Bacterial Infection

Bacterial infections are diseases caused due to the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the body. Some of the most common bacterial infections are salmonella, tuberculosis, bacterial pneumonia, Helicobacter pylori infection, gonorrhea, syphilis, and bacterial meningitis. Various antibiotics are available to treat such infections.

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What causes a pimple in the penis following unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex without a condom. A few months following this, I got a pimple on my scrotum. I popped the pimple, and it became large. Now, it has started to shrink. What should be done?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and have gone through the images attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I suggest you not worry and follow the below instructions as it looks like a bacterial infection; 1) Apply ointment T-Bact (Mupirocin) 2 % to that area...  Read Full »

My 20-year-old son with ulcerative colitis suddenly got better after passing out a 10-inch-long thing. How?

Query: Hello., My 20-year-old son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about five months ago. Some doctors thought it was infectious. He has had months of horrid pain (like eating glass shards) and bleeding so much that he became anemic. He did not respond to any medicines, including Mesalamine (in fact, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Varun Chaudhry

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Thanks for your query, and I feel sorry to hear that your son had to go through such an ordeal. From the limited coronal images you have provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see that the...  Read Full »

I have a small pinkish bump on my ear without any pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a small pinkish bump on my ear tragus with no associated pain. What is it, and is it dangerous? Not sure how long it has been there. I just noticed it two or three days ago.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I can see a little red and swollen area (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). Most likely, it is a low-grade skin infection. I suggest you use a topical antibiotic like either Mupirocin ointment or Neosporin ointment...  Read Full »

Is my foamy diarrhea suggestive of pancreatic cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have foam in my diarrhea. I do not have jaundice, or any other symptoms, but my bilirubin levels are high. My liver enzymes are normal and I have IBS. I am scared that it is pancreatic cancer. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Foam in diarrhea can be due to acute infection of the intestines or due to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) as well. Now since you already have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and I assume you are already on treatment for ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the dry, itchy, and severe acne-like rash that I have had for the past five years?

Query: Hi doctor,I have had a severe acne-like rash on my face for almost four to five years. It is chronic, itchy, dry, and leaves a purple scar once it heals. It all started four years ago, after which I got my two wisdom teeth removed. But it got worsened the last year. I have been to a private dermatol...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. It is an atopic rash with a secondary bacterial infection. I suggest the following:1) Apply 2 % Nadifloxacin cream twice daily in the morning and night for 15 days.2) Tablet Antoxid HC (Selenium, Beta Carotene, Copper, Manganese, and Zinc Sulphate...  Read Full »

I have elevated IgM and elevated kappa light chains. What does it indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old male. My free kappa light chains are elevated, but the ratio came back normal. IgM is also elevated, but IgG and IgA are normal. What does this mean? I do have a history of DVT. I am on blood thinners. I also did angiograms of my lower extremities. Can you help me under...  Read Full »

Dr. Shravana Kumar Chinnikatti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). IgM and kappa can be raised in any acute infection. Mixed infection probably started with viral and superadded bacterial infection. Repeat all blood tests after three months for evaluation. Start on ...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms of vaginitis and how can it be cured?

Query: Hello, What are the symtoms of vaginitis and how can it be cured?  Read Full »

Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to most common symptoms of vaginitis will be itching and white discharge. In case of bacterial infection, the discharge will be yellowish or greenish and in case of fungal infection it will be curd like discharge. It is quite simple to cure. You need to get the res...  Read Full »

On masturbating with a hair conditioner, I got itchy bumps on my penis. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I masturbated with a hair conditioner and got some itching and bumps at the bottom of my shaft and side of my penis.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you have night aggravation of itching or excessive scratching and rubbing of lesions? Do you have pain or burning or itching or irritation? Do you have a history of herpes? Are you sexually active? Do you had unprotected sex in the last three months? Answer the quest...  Read Full »

What causes recurrent boils in children?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is around 2.9 years old. She was fine until four months back. Three months back, she got a small boil near her buttocks, so we went to our pediatrician. The doctor gave some tablets, and the boil got healed well. Again last month, she got another small boil on her buttock, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi,Welcome to skin infection (boil) in a span of four months is a matter of concern.The first possibility is that of an allergic rash due to an allergy to some substance or a mosquito bite getting infected due to repeated scratching. This needs to be treated by anti-allergic med...  Read Full »

I have an enlarged lymph node on the side of my neck with a low fever and ANA 1:16. What might it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have enlarged lymph nodes on the side of my neck and experienced a low fever on and off for four days. I tested positive for ANA (Antinuclear antibody) 1:16, speckled pattern. No sign of abnormality in my chest x-ray result. I do not have any other symptoms, such as skin rash or muscle...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. When actually in large lymph nodes, it can be due to infection. Bacterial infection can lead to such swollen lymph nodes. But at the same time, positive ANA indicates for them, so there might be rheumatoid arthriti...  Read Full »

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