Category Archives: Infectious Diseases

Scarlet fever

Pathology S. pyogenes (also known as Group A streptococcus) is usually an unproblematic commensal in the skin or on the throat, but some forms produce superantigens including pyrogenic exotoxins; these can cause non-invasive infections such as scarlet fever. Presentation Initially … Continue reading

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Community-acquired pneumonia; a couple of points

So, I was reading an article on CRP in the March 2018 BJGP, and a couple of interesting things came up. The most important one is that I’m out of date on my CRP thresholds. I was still using the … Continue reading

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Risk factors for sepsis in newborns

As signs of sepsis in newborns are subtle and non-specific, it’s important to be aware of situations in which a baby is at higher risk of problems. Maternal pyrexia Maternal colonisation with potentially harmful organisms such as GBS (in either … Continue reading

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Lyme disease: points from NICE guidance

Some useful points from a BMJ summary of the NICE guidance (note that I’m keeping this brief, as I’m trying not to duplicate points I already have): Incubation period May appear as much as 3 months after the initial tick … Continue reading

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Shingles infectivity

After having a case of shingles and two more suspected cases (which turned out not to be) at the care home where I work, I thought it might be useful to put together a protocol for staff. I posted this … Continue reading

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First, second, third and fourth diseases?

This is of no educational value whatsoever, but I couldn’t resist adding it. In the onrush of facts to be memorised to get through medical school, I spared very little time for wondering why slapped cheek is known as ‘fifth … Continue reading

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Mastitis

A couple of useful points in a BMJ article: Mastitis vs. inflammatory breast cancer Mastitis is more localised, while inflammatory breast cancer can cause redness or skin changes of the whole breast. Inflammatory breast cancer can also cause a general … Continue reading

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