Meat from livestock that were given antibiotics for pregnant woman

The antibiotics in meat aren't dangerous, and none of the antibiotics given to livestock will harm a fetus. In addition, eating meat, including red meat, is very important for a well rounded diet and pregnancy. You need the iron and other nutirents from the meat. There is no research that shows eating meat from animals treated with antibiotics leads to resisitant bacteria. It is also important to know (and scientific documents exist) that children raised on farms and rural areas are typically healthier, hav...

Deli meats for pregnant woman

Deli meats for pregnant womanIt's not safe to eat precooked meats such as deli meats, hot dogs, and pâté when you're pregnant unless they're heated until steaming hot. Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely than other healthy adults to get listeriosis, and newborns – not moms – suffer the most serious effects of infection during pregnancy. Listeria can cross the placental barrier or, more commonly, be transmitted in the birth canal, and it can be devastating for the baby. Every year or so, an outbreak occurs in which miscarriage...

Unpasteurized juices during pregnancy

If you make your own juice from fruit and make sure to wash the fruit with soap and water and squeeze it yourself, there should be no problem. If you haven't washed it well, there could be chemicals and insecticides on the fruit. I'd stay away from the unpasteurized juice you find in health food stores. You don't know what processes it went through when it was made. Chemicals or bacteria could have gotten into the juice and could make you and the baby sick.

How is impetigo treated?

If the infection is very mild, your baby's doctor may recommend that you simply keep the area clean and let it clear up on its own. More likely, though, your baby will need antibiotics to get rid of the infection. He must take the full course of medication to keep the infection from returning. Instead of oral antibiotics, your baby's doctor may prescribe an antibiotic skin cream to clear up the rash. Whether or not your baby receives antibiotics, you'll need to keep the infected skin clean. Twice a day, gen...

How did my baby get impetigo?

Pretty easily — impetigo is very contagious. Your baby may have picked up the bacteria by touching an infected child or some object that the child touched, like a toy or a towel. Or he may have already had the bacteria on the surface of his skin and then gotten a cut, allowing the bacteria to enter and cause an infection. In addition to cuts and scrapes, the bacteria can invade the skin through cold sores, eczema, an insect bite, or other areas where your child's skin is damaged or sensitive. He may get it ...

What are the symptoms of impetigo?

There are different kinds of impetigo, with different symptoms, but it usually shows up as a cluster of little red blisters that ooze, burst, and spread. Depending on the bacteria involved, however, the blisters may be larger and more resilient. The skin around the blisters may be red. Your baby's lymph nodes might become swollen in the area of the infection. Most often the blistering appears around the nose and mouth, but you might also see it on your baby's arms, legs, or other areas. Multiple patches are...

What is impetigo?

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that happens when staph or strep bacteria enter the skin — through a cut or scrape, for example. It's most common among children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. Impetigo usually isn't dangerous, but it can be itchy and ugly. And complications — like more serious skin infections, scarring, and kidney inflammation — are possible, so it's important to treat impetigo promptly.

Can sinus problems be due to an immune deficiency?

It is unusual, but sometimes sinus infections are caused by immune problems. In patients who have persistent sinus infections, it is important to have the immune system evaluated by an allergist/immunologist, especially before surgery is done. You may need to have allergy tests done, as well as tests done to make sure that you can form antibodies normally to common bacteria. Rarely, it can be due to AIDS, but don't jump to conclusions: 99.9% of people with sinusitis don't have AIDS.

Why do I have to keep my nose clear? I can breathe through my mouth.

Believe it or not, your nose is not just a decorative object found on your face, it really has a purpose. It is extremely important to keep the nose clear so it is possible to breath through the nose. It has been found that air exchange into the sinuses occurs twice as rapidly with nasal breathing. The air exchange will reduce the likelihood of bacteria growing in the sinuses.

Can I use antihistamines to treat sinusitis?

Under some circumstances, antihistamines are used, if allergies play an especially prominent part in the symptoms. Because of the fact that antihistamines tend to be drying, we usually try to avoid them in treatment of sinusitis. The mucus in the sinuses may then get dried out and is plastered up against the wall of the sinuses. The bacteria love it because they are trapped inside the sinuses with nowhere to go. They reproduce like crazy and since the mucus is dried out, a blockage in the small drainage can...

Can you do a culture to find out what bacteria are causing sinus infection?

Unlike most infections ( for example a strep throat), where it is possible to determine the exact bacteria by doing a simple culture, it is not possible to simply take a culture from your nose to determine what the cause is of the sinus infections. The bacteria inside the nose which we could theoretically culture are not the same as the bacteria growing in the sinuses unless you have previously had sinus surgery. It is possible to take a culture from the drainage area of the sinuses, but this is something w...

How long do I have to take antibiotics for sinus treatment?

Because penetration of antibiotics inside the sinuses is poor, an extended treatment is often necessary. Antibiotics do not penetrate well into bone and the bacteria in chronic sinusitis are located inside bone. Typically a minimum of three weeks or more of antibiotic treatment is necessary for patients with chronic sinusitis. Sometimes 6-8 weeks of treatment may be necessary. In some cases multiple different antibiotics need to be used. In some cases where patients do not get better after they have been tr...

How does Lyme disease start?

A clinical case of Lyme disease occurs when a person is infected by a tick bite. Symptoms follow after an incubation period that may last between two and thirty days. However, on some occasions, the bacteria do not cause disease straight away. The bacteria can enter a phase in which they do not cause symptoms but are still present. They may still have the potential to cause active disease at a later stage.

What is Borreliosis?

The disease resulting from infection with Borrelia burgdorferi is referred to as Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis. There are many species of Borrelia bacteria worldwide, not all of them cause disease. Three species are currently known to cause disease in the UK. They are Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu stricto), Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii. They are very closely related and all cause a broadly similar disease process. An infection caused by Borrelia bacteria can be termed a ‘Borreliosis.’

How to remove attached ticks ?

Prompt removal of ticks decreases the chances of getting Lyme disease. The proper and easiest method is to grasp the tick with fine tweezers, as near the skin as you can, and gently pull it straight out. Be careful not to squeeze the tick when removing it which could result in more bacteria being injected. Do not try to remove the tick with your fingers or attempt to remove with lighted cigarettes, matches, nail polish, or vaseline. Once removed save the tick for identification. Accurate identification beco...

The deer tick in cases of Lyme disease

Ixodes dammini is responsible for most of the cases of Lyme disease in the northeastern United States. These ticks are found in grassy areas (including lawns), and in brushy, shrubby and woodland sites, even on warm winter days. They prefer areas where some moisture is present. The tick has three life stages: larva, nymph and adult. Each stage takes a single blood meal. They feed on a variety of warm blooded animals including man, dogs, cats, horses and cows. The bite is painless so most victims do not know...