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Help please! I have had chronic E Coli infections in my vagina since February of 2014. I am taking very high probiotics, don't douche, am monogamous with my husband, have been on antibiotics so many times last year, and it clears it, then returns right aw

Help please! I have had chronic E Coli infections in my vagina since February of 2014. I am taking very high probiotics, don't douche, am monogamous with my husband, have been on antibiotics so many times last year, and it clears it, then returns right aw

Treat husband too: If your infection keeps coming back, you're either taking too short of an antibiotic course (may need 4 weeks) or you are being re-infected by your partner (if you had sex he could be carrying the bacteria from you). I would do a culture on BOTH of you to see which antibiotic would be most effective and treat you both. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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E Coli Infection (Definition)

E. Coli is a bacteria normally found in the intestines. Certain strains of e. Coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause disease, such as colitis (bloody diarrhea) and traveler's diarrhea. It is also the most common organism in urinary tract infections. When found in the blood, the infection can be very severe and cause ...Read more


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What are the tests for e. Coli infection?

What are the tests for e. Coli infection?

Okay that the test: To diagnose illness caused by e. Coli infection, your doctor will send a sample of your stool to a laboratory to test for the presence of e. Coli bacteria. The bacteria may be cultured to confirm the diagnosis and identify specific toxins, such as those produced by e. Coli o157:h7. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of e-coli infection?

What are the symptoms of e-coli infection?

Many symptoms: This can be a GI infection with bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. This can be a serious infection, so someone with the symptoms should be evaluated by medical professionals right away. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of e. Coli infection?

What are the symptoms of e. Coli infection?

Depends on the: Organ/system affected and type or esch coli. The organism is common cause of urinary tract infections, and may be involved in lung infection, ear infection, meningitis, septicemia, and peritonitis etc. A strain of esch coli causes hemorrhagic diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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What do bm with e coli infection look like?

What do bm with e coli infection look like?

What type of E coli: E coli is normally present in the intestine and does not affect bowel movement. Toxic strains of e coli can cause diarrhea that will result in loose stools. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an e-coli infection?

What are the symptoms of an e-coli infection?

Depends on the site: E coli is a common cause of urinary infections which result in buring pain on urination, fever, abdominal discomfort etc. E coli can also cause pneumonia, blood infection, meningitis etc and sypmtoms depend of the site of infection. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an e. Coli infection?

How do I know if I have an e. Coli infection?

Culture: Urinary infection is perhaps the commonest infection with e coli and it can be diagnosed by culturing urine. Blood or wound infection would require culture of blood and wound discharge. Similarly infection at any other site, would require culture of material from that site. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is an e. Coli infection?

What sort of disorder is an e. Coli infection?

Multiple: E. Coli is a gram negative bacterium which is frequently colonized in the GI tract, it can be associated with pathogenic infection causing serious GI type of infection, also implicated with urinary type infections and others. ...Read more

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I think I have an e. Coli infection. What should I do?

I think I have an e. Coli infection. What should I do?

Where?: Many types of ecoli infections require antibiotic therapy. This includes urinary tract infections. Some diarrheal infections require therapy. You need to see a physician to determine if you, in fact, have an infection requiring antibiotics, and what the appropriate antibiotics would be. ...Read more

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How do they test whether you have an e. Coli infection?

How do they test whether you have an e. Coli infection?

Culture: Urine, blood or a swab from the infected site is cultured in the laboratory and the organisms that grow are identified by their biochemical characteristics and their antibiotic sensitivity determined. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. Marc Basson
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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a gram-negative, coliform bacterium. There are various strains of E. coli that live in the intestines . Some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, ...Read more