An infection is when a foreign organism invades our body, multiplies, and colonize in the body and damages the tissue. The organism can enter the body through skin contact, eating contaminated food, inhaling spores, exchanging bodily fluids, and touching an infected surface. Viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections are a few types of infection.

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My groin is tender to touch after sex. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe groin pain days after sexual encounter. I have no lesions or bumps. I have prior HSV 1. I had no other symptoms but bad pain. I had pain in the penis and testicles. Now three months after I have a tingle in upper thighs and pelvis when laying down at night. Lymph nodes i...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Generalized body aches are most probably not due to any STD (sexually transmitted disease). If there is no swollen lymph node again it is not STD. HSV 2 (herpes simplex virus) do not present like that. it has blisters which periodically you should not worry about that. ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for abdominal pain with bad taste, nausea and loose stools?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having pain in stomach and having loose stools. I also have a bad taste and feel like vomiting. Please tell me the treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Shaiza Hashmi

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly tell me how long these symptoms appeared? Do you have past history of any illness? Do you take any medicine on a regular basis? Are you married? Current history of pregnancy/delivery? Do you have regular periods? Any recent lab test or report? If these sympto...  Read Full »

Do high WBC, neutrophils and immature granulocytes likely to be leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently was referred to an oncologist/hematologist after having two rounds of blood tests, both showing a high white cell count (as well as a few other abnormalities). I saw the oncologist/hematologist who ran additional tests. I see a multitude of abnormalities, however, she told ...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the Following is my opinion about your asked question. Your two rounds of CBC (attachment removed to protect patient identity), showing high total WBC (white blood cells) count and high neutrophils. Immature granulocytes are elevated slightly. The inflammation, infe...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to protect me from sunlight.

Query: Hi doctor, Two years back during my holidays, I developed a large rash over the whole of my legs. It was described as petechiae when I got back to my native. The infection had got into my blood stream and my white blood cell count was extremely high. It took some time for it to return to normal. I a...  Read Full »

Dr. Geeta Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The problem quoted by you as a petechia with blood stream infection and increased white blood cell count is broad in the sense it can include, Sepsis due to bacterial infection.  Viral hemorrhagic fever. Parasitic infections. Whatever might be the cause; infections are...  Read Full »

Is kissing babies deadly?

Query: Hello doctor, Is kissing babies really deadly? I am sure you have seen the story in the news today about the newborn baby who is in critical condition after contracting meningitis from someone kissing her (according to her mother). I am working on a follow-up story on whether parents really do need...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I do not recommend kissing a new born baby. Firstly, a newborn baby's immune system is not fully developed and is prone for infections. Secondly contact with the baby can transmit many types of bacteria and viruses which can cause various infections. Hence hand washing ...  Read Full »

Can a person travel with an infected surgical site?

Query: Hello doctor, Two and a half weeks ago, I underwent an exploratory laparotomy that resulted in an appendectomy. Yesterday, I went to see my primary care physician who diagnosed a surgical site infection. I was given Cephalex three times per day for ten days. My question is about traveling with my cu...  Read Full »

Dr. Raghu

General Surgeon, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It would be very difficult for me to recommend anything without a clinical examination. The extent of wound infection would determine whether you could go or not. A mild infection which does not require a daily dressing will not hinder you from going. But if the infectio...  Read Full »

What do parents need to know about keeping their children safe around water this summer?

Query: Hello doctor, What do parents need to know about keeping their children safe around water this summer? How to stay safe at a pool (in the water and around the pool area)? How to stay safe at a beach (in the water and on the shore)? What are possible signs of distress or danger parents should look f...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Staying safe in and around the pool: Avoid taking children between the age of 6 months to 4 years near pools as they may go unnoticed into the pool and may drown. If at all you do take children to the pools make sure they have their floats and other safety equipm...  Read Full »

What causes swelling of private parts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female. I have some swelling on my private part. There is no irritation, but swelling has been present since a week. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. Swelling in the private parts could be due to either infection or fluid retention. If the swelling is associated with itching, redness or burning, then it is due to infection. If only swelling is visi...  Read Full »

Can infection spread to the bloodstream after a dental cleaning?

Query: Hello doctor, I am on Amoxicillin 500 mg twice a day for an abscess in my gum and I have just had teeth cleaning at the dentist's office. I read on the internet that the cleaning can cause the bacteria to spread to my bloodstream. Is this true?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, the infection spreads to the blood when there occurs bleeding at the site of infection. But, that is for what you are taking Amoxicillin. Your dentist has prescribed you Amoxicillin to treat all sorts of infection either in blood or in the oral cavity. You need n...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for portal vein thrombosis?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from portal vein thrombosis from the past 20 days. I am going through the treatment and feel almost no problem now, my all blood tests are normal and KFT is also normal. Only ultrasound report shows this disease, may I know what is the level of this disease and how long I...  Read Full »

Dr. Viral Dineshchandra Vyas

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query. As you mentioned, your ultrasound suggested portal vein thrombosis. See, there are several reasons for this condition, but at this age, it may be due to prothrombotic condition in your blood that means due to some reasons like genetic, medicat...  Read Full »

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