Minor infections are often diagnosed through the symptoms, such as in cases of the cold or flu. More serious cases-or a more specific diagnosis-can be obtained from a culture test. Your doctor will send a sample of your blood or the infection (taken via a mouth swab, for example) to a lab that will test it. Parasite infections are often diagnosed by looking for evidence of the parasite or its eggs in a stool sample.
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How are infections diagnosed?
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What is an incubation period?
Healthwise answeredThe incubation period is the time it takes for an infection to develop after a person has been exposed to a disease-causing organism (such as bacteria, viruses or fungi). The incubation period ends when the first signs or symptoms of the disease appear.
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What precautions should I take if traveling abroad with my elderly parent?
UCLA Health answeredPeople booking a journey to a developing or otherwise exotic locale should plan ahead to make sure they don’t put themselves at risk for infections endemic to that region. Sometimes there are special concerns for the oldest travelers. For the elderly, along with regular precautions, traveler’s insurance that guarantees they can be flown to a developed country if they require treatment while abroad is recommended.
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