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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases can lead to death.


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Virus in the blood stream the same as blood poisoning?

Virus in the blood stream the same as blood poisoning?

No: The old term blood poisoning refers to septic shock from bacterial toxins. While viral infections can lead to multiorgan failure, it is not from a viral toxi.But rather from systemic inflammation run amok. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases can lead to death.


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Is bacteria in the blood always called sepsis?

Is bacteria in the blood always called sepsis?

No: When bacteria is found in the blood it can be called bacteremia. If it gets severe affecting other body systems it can be called sepsis. ...Read more

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Could a yeast infection in the blood stream show up on a peripheral blood smear?

Could a yeast infection in the blood stream show up on a peripheral blood smear?

I'd you're lucky: A peripheral smear is very unlikely to show yeast but can easily show indirect signs of blood infection. The stains (coloring) used for peripheral smears are not the best to show yeast. Special stains can be used, but you still need a keen eye and a lot of luck. ...Read more

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Could cancer cause blood in the urine?

Could cancer cause blood in the urine?

Yes: It can be infection, stone, cancer or a variety of other problems. See your doctor. www.peedoc.com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

Germs in blood: Once a germ gets into the blood, symptoms depend primarily on the type of germ. Viruses have blood phases & typically produce fever spikes & muscle aches, sensitivity to light etc. Bacteria will do this & add blood pressure instability, prolonged fever or low body temperature, fatigue & prostration. Fungal germs or yeast trigger responses like bacteria.Viruses & bacteria can trigger a rash. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection affect the color of the blood of my period?

Can a yeast infection affect the color of the blood of my period?

Conceivalble: But not likely. If the volume of discharge due to the yeast infection is inordinately high, one might theorize that it could mix with menstrual blood and alter its color, but this a stretch. ...Read more

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Hard painful lymph node on left side of the back of my neck, bones ache, fatigued and weakness, no signs of infection but some blood levels are high?

Hard painful lymph node on left side of the back of my neck, bones ache, fatigued and weakness, no signs of infection but some blood levels are high?

Neck node: What are those blood high levels? I like to know. You have to see your doctor for thorough examination, diagnostic tests and biopsy. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Not usually: But the bug is on and around the infected person.Wash your hands carefully to prevent spread. ...Read more

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What is the role of blood pressure in the formation of filtrate in the nephrons?

What is the role of blood pressure in the formation of filtrate in the nephrons?

Filtration pressure: Filtration in the nephrons is a combination of physical and chemical pressure. Blood pressure provides the physical pressure for filtration. If the renal perfusion pressure is too low, filtration is not efficient. This can happen with renal artery stenosis and hypertension on the body side and low pressure on the kidney side of the stenosis. Generalized low pressure likewise will impair filtration ...Read more

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What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

Many things: Any number of things, usually scratches and trauma that get infected. It is probably prudent to check the child for any systemic disease that may predispose to blood infection, as I am sure his/her doctors are doing. ...Read more

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Blood clot in the leg..Which are the symptoms?

Blood clot in the leg..Which are the symptoms?

Blood clot Legs: Pain , redness, swelling and discoloration of leg are the symptoms and signs of blood clot in leg. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of a streptococcus infection in the bloodstream?

What are the first symptoms of a streptococcus infection in the bloodstream?

Fever: Before streptococcus enters blood stream, there is usually some site in the body that is already infected and fever is a likely early symptom. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Pinkish blood at the end of urination.Urine test:no infection but found blood and a lot of sand md said.Medication didn't work.Can it be blader stone?

Pinkish blood at the end of urination.Urine test:no infection but found blood and a lot of sand md said.Medication didn't work.Can it be blader stone?

Hematuria: Hematuria is blood in the urine. You need a complete urologic evaluation that can involved bladder testing, a kidney scan, and sometimes other urine testing. It is important in this case to rule out cancer, especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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What are the tests for infection in the blood?

Blood Culture: A suspicion that infection is in the blood can be confirmed by taking a blood specimen and submitting it to the lab for culture. In the lab, blood is transferred to a nutrient media, like planting seeds in a garden, and monitored over several days for signs of growth.If the material becomes hazy, a small amount is examined under a microscope.If they see germs they have confirmed it. ...Read more

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Is the blood pressure in the lungs separate from the heart blood pressure?

Is the blood pressure in the lungs separate from the heart blood pressure?

Yes: Oxygen poor venous blood flows to the right side of the heart. It is then pumped into the lungs, and from there goes to the left side of the heart which pumps it into the arteries to the entire body. The commonly measured pressure is the arterial pressure from the lt side of the heart. The pressure in the lungs is from the rt side of the heart, is much lower, and takes an echocardiogram to measure. ...Read more

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What is the causes of blood in the urine?

What is the causes of blood in the urine?

Many, usually benign: Bladder infection (hemorrhagic cystitis), kidney or bladder stone, interstitial cystitis, glomerulonephritis ( type of kidney disease), bleeding blood vessel abnormality, malignancies (eg cancer) of bladder, kidney, prostate or urethra or can be benign microscopic hematuria (sometimes familial). But rule of thumb is that it signifies possible cancer unless proven to the contrary. ...Read more

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Can the presence of salmonella in one's body raises his blood pressure?

Can the presence of salmonella in one's body raises his blood pressure?

Not usually: If you are in fact infected with Salmonella it may well lower your BP disasterously. If you are simply GI or gallbadder colonized it should not affect your BP ...Read more

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What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

Many things: Any number of things, usually scratches and trauma that get infected. It is probably prudent to check the child for any systemic disease that may predispose to blood infection, as I am sure his/her doctors are doing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

Germs in blood: Once a germ gets into the blood, symptoms depend primarily on the type of germ. Viruses have blood phases & typically produce fever spikes & muscle aches, sensitivity to light etc. Bacteria will do this & add blood pressure instability, prolonged fever or low body temperature, fatigue & prostration. Fungal germs or yeast trigger responses like bacteria.Viruses & bacteria can trigger a rash. ...Read more

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Can blood clots be in the back of the thigh?

Can blood clots be in the back of the thigh?

Yes, a clot: could potentially form anywhere there is a vascular structure. However, certain locations of clot are more common and/or clinically relevant than others. ...Read more

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Can the rectum cause a bacterial infection in the vagina?

Can the rectum cause a bacterial infection in the vagina?

Close proximity: The two apertures are close to each other. Tight clothing and intercourse can colonize the area with bacteria. ...Read more

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I am on clarithromycin 500mg 2x, twice a day, is this effective for treating severe infections of any kind, including blood infection and brain absces?

I am on clarithromycin 500mg 2x, twice a day, is this effective for treating severe infections of any kind, including blood infection and brain absces?

Clarithromycin: Clarithromycin is good for those bacteria which are sensitive to this antibiotic. As with any antibiotic it is not good for everything. Each infection is different and requires the correct antibiotic for the particular bacteria. ...Read more

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Kidney infection treatment, is blood transfusion the best way to go?

Kidney infection treatment, is blood transfusion the best way to go?

Antibiotics: Antibiotic is the best treatment for infection ( including kidney infection)- not blood transfusion. If your doctor gave you blood transfusion- likely your doctor has other reason to support decision on transfusion. D/w your md for detail. ...Read more

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A sheep bit my finger and it drew blood. Do i need to take it to hospital for any infection treatment?

A sheep bit my finger and it drew blood. Do i need to take it to hospital for any infection treatment?

Sheep bite: Hey i would not be too concerned about the sheep - its you and the finger that is of concern. Infections from animal bites can be bad. Please go to the er and get it checked. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for yeast infections because my blood is so thin I have risk for internal bleeding?

Is there a cure for yeast infections because my blood is so thin I have risk for internal bleeding?

Balance: There are two concerns you have. Yeast infections and thin blood. Yeast infections are problematic and the best cure is prevention. Talk to your doctor as to why your having recurring infections. Yeast and bacteria live in a balance. If you kill off the normal flora you get yeast infections. Ask your doctor to look at your diet and blood count. ...Read more

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A friend has a vaginal bacteria infection and she can't afford antibiotics what are some ways she can get rid of it at home? And shes spotting blood?

A friend has a vaginal bacteria infection and she can't afford antibiotics what are some ways she can get rid of it at home? And shes spotting blood?

No such thing: There are no home remedies for bacterial infection. She can lose her kidneys if she lets this go untreated. She must take her medicine and she must do so urgently. ...Read more

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Im just wondering but is there a risk of infection if your own blood gets mixed with somone elses? Eg. By touching the area or swalliwing by accident

Possible: Universal precautionary measures include using gloves, wearing appropriate eye protection when coming in contact with body fluids such as blood, sputum, drainage from wounds, etc. If the other person has in infectious process like hiv, hepatitis, then there is risk; if the other person is clean, risk is nil. ...Read more

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Can sepsis be caused by fungal infection?

Can sepsis be caused by fungal infection?

Yes: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory response to a specific infection. The infection can be in the lung, the blood, the kidney/bladder, or anywhere else. The infection could be bacterial or fungal. It is the body's inflammatory response that defines sepsis (and septic shock), not the infection itself. ...Read more

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Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Yes: Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning". It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for sepsis?

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Are there treatments for sepsis?

Yes: There is not just one treatment for sepsis, there are many coordinated treatments. Antibiotics will treat the infection, but other supportive care is also necessary. Fluid resuscitation, and possible support of your heart, lungs and kidneys will be important. As of now, with xigris taken off the market, there is no specific treatment for the inflammation of sepsis. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for sepsis?

Is there a vaccine for sepsis?

No: Sepsis is a syndrome, not a disease. Many different things (e.g. Bacteria, fungi, viruses) can cause sepsis and sepsis can start from an infection anywhere on/in the body. There are vaccines for some infections though but it all depends on what is causing the sepsis. ...Read more

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What are the clinical features of sepsis?

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Multiple: Sepsis is the body's genealized inflammatory response to an infection. One of the most notable features is "capillary leak" - fluid leaks from your blood vessels, so you become edematous and need aggressive IV fluid resuscitation. Organ failures may also occur - confusion, low blood pressure, shortness of breath, concentrated and poor urine output. ...Read more

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How long does sepsis recovery take?

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How long does sepsis recovery take?

It depends: It depends on what you mean by "recovery." the actual acute illness may take anywhere from 3-10 days to resolve on average, but can also involve ICU stays for a month or more (depending on setbacks). Even after leaving the icu, a patient will be very weak and deconditioned, and may need assistance to gain strength and ability to function independently again. That can take months of rehab. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

A life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased ...Read more