From Wikipedia:Infectious disease (medical specialty)Infection (disambiguation)
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Infection is the invasion of an organism's body tissues by disease-causing agents, their multiplication, and the reaction of host tissues to the infectious agents and the toxins they produce. (In some cases, bacteria, viruses and fungi are normally present in the body, but not in large amounts. An infection may not cause obvious symptoms, but still impact bodily functions. It may stay localized, or may spread through the blood or lymphatic vessels and become systemic - affecting the whole body. Micro-organisms that normally live in the body are not considered infections. Rather, it is the function of the friendly bacteria that normally live within the mouth and intestine, to crowd out the other micro-organisms, thereby preventing infections.)
Infectious agents include virus, viroids, prions, bacteria, nematodes such as parasitic roundworms and pinworms, arthropods such as ticks, mites, fleas, and lice, and other macroparasites such as tapeworms and other helminths.
Mammalian hosts react to infections with an innate immune response, often involving inflammation, followed by an adaptive response.
Specific medications used to treat infections include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, antiprotozoals, and antihelminthics. I overwhelmingly prefer natural means of treatment, but, in some cases, antivirals or others may be needed, but should be followed with the natural treatment for more complete effect. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) and Herpes Some years ago, I had a severe itching and pain starting in my right ear, It wouldn't go away and I did not know what it was. About the 2nd day, it was getting worse and worse and I was exasperated. I went that day to my wife's ear doctor and he took me in right away. He quickly saw that I had shingles in the ear and prescribed the antiviral, which must be taken within the 1st 48 hours to be effective - well, I may have been beyond that. So, I had asked the doctor, if the shingles infection was still in early stage, and he said it was still early. I took the medicine pretty much as prescribed, and it did start to be relieved. I also took the homeopathic remedy, Herpes Simplex 30x (for professional use only) in alcohol by Standard Homeopathic. It may be available from Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy in Santa Monica, CA. (It helps the body recognize that the body has to fight the virus - and has no side-effects. The vesicles start to heal up.)
SHINGLES IS A VERY DIFFICULT ILL. EITHER YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO OVERCOME IT, OR IT WILL MESS UP YOUR LIFE. WISHING AND HOPING IT WILL GO AWAY WILL GET YOU NOTHING.
Shingles is a herpes zoster infection that occurs in adults that were exposed to chicken pox in childhood. It usually occurs in older people, as our immune systems become weaker.
If it occurs in younger people, it indicates a compromised immune system.The immune system will become compromised by taking of prescription drugs, especially antibiotics, for colds, etc. Antibiotics and all drugs mess up the microbiota, the friendly bacteria in the gut. HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES ARE SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND SUPPORT HOMEOSTASIS (wellness feeling).
Microbiota have been found to be crucial for immunologic, hormonal and metabolic homeostasis of their host.
Shingles is a herpes zoster infection that occurs in adults that were exposed to chicken pox in childhood. I continued the treatment with the antiviral and the homeopathic remedy. I also took the amino acid, Lysine, every day along with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lysine and arginine are naturally occurring amino acids in foods. Lysine-rich foods are alkaline foods and help to strengthen the immune system. Arginine-rich foods are acid forming foods and tend to weaken the immune system.
Best foods to recover from or minimize shingles or herpes outbreaks are foods high in lysine and low in arginine. Plain yogurt and plain goat yogurt top the list with about 3 times as much lysine as compared to amount of arginine - that's good. Other foods high in lysine and low in arginine are: most cheeses, papaya, beets, goat milk, milk, butter, buttermilk, ice cream, mango, apricot, apple, pear, most fish, avacado, tomato, chicken, pork, pineapple, potato, mushroom soup, celery, beef, turkey, peach, bean, lettuce - in that order. Arginine promotes the growth and replication of viruses like herpes. To minimize outbreaks of herpes or shingles, it is best to minimize arginine-rich foods such as orange juice, nuts, peanuts, wheat products, watermelon, cantaloupe, alcohol, caffeine, junk food, too much red meat, white flour products, food additives, artificial sweeteners. Extremely important: to avoid pain in the area when the shingles or herpes heals up, I want to keep the scabs well lubricated during healing to prevent drying out and cracking. If the scabs dry out, they will likely crack.
It is my theory that if the scabs crack and heal up, sensitive nerve endings will be broken by the cracks and will trapped in the healed up cracks. Oh.Oh! Pain! They call it phantom pain. It doesn't go away, and there is no good way to treat it.
This is a simple concept to an engineer. It is a mechanical problem. Prevent the cracking and avoid the danger of having the nerve endings trapped in the healed up cracks. I applied a little bit of A & D Ointment frequently during the healing process and prevented the cracking of the scabs. When I saw my regular doctor a few weeks later, he was highly impressed that I healed up from the shingles in the ear so quickly and without any lingering pain. Was he impressed with my theory, which I explained to him in great detail? NO, NOT AT ALL! That's why he is a doctor, and not an engineer. Engineers and scientists have to pay attention to all plausible theories because that is how we learn what works. We don't want or need some organization (like FDA or AMA) or some for-profit company (like a big Pharma) to impose their ideas on us, as to what works. That would be the end of real science and the beginning of farcical or psuedo-science.
Regina had a really case of shingles around the mid section and back, 10 years ago. She did not get to the doctor in time for the antiviral. She suffered for 3 months and it was not getting much better. Fortunately we did keep the scabs well lubricated so they wouldn't crack. My theory in action - it worked for her to avoid lingering pain - so good.
However, after 3 bad months and it is not going away, we had to do something. We did. We went to our friendly Lithuanian aqupuncturist, Birute. She was a doctor in Lithuania and studied Oriental medicine here. She knew what to do. Some needles, yes, but she also used Moxa. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxibustion) Indirect moxibustion holds a cigar made of moxa near the acupuncture point to heat the skin and also near the blisters so the heat and smoke kills the virus. Less than 10 treatments and Regina was cured - and it never came back.
Fungus also does naturally live,in small amounts, in the human body and in many types. One type, candida, is a yeast that normally lives in small amounts in various places like in the mouth, on other mucous surfaces, or on the skin - without causing any problems.
Bacteria feed on the candida and normally keep it under control. But when the friendly bacteria is destroyed, as happens with antibiotic treatment or other deleterious processes, the yeast can multiply rapidly, growing out of control.candidiasis
. There are several different types of it.