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Doctor insights on: Abnormal Papsmear Bacterial Infection

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Can a bacterial infection cause a Pap smear to come back abnormal? I'm worried cuz mine did back n March 18,2014..!!

Can a bacterial infection cause a Pap smear to come back abnormal? I'm worried cuz mine did back n March 18,2014..!!

YES: A bacterial infection can cause abnormalities with PAP.

You should follow up with this as I'm sure your DR. suggested. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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I just had my pap smear and the result says that I have bacterial infection called coccobacilli. What treatment should I use?

I just had my pap smear and the result says that I have bacterial infection called coccobacilli. What treatment should I use?

Treatment: It is not in healthtap's tradition to give specific treatment advice. Why isn't the person who did the pap treating you? The doctor will be able to easily explain why or why not they are or are not treating you. ...Read more

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I am experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge ( had an bacterial infection but it cleared up with medication so is it back again? what to do!!!

I am experiencing  abnormal vaginal discharge ( had an bacterial infection but it cleared up with medication so is it back again? what to do!!!

Repeat therapy: Most probably another infection. The original infection may have been eradicated and you have acquired a new infection or the original infection was not eradicated and must be retreated. ...Read more

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I have had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

I have had 3 bacterial infections in the last year. Normal pap smear but abnormal bleeding and pain during sex. Bleeding never stops. What's the cause?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful comment without physical examination and lab tests and imaging, if the latter are needed. Please consult your doctor to avoid further damage to your organs. Any bleeding should be taken seriously. ...Read more

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Annual exam showed bacterial infection. Given metro gel. Is this BV or could it be an STD? Would they test the culture after seeing it's abnormal?

Probably BV: MetroGel usually is prescribed only for bacterial vaginosis, so your doctor must think you have BV. However, oral treatment with metronidazole is much mor effective than MetroGel. BV may or may not be an STD -- there is debate about it among experts. But BV is often associated with other STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomonas), so make sure you were tested for them. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have hemoragic ov cysts and a bacterial infection, also have bad gas, frequent urination and brown irregular bleeding for several months. Cancer?

I have hemoragic ov cysts and a bacterial infection, also have bad gas, frequent urination and brown irregular bleeding for several months. Cancer?

Irregular cycles: It sounds like annovulatory bleeding due to cysts and a possibe urinary infection. See your OB GYN. ...Read more

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My Doctor told me I have a bacterial infection and congestion.Sore troat. But told me is an atypical bacteria. What does that means? No mononucleosis.

My Doctor told me I have a bacterial infection and congestion.Sore troat. But told me is an atypical bacteria. What does that means? No mononucleosis.

Type of germ: Atypical bacteria is a label given to a group of germs with different physical characteristics than usual bacteria.The term has no significance to you, other than the doc has made the assessment that the features of your infection will respond best to meds used to treat the atypicals. It is doctor jargon,sorry we're so confusing. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections?

What are common bacterial infections?

Too many to name: There are many, many bacterial infections. Every part of your body is subject to bacterial infection, and the fact that you are not sick from infections all the time, that fact that you survive at all, is a testament to how miraculous the immune system is. There are bacteria everywhere you go. Some bacteria are likely to cause infection, most are not. We are surrounded, and yet we survive. ...Read more

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What can be used for a bacterial infection?

What can be used for a bacterial infection?

INFECTION: Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics, locally , oral or parenteral depending on the severity of infection. ...Read more

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What does a bacterial infection come from ?

What does a bacterial infection come from ?

Wrong place ; time: Bacteria are everywher. They protect us from bad bugs by crowding them out or not allowing them to take hold; produce bacteriocidal compounds; help us digest food ; make essential vitamins for us. Unfortunately some bugs are not 'friendly'. If our immune system isnt intact (skin breakdown, chemo, poor nutrition, burns, immune diseases) these bad bacteria overcome our immune system and attack us. ...Read more

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Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Frequent fliers: Repeat infections can occur for many reasons including (but not all inclusive):
1. The infection wasnt completely managed in 1st place (abscess not drained, dead tissue behind, inadequate therapy)
2. The wrong antibiotic chosen
3. Risk that caused 1st infection continues (behavior/immune disorder)
4. Immunity doesnt follow infection (syphilis, rhinovirus)
5. True true unrelated (new infect'n). ...Read more

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Describe the features of a bacterial infection.?

Depends where: Symptoms of bacterial infection very depending on the organ system involved, commonly including fever, pain and feeling under the weather. A urine infection presents with pain and itchiness with urination, a skin infection with redness and boils, a respiratory infection with difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Bacterial infections?

What are the complications of Bacterial infections?

Depends on location: Bacterial infections may have local complications such as abscess formation and extension of the infection to adjacent structures. They also can cause systemic infection with involvement of other organs. Different complications depend on the location of the infection. These infections should be treated with antibiotics as soon as possible. Sometime surgical drainage is required. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating bacterial infections?

What's your opinion on treating bacterial infections?

Depends:: Severe (meningitis, pneumonia) - no option except antibiotics. Localized abscess - surgical is usually best. Mild ear infection or bronchitis - may wait and see if it resolves without antibiotics. Strep throat - rare complications if untreated. ...Read more

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Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Highly unlikely: Unless there was penetration of the tube being endoscoped (colon, stomach, small bowel, other) it would be remarkably unusual to acquire infection from these devices. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Could bacterial infections lead to utis?

Yes.: Most utis are bacterial infections and require treatment with antibiotics. A urine culture should be done prior to treatment in most cases. ...Read more

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Are all bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Can semen give you a bacterial infection?

Infection: If ejaculate or pre-ejaculate carries a bacterial infection (such as an STD) then transmission is possible. However, uninfected semen will not transmit an infection. ...Read more

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Can any bacterial infection become septic?

Can any bacterial infection become septic?

Sepsis: Most bacterial infections do not spread into the blood stream, the definition of sepsis. Most simple infection, such as skin infections, or bladder infections do not spread. But lung infections (pneumonia), kidney infections (pyelonephritis), deep skin abcesses, gall bladder infections, appendicitis, all can spread bacterial to the blood stream. Sepsis can be deadly, and needs hospitalization. ...Read more

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Can a bacterial infection make you tired ?

Yes: There are several things your body needs when recovering from almost any kind of infection. The most prominent among these are rest and fluids. The tiredness you're asking about is the body expressing its need for rest. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more