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Can the sepsis infection be treated to the point of recovery to excellent health?

Can the sepsis infection be treated to the point of recovery to excellent health?

Often: Depending on how severe the bodies response was and how much damage was done, many people return to normal lives. Starting physical therapy as soon as it is safe to do so, minimizing exposure to benzodiazapines (ativan, valium) and paralytics, early nutrition by a feeding tube, etc all seem to maximize recovery and minimize harms. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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


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In the case of road rash, how large of an area can be treated at home? And when should medical help be sought?

In the case of road rash, how large of an area can be treated at home? And when should medical help be sought?

Vaseline: Vaseline can help protect the area. Stay hydrated because you can be vulnerable to fluid loss. If there is warmth or pus it's time to see a doctor to rule out infection. ...Read more

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What are the chances for the pateint suffering from chronic meyloid leukemia to recover? And after the recovery will the patient be able to live a hea

What are the chances for the pateint suffering from chronic meyloid leukemia to recover? And after the recovery will the patient be able to live a hea

The treating doctor: This is a common question asked by patients who carry this diagnosis(CML). But the treating doctor can address this as we now have 15+ years of experience with the new drug(Imatinib) which can potentially cure this disease but it has to be taken/continued for 5-10 years before this question can be answered for you. Your doctor can guide you/patient further. ...Read more

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What can be done to improve the social health of an elderly loved one?

What can be done to improve the social health of an elderly loved one?

Social groups.: If they're physically capable, get him or her involved in social groups for the elderly, many of which you could find in your community through your city/township or the church/synagogue. If they're more debilitated and limited, lots of socialization can be found in an assisted living facility or even a nursing home. ...Read more

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What can be done to improve the mental health of an elderly loved one?

What can be done to improve the mental health of an elderly loved one?

Partnership: Psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience between yourself and your therapist; it is a partnership. The therapist listens to whatever it is that is on your mind, and with empathic, thoughtful questioning over time assists you in being able to experience yourself and the external environment differently than prior to coming to therapy. This partnership canbe experienced with patients of all ages ...Read more

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Could anyone recover from maternal sepsis what is the treament and what is estimated recovery time and the patients needs to do in order to recover?

Need more info: Maternal sepsis is a serious condition. She must consult with her ob/gyn and be examined carefully to make sure the infection has been eradicated. Time to heal depends on cause of sepsis and health of the woman. ...Read more

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Can you explain the heart infections? How would someone get an infection all the way in the heart?

Can you explain the heart infections?  How would someone get an infection all the way in the heart?

The blood stream: Delivers the bacteria; they take up residence on the heart valves, called "enocarditis." one of the classic causes of fever of unknown origin. Petechiae (pin point bleeding splinter subungual hemorrhage, osler nodes on the digits, and janeway lesions on the palms (non tender macula). Iv drugs # cause in 60's and 70's; now implanted catheters. ...Read more

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How what is the amount of blood that needs to be transferred successfully in order to create a threat of catching hiv?

How what is the amount of blood that needs to be transferred successfully in order to create a threat of catching hiv?

HIV : This is not how one discusses risk for hiv. Any blood that is fresh is at risk of transmitting hiv. Hiv, the virus, weighs one millionth of one gram. Billions of viruses circulate in the blood in an untreated individual. Also at risk in the blood is the HIV infected white cells which is another way that HIV can be transmitted between humans. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Is it possible to die due to respiratory infection with a oxygen level of 95 in 48 hours?

Sure: Your oxygen level of 95 is normal. However that's not to say you won't get septic and develop septic shock and die in 48 hours. Or get a PE. There are many things that can happen to someone aside from having low oxygen. ...Read more

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Do you think computer chips will be placed in the brain to cure and treat mental illness in the future?

Do you think computer chips will be placed in the brain to cure and treat mental illness in the future?

Already happening: Its already happening , but on a very limited and experimental scale, we have yet to know if they actually work or not. ...Read more

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Untreatable meningitis can lead to death?What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Untreatable meningitis can lead to death?What's the rate of survival if it's not treated soon and in what period of time you can die for the 1st sympt

Meningitis: Most meningitis is caused by viral infections. Viral infections are not in and of themselves treatable. The medical community works to support the life of the infected person but many if not most do not die. ...Read more

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I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?

Yes and yes: Legionella is nationally reportable- the lab that did the testing or the physician will report the result to the local health department, which will be responsible for further notification. Typically, if the source is not known some investigation will occur. This may involve testing water sources and other environmental risks, and investigating related cases. ...Read more

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How long could you allow an abcessed tooth to go untreated before it infects the vital organs of the body? How long before systemic shock would occur?

How long could you allow an abcessed tooth to go untreated before it infects the vital organs of the body? How long before systemic shock would occur?

Many variables: Firstly, you shouldn't allow an abscessed tooth to go untreated... It will only break down further and possibly become unrestorable. In the end you will still need to see a dentist for treatment. Factors such as the virulence of the bacteria and your immune system (resistance) play a role in the spread to other parts of your body. Call for and appointment asap. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is this disease pathogen move from 'host to host' also how do the hosts respond to the disease in terms of the immune response?

Can you tell me how is this disease pathogen move from 'host to host' also how do the hosts respond to the disease in terms of the immune response?

Which pathogen?: Since you didn't specify I will answer broadly and hope this helps. Pathogens can transmit to hosts directly through the air like the flu , through blood / mucous membranes like HIV or through a vector like mosquitos. or even objects like door knobs with the common cold just to name a few. The immune response is complex and varies like branches of the military. More details if requested. ...Read more

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What are the cause(s), possible outcomes (both good and bad), and best cure for a granuloma at the lower surgery incision point of an allograft ACL reconstruction? How long should it take to recover from the granulomatous? The granuloma began oozing c

What are the cause(s), possible outcomes (both good and bad), and best cure for a granuloma at the lower surgery incision point of an allograft ACL reconstruction?  How long should it take to recover from the granulomatous?

The granuloma began oozing c

Tough question: This is not an easily answered question. Most diagnosis of granulomas distal to an acl reconstruction have a high potential for being an infection. Some of these are continuous with the graft, fixation, and even the joint. Because of this, a careful examination along with imaging is often needed to assess whether an extensive debridement versus graft removal is necessary. ...Read more

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What can be done to prevent the spread of pinkeye?

What can be done to prevent the spread of pinkeye?

Prevention Tips: Washing your hands is one way to not only prevent pinkeye, but also prevent the spread of other bacterial and viral infections. Individuals with pinkeye should not share tissue, handkerchiefs towels, cosmetics and linens. In order to prevent pinkeye from spreading from one eye to the other, make sure to used different cotton balls or cloths to wipe the eyes. ...Read more

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Will alkaline water and foods help prolong the life of a liver cancer patient stage 4? What could be done to the patient without any further treatment

Will alkaline water and foods help prolong the life of a liver cancer patient stage 4? What could be done to the patient without any further treatment

No change: Alkaline water is no better different than bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) added to your water but it is expensive. I am sorry to hear about stage 4 liver cancer. Talk to your doctor about any research for patients with your type of cancer and if the nih is offering trials for nutrition in cancer. Talk with family members about goals and expectations in an open manner and expect more than one discussion. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


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