I was exposed to flood waters from Hurricane Harvey, can I get infected?

I had small open wound on my foot and I had to go in extremely dirty water (due to rain) and there were lot of animals (mainly cows) around with their feces. I am extremely worried what is the risk of getting infections out of it? and what I should be doing now?

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I had acute lower abdominal pain throughout the night?

12 days ago I had acute lower abdominal pain throughout the night, the next day i started with all over body ache, fever, loss of appetite and vomiting with extreme tiredness, this lasted for four days. During that time I did not take my usual medication, levothyroxine and the mini pill. On day 6 when still recovering from the illness I started with a heavy period (I haven’t had a period for years due to the pill I take), I assumed this was because I had missed a few days of the contraceptive pill, but I am not sure whether these two problems are linked or not. I have never experienced a period so heavy with a lot of blood clots and is as heavy now on day 7 of the period as it was on day 1. I have done a pregnancy test to check its not a miscarriage but it’s negative. I am a 40 yr old with previous history of large benign ovarian cysts which has resulted in the removal of one ovary two years ago. Any advice gratefully received.

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After being released from hospital my mother is having breathing problems all the time?

My mother is 58 yrs old. Recently she had dengue and was admitted to hospital. After being released from hospital she is having breathing problems all the time. We consulted doctor and got to know that all sort of tests came all right.. there is no problem found… she is taking medicine also for the breathing problem and again got admitted to hospital and was given oxygen there. Now she us at home but the problem still persists. But doctors said there is no problem, no heart or health problem at all.. it is happening due to anxiety.. my question is if that is the reason then why she is having breathing trouble all the time all throughout the day.how can it be cured.. please advise

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I developed shingles can I still be contagious to others?

I developed Shingles on 8 days ago. I am on Famciclovir 500mg, 3x day. The swelling around the rash has gone down, and, for the most part the actual rash is drying up. The area in question is on my left thigh. I wear long pants all day long to cover the area. I am scheduled to take a First Aid Course on Monday August 21 & 23. Is it safe for me to do so. Can I still be contagious to others.
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I developed a fever on friday afternoon and it has gone up and down since?

Hi! I developed a fever on friday afternoon and it has gone up and down since, it has been as high as 103.5 and as low as 97.9, I am taking Tylenol or Advil. I get the chills and then sweat really bad. The fever as i said goes up and down but seems to be consistent around 100.4 to 101.7. I have not lost my appetite but feel achy and sometimes have a headache. Age:39 Male

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Is it bad to always take antibiotics?

Hi Doc,
Is it bad to always take antibiotics? This year I have taken 3 courses of Augmentin. Ever since I did my radiotherapy 4 years ago on my nose, I seem to catch bacteria flu quite easily. It will start with lots and lots of greenish mucus coming out from my nostril and then I will get a very cough soon enough. It is the same every time.I always needed Augmentin to recover fully. But after 3 months or so I will get the same thing over again . . I am worried that Augmentin will not be able to work one day as the bacteria may become more resistant. I am currently down with the same thing but have not gone to see a doctor yet.. I am 100% positive that it is another bacteria attack, Should I go for another course of Augmentin? I have taken so many courses and I am getting worried. I am thinking of doing a yearly flu jab once I recover. Will the flu jab protects me from further attacks

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When I lie down I feel anxiety and chills?

When I lie down I feel anxiety, chills come and go every several seconds, light headed, hot and sweaty, flushed face. These symptoms occurred for the first time a couple of mornings ago and then not again until now.

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I had E. coli infection now have blood clots, what’s going on?

I am a 23 year old female i am 5’6″ I weigh 173 lbs my medications I am on consist of 30mg ER Cymbalta,Mitalax,Lactulose,Senkonot,and stool softeners. It started out 4 years ago when I had my daughter Via C-Section and got a E.coli blood infection with 6 blood transfusions, i am very Anemic always have been, 9 months after my infection they found a herniated disc in my L4-L5 region I had surgery to decrease the bulge to only return 4 months later after about a year of physical therapy Gabapentin, and no relief they did another MRI to find the disc bulging again so second surgery still maybe a month relief then i got on a pain management program that prescribed Morphine 30mg ER every 12hrs and 15 IR 1/2 tab every 8 hrs about two years into the program i couldn’t handle the pain meds and still had no relief and sever constipation, so I’ve been off for two or so years. I got the IUD in my arm and experienced frequent UTI and yeast infections and hormone imbalance was always 140lbs-145lbs so they took the IUD and referred me to a thyroid specialist and they tested my thyroid levels and said nothing was wrong with no explanation of the discharge and infections was told I have to live worth it my results as of 1/30/17 TSH 0.37 T3,TOTAL RSLT 140.6 and T4 TOTAL RSLT 7.3. I was put on the Nuvarin but stopped due to massive discharge,fatigue, severe constipation, and discomfort about a month ago i started yo gain weight now I’m ip to almost 40lbs at 172lbs.. I was referred to a gastroenterologist for a possible colonoscopy after being hospitalized for blood clots in my stool but I couldn’t flush my system with anything help me what’s going on?

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I am a nurse and suffered a lancet cut after lancet used on HIV patient.

got lancet prick on my finger and it was deep enough for me to bleed.lancet was used on hiv patient and one minute after it was used on him,i got pricked.what are the chances of getting HIV infection if i don’t take PEP .I’m a nurse and I talked with my superior.She said chances are lower than hollow needle prick injuries.PEP or not PEP is on my decision.

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My granddaughter has an awful sore, doctor doesn’t know what it was?

My granddaughter came over for the weekend with this awful sore on her side. Her parents said they took her to the doctor and were told that they didn’t know what it was to put antibiotic cream on it. You should be able to see the small red dot next to the big sore. That red dot is starting to look like the other one. Any ideas on what it could be?
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I have been diagnosed with, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), doctor prescribed Clindamycin and Co-Amoxiclav?

I have been diagnosed with, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), doctor prescribed Clindamycin and Co-Amoxiclav. I have been suffering from diarrhea. I believe Clindamycin is causing the diarrhea, can I just cease taking Clindamycin?

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Suffering of high-grade fever 39.5°C most of time for 5 weeks, all tests normal, blind treatment of bacterial infection ineffective?

Suffering of high grade fever 39.5°C most of time for 5weeks

Suffering of high grade fever >39.5°C most of time for > 5weeks
She has no any signs or symptoms of infection or inflammation anywhere in her body , and all possible investigations done and all results within normal levels including : CBC, ESR, CRP, U/E/CR, LFT, TFT, BLOOD FILMS, LP, BLOOD CULTURES, URINE R/E, VIRAL SCREEN, EB VIRUS WIDAL TEST, Weil–Felix test , Brucella test, ABDOMINAL U/S, HIP JOINTS U/S, THYROID U/S, CHEST X-RAY, HIP JOINTS X-RAY, LUMBER VERTBERE MRI ( and some tests repeated many times )
She also received multiple antibiotic course as blind treatment including ( septren, cloxacillin, claforan, meronem, clarithromycin, procaine penicillin, ospen …… )
Clinically : except of her body temperature 39 -41°C despite paracetamol ( iv, orally and suppositories ) and ibuprofen syrups, she is stable , no complaint , no rash , no any significant symptom .
Note : 6 month ago she starred to gain weight and get obese , now her body weight = 30kg.
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My son has been sick for about 3 days now?

So my son has been sick for about 3 days now, here are his symptoms
Fever (High of 100.5)
Super sore throat, can barely swallow.
Lumps on the back of the throat, pinkish red
Swollen tonsils, not swollen all the way. just a bit.
Hurts to swallow.
Painful headache, the worst I’ve ever seen. He normally sleeps on his side, but he couldn’t, it was too painful, even after he took a pain reliever, couldn’t even look at our computer, it made it worse, now he still has the headache.
No appetite.
Thick mucas
Bit of a cough
Bit of a stuffy nose.
Age:12

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After staph infection, I have been getting pressure and sharp or dull throbbing pain in my upper left leg?

I have pain and pressure in upper left leg

I am a 30 yr old nonsmoking female who is a couple of pounds underweight but not malnourished. I don’t take any prescriptions or drugs and only drink about once a month. About two years ago, I had what doctors thought was a staph infection due to an ingrown hair in my groin area (it was never tested for staph, but he told me I had one and gave me antibiotics, which I took as prescribed). Ever since the staph infection, I have been getting pressure and sharp or dull throbbing pain in my upper left leg. The pressure/pain is on the very top and the inside of my leg. Before the last two weeks or so, the pressure and pain would only occur for a couple of minutes in very sporadic intervals. Sometimes I would go several days without any pain or pressure. However, in the last two weeks or so, the pressure and pain has been in my leg more often than not, so I am a bit concerned. When I press on the area, it doesn’t hurt, but is a bit tender. There’s no redness, sores, or puffiness there or anywhere on my body, and it doesn’t appear that I have another ingrown hair. When I walk, the pain lessens or is the same. When I sit, the pain/pressure usually gets a little worse. Also during the last couple of weeks or so, there have been sharp pains in my left armpit. The pain only happens approximately once a day for a few seconds. I can feel small nodules in my groin, neck, and armpit they don’t hurt. I’m not sure how new the nodules are. A few years ago or so, a doctor told me I had permanently swollen lymph nodes, and he thought it was because of a tonsillectomy that I had as a little girl.



My 50 year brother did a chest X-ray here are results, what do we do next?

My 50 year brother did a chest X-ray that came back with the following result: Moderately Enlarged Cardiac Size with CTR =0.57. Unfolded Aortic Arch. Increased Hilar Bronchia Markings. No Obvious Bone Fracture Or Dislocation. No obvious Effusion. Impression: Cardiomypathy (HHD) with Associated Chest Infection. Please what does this mean and what do we do next. Thanks s lot for caring and for your anticipated answer.