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Can Lice Cause Sepsis 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
I was suffering from lice infection and treated hair with medical oils and things like kerosene oil, mosquitoes sprays. Did it make my hair grow white?
No: You may have bleached your hair by treating them with bleaching substances, but the new hair when growing, will be of your normal color. ...Read more
What does a head lice infection feel like? How would I know what a head lice infestation feels like? What are the symptoms? .
The: The typical clinical sign is an itchy scalp. If you look at the scalp closely you might see "nits" (eggs) of the lice, they look like miniature pieces of rice clinging to the hair shafts. If you suspect lice, you, and close family members should be evaluated and, if required, placed on the appropriate medications to eradicate them. Home treatment is rarely effective. You also need to be given instructions on how to clean your home, especially bed sheets, to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more
Define natural????: Some have offered experience that a stout vinegar, like pickling vinegar can be used as a wash over several days to a week and do this. The acidic solution does loosen the nits/egg casings so they can be removed easily with a nit comb. If this did not work one of the OTC or prescription products could be used. ...Read more
Yes: Sepsis is the body's generalized inflammatory response to a specific infection. The infection can be in the lung, the blood, the kidney/bladder, or anywhere else. The infection could be bacterial or fungal. It is the body's inflammatory response that defines sepsis (and septic shock), not the infection itself. ...Read more
You give me fever: Just like the lyrics to the song fever, sepsis or infection that has spread to the blood steam, "gives you fever in the day and the night." medical abortion in a safe medical environment, does not often cause sepsis as it used to in the past in unsanitary conditions. Most medical abortion clinics also provide prophylactic (preventative) antibiotics at the time of the procedure or post-operatively. ...Read more
I have a swollen lymph node under my arm from an infection I'm being treated for... And I keep pushing on it to feel it. Will that cause sepsis?
Family practice: You seem pretty knowledgeable for an 18 yo. Pressing on the lymph node lightly should not cause any harm. Sometimes pressing on boils or pimples will cause further injury but you are being treated with antibiotics so shouldn't be a problem. Always check with your dr if swelling persists. ...Read more
Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacteria in the blood that falls short of sepsis?
Basically no: If your platelet count is low (under 90, 000 or so calls for. A workup), the stupidest thing that anyone can possibly do is say "it's probably a virus" or blame a bacterium that isn't cultured and isn't making you sick otherwise. I hope I have not misunderstood. Low platelets is serious, very low levels are often catastrophic, and almost always there's a real illness to find and treat. ...Read more
Have fluid behind ears/ pressure/jaw pain. Dr. said no infection and prescribed Flonase. Will this cause a brain abscess, osteomyelitis or sepsis?
All of the things: You mention are infections. If you have negative pressure or uninfected fluid in your middle ears spaces, there is no infection that could spread. The Flonase is to reduce swelling & edema of mucous membranes of your upper respiratory tract, thus allowing your Eustachian tubes to become patent, or open, again at their junction with your nasopharynx & middle ear pressure to normalize. ...Read more
Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?
Yes: Snorting of Cocaine has been reported to cause endocarditits and other distant infections from the nasal area. The Cocaine constricts the blood vessels in the nasal passages and can cause open ulcers that allow bacteria into the blood stream. Once bacteria are in the blood stream then they can travel to any organ in the body. (including the reproductive organs). ...Read more
I have systemic infection this is started after sex with known, is this due to HIV or any other cause? Hiv tests RNA and ab negative.
Is there any chances that septic shock caused by streptococcal infection can cause brain damage in a teenage boy?
Depends: Septic shock will not usually cause permanent brain injury, but there are exceptions. One is if the infection directly involves the brain. So strep pneumoniae can cause an infection of the lining surrounding the brain (menningitis) that can result in brain injury. Sometimes if the shock is severe enough with blood pressure very low for a long time, this can result in brain injury. This is unusual. ...Read more
Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?
If the source of the: Sepsis is the urinary tract (kidneys and bladder primarily), then urine c/s might identify the cause of sepsis and the best antibiotic to treat it. Kidney infection is a common cause of sepsis in certain groups of people. If the source of the infection is elsewhere, then urine c/s won't identify the cause unless the sepsis has spread from the bloodstream to the kidneys. Dr. Anne ...Read more
Sepsis: Yes. The trauma that the body undergoes when septic can have serious consequences for normal physiology and be difficult to recover from. ...Read more
Not Really: It is very unlikely for candidal vulovaginitis to progress to sepsis. In fact I couldn't find any case studies in the quick pubmed study that I did. ...Read more
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