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Fighting Infection After Splenectomy
Is it possible after taking 3 tablets of clarithromycin and body immune system fighting the infection, vas deferen infection with mild sepsis go away?
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
I am fighting a fever from 95-102. WBC is 19.6, Neutrophils%auto is 91.9, lymphocytes% auto is 4.4, now vomiting. Have kidney infection getting worse?
Prevention is key.: If you think you have an infection, see your doc! for prevention, 3-day course of Doxycycline 100mg twice daily (if not allergic to this antibiotic) would help. Avoid sex for 7-10 days post-op and use barrier protection upon resumption. Make sure you follow up to ensure a healthy recovery. He or she may recommend hormonal contraception to prevent unplanned pregnancies. Hope this helps. Take care! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am afraid that during infection, since bacteria strength overwhelms immunity, bacteria killed by antibiotics will accumulate & block the epididymis.
Immune system.: Once the infection is under control, via combination of your immune system function and effect of antibiotics, your immune system has a mechanism to remove the "debris", if you will. ...Read more
White cells are needed to fight infection But if a WCC remains high for wks after an infection can this weaken/exhaust the ability to resist infection?
Not normal...: It is not normal to have an elevated white blood cell count after an infection has resolved, especially if the infection happened a while ago. There are other reasons for the elevated count which could include persistent infection, medications, inflammation, cancer, etc. In any case the cause for the weakness it is not the WBC count but most likely what is causing the count to be elevated. ...Read more
Yes, especially: Yes, especially if on immunosuppresant medications.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: There is no ability for your body to form full protection from further staph infections in the future. In fact, your body is covered in staph on an ongoing basis every day (so is everyone else's) and staph is supposed to be there. Its just that sometimes, staph takes over and causes infections. You are still at risk of that happening again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had laparoscopic surgery 2.5mths ago for ectopic pregnant followed by shot of mtx. Can mtx cause weak immunity or viral infections due to low immunity?
Not likely: It's unlikely that one dose of Methotrexate will lead to a significant change in your immune response to cause an infection. More importantly, if you had a laparoscopic procedure to remove the ectopic pregnancy, you shouldn't have needed the Methotrexate shot which is reserved for patients that opt for medical treatment instead of surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to avoid recurrent vaginal yeast infection in women with rheumatic fever taking secondary prophylactic antibiotic a lifetime?
Hospitalized w/sepsis 3wks ago,released after 5 days w/smz for 2wks.Had a cold last week,now throat infection this wk.Is my immune sys still weakened?
Serious tooth infection. Antibiotics calming infection. Tooth being pulled tuesday. How can I reduce neck lymph swelling without upsetting infection?
Lymph nodes: As the antibiotics control the infection from the tooth they will also control the swelling and tenderness in the lymph nodes. As the infection is eliminated, the associated results of the infection should subside. Continue with treatment and follow the advice or your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is my immune system fighting wbc 4.9 ,neutrs 75%high,lymphs 17%low and lymphs abs 0.8 low,is this bacterial or viral infection .concerned thanks?
Absolute number vs %: Total WBC=4.9 means that there are 4900 white cells per microliter of blood, which is normal. To know what kind of WBC they are, multiply this times the % to get the number of each type. 75% of these are neutrophils meaning 3,750/mcL - which is not high. It is only a high % because the lymphs are relatively low. Some viruses, like HIV, can cause low lymphocyte counts, but usually it's nothing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lympth nodes get swollen when the immune system is fighting an infection.Is it possible for one to hav symptoms of HIV for 6weeks without swollen node?
Possible: If there is any chance you have had exposure you need to be tested and need to make absolutely certain you start taking precautions. ...Read more
For people with rheumatic fever, after strep bacteria has stopped infecting, how long will immune system continue attacking the heart?
May be long term: Need to know the extent of involvement ...Read more
1 y/o fever x 2days (tmax 104). CBC after abx for ear infection was completed showed slight toxic granulation. Is this a concern?
What's WBC count?: Toxic granulation associated with infection mean your child's body is reacting to an infection. If the wbc is over 15,000 after two days of antibiotics I would be concerned that the treatment isn't working. Stay in close touch with your MD especially if your child worsens. Make sure getting lots of water and rest. Seek ER if changes in mental status, worsening symptoms like rash while with fever. ...Read more
Urinary infections: When symptoms or signs (laboratory proof) of a urinary infection continue after the use of antibiotics, a patient should be evaluated by a urologist. ...Read more
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