adult in your family that you can talk with about your changing body -- being a teen can be lonely. Good luck, and spend your time wisely! ...Read more
Are nosebleeds common with a sinus infection or allergies? Currently taking amoxicillin for acute pharyngitis. The pain is less but nosebleeds remain.
Depends on virus: Rsv is a virus that can vary in its effect on an infected child from a simple runny nose to life threatening pneumonia.The smaller the infant/kid the worse the potential pbs.Kids catch this virus almost every year but seldom have problems after infancy.Other forms of viral pneumonia vary in their outcome. The worst i've known was chickenpox pn in a untreated newborn delivered by a midwife.(died). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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