- Redness near a catheter site
- Skin breakouts
- A sore that is red and/or puffy
Leland N. Allen, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease
- infectious disease
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursSouth Eastern Infectious Disease
636 2nd St NE
Alabaster, AL 35007
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
- HealthSpring of Alabama
- United Healthcare
- Shelby Baptist Medical Center
How can others help me recognize if I have an infection in the hospital?
Hospital Safety Score answeredYour family and friends can play a role in recognizing if you have caught an infection while in the hospital. They can work with the health care team to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms that you may have an infection, such as:
What does chronic hepatitis do to the liver?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Chronic hepatitis and eventually cirrhosis may occur when liver cells are damaged by the hepatitis B (HBV) or C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is one of many viruses that cause inflammation of the liver. Healthy liver cells are replaced with scar tissue, reducing the ability of the liver to perform its many life-supporting functions. Patients with chronic viral hepatitis experience fatigue, jaundice, loss of appetite and hepatosplenomegaly (enlargement of the liver and spleen).
Can I catch a skin disease by touching athletic equipment?
Yes, skin diseases can be transmitted through contact with athletic equipment. Sports such as football and wrestling where body contact is made have a higher incidence of skin diseases. Football pads, helmets, locker room benches, treatment tables, and athletic attire are common routes for the transmission of skin diseases. Viruses and bacteria are the underlying culprit behind skin diseases. Skin diseases can be prevented by using proper body hygiene, regular washing and cleaning of equipment, and covering any skin injuries such as cuts and abrasions. For all sports, athletic jerseys, shorts and undergarments should be changed daily and should not be stored in lockers overnight. Dark, moist environments, such as lockers and gym bags, are a breeding ground for bacteria growth; therefore athletes should take dirty clothes home every day.
(This answer provided for NATA by Derek Hirai, MS, ATC.)
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