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 ...
Recurrent cystitis consists of at least 2 infections of the bladder in 6 months, or 3 infections in 1 year. It is confirmed by tests that show the growth of bacteria in the urine. See also urinary tract infection .
Cystitis - recurrent; Urinary tract infection - recurrent; UTI - recurrent
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Recurrent cystitis is most often caused by a type of bacteria called E. coli , the leading cause of all urinary tract infections. About 25-50% of all young, healthy women who suffer their first infection will develop a second one within 6 months. Although the risk for cystitis increases with age, the incidence of recurrent infections is only about 10-20% for people over 60.
Risk factors for recurrent infections include sexual intercourse with multiple partners, use of spermicidal agents, genetic factors including a family history of recurrent infections, first infection at a young age, and certain anatomic...
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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