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What blood test factors would be off if someone had a bacterial infection of the heart?

What blood test factors would be off if someone had a bacterial infection of the heart?

Endocarditis: The primary thing to look for with infectious endocarditis are positive blood cultures. Usually ALL the blood cultures are positive, and they 'turn' positive quite rapidly. If this diagnosis is under consideration, please make sure you get an Infectious Diseases specialist to assist in the diagnosis and management. There are other lab abnormalities too- like urinary findings, elevated sed rate etc ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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Can congestive heart failure be from a bacterial infection of vital organs?

Can congestive heart failure be from a bacterial infection of vital organs?

Not usually.: Except in the case of bacterial infection of the heart valves (endocarditis) or septic shock, this would be very unusual. ...Read more

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I'm having one especially since a bacterial infection from a dental abscess, can it travel to the heart? What should I do?

I'm having one especially since a bacterial infection from a dental abscess, can it travel to the heart? What should I do?

See dentist ASAP: If you have an active bacterial infection from an abscessed tooth, you need to get on some antibiotics immediately and then get the necessary treatment to resolve the abscess: either root canal or extraction. Any bacterial infection has the potential to spread to another part of your body. See a dentist immediately! ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath, dizziness, low blood pressure, and have had endocarditis from a bacteria infection I got when I had 5 teeth pulled., and heart palaptaions. ..What could be wrong

I have shortness of breath, dizziness, low blood pressure, and have had endocarditis from a bacteria infection I got when I had 5 teeth pulled., and heart palaptaions. ..What could be wrong

Heart valve damage: Infectious endocarditis can cause damage to heart valves, presenting the symptoms described.
This can be a very serious condition. See a physician asap for a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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If someone's heart stops suddenly from a severe infection such as sepsis, would a defibrillator get the heart working again? Or no, because of the bacteria

If someone's heart stops suddenly from a severe infection such as sepsis, would a defibrillator get the heart working again? Or no, because of the bacteria

See below: Defibrillating may get the heart working again for a brief period of time, like we do in resuscitation, but the heart will fail again shortly because of the profound metabolic disturbances that made it stop in the first place, and those cannot be corrected quickly. A defibrillator as in the device, is not helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia?

How alveloe in lungs fills with fluid by bacterial infection during pneumonia?

Pneumonia: The fluid filling the alveolus, secondary to infection, is quite simply pus/ purulence that develops as white blood cells kill the infectant. A good amount of damage to alveolar cells also occurs due to proteins released from white blood cells designed to recruit more cells to area of infection, creating breaks in cell lining. This causes increased swelling/ fluid leak into air spaces. ...Read more

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My wife had one of her ovaries removed, she have now a bacterial infection where stinky, fluid is coming from the cut on her abdomen. What now to do?

Go back to doctor: Go back and get examined and treated asap. Postoperative wound infections of this nature can extend to vital areas very quickly and have the potential to be life-threatening. Do not wait, and if your doctor is not readily available go to an er. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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What are signs of secondary skin bacterial infection in chickenpox. I have 3 spots that oozed w/ transparent yellow/gold fluid. Are they infected?

Maybe: Open skin lesions like those of chickenpox can be secondarily infected by various skin germs like staph or strep. Your physician can sort this out for you because it is sometimes difficult to tell with chickenpox. ...Read more

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Need to know why skin rashes that have fluid not going after dad cut his toe. Taking antib & using cream. He has sugar. What kind of bacterial infection!

Need to know why skin rashes that have fluid not going after dad cut his toe. Taking antib & using cream. He has sugar. What kind of bacterial infection!

Must beTreated: When wounds are not healing with standard treatment practices, especially when you are a diabetic, it is best to see a specialist. This can minimize any future problems that might arise. ...Read more

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What types of bacterial infections can I get from a bug bite?

What types of bacterial infections can I get from a bug bite?

Many: Different insects spread different diseases, bacterial, viral, rickettsial and parasitic. Most common insects spreading diseases include mosquitos, ticks and fleas. Diseases spread by insect bites include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, lyme disease, rocky mountain spoted fever, typhus, relapsing fever, plague, west nile virus and many more. ...Read more

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I seem to always get bacterial infections after my monthly why is that?

Hormone changes: Bacterial vaginitis is a condition caused by a change in the number and types of bacteria in the vagina. Just after menstruation, there are hormone changes occurring that may be triggering these infections. When this infection follows a pattern like this, there may ways of preventing these infections. See your doctor to see what may be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my bacterial infection has not gone away, what do you suggest?

See your Doc: If you have been on antibiotics or never been on antibiotics and you have an infection that persists - you must see your doc. There is a chance you need an antibiotic or a different antibiotic.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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By what I have been told I have a bacterial infection could a bacterial infection linger on for months if its untreated?

By what I have been told I have a bacterial infection could a bacterial infection linger on for months if its untreated?

It can, depends: Some bacterial infections, like a chronic pneumonia or a topical skin infection like impetigo, can persist for a few weeks to months. More likely, they would get worse until they were unbearable or caused an abscess. They do eventually go away by themselves at times, but like the olden days, they also used to kill people when unchecked or untreated. ...Read more

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Prescribed metonidazole for bacterial infection. Do I need to fill the un-numbered applicator fully for it to be 5 grams?

Prescribed metonidazole for bacterial infection. Do I need to fill the un-numbered applicator fully for it to be 5 grams?

Fill it full: Read the package insert, or ask your pharmacist for the form you have. Here is more info: that says to fill the applicator full
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/drugs-supplements/metronidazole-vaginal-route/proper-use/drg-20064738 ...Read more

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Does green mucous mean that I have a bacterial infection?

Does green mucous mean that I have a bacterial infection?

Color of mucous.: The color of your mucous really has not relation to the presence of a bacterial infection, as opposed to a viral infection or even a non-infectious issue. The presence or absence of other symptoms would be more telling - fever, chills, sweats, headache, facial pains, earache, weakness, achy. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my dacrocystitis is bacterial infection or a chronic condition?

How can I tell if my dacrocystitis is bacterial infection or a chronic condition?

Swab: A swab of the discharge can be sent to a lab for bacteria or fungi by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Do bacterial infections need atibiotics? If its what I have got judging by what I have been told it has not budged?

Further issues: I answered the other question you had about this topic. Clearly you have an infection or something that has been seen and either has or needs to be treated. If you've been prescribed treatment, i'd suggest following it. If you've been receiving treatment and it's not working, you may need a second opinion or recheck to make sure it's what you think it is. ...Read more

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I have "mild neutropenia" at 1.7, down from usual 2.9. Wcc is 3.4 down from 5.9 usual. Could this be indicative of bacterial infection? What else?

You are fine: The neutrophil count does fluctuate from 1500 to 3, 000. If yours is in this range, there is no increased risk of infection. Moreover it is very rare to have low neutrophil count in young people of your age. Make yourself familiar/watch the numbers such as WBC count, percent of neutrophils and absolute neutrophil count (anc) so that you are not making any mistakes in conveying the proper numbers ...Read more

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Can I take a vaccination against bacterial infections?

Can I take a vaccination against bacterial infections?

YesWhyNotIfYouNeedIt: Yes if you need it
At your age these may be
TDap, Pnemociccal and Meningicoccal
Discuss with your doctor if you need any one of these ...Read more

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Could I get night sweats from getting a bacterial infection?

Could I get night sweats from getting a bacterial infection?

Yes: Bacterial infections cause fevers which as they cycle can cause night sweats. There are other things that can, but yes, bacterial infections can too. If you have been diagnosed with one, and the night sweats came at about the same time, then the antibiotic should help. If not, make sure you follow up immediately. ...Read more

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I like tattoos, can I get a bacterial infection from getting a tattoo?

I like tattoos, can I get a bacterial infection from getting a tattoo?

Tattoos: Absolutely. Seeing a reputable professional who takes proper precautions will go a long way to preventing infection. ...Read more

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I have lupus, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have lupus, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Steroids: If you are immunosuppressed with systemic steroids, Prednisone or biologics you will be more prone to infections and possible sepsis. Treat any bacterial infetion early, to prevent complications. ...Read more

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I have asthma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have asthma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

No: Asthmatic patients are not at any higher risk to develop serious bacterial infection when compared with general population. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a vaginal bacterial infection. And how long do they last.?

How do I get rid of a vaginal bacterial infection. And how long do they last.?

Bacterial vaginosis: There are many different kinds of vaginal bacteria growing in your vagina which are normal and actually protect you. However, bacterial vaginosis (bv for short) is caused by an imbalance of these different kinds of bacteria. The most common is an overgrowth of gardnerella vaginalis. You may have a frothy fishy discharge, partic after sex. Treat with antibiotics. See an ob/gyn. ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more