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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). ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about a tertiary c. difficile infection?

Should I be worried about a tertiary c. difficile infection?

C. diff is bad news: I would always be wary of C. diff - and if you have to take antibiotics, try to make sure you get the best treatment. Many times, antibiotics are unnecessary. You might want to ask for help from an ID doctor who is expert in this, and expert in C. diff. That is not a nice disease, and can mean damage to the colon or worse. If you've had C. diff before, the risks are increased. Talk to doc today. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between c difficile infection and c difficile colitis? If so, what is the difference and what is the difference in symptoms?

Is there a difference between c difficile infection and c difficile colitis? If so, what is the difference and what is the difference in symptoms?

They are the same: Colitis is a general term for infection of the colon. Therefore, c. Dif colitis is infection due to clostridium dificile. ...Read more

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How long does cocaine stay in your body? I've tried it only 3 times in the pas, 3 years ago. I tried it one last time just a couple of days ago. I don't ever want to do it again & im in a scholarship program that randomly does a urine test. I never used c

How long does cocaine stay in your body? I've tried it only 3 times in the pas, 3 years ago. I tried it one last time just a couple of days ago. I don't ever want to do it again & im in a scholarship program that randomly does a urine test. I never used c

Cocaine: Blood tests can show Cocaine itself for about 12 hours after use. Urine tests check for metabolic byproducts of cocaine. In infrequent users a urine test is positive for up to 3 days after Cocaine use. However, in those who use Cocaine regularly, a urine test may be positive for 2 weeks after using. Hair samples can show Cocaine for several months after using. Best to stay away from using! ...Read more

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Is c diff a econdary infection from antibotics?

Yes: It's almost always a complication of antibiotic use. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.) infection?

What kind of condition is cytomegalovirus (c.M.V.) infection?

CMV: This is a virus with is very common and causes disease such as mononucleosus type diseases, serious lung or brain infections in some people who can't fight it because of suppressed immune systems. It is treatable with special antiviral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How bad is cocaine for you?

How bad is cocaine for you?

Real bad!: It can make you paranoid and psychotic, afterwards, it can make you deeply depressed. ...Read more

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What are the health effects of cocaine?

Addiction: Cocaine is a very addictive drug. The only legitimate use is as a nasal anesthetic for some types of surgery. Recreationally it is inhaled as powder or smoked in the form of a rock aka crack. It increases dopamine levels in the brain which can cause paranoia or other psychotic symptoms. Peripherally it is a very powerful vasoconstrictor and can cause very serious heart problems among other things ...Read more

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What are the tell tale signs of a cocaine user?

What are the tell tale signs of a cocaine user?

Many: While intoxicated, the person has dilated pupils; racing heart rate; high bp; intense stimulation with fast-paced and endless chattering and a massive burst of energy. Mood could be euphoric or even irritable. As high wears off, could be tired, depressed, no energy. Longer term, there could be loss of appetite and weight; miss appointments or class, etc; may keep rolled-up dollar bills around. ...Read more

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Who gets stec infections?

Who gets stec infections?

VTEC:STEC: Anyone can be infected but young children and older people are at risk of severe disease. Hus is more common in children.
Stec: stec (also known as vtec) infection can cause serious disease, including bloody diarrhoea, and sometimes haemolytic uraemic syndrome. Infection usually results from consuming contaminated food or water, or from contact with infected animals or people. Avoid eating underco. ...Read more