Drugs Used to Treat Infectious Diseases

Acetaminophen (Trade names Tylenol, Datril, Temora, Volatile) Over-the-counter painkiller and fever reducer used in many nonprescription pain relievers. Often prescribed for mild to moderate pain or fever, it cannot treat inflammation. It is given by mouth and may cause stomach upsets. Side Effects Allergic reactions. Overdose can cause fatal liver problems. acyclovir (Trade name Zovirax) An antiviral drug prescribed for the treatment of herpes simplex, shingles, and chicken pox that is...

Shellfish poisoning paralytic 245

Associated in particular with eating mussels, oysters, and scallops. Symptoms Symptoms appear between a few minutes to three hours after ingestion, and include gastrointestinal problems accompanied by muscular weakness, chills, headache, and fever. Recovery is rapid and death is rare. Diagnosis Diagnosis is based on observing symptoms and recent dietary history. Treatment There is no antidote for this type of shellfish poison, but most people recover on their own. shellfish poisoning,...

Lyme Bartonella Babesia Nodule Eyelid

Babesiosis (babesiasis) A rare, occasionally fatal, disease caused by a tick-borne microorganism similar to both LYME DISEASE and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE). Also known as Nantucket Fever, it is most often seen in the elderly and those with impaired immune systems. Severe cases have been diagnosed in those who have had their spleen removed prior to exposure. Most cases of babesiosis have been reported in summer and fall in the northeastern United States, especially Nantucket, Shelter...

Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome SSSS

A blistering skin rash in newborns that is caused by toxins on the skin released by staphylococcal bacteria. The disorder primarily affects infants between one to three months of age and occasionally older children and adults. First recognized as a distinct condition in the mid-1800s, this disease has been incorrectly called by many different names, including Ritter's disease, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and pemphigus neonatorum. The fatality rate is less than 4 percent. Epidemics have occurred...

Toxic shock syndrome 267

Illness can cause a temporary deafness or an abscess on the tonsil. If symptoms last for longer than 24 hours or if pus is seen on the tonsils, a physician should be consulted. Treatment Tonsillitis can be treated with systemic antibiotics. While a tonsillectomy is still sometimes performed for recurrent cases, this surgical procedure is done much less often today than it was in earlier decades. tonsils The tonsils a mass of oval lymphoid tissue on either side of the back of the mouth are one...