Patient discussion about air

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Q. Are superbugs contagious through the air?

Last week we visited my dad in the hospital, and we noticed that on the next room’s door there was a warning sign. After asking, we were told it was a denoting that the patient inside had a superbug (called klebsiella). On our way out we passed against this patient in the hallway – is it possible that I also carry this superbag? Is it dangerous?
A1Usually these bacteria are transmitted from person to person through direct contact, and less through the air. Moreover, these germs are dangerous in ill and debilitated patients, and not in normal healthy individuals.
A2No, you did not catch it. Klebsiella pneumoniae is a gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria. It can cause pneumonia although it more commonly implicated in hospital-acquired urinary tract and wound infections, particularly in people with weakened immune systems. It is an increasing problem on hospitals because of the evolution of antibiotic resistant strains. Since you are healthy and not hospitalized you cannot catch it. Only other patients can catch it.

Q. breating air that has tetrachloroethene in it how does it affect you if u have prostate cancer

the air in my building has been determined to have Tetrachloroethylene in it i have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer
A1i found a research they did in Finland about tetrachloroethene, and they saw that amongst the people who were exposed to it over the years there was an increased amount of cancerous events. and even prostate cancer.

here is a link to the abstract-
A2tetrachlorathene is a chemical dry cleaning agent that has been determined to be a cancer-causing substance, among other health related issues. As to whether it is related to prostate cancer specifically is unknown. Ask your urologist for thier opinion, as your cancer is quite common in men regardless of exposure to a toxic element. Any correlation between this chemical and cancer or anything else is only speculative, regardless.

Q. where would i find list of all the "clean" cities and the rates of air pollution ...?

Ai don't know about a list of "good" cities, but i know a list of the worse cities for Asthmatic people!-

Q. Does anyone know what could make you gasp for air after you have fallen to sleep? I also have a pounding heart

and I am panting and sweaty. I have a mitral valve prolapse and sinus tachycardia(which I was told was that meant )palpitations
A1if you have what i have ,that is palps i get shortness of breathe,fast heart beats, all i do is take a deep cough, and it goes away,try it if all eles fails,if this is what you have there is a surgery for it, but only in serious cases,my mother just had it done....
A2Sleep apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a particularly tricky sleep disorder - 90% of people who have sleep apnea don't know that they have it! Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times throughout the night, you may not have any recollection of struggling for breath. If left untreated, this common disorder can be life-threatening.

Frequent cessation of breathing (apnea) during sleep. Your sleep partner may notice repeated silences from your side of the bed.

Choking or gasping during sleep to get air into the lungs

Loud snoring

Sudden awakenings to restart breathing

Waking up in a sweat during the night

Feeling unrefreshed in the morning after a night’s sleep

Headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the mornings after waking up

For full article: Hope this helps.
A3It sounds like mitral valve prolapse syndrome (i.e. feelings of heartbeats, shortness of breath, heavy breathing, anxiety etc. that are not dangerous). You can read more about it here
Exercise may help it.

However, I can't make a diagnosis over the net, so before you decide to do something about it, you should consult your doctor, since there may be other causes in your situation to what you describe.

Q. can an HIV virus last when it comes in contact with air and out of the body? in what ways can i get HIV?

and what are the treatment options ? is it treatable ? and what are the side effects for this kind of treatment ?
A1This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in contact with an uninfected person’s broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection. Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection. Hope this helps.

A2HIV cannot survive air exposure. but it can live in blood samples (not dry ones). it is no longer a terminal illness but a chronic one because there are medication that can you take that stop it from deteriorating. but the side effects are severe. for more information:
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