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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Does sickle cell disease affect life expectancy?

Query: Hello doctor,My fiance got sickle cell SD. He is 27 and does not suffer from anything else. He takes medication and changes his blood every four to six months. My question is does it affect his life expectancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Usually, in sickle cell anemia, a blood transfusion is not needed. The prognosis depends on the severity of sickle cell. Dehydration and infection are usual precipitants for sickle cell anemia. So it is better to avoid them and whenever having such an incident, consu...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my erectile dysfunction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from erectile dysfunction for the past three years. I do have only one testicle. As prescribed by my doctor, I took Megalis 20 and Tentex forte for three years, and I was getting erection enough for sex. Last month, I ordered Spur-M tablets to improve my fertility, as I am ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Erection problems can be due to lifestyle factors like taking alcohol, smoking, or being overweight. It may also be due to any major illness or some medicines. Often it can be due to stress, anxiety, or blood abnormalities for which you need to do blood tests such as...  Read Full »

Why is my WBC count high?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 66-year-old female. I am suffering from hypertension and diabetes for 20 years. I have got an implemented stent a month ago. I am taking medicines for the all above I have mentioned. In my recent blood count, my WBC is 70000. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. The white blood cell - WBC count is very high and so there is a need to look into the complete report, particularly the differential count. If neutrophils are high, possibly an infection. However, if the patient's physic...  Read Full »

My 7-year-old kid has a fever and infection and is prescribed Paracetamol and antibiotics. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My kid is seven years old boy suffering from fever. His temperature was 102 to 103 F the day before yesterday. We had given him liquid Paracetamol. Later it turned out to be an infection. Currently, he is on antibiotics.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), there seems to be a likely viral infection. Therefore, you can continue the antibiotics. Please use Paracetamol only if the fever is between 100 to 102 F and Ibugesic Plus (Ibuprofen and Parace...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of pus accumulation in my leg's wound?

Query: Hello doctor, My left leg suffered from a gigantic wound. Firstly, that looked like filaria but after some time, it became yellow and full of pus. And now pus is flowing.  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. As you have developed pus inside your leg that means your leg is severely infected. In my opinion, you need surgical intervention in the form of incision and drainage of the w...  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 Cephalexin three times per day for ten days. My question is about traveling in my cu...  Read Full »

Dr. Nadiminty Raghuvamsi

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 infecti...  Read Full »

I have enlarged lymph nodes in my neck from six months. Do I need a biopsy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am considering pursuing a second opinion about some palpable lymph nodes that have been present in my neck for approximately six months now. There is a total of eight of them, present on both sides of the neck. These are all cervical lymph nodes, with the exception of one, which is s...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Any lymph node that is smaller than 1 cm is not significant, but multiple palpable lymph nodes should be investigated.In my opinion, you should get a FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) done from the lymph nodes to rule out any infection or malignancy.For more infor...  Read Full »

What is the main reason for sepsis in a newborn?

Query: Hello doctor, What is the main reason for sepsis to occur in a newborn? Will parents be the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sepsis means systemic infection of body in babies. There are many causes like meconium aspiration during delivery, infection from the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) where the baby is kept, infection from any person who handles the baby, etc. For further inf...  Read Full »

I am 15 years old, and I masturbate a lot and recently noticed a lump on the side of my penis. Why?

Query: Hello, I am a 15-year-old, and I do not know what this lump on the side of my penis is? It has happened before, but I could never find anything about it. I do masturbate a lot though. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you share a photo of that lump so that I have a clear idea? There are several potential causes for a lump on the penis, including an infection, cyst, or growth. Without a proper look at it, it is impossible to determine the cause of the lump. It is also important...  Read Full »

I have had a severe dry cough for the past few months, especially after an infection. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a severe dry cough for the past few months, especially after an infection. What could be the reason?Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. In sore throat-like upper respiratory or pharyngitis-like infections post viral infection, bronchitis-like presentation occurs, and dry cough persists for a few days. Chest X-ray and CBC (complete blood count) can...  Read Full »

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