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Had a pimple on top of my arm. Squeezed it. Later I noticed a very faint thin red line from below the pimple to my hand. Blood poisoning?? Worried.

Had a pimple on top of my arm. Squeezed it. Later I noticed a very faint thin red line from below the pimple to my hand. Blood poisoning?? Worried.

CELLULITIS?: If the infection after squeezing the pimple spreads, it is reddish mark on your upper extremity. You need to take antibiotics.

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


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I have blood poisoning (red line) growing from foot from puncture wound in foot, what to do?

I have blood poisoning (red line) growing from foot from puncture wound in foot, what to do?

Lymphadenitis: That wound has gotten infected and the infection is going up throughout the lymph vessel and glands following what looks like a blood vessel pattern. You need to see your doctor for proper antibiotics and be sure to be up-to-date with your tetanus shot.

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Tiny red line from tattoo, is this blood poisoning?

Tiny red line from tattoo, is this blood poisoning?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms.

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I broke a rib 4 weeks ago and have had a sensitive bruise along my right forearm vein ever since. Could I have blood poisoning?

I broke a rib 4 weeks ago and have had a sensitive bruise along my right forearm vein ever since. Could I have blood poisoning?

Unlikely: There is no reason to think you would have a bacterial infection in your blood (septicemia, "blood poisoning") from a rib fracture you had a month ago. A bruise on your forearm is not a sign of septicemia. If you have a painful bruise dating from when you broke your rib, see your doctor to see if you injured the arm too.

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Is it possible to get blood poisoning from a bullet?

Is it possible to get blood poisoning from a bullet?

What do you mean?: If you are asking about lead poisoning, then no. If you are asking about bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia), then the answer is yes, but not from the bullet directly. Such an infection would be a complication of injury or an infection from an injured body part.

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Please tell me, could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Please tell me, could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Yes it can: If an infective agent travels to the blood stream and spreads, it could cause what is called sepsis. With sepsis the body is greatly challenged to fight the infection. In severe cases the patient may go into multi-organ failure, shock, or even death. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment.

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What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

See a doctor: This will need to be treated with antibiotics.

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How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

Range: There is a whole range from 1/2 hour to weeks or even months (rarely). Fortunately, this is very rare. There is a list of rare diseases that require antibiotics before dental work. You want to discuss your diseases with your dentist or an internal medicine doc.

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If someone already had blood poisoning, what would happen if they got a tattoo?

If someone already had blood poisoning, what would happen if they got a tattoo?

Tattooed: They would have a tattoo, but that is all. The tattoo will fade with time and stretch out, and start to look ugly. They will regret getting the tattoo and attempt to have it removed.

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If someone already had blood poisoning, could it have happened if they got a tattoo?

If someone already had blood poisoning, could it have happened if they got a tattoo?

Tattoo side effects: Tattoos can cause skin problems such as granulomas (red bumps caused by inflammation) and keloid scars, and they can provoke allergic reactions, making skin itch and break out. These allergic reactions can occur with no warning, years after you get your tattoo. Getting a tattoo also puts you in danger of getting diseases such as aids, tetanus, hepatitis b and hepatitis c, infections.

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Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Is blood poisoning the same as sepsis?

Yes: Many people refer to sepsis as "blood poisoning". It means that bacteria and/or fungi have invaded the blood stream allowing them to travel to many internal organs like the heart or the brain. If untreated a person with this condition may go into septic shock. Antibiotic treatment is needed to treat this condition along with careful monitoring in the hospital.

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Is there a test that can detect blood poisoning from abscessed teeth?

Is there a test that can detect blood poisoning from abscessed teeth?

A blood sample: "blood poisoning" usually is taken to mean bacteria in the blood, or bacteremia. You can take a sample of the blood and culture it to see if bacteria grow. There are many infections, including teeth infections, that can cause bacteria to go into the blood.

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I have cherry angiomas on my skin, mostly on my legs, could I have blood poisoning?

I have cherry angiomas on my skin, mostly on my legs, could I have blood poisoning?

Cherry Angioma Cure: Cherry angiomas are common in most people after age 40 and do not indicated blood poisioning if this is the only symptom you have. They are easily treated with laser as a quick office procedure

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What does having blood poisoning mean?

What does having blood poisoning mean?

Lay term: Blood poisoning is a lay term that is generally used to describe an overwhelming infection. The medical term used is sepsis or septic shock, which refers to an infection that leads to severe stress or collapse of vital organ systems. The physiology do sepsis is complex, wikipedia has a nice lay summary, but even that is about 4 pages long.

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How do I know if I have blood poisoning?

How do I know if I have blood poisoning?

Really sick: In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue. A blood culture can diagnose blood poisoning. Treatment of blood poisoning usually involves hospitalization.

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What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

Sepsis: The medical term for blood poisoning is sepsis which means an infection where microbes are in the blood. Fever, malaise, drenching sweats and chills are the typical symptoms and they are usually abrupt in onset. Diagnosis is with physical exam, white blood cell count and blood cultures as well as a strong suspicion that an infection is present.

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Please tell me, could blood poisoning heal by itself?

Get it treated.: If an infective agent travels to the blood stream and spreads, it could cause what is called sepsis. With sepsis the body is greatly challenged to fight the infection. In severe cases the patient may go into multi-organ failure, shock, or even death. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment.

Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more