Infections and Infestations

List of Human Body Parasites – Symptoms, Pictures

Intestinal Parasites Unicellular Parasites (Protozoa) PARASITE / DISEASE DISTRIBUTION TRANSMISSION SYMPTOMS and SIGNS Balantidium coli, balantidiasis worldwide/rural contact with pigs, infected water severe diarrhea Blastocystis hominis, blastocystosis worldwide stool to mouth none or mild diarrhea Cryptosporidium, >> Read More ...

What is an Abscess?

Abscess Definition An abscess is a collection of pus which can occur in tissues, organs or confined spaces in the body. Abscesses may lie superficially, like a boil just underneath the skin or deep within the body like a lung abscess. In most cases, an abscess is caused by bacteria and is the body’s mechanism to >> Read More ...

Infection and Incubation Period Meaning

What Is Infection? An infection is an invasion and multiplying of pathogenic microbes in the body tissues in which they are not usually present (1). Pathogenic means capable of causing disease. Infection does not always cause a disease. Definitions of Infection-Related Terms A colonization is the usual presence of >> Read More ...

Bacteremia, Septicemia, Viremia and Fungemia Meaning

Bacteremia – Definition Bacteremia (from bacteria + Latin suffix -emia = blood related) is the presence of the bacteria in the bloodstream (1). Bacteremia is not the same as septicemia (sepsis), which is bacteremia accompanied with an inflammation in the blood. Both Gram-positive bacteria, like staphylococci or >> Read More ...

Low, Poor, Weak, Suppressed Immune System, Immune Deficiency

Normal and Poor Immune System The immune system comprises from immune cells, like white blood cells, antibodies and other substances that fight against microbes and thus defend us against infections. We may suspect that our immune system is low (poor, weak, deficient) when we suffer from frequent infections (like >> Read More ...

What does HIV/AIDS stand for? Different Names for AIDS

HIV is the acronym for human immunodeficiency virus which is responsible for the development of AIDS after prolonged HIV infection. AIDS is Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome which develops in the latter stages of HIV infection. HIV & Immunity HIV is the virus, which is transmitted from person to person and is the >> Read More ...
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