Infectious Diseases

Dear Doctor: A new study said that prolonged antibiotic use is tied to colon polyps. But “prolonged” meant “two weeks or more.” I had a couple of bacterial infections in a six-month timespan. How worried should I be? Antibiotics have undoubtedly [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 24, 2018
Dear Doctor: Does zinc help with colds? First, let’s look at zinc’s impact in general. Zinc is an important element needed for a healthy immune system.  The link between zinc deficiency and infections was first noted in the Middle East 50 [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 14, 2018
Dear Doctors: Our youngest daughter is starting college in New York City this fall and on top of all the empty nest emotions my husband and I are dealing with, a friend has warned us about something she saw on the news called “rat urine disease.” What is it? Should [...]
By Ask the Doctors • September 7, 2018
Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two [...]
By Ask the Doctors • August 27, 2018
  Despite its dry, temperate climate, California had more mosquito-borne infections than any U.S. state from 2004 to 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The California numbers [...]
By Enrique Rivero • July 2, 2018
My doctor recommends that I be tested for hepatitis C, and I’ve also seen commercials urging people to get tested for the virus – but I have no risk factors for Hepatitis C. Is it really necessary to test me for it? Hepatitis C is one of many [...]
By Ask the Doctors • June 14, 2018
Dear Doctors: I’ve been reading about measles outbreaks in the U.S and abroad. Are these new cases really all that dangerous? As an adult, should I get vaccinated? Measles is an ancient and highly contagious respiratory infection. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • May 24, 2018
Dear Doctor: If I received the flu shot in September, am I still protected from the flu in March?   That's a very good question – and the answer depends, in part, on your current health. The flu season normally [...]
By Ask the Doctors • May 14, 2018
Dear Doctors: I heard about a polio outbreak in Nigeria. Might there be an outbreak here in the U.S.?   Polio is a crippling, and sometimes fatal, infectious disease that was once common in the United States. [...]
By Ask the Doctors • April 16, 2018
Dear Doctors: My daughter had the chicken pox vaccine as a child, so never had chicken pox. She’s now an adult. Should she get a booster? That’s an excellent question. The chicken pox (Varicella) vaccination has been widely used in the [...]
By Ask the Doctors • April 14, 2018