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Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?

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).

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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I did cocaine for 1 day 3 weeks ago, since then I haven't felt the same. I have lung infection, pounding/faster heartrate, & am anxious/panicky. Why?

I did cocaine for 1 day 3 weeks ago, since then I haven't felt the same. I have lung infection, pounding/faster heartrate, & am anxious/panicky. Why?

Cocaine is bad: You gave good reasons not to do cocaine! Since you don't like feeling this way, then don't use it anymore. It makes you anxious, paranoid, raises heart rate and ruins your mind. And as you said, gave you a lung infection. Let this be a lesson not to use cocaine again.

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Can using cocaine a few days ago be the reason for my sore throat due to nasal drip? Was wondering if I have a throat infection or if its from that

Can using cocaine a few days ago be the reason for my sore throat due to nasal drip? Was wondering if I have a throat infection or if its from that

Yes it can: cocaine is very irritant to the nasal mucous membrane, to the point it can perforated. So yes your throat is sore from the cocaine. It is not a good idea to play with fire by the way. Regardless how fascinating the fire work is.

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Is infection common in d and c?

Is infection common in d and c?

Uncommon: A d;c (dilation and curettage) is a surgical procedure. Often times in surgery antibiotics are given prior to the case to prevent infection. However in the case of d;c, the risk of infection is so low that antibiotics are seldom recommended. The risk of infection is rated at.

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Dose dalacin c 300 mg works correctly for infection?

Dose dalacin c 300 mg works correctly for infection?

Depends. . .: Whether any given antibiotic works depends upon whether the infection is caused by a sensitive bacteria. For instance, common cold is caused by a virus and thus won't be affected by any antibiotic. Anyway, dalacin c is a brand not sold in the states. Whether the generic Clindamycin will work "correctly" depends upon what caused your infection. Ask your doc for culture & sensitivity.

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How long after childbirth are you in the clear from c sordelli infection?

How long after childbirth are you in the clear from c sordelli infection?

Very rare: Infections with clostridum sordellii are very rare and have been seen in women after childbirth. However, they have also been seen in women, who were not pregnant. Therefore, we cannot assume that being a defined time period, weeks or months, out of pregnancy will minimize the risk of the infection - the risk, albeit extremely small, is always there.

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Who gets c. Diff infection?  

Who gets c. Diff infection?  

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.

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What is a c diff infection like?

What is a c diff infection like?

Infection: Colon infection from clostridium difficile can cause fever, nausea, abdominal cramping pains, sometimes serious abdominal pain, diarrhea & dehydration. Some people can become very ill from this. Treated with specific antibiotics for this type of infection. Rarely requires surgery if severe & life threatening.

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How long does a c-diff infection last?

Long if not treated: C. Difficile can cause a prolonged severe colitis if it is not treated. If treated it usually starts to improve 3-4 days into the 10-14 day treatment course. Relapses occur in 25% of cases. These relapses require re-treatment and can continue to recur requiring prolonged pulse/taper vancomycin treatment and even fecal transplant therapy for cure.

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What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

What test proves chronic c. Diff infection?

None: There is no chronic c. Difficile infection. Untreated c. Difficile diarrhea can persist until effective treatment is given. The stool c. Difficile toxin test confirms the diagnosis. 30% of treated cases relapse and require repeat treatment. Future relapses become more likely and can require prolonged antibiotic treatment or fecal transplant therapy for cure.

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Will an orgasm after a d&c cause infection?

Will an orgasm after a d&c cause infection?

Here are some...: Known to us, D & C is to scrape of peel off the inner layer of uterus, i.e., endometrium, for diagnosis or treatment, which results in the raw surface similar to peeling off the epidermis of skin; either takes time to heal and resurface. So, it's advisable not to have natural or artificial vaginal penetration for 5-7 days. Besides, orgasm without vaginal penetration may induce lingering bleeding.

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What are the symptoms of a c-diff infection?

Watery diarrhea: Pseudo membranous enterocolitis caused by clostridium difficile causes variable amounts of watery, mousy smelling diarrhea. Sometimes, especially in the elderly, it can cause a very serious, life-threatening colitis.

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What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

What is a c. diff infection and how do you get it?

C. Diff: C. Diff= clostridium dificile. This is a common organism that may inhabit the Gi tract. It causes disease when there is a shift in the flora and it produces a toxin that causes small ulcers and death of the surface cells. Traditionally, antibiotics that destroyed "good" flora as well as infection were blamed, but now many other things lead up to the change.

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My brother has c diff infection. What should I tell him?

C.difficile needs Rx: C.Difficile is pathogenic in older children & adults (whose colonic microflora are altered by antibiotics, chemotherapy, salmonella/shigella). C.Diff causes pseudomembranous & other colitis, complicates inflammatory bowel disease, causes fulminant transmural extension, perforation with peritonitis, toxic megacolon. Florastor is otc probiotic that may help suppress c.Diff, but if sick get treated.

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How long does it take to feel back to yourself after a c diff infection?

Difficult to say: But things should improve as soon as you start having loose stools. That being said, you can still have a positive c diff stool test up to thirty days after affective treatment, so give yourself a month after symptoms resolve and see if you have returned to your baseline. If symptoms recur, make sure to let your doc know. Hope that helps!

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How long does it take to contract c. Diff. After coming in contact with infection?

CDI sooner or later: We're constantly in contact w/bacteria like c. Diff. We 'eat' the spore or rarely the vegitative (actively growing) bacteria. Stomach acid kills veg form. The spore passes to bowel & hangs out (>1 mo). It can pass out or if conditions are right (normal flora disrupted) due to antibiotics, immunedefic, chronic illnesses, chemo, or bad luck it sprouts to veg form & makes toxins which make us ill.

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Is it possible to have a c diff infection so small that it only causes soft loose BMs every now & then?

C diff infection.: Yes, it is possible but less likely with a mild C diff colitis. Only stool test for the toxin is definitive.

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I have urine infection am on my last day of my antivbiotic can I go get check in to c if am ok in 4days like urine test?

I have urine infection am on my last day of my antivbiotic can I go get check in to c if am ok in 4days like urine test?

Uti treatment: If placed on antibx for UTI symptoms should improve within 24 hours of starting meds. If no improvement may be resistant infx then urine culture advised.

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