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Bacteroides Fragilis Bacteremia
Culture.: Bacteroides is just one of many anaerobes - organisms that thrive without oxygen. Anaerobic infections are often treated empirically because anaerobes are hard to isolate and patterns of infection are largely predictable and often polymicrobic. Best test is to get expert eyes to look at the infection and determine if it could be anaerobic. Read more
Is bacteroides fragilis considered a regular bacteria that can get anyone, or an opportunistic pathogen?
Somewhere in between: B fragilis is somewhat rare among gut flora- namely the bacteria that usually live in the gut, often less than 1% of the total types of bacteria. It is not opportunistic in the sense that it needs HIV or chemotherapy to do its work, but does need to take advantage of another injury or infection, such as an anal burn, an abcess or an intestinal rupture to cause serious infections. Read more
Probably not, but...: Although I'm unaware of studies that address this question, the intuitive answer would be "no". The bacteria count under the gum is so high that any contribution to total biomass from a piece of floss is unlikely to be significant. The magnitude of bacteremia would be more correlated with the amount of bleeding, which would reflect the extent of the breach in the wall of the vascular compartment. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If streptococcus mutans was found in the blood of a person with bacteremia, how would you determine the cause?
Cause of what?: I do not understand your question. The cause of bacteremia is Strep Mutans unless something else comes up. Strep Mutans is found in many different places, but very commonly in the (human) mouth. You can't get rid of it entirely. It causes tooth decay. It can get into the bloodstream from dental cleaning, aggressive flossing/brushing, or small cracks on the lips or tongues (sometimes unnoticeable). Read more
I had pneumococcal bacteremia. I work w/ children. Nervous about getting sick again, what is best way to sanitize items used by multiple kids?
If u got bacteremia from sinuses, wouldn't the sinuses have been infected/inflamed for quite a while before it actually turned into bacteremia?
Yes but: The infection can be quite silent. Also, if someone is immunosuppressed, the signs will be quite suppressed. Read more
Bacteremia is...: The presence of bacteria in the bloodstream with or without symptoms (it can certainly be silent). Sepsis or septicemia is the reaction of the body to bacteremia with fever and effects on various body organs. The sepsis syndrome can also be caused by non infectious processes. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovering from bacteremia and meningitis, so does this mean my immune system will not be in good shape for a while?
No: You will naturally have low energy and aches/pains during the recovery process, but the immune system is still working. It is wise to avoid persons with contagious infections if possible only because pieces of the immune system may not be efficiently communicating right away. A cold, for example, may last a few days longer. If you've had other serious infections, consider an eval by Immunologist Read more
Treated for bacteremia, after first week on meds, blood culture was negative. Done with 2nd week of meds, is infection likely gone now?
Bacteremia: More information is needed to accurately answer your question. Treatment duration of bacteremias usually depends on the type, the cause or origin of the bacteremia. Most are usually treated for 2 weeks from the last negative blood culture some may requires 4 weeks or even longer. Read more
Recovered from bacteremia (from sinuses) and meningitis 2 mos ago. Now avoiding anyone with cold and people in general. Do I need to be this drastic?
Only you can say: You wouldn't quit driving if you were in a wreck would you? Unless your doc has found you have an immune defect you should consider this just an unexpected life event. You can/should always practice good personal hygiene, get your flu shot, avoid risky situations, etc. But to hide from people seems a bit much. Read more
Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing your teeth, but your body clears it). Septicemia is multiplication of bacteria in the blood (almost always associated with illness... But not always), and sepsis is the systemic response to infection. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?
It's normal flora: I usually carry it in my own throat when I've checked it. When it makes is sick, it's somehow gotten out of control. Nobody really understands how it happens, but don't worry about "catching" it. Best wishes. Read more