Wendy G Clough, MD
Specialty: Infectious Disease
- infectious disease
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursEllsworth Pryor III MD
Newhall, CA 91321
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Health Net
- Inter Valley Health Plan
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- United Healthcare, California
- Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
- Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
What is the most dangerous super infection?
Leigh Vinocur, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredThe most dangerous and lethal super infections are secondary pneumonias that typically develop after the flu. In fact, this is what leads to the 500,000 deaths worldwide from influenza. Like bacterial sinusitis, secondary pneumonia develops as you recover from the flu. Suddenly, you get very sick with high fever, chills, shortness of breath, wheezing and trouble breathing. If this happens to you or a family member, you must see your doctor or go to the emergency department right away. If you have any signs of respiratory distress, such as severe trouble breathing with a bluish tinge to your lips or nail beds, call 911 immediately.
Should I get vaccinated for hepatitis C?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. If you work in fields that require contact with blood such as the healthcare field or tattoo or piercing industry, you should protect yourself from contact with blood. Antiviral medications can help suppress the virus.
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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