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what is the definition or description of: blood infection?

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Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 48 years experience
Bactermia: It is a description of a process where the bacteria causing an infection is also in the bloodstream. It is more serious than other infections and requires prompt treatment. Persistent blood infection raises the possibility of valvular endocarditis. The presence of a blood infection is often referred to as sepsis and if associated with hemodynamic dysfunction it is referred to as septic shock.

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Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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If low enough: Yes. The brain relies on glucose for fuel. If glucose is too low it can harm the brain in serious ways.
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Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
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What is done to treat a prostate infection?

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Dr. Howard Tay
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Prostatitis: Antibiotic along w non steroidal anti inflammatory (NSAID) are the most common medications used to treat prostate infection. Common antibiotics : cipro, (ciprofloxacin) bactrim. Common NSAID : Ibuprofen , naproxen. Usually an extended course of treatment > 2 weeks is needed because medications do not penetrate the prostate easily.
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Does a bad taste or smell in my mouth mean infection?

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Dr. Jake Richards
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Possibly: It is not a for sure thing that you would have an infection but those symptoms common for an infection that is draining such as an abcess. You may want to have a dentist take a look for you.
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Can l-arginine lower blood pressure & if so what is recommended dosage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly beneficial: In some people. Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels & can thus reduce blood pressure somewhat. No standardized dose has been recommended. Be advised that arginine can also trigger or worsen viral infections like herpes. Discuss this supplement with your doc before taking it.

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