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Will Norovirus Infections Kill Me
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
Disinfectants: Disinfectants, such as bleach, will react chemically with microbial cells to destroy them. There are chemical reactions that occur that interfere with the germs' proteins, outer layers (membranes) or other parts of the microbe. This kind of brutal damage will kill the germs effectively. The good news, is that the range of different germs killed by bleach and other disinfectants is very wide. ...Read more
Why can antiseptic kill bacteria but can't kill virus when children get sick caused by virus? Thanks
Antibiotics: Antiseptics (such as bleach or alcohol) can kill both bacteria and viruses. Antibiotics, on the other hand, are medications that interfere with specific biological processes present only in bacteria (usually the reproduction process), which results in the death of the bacteria. These processes are not present in viruses, which have a different reproductive method, so antibiotics will not work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Destroys it: Tears right through the cell wallGet a more detailed answer ›
Friendly virus?: Gut is home to viruses as well. Researchers found infection with common murine norovirus help experimental mice heal inflammation-damaged gut lining, restore the gut's immune system when its microbiome was destroyed by antibiotics, & strengthened the mice's immune system. Maybe not all viral infections are bad & may actually benefit health. Ref. http://web.mail.comcast.net/zimbra/mail?app=mail#11 ...Read more
Yes: However, this would require more than 400 characters; in fact, it would be a textbook-length treatise. Even giving you internet addresses wouldn't begin to do this subject justice. Generally, viruses aren't your friends unless they kill species that attack us. Otherwise, it's a huge mix. Without our microbe friends, life would be impossible. ...Read more
Depends: Triclosan works by interfering with a bacteria's ability to build cell membranes (basically the skin of the germ). At low concentrations triclosan is bacteriostatic meaning it prevents bacteria from increasing in number. At higher concentrations triclosan kills bacteria. The use of triclosan at low concentrations may permit the emergence of pathogenic germs resistant to its effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on variables: Depending on the germ there are a variety of possibilities.Meningococcus can cause blood poisoning,low blood pressure,system failure and shock. HIB can do the same,cause brain abscesses, inflame the heart and lead to shock. Pneumococcus, tuberculosis and other germs can and do overwhelm the patient if untreated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will plain yogurt with live and active cultures help kill gastroenteritis germs or will it make me sicker?
Antimalarial drugs: It's a little bit technical - but basically the medicine acts as a 'poison' for the malaria parasite. Plasmodium species have to digest hemoglobin (inside the red blood cell) to survive - but the heme molecule can be toxic when released. Therefore, the parasite tries to sequester that away. Chloroquine interferes with that step - thus leading to a slow poisoning of the parasite. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Exposure/susceptable: It's puzzeling but some people can cary meningitis germs in their nose or throat & never get ill.We can get exposed to droplets in a sneeze, cough, kiss or mucous planted on a door handle. Touching our face with unwashed fingers carries germs that gain entrance to our nose/mouth/eye & if susceptabe, the germ begins to invade.We have cut the #'s of kid cases with vaccines & many adults could benifit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: And you will hurt everyone you love and live with by infecting them as well. In many countries you don't get to decide. You either take the treatment voluntarily or you get detained and kept in isolation. This applies to open tuberculosis. If you have latent tuberculosis, it's a different story. Chances of death from latent TB are almost zero, unless it turns into the open form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: Different bacteria produce bacterial meningitis, so there is not a universal answer to this question. Nevertheless, usually close contact with human secretions is necessary to produce meningitis. The bacteria that commonly cause bacterial meningitis due not typically survive for a long period of time outside the human body. ...Read more
Endospores: Bacillus Anthracis spores (endospores) are dormant & can be found on in the soil of all the continents. The spores are hardy & can survive in many environments for centuries. ...Read more
Does penicillin kill protozoa. If not, what microorganisms apart from bacteria does it work against?
Penicillin activity: Penicillin only kills bacteria. There are other types of germs -- viruses, fungi, protozoa and infectious proteins. For those, other treatments are involved. Penicillin these days has only a few uses, because of resistance (it's one of the oldest antibiotics still used) and the proliferation of other antibiotics that are in some ways easier to use. Talk to an ID doc or pharmacist to learn more. ...Read more
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