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What is Ureaplasma?

What is Ureaplasma?

Ureaplasma is a bacteria that is commonly found in people’s urinary or genital tract. It is parasitic, which means it needs a host, such as a human or animal, to survive. Ureaplasma bacteria are part of the body’s bacterial population, and they live in balance, without causing a problem, in most cases. Sometimes, however, they […]

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Can humans have mange?

Can humans have mange?

Mange is a generic term used to describe skin conditions caused by certain species of mites in animals. When these mites affect a human, the condition is called scabies. Mites are microscopic, eight-legged parasites that can live on animals, including dogs, cats, and humans. They either burrow into the skin or into hair follicles to […]

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Red wine compound may ‘inhibit’ poxviruses

Red wine compound may ‘inhibit’ poxviruses

New research reveals that high concentrations of resveratrol — a compound that is found in red wine and chocolate — can stop poxviruses from multiplying in human cells. A compound found in red wine and chocolate stops the replication of poxviruses. Researchers working at Kansas State University in Manhattan as well as the Centers for […]

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What are the effects of meningitis? 22 symptoms

What are the effects of meningitis? 22 symptoms

Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord. This inflammation usually happens as a result of an infection caused by a virus or bacteria. Some types of meningitis can also be caused by fungi, parasites, certain diseases, medications, and injuries to the head or spine. Meningitis […]

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Cryptococcal meningitis: Symptoms, risk factors, and complications

Cryptococcal meningitis: Symptoms, risk factors, and complications

Meningitis is an infection affecting the membranes that line the skull and spinal cord. Cryptococcal meningitis is a type of meningitis caused by a fungus called Cryptococcus. This type of meningitis mainly affects people with weakened immune systems due to another illness. If not treated, cryptococcal meningitis can have lasting consequences and can even be […]

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What is pneumococcal meningitis?

What is pneumococcal meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Once infected, the membranes swell. Viruses are responsible for most cases of meningitis, but pneumococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal meningitis is a rare but very serious illness that can develop into a life-threatening […]

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What is aseptic meningitis?

What is aseptic meningitis?

Meningitis is a condition that causes swelling of the protective membranes or meninges that surround the brain and spinal cord. Aseptic meningitis is when something other than a bacterial infection causes meningitis. Most often, it is the result of a virus. When someone has aseptic meningitis, the meninges become inflamed, similarly to bacterial meningitis. However, […]

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Is viremia contagious? What you need to know

Is viremia contagious? What you need to know

Viremia is a term that describes the presence of viruses in the blood. Viruses are microscopic organisms that survive and multiply inside living hosts, such as animals and humans. Minor cases of viremia can be relatively harmless and resolve on their own. However, if the infection becomes severe or causes infection in vital organs, it […]

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Is it possible to catch thrush?

Is it possible to catch thrush?

Oral thrush is not contagious in adults the way other infections in the mouth are. However thrush may develop in a person who is at an increased risk of coming down with thrush if Candida is passed to them. Typically, the type of yeast causing the infection is the fungus, Candida albicans, yet other types […]

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Purulent drainage: Color, types, and treatment

Purulent drainage: Color, types, and treatment

Purulent drainage is a thick and milky discharge from a wound. It is often a sign of infection and should be treated as soon as possible. Regularly inspecting a wound is an important part of the healing process. Understanding how purulent drainage differs from other types of drainage can help identify and treat it. However, […]