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 how long does it take a cold sore to heal and no longer be contagious?
i have a cold sore i got it on feb 13....it did the normal thing but my lips still has a red spot and its 3 days short of being 3 weeks since i got it and its been a week since it stopped looking ...

 do you think that it would be wrong to make a site that...?
do you think that it would be wrong to make a site where ppl would have the option to put their AIDS/HIV status on?
perhaps by using a user id, and then a first name, just so to test to see what ...

 how do bacterial populations of the stomach and large intestine differ qualitatively and quantitatively?
the main differences between qualitatively and ...

 If quinine is from the new world and malaria is from the old world, what was quinine's original purpose?

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How could quinine evolve so perfectly to destroy the malaria parasite when quinine evolved in a place where there was no malaria?...

 Rabies question...?
Vets say that if a dog bit someone (and you're not sure if the dog has rabies or not), it should be quarantined and observed for 10 days. If it becomes sick or ill, then it could be rabid.

 When are chicken pox most contagious?

 what are symptoms of hepatitis c?

 What do you think of the Bird FLU? Is it coming?

 is it posible there is still chemicals in a home that would seep into your skin that been condemed by police?
is it likely you would come up dirty on a drug test if a home is raided for a meth lab six months prier to you moving ...

 foot infection?
Has anyone had a severe foot infection that causes a lot of swelling? I have been taking antibiotics but not much help. The swelling goes down at night when I am in bed but comes back in the morning ...

 if i have strep throut how long do i have to wait beofre returning to daily activities?
i have two very important things to do this weekend. very very important. one of them is my dance recital. I have spent alot of money on this and i have worked tooo hard to miss it. the other one is ...

 what are the causes of elderly?

 Do organisms, other than humans, carry sickle cell disease or suffer from it?

 How long does it take for pin worms to go away without medicine?

 Did you know there's a quick and easy diagnostic test for influenza?
I didn't know until last Friday. [We live in Australia. The test is not yet covered by Medicare and cost A$25.] The nurse took a swab from my son's nose and placed it in a solution with a ...

 Can you catch gastroenteritis for sick bays?
i felt sick the other day at school so i went and had a lay down in the sick bay. i felt better so i left but then i found out that lots of kids had been in there over the past couple of days ...

 I work in a hospital...Do I have MRSA?
I have worked in a hospital for 5 years as a nursing assistant, everyone that works in the hospital says that we all probably have MRSA in our noses, but not to ever get tested for it because then ...

 need some advice and help?
every time when I take a piss, alway have some let over, it like it got stuck, feel like still have urine, it look wet all time and I try to dry it and then after while get watery again. what is this ...

 Taking Z-pack for strep throat..... day 3 on it...?
though my throat isn't sore anymore, the white bumps are still near my tonsils. When should I expect them to clear up?
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 Do siblings or children of Alzheimer's parents will get the same disease?

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Why am I getting so many staph infections?
I've had 2 staph infections and I'm on my 3rd. I had one last year today, last month, and now another one. My first one was very serious because I didn't know what it was so I had to be hospitalized. My second one was detected early on just like this third one so it's not life-threatening but my doctor has told me that staph infections are very serious and can be fatal. I find it odd that all three have popped up within 1.5 inches of eachother and that I get them even though I stay very clean, shower daily, wash hands frrequently and RARELY do I touch the infected area even when it is not infected.
Anyone have any comments on why these keep happening to me? Am I more susceptable than others to getting more staph infections?

dirk diggler
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People get repeat infections when their immune system has been compromised and not strong enough to fight off the offending pathogen. It depends on your age and health condition too. There is a staph that is resistant to common antibiotics and requires a special antibiotic to treat it. The staph is called MRSA (methacyllin resistant staph aureus). You find it mostly in nursing homes, long term ill patients and those whose immune system is weak.
Yes, staph can be very dangerous and a certain type can be fatal. We normally carry staph and other bacteria on our skin but, when the little advantageous bugger finds a cut or sore where he can enter the body, it's UREKA! I've found the buffet line!

it seems like your immune system is really low,try changing your diet fresh fruits and leafy green vegetable they should cover 3/4 of your plate.

um.... maybe you should clean your showers. I got an infection on my leg from that. I don't know if that is helpful

I myself have just had MRSA, a staph infection and was in the hospital for 9 days with antibiotics and surgery to remove 2 large abscesses. I get tired easily. Have an appoitnment with doctor next week. This is my first time having one. It isn't fun.
Do you have open sores? A lowered immune system can bring it on too I've heard.
In my prayers.

gangadharan nair
Staph skin infections are contagious. They may spread to other areas of the body, and may spread to other people. It is not uncommon for several family members to be affected at the same time. Poor hygiene, run-down physical condition, friction from clothing or shaving, and similar factors may make these infections more likely. Diabetics and people with suppressed immune systems are more prone to development of staph skin infections, as are people with dermatitis (skin inflammations). Often, however, no direct cause is found for furunculosis or carbunculosis. However they may also occur in healthy, hygienic individuals.
Please see the web pages for more details on Carbunculosis, Boils and Cutaneous abscess:bacterial infections.

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