Answers and questions on infectology

Does garlic help with helminthiasis? The fact is that our child attends kindergarten and it is possible that it was there that he became infected. Now we treat him with folk methods, but we do not want history repeating. What examinations do we need to undergo?
Answer: 25.11.2020

Garlic is a folk remedy! By itself, garlic does not destroy the helminth shell. In order to understand what helminths are and whether they exist at all, it is necessary to do tests: blood for antibodies to helminths, complete blood count, liver function tests, feces analysis for helminth eggs and protozoa, and consult infectious disease specialist. Self-medication is extremely dangerous.

Blazhko Valentina Sergeevna
Infectious disease doctor The first category. Work experience is more than 10 years.
Recently, I began to notice that my skin turns yellow, I want to sleep constantly and I don’t want to do anything at all. At first, I thought that it was just with the onset of autumn that apathy came. But the symptoms do not go away and it seems to me that I am getting worse. Tell me, what am I sick with?
Answer: 25.11.2020

Before establishing your diagnosis, you need to undergo additional examination and a thorough collection of complaints. First of all, I would advise to exclude hepatitis, helminthiasis, obstructive jaundice. Exacerbation of chronic herpesvirus infection is also possible. It is necessary to do additional tests, to undergo an ultrasound. I advise you to seek the medical attention of an infectious disease specialist, a gastroenterologist. If obstructive jaundice is detected during an ultrasound, see the surgeon.

Blazhko Valentina Sergeevna
Infectious disease doctor The first category. Work experience is more than 10 years.
I still can't figure out if I need to wear a mask on the subway? Some people are always with a mask on their chin and they don't get sick, everything is fine. Why should I wear a mask if I'm not sick at all?
Answer: 25.11.2020

In Ukraine, on November 19, 2020, the President of Ukraine has signed a decree on the mask regime, for failure to comply with which a fine is imposed. The mask can help reduce the risk of contracting infections transmitted by airborne droplets, including coronavirus infection. The mask helps protect you if you meet a sick person and also protects other people from infection if you are sick. A person in the incubation period is also contagious to others, although he/she does not have symptoms of the disease.

Blazhko Valentina Sergeevna
Infectious disease doctor The first category. Work experience is more than 10 years.
A small pink spot appeared in the arm pit. I didn't pay attention, now this spot has formed a circle 1 cm in diameter and began to peel off. It itches very badly and the itching does not stop. But this is only at night, during the day it does not itch. What it is? Which doctor should I visit in order to understand what tests to do?
Answer: 25.11.2020

Hello! In order to determine the nature of the spot, it is necessary to do tests, at least, complete blood count, antibodies to borreliosis, scraping for fungus. Based on the description, it can be Gibert’s disease. But differential diagnostics with Lyme disease should still be carried out. To make a diagnosis, I advise you to visit a dermatologist. And if excluding the dermatological pathology - infectious disease specialist.

Blazhko Valentina Sergeevna
Infectious disease doctor The first category. Work experience is more than 10 years.
Could you please tell me, I often have stomach pain and gurgling, I sleep badly, sometimes the temperature rises, a rash appears on the skin, can it be caused by helminths? Which doctor deals with parasites?
Answer: 29.01.2020

Hello! In order to make a correct diagnosis, you need to be examined. The causes of your complaints may be various diseases, such as: exacerbation of chronic herpesvirus infection, helminthic infestations, hepatitis, dysbiosis, irritable bowel syndrome. To make a diagnosis, it is necessary to do tests: complete blood count, coprogram, feces analysis for helminth eggs, antibodies to hepatitis, etc. Self-medication is dangerous.

Blazhko Valentina Sergeevna
Infectious disease doctor The first category. Work experience is more than 10 years.