Vaginal Discharge: Causes and Treatment

Nearly every woman will experience vaginal discharge at some point in life. Most often, vaginal discharge is normal and does need no treatment, but there can be other causes which require medical treatment.

Chicken Pox Exposure

My 4-year-old has chicken pox. Can I get it? Most adults who grew up in the U.S. are immune to the virus either because they had the disease or because they were immunized.

Ringworm During Pregnancy

Ringworm infections can occur during pregnancy and may appear to look like large pimples on the skin. Skin may appear red and flaky, and be extremely itchy.

Anti-Sperm Antibodies

Anti-sperm antibodies are protein molecules made by the woman's or man's body that are attracted to a specific site on the sperm and interfere with the sperms’s activity.

Circumcision: Pros And Cons

Having a baby boy requires you to make that additional decision of whether to circumcise your baby or not. What are the benefits of circumcision? Is it medically necessary?

Ureaplasma Urealyticum

Couples who experience infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, pelvic pain, premenstrual symptoms, or vaginal symptoms should be tested for ureaplasma urealyticum.

Syphilis During Pregnancy

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It is not very common in the USA. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing.

Parvovirus B19 Infection During Pregnancy

Parvovirus B19 infection during pregnancy can affect the fetus and can lead to hydrops.

Chlamydia Facts

Chlamydial infections can cause serious problems in men and women as well as in newborn babies of infected mothers. It is one of the most widespread bacterial STDs in the U.S.

Toxoplasma - Positive Test

I am 8 weeks pregnant and my blood tested positive for toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplamosis and Infections

The major concern and biggest risk of toxoplasma is if you became infected for the very first time during your pregnany. A simple test for a protein called IgG will tell you if you have had it before or not.

Is Roseola Harmful During Pregnancy?

Most young children get infected with roseola, but they are not diagnosed with it because they only have a fever and usually no rash. Once you are infected, you are immune for the rest of your life.

Lyme Disease and Children

Lyme disease is caused by the black-legged tick. Ticks are more predominant in spring, summer and fall months, but children can contract the disease any time of year.

Urinalysis - Testing The Urine During Pregnancy

One of the tests done routinely at each prenatal visit is the urine test or urinalysis which checks mostly for sugar, protein, blood, and leucocytes.

Measles (Rubeola) Infection During Pregnancy

Measles (also known as Rubeola) is a viral disease that usually produces fever, cough, conjunctivitis and a red, bumpy rash, and a rash ("Koplik's spots") inside the cheeks.

Common STDs in Men

STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are passed from one person to another via unprotected sex. Syphilis, HIV, and gonorrhea are three major STDs men have to worry about.

How to Teach Your Family to Prevent Infections

Parents often believe infants are too young to practice infection prevention. From birth, babies seem naturally lured to fingers and any other items they can grasp and shove in their mouths.

Breast Infections: Mastitis

Breast infections (also known as mastitis) are most common in the period up to six weeks after birth, but they can happen as long as you are nursing.

Can I Eat Cheese During Pregnancy?

You should not eat certain soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined, and Mexican-style cheese  in pregnancy because of a risk of becoming infected with "listeria".

Hepatitis A and Pregnancy

Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Other viral liver infections are caused by Hepatits B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses.

Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4)

MCV4 is a new vaccine against meningococcal disease. The disease is caused by bacteria that can cause meningitis and death. More than 1,000 people contract meningococcal disease every year.

Can Cabbage Help Postpartum Breast Engorgement?

A study showed that the use of cabbage leaves may help women to keep breastfeeding after birth and also that it decreases engorgement.

Pink Eye During Pregnancy

While pink eye can be alarming because it may make the eyes extremely red and can spread rapidly, it's fairly common. Here's what to do when you are pregnant and come down with the dreaded pink eye!

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection and Pregnancy

RSV infects the breathing passages and lungs in small children and infants. Since infants and small children have not yet built up enough immunity the condition may worsen and lead to other illnesses.

The Role of Bacterial Agents in Infertility

Researchers suggest infertile women be tested for multiple bacterial agents, especially Chlamydia trachomatis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and Mycoplasma hominis.

Reducing Newborn Infection Rates with Maternal Immunization

Recently, suggested changes to maternal immunization guidelines suggest all women be vaccinated with Tdap in every pregnancy, but Tdap is not the only immunization currently being investigated.

Multi-Drug Treatment Reduces Mother to Infant HIV Transmission Risk

Recent research reveals using multiple drugs after birth greatly reduces the risk of infant HIV infection.

HIV Testing In Pregnancy Accepted

A recent study has proven beneficial for children born with HIV. During the study, women were counseled on the importance of HIV testing before the birth of their child in order to establish their HIV status and begin immediate treatment for the child post birth.

Brucellosis and Pregnancy

Brucellosis is one of the rarest bacterial infections reported in pregnancy. Infection requires coming in contact with animals, animal meat or animal milk infected with the brucellosis bacteria.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)

The PCV, or pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, protects children against the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. Pneumococcal infections are known to cause meningitis, blood infections and pneumonia, mostly in children.

Chlamydia Symptoms

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?  

Intravenous Immunoglobulin in the Treatment of Neonatal Sepsis

A review of intravenous immunoglobulin use to treat neonatal sepsis by Ohlsson et al, reported significantly positive outcome with use.

Strep B Test Studied to Prevent Misuse of Antibiotics by Pregnant Women

Women who come into the Hospital in full labor but without having had a GBS culture are typically treated with antibiotics to protect the infant from a group B Strep infection.

Breastfeeding Exclusively May Prevent Infection

In a new study published by the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, women who exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life were less likely to report common infections

When to Use Antibiotics During Pregnancy

Not all illnesses are infections that need or can to be treated with antibiotics. The obstetrician will judge the severity of the infection before prescribing an antibiotic.

Preventing Food-borne Illness During Pregnancy

Preventing food-borne illness is always important, but is especially so during pregnancy when the consequences can adversely affect the mother and the unborn child.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is caused by a bacterial infection of the skin. Symptoms of cellulitis include swollen, red, tender skin that may feel warm to the touch. A fever may accompany the infection.

Urine Smells of Ammonia

Is urine with an ammonia smell a problem?

Spotting

What are the possible causes of spotting?

Toxoplasmosis-What is it?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that is caused by contact with a microscopic parasitic organism called Toxoplasma gondii. When contracted by a pregnant woman, it can pose a serious risk to her baby.

Hepatitis Tests During Pregnancy

Hepatitis B infection in pregnancy can be dangerous because the virus can be transmitted to the baby

Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus.

STD - Recommended Screening

Intrauterine or perinatally transmitted STDs can have fatal or severely debilitating effects on a fetus. Here are the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control) recommendations for screening of pregnant women

Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

Sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 2 million women every year. This number can only be tallied by the number of women who are treated or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.

Epstein-Barr Virus and Pregnancy

The Epstein-Barr virus (EPV) is a common viral infection. It is estimated that 95% of people between the ages of 35 and 40 have come in contact with the virus at least once.

Mumps

Mumps is a viral infection spread from one child to another via saliva (spit). The main area affected by mumps are the parotid salivary glands. These glands are located behind the cheeks.

Trichomoniasis During Pregnancy

Trichomoniasis or trich, is a sexually transmitted disease. When a pregnant woman is infected with trich, she may be at increased risk of problems during pregnancy such as early delivery.

Vaginal Itching With Or Without Pregnancy A Symptom of Vulvovaginitis

Vaginal itching is of a symptom associated with vulvovaginitis which affects women in every age group..

Rotavirus Infection during Pregnancy

Rotavirus is a common childhood infection that can also affect women during pregnancy.

Viral Diseases and Pregnancy

Viral infections in pregnancy such as HIV, CMV, or parvovirus are major causes of newborn, mother and fetal diseases.

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