Arthur VanZee, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursStone Mountain Health Services
185 Redwood Ave Ste 102
Pennington Gap, VA 24277
What are super infections?
Leigh Vinocur, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredSuper infections are secondary bacteria-caused infections that usually develop while our body is fighting off a virus, such as a cold or the flu. Generally, the bacteria that commonly cause super infections are in or on our body already, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae or Staphylococcus aureus. However, it is while we are fighting off a virus that they then have the opportunity to invade our lungs or sinuses and cause a super infection.
Are classes through the Parks and Recreation Department expensive?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
The program offerings from the Parks and Recreation Department are usually a fraction of the cost of normal health clubs because they are focused on serving the community. However, many sport-specific programs are only offered seasonally. For example, football programs will be offered during the fall, and baseball programs will be offered during the spring or summer.
What kind of infection can I get by swimming in a lake?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
Swimming in a lake could lead to a parasitic infection. The most common waterborne parasite is called giardia, and giardia actually afflicts about 3 million people a year.A tapeworm is a type of parasite that can grow up to 30 feet long. Tapeworms attach their suckers to the host's stomach and siphon calories. The only thing their long bodies do is use up the calories they steal. One of the things that folks who have tapeworms complain of is weight loss.
Giardia irritates your intestinal tract, similar to the feeling of a stomach virus. To tell the difference, you can take a blood test or you can watch your poop. Since it affects your ability to absorb food correctly, if you have giardia, your poop will float. That's one of the clues to diagnosing an intestinal parasite. It will destroy the way that you actually digest food.
Giardia is found in a lot of water in the United States, especially water that hasn't been purified or filtered.
The most common reason people get tapeworms is from eating raw meat. That is the main reason humans began to cook their food.
Other parasites may have played huge roles in human history. Some people think that hookworm may have cost the South the Civil War. People who didn't wear shoes were particularly vulnerable to contracting a hookworm infection, sometimes called "Southern anemia," which left the host weakened. Because many Southerners who didn't wear shoes as children developed "Southern anemia," they grew up to be poor choices to be Confederate soldiers. Meanwhile many Northern children wore leather shoes growing up and never contracted hookworm and remained healthy.
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