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Dr. Elliot Francke

Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Elliot Francke is an infectious disease specialist practicing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Francke specializes in infections that are difficult to diagnose or unresponsive to treatments, such as HIV or airborne infections from a foreign country. Infectious disease specialists usually work with conditions that are not treatable by a primary physician but it is important to keep contact with the primary physician in order to receive information about the patients history and for deciding which diagnostic tests are appropriate.
Dr. Elliot Francke
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Northwestern University
  • Accepting new patients

Are ayurvedic medicines help treat bacterial infections?

There is no evidence one way or the other that Ayurvedic treatments have any effect on bacterial infections.

Are the measles contagious?

Measles is highly contagious to anyone who has not been vaccinated, but not to anyone who has been vaccinated.

What causes the hand foot mouth disease?

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is due to a Coxsackie A virus, highly contagious by direct contact and airborne to some extent. There is no vaccine or treatment. The symptoms and READ MORE
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is due to a Coxsackie A virus, highly contagious by direct contact and airborne to some extent. There is no vaccine or treatment. The symptoms and signs include fever, sore throat, and red to blistering rash that includes the palms and soles. The rash can be painful. Children and adults with this disease should stay home and avoid contact with others until the rash resolves. The best prevention is to avoid contact.

Are there different stages in HIV infection?

The disease goes into a latent phase. When enough immune cells are destroyed, the person loses protection against serious infections and some malignancies. This can take months READ MORE
The disease goes into a latent phase. When enough immune cells are destroyed, the person loses protection against serious infections and some malignancies. This can take months or years. It does not occur at all if the person faithfully takes medication that prevents the virus from multiplying. With treatment, a near-normal lifespan is anticipated.

Should I be concerned about dengue?

Dengue is a mosquito borne virus endemic to many warm climates. In North America, it is common in the Caribbean, with a few cases in southern states. If traveling in endemic zones, READ MORE
Dengue is a mosquito borne virus endemic to many warm climates. In North America, it is common in the Caribbean, with a few cases in southern states. If traveling in endemic zones, use appropriate insect repellent. A vaccine is in development.

What is the treatment for the NIPAH?

Nipah is a virus that can cause fatal respiratory disease or encephalitis with seizures Mortality is 45 to 70 percent. There is no treatment or effective vaccine. While it can READ MORE
Nipah is a virus that can cause fatal respiratory disease or encephalitis with seizures Mortality is 45 to 70 percent. There is no treatment or effective vaccine. While it can be transmitted person to person, it more commonly comes from contact with infected fruit bats or pigs. It has caused outbreaks in Malaysia and India.

Mintezol for pinworms?

Mintezole is not the only treatment for pi worms. First, have the diagnosis confirmed. Then, you can be treated with Mebendazole, Albendazole, Pyrantel pamoate, or if all else READ MORE
Mintezole is not the only treatment for pi worms. First, have the diagnosis confirmed. Then, you can be treated with Mebendazole, Albendazole, Pyrantel pamoate, or if all else fails, Ivermectin. You would need 2 treatments 10 days to two weeks apart.
Good luck!

Syphillis

Yes, even late stage syphilis is curable, but damage to the nervous system may not be reversible.

Syphilis

Herpes type 1 is a virus spread by skin to skin contact. There is a treatment. Although it can rarely be spread when no active blisters are present, it is best to avoid direct READ MORE
Herpes type 1 is a virus spread by skin to skin contact. There is a treatment. Although it can rarely be spread when no active blisters are present, it is best to avoid direct contact with blisters or crusted lesions. Syphilis is also spread by direct or sexual contact. It first appears as a painless ulcer, then goes dormant for months or years. This is called the latent phase, with no symptoms, but is still contagious. Untreated, it enters a late, tertiary phase, with changes in meditation or severe pains. There can also be a secondary phase with meningitis and/or rash.

Have I been infected sexually?

These are most likely either papilloma virus or herpes simplex. You can see your primary doctor or a urologist for identification and treatment options. Bear in mind that you are READ MORE
These are most likely either papilloma virus or herpes simplex. You can see your primary doctor or a urologist for identification and treatment options. Bear in mind that you are contagious with direct contact. It is always best to use a condom if you plan sexual contact. You may also want to consider testing for other sexually transmitted diseases. Sorry for your discomfort.

Inner tip of penis opening is white and a dull pain. I believe I have HPV.

HPV can cause all of your symptoms, but I suspect you have more than one infection. You should be tested for multiple sexually transmitted diseases, as well as Candida, and probably READ MORE
HPV can cause all of your symptoms, but I suspect you have more than one infection. You should be tested for multiple sexually transmitted diseases, as well as Candida, and probably HIV as well.

Baby in womb give daddy syphilis

The baby is at high risk for congenital abnormalities, but will not transmit the disease to the father.

Genital wart?

You need to have your gynecologist look at it. What appears to you to be a simple wart may be something else entirely, and require a more specific treatment.

Is lyme disease common among pet owners?

Generally, you are protected if you keep ticks off your pet.

What are the symptoms of the H1NI flu? Is it still an issue?

Symptoms of H1N1 are nonspecific - muscle aches, fever, nasal congestion, cough, fatigue, weakness. There are medications that treat the virus specifically. If given early, generally READ MORE
Symptoms of H1N1 are nonspecific - muscle aches, fever, nasal congestion, cough, fatigue, weakness. There are medications that treat the virus specifically. If given early, generally reducing symptoms by about one day. A better, newer antiviral will be available soon, as well as a far better vaccine.

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

E. coli from skin infections is only fatal if it causes sepsis when it grows in blood cultures.



Can pimples spread from one person to another?

Thanks for your question. Acne is not contagious.

Is there any way to prevent whooping cough from spreading?

Close contacts and family members of a documented case of Pertussis can be given Azithromycin, if not allergic or at risk of toxicity, for 14 days. Vaccine is 80 to 90 percent READ MORE
Close contacts and family members of a documented case of Pertussis can be given Azithromycin, if not allergic or at risk of toxicity, for 14 days. Vaccine is 80 to 90 percent effective in prevention.

Is eczema an infectious disease?

Eczema is not an infectious disease. It reflects a form of hyperactive immune system. Specific causes are rarely found, but treatments are available. Please see your doctor, or READ MORE
Eczema is not an infectious disease. It reflects a form of hyperactive immune system. Specific causes are rarely found, but treatments are available. Please see your doctor, or a dermatologist.

If I have a stomach infection is it likely to affect my unborn baby?

There is no proven effect of gastroenteritis on the fetus. A large study in Sweden confirmed this in 2001. There may be a slight risk of early delivery. The exception to this study READ MORE
There is no proven effect of gastroenteritis on the fetus. A large study in Sweden confirmed this in 2001. There may be a slight risk of early delivery. The exception to this study is infection with Listeria.