U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 51-year-old member asked:

what is escherichia coli?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Common colon bacteri: E. Coli is a common oxygen requiring, lactose fermenting bacteria found normally in the colon and feces. You want it in your colon, not your urine, blood stream, or drinking water. Some strains can cause a diarrheal illness, especially if you are not familiar with them, i.e. Travelling, montezuma's revenge. Some strains can cause severe multi organ disease because of a toxin made by the bacteria.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
A bacterium: Escherichia coli is a bacterium, a gram negative rod, that normally lives in the large intestine and serves to maintain normal floara in the colon. However, it also causes infections in many organs, most commonly in the urinary tract. It is commonly used in research and has been modified to perform special functions.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

What isescherichia coli?

9 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Bacteria: Eschericia coli or e.Coli is a gram negative bacteria that lives in the gastrointestinal tract. It is a frequent cause of urinary tract infections and travelers diarrhea.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What does a really heavy growth escherichia coli mean?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: I assume you are referring to the culture of some type of secretion or wound. This means that there are many gram negative bacilli of the species e.Coli growing on the culture plate that was innoculated with the specimen. The e. Coli might be causing an infection or could be colonizing depending on the type of specimen, amount of wbc's on the gram stain and the clinical signs.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are functions of enteropathogenic escherichia coli?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
None: There are no beneficial functions of enteropathogenic E coli. It can cause severe diarrhea.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What human diseases are associated with escherichia coli?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Many infections: E coli causes infections in many sites, urinary infection being a common one. It can also cause generalized infections and produce toxins that affect the whole body. You may wish to consult this site for more info: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/index.html 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.
CA
A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Escherichia coli?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Escherichia coli: Escherichia coli is a gram-negative, coliform bacterium. There are various strains of E. coli that live in the intestines . Some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea & vomiting.

Related questions

A 45-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
A member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Aug 6, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.