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Dr. Amar Safdar, M.D.

Infectious Disease Specialist

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Dr. Amar Safdar, M.D.
  • El Paso, TX
  • Dow Med College University Of Karachi Pakistan
  • Accepting new patients

Can fungal infection in the swimming pool spread from one person to another?

The fungal skin infections that are commonly called "ring worms" are contagious and can be acquired in the changing rooms, locker rooms, and so on. To prevent these from occurring, READ MORE
The fungal skin infections that are commonly called "ring worms" are contagious and can be acquired in the changing rooms, locker rooms, and so on. To prevent these from occurring, make sure not o share towels, bar of soap, swim trunks etc.

Cough for 1 week plus - should I worry?

It could be an infection or allergies. I suggest you see a doctor if the cough has lasted for more than a week, as bronchitis is a concern.

I have been suffering from dry cough for the last one month. What can I do?

Suggest you see your doctor and have a chest x-ray done.

Is chicken pox really something you need a vaccine for?

It is of paramount importance to have children vaccinated against chicken pox as lack of immunization a) makes risk for community outbreaks a significant health issue for the well READ MORE
It is of paramount importance to have children vaccinated against chicken pox as lack of immunization a) makes risk for community outbreaks a significant health issue for the well being of the community and b) individuals in whom vaccination is not given, the risk for potentially serious, life threatening complications significantly increases, if chicken pox is acquired as an adult.

In how much time should an infection show up in the blood count report?

It depends where the infection is, for example: {} Pneumonia (lung infection) may have a positive blood culture also called bacteremia (isolation of bacteria from a blood sample) READ MORE
It depends where the infection is, for example:
{} Pneumonia (lung infection) may have a positive blood culture also called bacteremia (isolation of bacteria from a blood sample) in some patients, although most with pneumonia will not have concurrent bacteremia.
{} Cellulitis and abscesses (skin infection) - most patients over 70 to 80% will not have bacteremia
{} UTI, especially bladder infections are not accompanied by bacteremia, albeit, kidney infection (pyelonephritis) it is not uncommon to have a positive blood culture.
{} Bacterial meningitis may also occur with isolation of the bacteria from the blood.
High white blood cell counts is often an indication if invasive infection, however, WBC may be elevated due to a host of reasons other than an infection.

Can fungal infection cause low grade fever?

Most superficial fungal infection that involve skin and mucus membranes do not cause fever, examples of these are ring worm, thrush, Candida vaginosis; whereas, patients with invasive READ MORE
Most superficial fungal infection that involve skin and mucus membranes do not cause fever, examples of these are ring worm, thrush, Candida vaginosis; whereas, patients with invasive fungal disease such as invasion into sinuses, lungs, bloodstream, and those with meningitis, peritonitis may exhibit a febrile response.

What are the viruses that could cause pneumonia?

Most common viral pneumonia in children include the following: {} Respiratory syncytial virus {} influenza viruses {} Parainfluenza virus {} Adenovirus, and Cytomegalovirus pneumonia READ MORE
Most common viral pneumonia in children include the following:
{} Respiratory syncytial virus
{} influenza viruses
{} Parainfluenza virus
{} Adenovirus, and Cytomegalovirus pneumonia are not common, especially in children with good immune function

Can ringworm infection be treated?

Ring worm is Tinea Corporis, a fungal infection that involves the superficial part of skin. It take a little long to treat, unlike a bacterial infection such as cellulitis, and READ MORE
Ring worm is Tinea Corporis, a fungal infection that involves the superficial part of skin. It take a little long to treat, unlike a bacterial infection such as cellulitis, and if not treated adequately, it may come back. Plus, it is also important to assess risk factors as these infections tend to be contagious among household contacts or other close physical contact, such as contact sports, workout gyms, etc.

Amar Safdar, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Zika virus?

CDC is actively engaged in surveillance of Zika virus recurrence during the upcoming spring and summer with rise in the vector (mosquitos) Here is the information from CDC: US READ MORE
CDC is actively engaged in surveillance of Zika virus recurrence during the upcoming spring and summer with rise in the vector (mosquitos)
Here is the information from CDC:
US States and DC: 5,676
US Territories: 37,190
*Source: ArboNET as of April 4, 2018

I think the virus remains a concern for now and have to see how this trend unfolds in 2018-2019

My father's wound test detected E.coli bacteria. Is it fatal?

Drug resistance has rapidly emerged among bacterias like E. coli, although vast majority of these infections are curable and need appropriate diagnosis and antibiotic therapy. READ MORE
Drug resistance has rapidly emerged among bacterias like E. coli, although vast majority of these infections are curable and need appropriate diagnosis and antibiotic therapy.
There should also be evaluation for possible deep tissue infection/involvement, such decisions are often predicated upon the clinical presentation of infection.

Is herpes an infectious disease?

Herpes simplex 1 & 2 are viruses that are highly contagious and common in the general population. Once infected, individuals harbor these viruses for the life-time. In patients READ MORE
Herpes simplex 1 & 2 are viruses that are highly contagious and common in the general population.
Once infected, individuals harbor these viruses for the life-time.
In patients with intact immune function, they may appear as painful shallow ulcers that resolve without treatment, during periods of stress.
Commonly recognized as "cold sores" or "fever blisters'