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Other causes of inflammation or infection of the ear canal include:
scratching the ear canal with a cotton swab, bobby pin, fingernail, or other sharp object. Cleaning the ear canal harshly or with a sharp object. Use of earplugs. Bubble baths, soaps, and shampoos. Chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea. Allergies. Use of stereo headphones inserted into the ear. Excessive sweating from physical activity.
came from." The West Nile virus can cause encephalitis, or inflammation
of the brain, in humans, but most people who become infected either show
no reaction or become mildly ill with flu-like symptoms. environmentalrisk.cornell.edu...
First big influenza genome study reveals flu evolution
In the study, TIGR scientists and their colleagues sequenced 209 complete genomes of the human influenza A virus. The genomes represent virus samples, or isolates, taken from patients who visited county clinics across New York over the past five flu seasons, from 1999-2004. Almost all the influenza genomes represent the H3N2 strain, which predominated during these flu seasons. Comparing these genomes, the researchers tracked the changing virus as it moved across the region.
An international team of researchers has discovered that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common cold virus causing bronchiolitis in children, can act as a 'hit and hide' virus. It was thought that the virus could only survive in the body for a few days, but these new results show that the virus can survive for many months or years, perhaps causing long-term effects on health, such as damage to the lungs.
Originally posted by Relentless
There are so many viruses out there mutating away and jumping species I don't think there is any way to stay on top of them. I do not think the one I started this thread about has a chance in hell of being nailed down.
It's starting to make me wonder if the next pandemic is even going to come from the avian flu at all, there are so many avenues and possibilities.
I'm going to count myself lucky that I have not caught this one ... It may not be killing people but it certainly is leaving lasting damage in way too many people. ...
Sorry I even started this thread, I really need to go forget about this now (and not proud of the fact that I am actually at that point).
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Sofi, so it appears from your statement there that my crazy idea may not be as crazy as it sounds?