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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Will ESR (Sed rate) and CBC show abnormalities with meningitis or other infection causing brain or heart inflammation?

Not reliable: If you're having symptoms of meningitis or heart disease (palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath), the sed rate is utterly worthless as a way of ruling out disease and even a normal CBC proves nothing. I'm a lab physician and want to reassure you -- the key question is not "What's my ESR? " but "How do I FEEL? " Read more

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What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

What is the first part of the brain affected by bacterial meningitis caused by ear infection?

Local spread: Ear infections can lead to abscess most commonly affecting the temporal lobe or if leading to meningitis can cause whole brain involvement. Depending on the bacteria type certain nerve (ie hearing nerves) may be affected more than others. Read more

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Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture, or lp, is the best and most sensitive way to diagnose meningitis. Ct scans do not always show evidence of CNS infections. Read more

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Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Please tell me, could a CT scan show any viral infections of brain or spinal meningitis?

Not usually: Ct of brain and spine usually does not play role in diagnosis of viral process. Some clinicians obtain ct prior to spinal tap as precaution, to exclude increased intracranial pressure. This probably is overkill in the usage of ct. Read more

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Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Is it possible to die if your eardrum bursts and infection gets into your brain?

Yes but...: Any ear infection can theoretically spread to the brain and result in meningitis or brain abscess and with a worst case scenario result in death. But, this is really unusual. In 20+ years of practice I have seen less than a handful of ear infections that have spread to the brain and none of those patients died. Read more

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I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

I heard that when you have an ear infection the eardrum can burst. Is it true or common to happen?

Possible: Long before there were antibiotics ear infections commonly resolved with the ear drum bursting and the healing. In acute ear infection, withain and hearing loss, treatment with oral antibiotics, usually clears infection before ear drum would perforate or burst. Read more

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

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What is the difference between a burst eardrum and an ear infection?

Drainage: A ruptured ear drum due to otitis media will cause a bloody or purulent discharge. Ear infection without drainage can result in fluid trapped in middle ear and hearing lost. Read more

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My gf has impacted wax. She also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. She had many ear infections and tubes as a child?

My gf has impacted wax. She also believes that water in her ear will cause the eardrum to burst. She had many ear infections and tubes as a child?

Common problem: Impacted wax can be dissolved by drops available over the counter at most supermarkets or pharmacies. W hen these are too slow, the wax can be removed under direct vision by an ENT. I have also cleaned this out using a water pic, and this does not "rupture" the drum. She can either get this fixed or deal with the poor hearing. Her choice. Read more

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I've had a sinus infection for two weeks now, and just got a prescription today. Are the odds pretty low to get meningitis? Idk if I'm vaccinated.

I've had a sinus infection for two weeks now, and just got a prescription today. Are the odds pretty low to get meningitis? Idk if I'm vaccinated.

Unlikely: It is relatively common for a sinus infection to be ongoing for 2 wks prior to treatment and rare for it to convert to meningitis. Most meningitis is aggressive and will progress over a period of hours from first symptoms to full blown disease. Read more

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I have viral meningitis and I wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should I wait until my infection is gone? If yes. How will I know so?

I have viral meningitis and I wanted to start trying to get pregnant this month...Should I wait until my infection is gone? If yes. How will I know so?

Depends on symptoms: Viral meningitis is really nothing more than a viral infection that got in the wrong place. Avoid close contacts until fever free for 24 hours. Then it just really depends on how you are feeling. If you feel fine, then go for it. Read more

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Had meningitis last year caused by sinuses, treated/cured. I believe now have sinus infection but couldn't get appt for 5 days away. Too long to wait?

Had meningitis last year caused by sinuses, treated/cured. I believe now have sinus infection but couldn't get appt for 5 days away. Too long to wait?

Urgent care: Go to urgent care immediately or ER now. Obtain expert ENT evaluation of your sinuses ASAP. If you lost full history I am amendable to starting you on antibiotics immediately if you have pressure and signs of infection and live in New York. Good luck. Read more

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Had meningitis from bad sinus infection. Cured, but does it mean I'll always immediately get it again if I get another sinus infection?

Unusual: Very unusual for a sinus infection to transform into meningitis. Some may recommend a careful evaluation for a defect in the bony lining of the sinus cavities that can transmit the infection, especially if this recurs. If found, the defect is repaired surgically Read more

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Think I may have a sinus infection and if I do then I've had it for a while now, how rare is it to get meningitis from this? I'm so scared

Think I may have a sinus infection and if I do then I've had it for a while now, how rare is it to get meningitis from this? I'm so scared

Rare: The germs that cause meningitis can use the nasal membranes as an entry point. The aggressive germ will usually do this rapidly (within hours), not after sitting around & triggering a sinus infection. If you had a previous brain injury & were leaking spinal fluid into your nose this would be a expected complication. Your ability to slow down the germ & have it linger in your sinuses makes it unlikely Read more

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Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Can you get meningitis from an ear infection?

Maybe: If the infecting agent is aggressive and the host (you) is vulnerable, the ear infection could spread to the meninges. This is usually through hematogenous spread (through the blood stream) rather than through neighboring invasion. Rarely, if the infection is ignored, it can spread to the mastoid air sacs, thence to the venous sinuses in the brain, and thus cerebritis. Read more

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Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

Have a double ear infection. Dr prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for treatment start today. Will I get meningitis from this ear infection if I hadn't have treated it?

Unlikely....: ...But possible. It is more likely, if the infection spreads beyond your ear, that it will go into the mastoid bone located right behind your ear. Even this, though, won't happen most of the time. Ear infections are treated to reduce pain and protect hearing. Read more

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Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for sweat gland infection in arm pit two days ago. Chance I can get aseptic meningitis or bad reaction? Please reply

Minimal: It is likely you would have had any serious reaction or developed some other complications by now. I hope the infection is clearing up and that you are feeling better. If you have any questions about your ongoing symptoms let your doctor or health tap know. Your pharmacist will be a good resource for your concerns. Read more

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Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Went to pcp yesterday with sinus infection, bronchitis and ear infection. She sd my right eardrum bulging. Will mountain travel cause it to burst?

Not necesarily: If it does, it would have anyway. Most middle ear infections build up of mucous and pus behind the ear drum. If it ruptures, it often does the first day in aggressive infections. If stable, it actually does not allow pressure effects of altitude to do anything. Read more

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Meningitis (Definition)

A condition in which the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more