My Crohn's Disease has been acting up of late. I had been on a trip in upstate NY and a few other people I was with were diagnosed with Giardia. Could I have it too, and what should I do?
Giardiasis is a parasite infection caused by Giardia lamblia, the most common intestinal parasite in the United States. Most infections result from fecal-oral transmission or ingestion of contaminated water. Contaminated food is a less common etiology. It is commonly spread among people, with 25% of family members with infected children becoming infected. The incubation period averages 1-2 weeks, with a mean of 9 days. The average duration of symptoms ranges from 3-10 weeks. Most infections are asymptomatic, but when symptoms do occur, they can be very similar to that of Crohn's disease. Some patients develop abrupt onset of explosive, watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever, and malaise lasting a few days. More commonly, patients experience a more insidious onset of symptoms which ...
Uncomplicated urinary tract infection; UTI - acute; Acute bladder infection; Acute bacterial cystitis
Antibiotics taken by mouth are usually recommended because there is a risk that the infection can spread to the kidneys.
For a simple bladder infection, you will take antibiotics for 3 days (women) or 7 - 14 days (men). For a bladder infection with complications such as pregnancy or diabetes, OR a mild kidney infection, you will usually take antibiotics for 7 - 14 days.
It is important that you finish all the antibiotics, even if you feel better. People who do not finish their antibiotics may develop an infection that is harder to treat.
Commonly used antibiotics include trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, amoxicillin, Augmentin, doxycycline, and fluoroquinolones. Your doctor will also want to know whether you are pregnant.
Your doctor may also recommend drugs to relieve the burning pain and urgent need to urinate. Phe...
Definition Bacterial pericarditis is irritation and swelling of the sac that surrounds the heart (pericardium), due to infection by bacteria. See also: Pericarditis Alternative Names Purulent pericarditis Causes, incidence, and risk factors Bacterial infections are one cause of pericarditis . The bacterial infection causes the pericardium to become swollen and inflamed. Pain occurs as a result of the inflamed pericardium rubbing against the heart. Fluid may build up in the pericardial sac. The most common bacteria that cause this condition are: Haemophilus influenza (also called H. flu) Meningococci Pneumococci Staphylococci Streptococci Since the introduction of antibiotics, bacterial pericarditis has become rare. Pericarditis most often occurs in men between the ages of 20 and 50, usually after some type of respiratory infection. It can also occur after heart surgery or skin or mouth infections that produce bacterial infection of the blood (bacteremia).
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