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C. Difficile Bacterial Infection
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
Possible, unlikely: Vancomycin is seldom taken orally, and when it is it can at least partially treat c. Difficile infection, although it isn't active against spores. When taken IV it is primarily excreted by the kidneys and little is likely to get into the distal colon unchanged. If it did it will not alter flora significantly and predispose to cl. Difficile overgrowth or toxin production by the vegetative form. ...Read more
5 chronic skin ulcer 2 cultures gram- ancintobacter anaerobic taken PO doxy,Cef,Kef,Clinda,Amox,Cipr no immune diseases, why cant the bacteria die?
See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. First define why you have skin ulcers. Where? How long? etc. It is NEVER a simple question of which bacteria and which antibiotics. MOST skin ulcers should not be treated with antibiotics at all. I suspect you are being treated by someone who should refer you to a more knowledgable DR. ...Read more
Cdiff 4yrs ago - now have LUQ & soft/loose stools. CDIFF TOXIN/GDH W/REFL TO PCR Result: Toxigenic C. difficile detected
New infection or colonized?
Monitor: Once you have C. diff there is a reasonable chance you can be colonized. The criteria for infection include watery stools in excess of 3-4 times daily. The pain or discomfort is usually in the lower abdomen. Soft stools with a relatively low daily frequency usually are not indicative of C. diff. In summary, the presence of C. diff. in your stool in itself is not indicative of infection ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am afraid that during infection, since bacteria strength overwhelms immunity, bacteria killed by antibiotics will accumulate & block the epididymis.
Immune system.: Once the infection is under control, via combination of your immune system function and effect of antibiotics, your immune system has a mechanism to remove the "debris", if you will. ...Read more
Clostridium difficile toxin b gene present
clostridium dificile antigen presen. Would u no how severe the c diff is?
Have diarrhea or no?: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes diarrhea w/pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Treatment, & confirmation of post-treatment eradication, is recommended. ...Read more
history of sinus infections +dx of UCTD. Recent sinus cultures positive atypical bacteria (Serratia marcescens +Stenotrophomonasmaltophilia - Why?
ID physician: S maltophilia is an organism of low virulence and frequently colonizes fluids used in the hospital setting and patient cultures. Serratia species are opportunistic gram-negative bacteria that are widespread in the environment. And something is definitely wrong here...unless your on say prednisone (for MCTD) and didn't mention this. You should see an infectious disease physician ASAP. ...Read more
13500 WBC 46% lymps, chronic muscle deep tissue infection, pain in knees. Responded using ciprofloxicin to tr ear infection. Blood culture next?
Knee infection : The best way to rule out knee joint infection is to aspirate the knee joint and examine the fluid for organisms and perform cell count and culture/sensitivity to determine appropriate antibiotics. If you have high fever and chills consistent with generalized illness then blood culture will be necessary. You need to see you doctor who can examine you and decide what to do next good luck. ...Read more
Will a blood test tell is a sinus infection is bacterial? I'm terrified of antibiotics due to three previous C Diff infections.
No: There is no blood test to confirm sinusitis and whether it is bacterial. If you are being diagnosed with sinusitis a lot and you are concerned about being treated with abx all the time have a discussion with your doctor. It may be time to see allergist or ENT specialist to find out if there is a predisposition for these sinus infections. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hospital: The majority of c. Diff cases occur in the hospital with patients who are taking antibiotics to treat recent infections. Other risk factors include being over the age of 65, colon disease, being in a hospital or nursing home for an extended period of time, have a weak immune system, abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery, or previous history of c. Diff infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Root canal infection, may need antibio, but recent history of c diff. Is taking flagyl, alone, enough to cure tooth infect? Is it safest idea?
Diagnosed w/ uti. Urine showed wbc=35000, positive protein, culture= <10 x 10*6 cfu/l skin flora. Does that mean no bacteria? Is it something else?
Skin flora: Skin flora are bacteria that are normally found living on our skin. When present in a urine culture, it typically means that the specimen was contaminated (e.g., the urine touched something before it got into the sterile specimen cup). I would recommend a repeat culture, using a catheterized specimen if possible. ...Read more
Suggests contamination with urogenital or skin flora.
>100,000 CFU/ml Lactobacillus species.
20,000 CFU/ml mixed gram positive flora.
What's it mean?
Means contaminated: Urine specimen from the surrounding area around urethra (opening where the urine comes out from). You may want to repeat the test , if your doctor still wants that, get a clean catch specimen, which entails cleansing the area first, passing some urine, then obtain a midstream urine sample, follow the lab instructions for that, best wishes ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gotten c. Diff twice from taking metronidazole for a bacterial infection. I thought metronidazole treated c. Diff?
Natural selection: Even the creationists acknowledge this kind of micro-evolution. The molecular mechanisms are well-established. Here's the latest stuff http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v46/n3/full/ng.2878.html ...Read more
As antibiotic kill bacteria and endotoxin is released when bacteria die, wont it worsen fever or cause mild sepsis?
Prostatits Diag: Staph Haemolyticus & Strep Anginosus found in low amount of semen (1+). No WBC's. Need antibiotic meds? Can I naturally decolonize?
Yes: It would be prudent to get on a course of antibiotics. ...Read more
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