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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?
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
Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?
What do I have bacteremia with normal cbc/w differential? Why does my immune system not attack? What further investigations should be done?
Misunderstanding?: We all have transient bacteria when we pass stool, brush our teeth hard, and at other times. It's common for a bacterium to contaminate a blood culture. You don't need to worry about any of this. If a "live cell analysis" charlatan showed you "bacteria in your blood", contact your local district attorney. ...Read more
My 4 month old has a small cut on his face. I used neosporin, which I had previously used on a boil on myself. Can he get bacteremia from this?
No: Bacteremia results from a significant site of infection entering the blood stream. A small cut on the face even in an infant, unless grossly infected will not cause problems. Just keeping the wound clean with soap and water should suffice. Adding the Neosporin is putting the icing on the cake. ...Read more
If i had bacteremia/meningitis from sinuses- did i get meningitis 1st from sinuses then it caused the bacteremia? Or other way around? Confused
Discuss with doctor: If sinusitis was due to the same bacteria that caused meningitis and bactermia, sinus infection probably came first. But it's possible they had different causes. These are complicated medical problems that you should discuss with the doctor(s) who treated you. There is no way for a distant forum moderator to know in your particular case. But I'm glad you've apparently recovered. Happy new year! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had bacteremia (sinuses), but lots of people have sinus problems that don't end up in the blood, why couldn't my body keep it from going into blood?
No way to know here: In the limited amount of space we have, there' no way to know for sure. Consider HealthTap Prime or talking to your doctor to go over details. Immune system problems, frequent infections, surgery, some other anatomical problem (some are born without a sinus!) could do it. But in general, you're chasing your tail trying to figure it out. Importn thing is u got treated. Hopefully, you're healthy now ...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