- Q Should I be worried about getting cholera?
The risk of contracting of cholera in foreign travelers is very low, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are planning on traveling to a developing country, make sure to follow good sanitation practices, drink clean... Full Answer
- Q What causes pyelonephritis?
Pyelonephritis has several different causes. Most commonly, it results when bacteria in the bladder or urethra are transmitted to the kidneys via the urinary tract. Infection in this manner is most likely to occur when the proper function of the urinary... Full Answer
- Q Are there any other ways to contract Legionnaires' disease?
Legionnaires' disease is caused by an infection of the bacterium Legionella, which thrives in warm, damp environments. Someone can get infected with Legionnaires' disease when they inhale the bacteria residing in water droplets in the form of a spray or... Full Answer
- Q What causes diphtheria?
Diphtheria is caused by a bacterium that affects the nose, throat, and tonsils. The bacteria cause inflammation and swelling in these areas. Some strains of the bacteria emit a poison into the bloodstream that can harm the heart, kidneys, and nervous... Full Answer
- Q What causes a bacterial oral infection?
A bacterial oral infection can be caused either by bacteria already present in the mouth or by organisms introduced to the body. Most of the time, bacteria are beneficial. Most bacteria live on the skin and teeth of the body, in the spaces between our... Full Answer
- Q What are the treatment options for a bacterial oral infection?
Treatment options vary depending on the cause of the bacterial oral infection. For example, strep throat (one cause of bacterial oral infection) needs to be treated with antibiotics. Periodontis (another cause of bacterial oral infection) has multiple... Full Answer
- Q What causes septic arthritis?
Septic arthritis is caused by bacteria, and less commonly viruses or fungi, that spread from an infection to the joint. Joints can also be infected during surgery or through an injury. When the joint is infected, the joint becomes inflammed. Infection by... Full Answer
- Q Does toxic shock syndrome affect children differently than adults?
Although early cases were linked to menstruating women, toxic shock syndrome can affect children with the same symptoms. Children should be taught to keep hands and wounds clean. When a girl begins to have menstrual periods, she should be taught... Full Answer
- Q What causes dysentery?
Dysentery is often caused by exposure to the bacteria Shigella, but can also be caused by intestinal parasites. Common ways of contracting dysentery are by ingesting bacteria through infected water or by eating food prepared by someone with dysentery. It... Full Answer