A 41-year-old female asked:
How long can a blood infection, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, be in your system until the symptoms become severe? can it be months?
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Pediatrics 10 years experience
No: Generally, bacterial infections in the blood are serious fairly quickly - it would be unlikely to have a chronic bloodstream infection unless you have an abscess or source for continual infection and you would feel ill with fevers, chills, poor appetite, etc.
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