CategoryInfectious Diseases

Stepped on a Rusty Nail? Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?

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So if you’re stepped on a rusty nail and it has broken your skin, what do you do? You may have heard that you need to get a shot to help you protect against it. But how recent does your injection need to have been? And what happens if you don’t get one in time? What Is Tetanus? Tetanus is a bacterial disease that affects the nervous system and which can be fatal. Tetanus has the ability to enter...

What to Eat to Recover From Food Poisoning

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Food poisoning is a seriously unpleasant experience and one that can leave you feeling incredibly drained and tired. This is caused by eating contaminated foods, which will then trigger vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Normally, this will pass after a couple of days but it can still take a while to feel ready to face rich foods. Understandably, you might also be feeling a little burned by food and...

Is Ebola Airborne?

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The world got quite a scare recently with the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Ebola causes fever, sore throat, muscle pain, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding and eventually death (with a death rate of around 50%). While it’s no longer headline news for the most part, the virus nevertheless is still an ongoing problem in Guinea and Sierra Leone. At this point, the devastating...

Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Nail Fungus

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Nail fungus is fingernail or toenail that is infected by bacteria due to fungus growth, the medical community calls it tinea unguium or onychomycosis. Currently about 30 million Americans are affected by nail fungus. Fungi tend to grow on dead organic materials – such as skin and hair, it can also thrive on nails. Toenails are more vulnerable, because they are located in a closed environment, for...

Typhoid Fever Treatment

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Typhoid fever, often abbreviated to just ‘typhoid’ and known by other names such as ‘gastric fever’ and ‘pythogenic fever’, is an illness which is spread via the ingestion of food and water contaminated with faeces from another infected individual (this contains the bacterium Salmonella enterica). Thanks to modern sanitization techniques its prevalence has been...

Treatment for Candida Albicans

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First, understanding your enemy is half of winning the battle. If you feel some uncomfortable symptoms, make sure you schedule an appointment with a doctor. Consequently, you can make sure whether you really have a yeast infection. It is insensible to cure a disease if you’re not sure what you have in the first place. Yeast infection shares some of its symptoms with parasitic or bacterial...

What Is Blood Poisoning?

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Blood poisoning is the colloquial term often used to describe sepsis or septicemia. We have all heard of blood poisoning but what does it actually mean? Sepsis is a potentially deadly condition in which an individual experiences a ‘whole body’ inflammatory state as the result of an infection of bacteria in the blood, urine, lungs, skin and other tissue (bacteremia). This whole body...

Folliculitis – Cure Your Folliculitis

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Folliculitis describes an infection of one or several hair follicles which can occur anywhere around the body though is most common on the neck, axilla and groin regions. This will result in a red rash across the skin, pimples around the hair follicle, crustiness or itchiness. Usually this will occur as a result of the staphylococcus aureus bacteria which is the same bacteria that causes the MRSA...

How Does Chicken Pox Spread?

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Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease that spreads incredibly quickly among children. It is less prevalent among adults, as the body develops a natural immunity to the disease after it has been contracted once thus meaning that most people tend to catch it in childhood and then never again. However this does not prevent it from being a big problem for many adults and specifically those with...

How to Prevent Chicken Pox Scars

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Although there is a vaccination for Chicken Pox, it is not commonly administered to children even though they have the highest incidences of the disease in the United States. While it can be quite severe at times, it is most likely to be more severe in adults than children. Also, keep in mind that Chicken Pox tends to run in outbreaks as it is highly communicable. Once one child comes down with...

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