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  • What is an Abscess

    An abscess is an bacterial infection within a tissue that has formed a sort of “pocket,” or space which is filled with pus (germs, white blood cells, and liquid from the bloodstream. Abscesses are the body’s way of controlling the infection by “walling it...

     
  • What are Antibiotics

    Antibiotics are medications that either kill bacteria or limit the ability of bacteria to reproduce. Antibiotic choice (what to use and when) is complicated and requires the direction of a healthcare professional for the use of all products except some...

     
  • What is an Infection

    Infection is the penetration of tissue or individual cells of a larger organism (e.g. a person) by a microorganism in such a way as to cause damaging effects. Purists will have problems with this definition because there are always exceptions:...

     
  • Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome

    Most people haven’t heard of the Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) until there’s an outbreak of disease caused by a particular intestinal germ that can cause the condition. HUS is quite rare under normal circumstances, but this particular germ, called E. coli...

     
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae

    Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a tiny microscopic organism, one of several species of Mycoplasma which can cause disease in humans. The second part of its name “pneumoniae” doesn’t mean that it has to cause pneumonia, but that is one of the...

     
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is infection of the upper female genital tract. There can be any combination of infected fallopian tubes, an abscess in and around the tubes and ovaries (tuboovarian abscess), infection of the lining of the uterus, and...

     
  • Treatment for Strep Throat

    “Strep’ Throat” or streptococcal pharyngitis is inflammation of the throat caused by the organism Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as group A streptococcus. Besides soreness in the throat there are often other signs including fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and rash. When...

     
  • Toxic shock syndrome

    Toxic shock syndrome is a serious infectious illness caused by toxins elaborated by Staphylococcus aureus, or Streptococcus pyogenes ( also known as Group A streptococcus). These bacteria are relatively common and only rarely cause disease as severe as toxic shock...

     
  • What is Walking Pneumonia?

    Walking pneumonia refers to a mild pneumonia which might not be expected due to the overall well appearance of the sufferer. This term is meant to refer to mild pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae (see Mycoplasma pneumoniae, but because often...

     
  • What Is A Virus

    Viruses are microscopic organisms; arguably the very smallest of all living organisms. They are “pared down” to the most minimal components: genetic material and a container for the genetic material. The genetic material is a strand of DNA (or RNA)....