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All my cultures came back negative so what is this discharge from?

All my cultures came back negative so what is this discharge from?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, you did not say what was cultured and where is the discharge from. If it is vaginal discharge, a small amount of discharge, as long as it is not foul smelling, may be normal. ...Read more

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Culture came back negative for herpes, is it possible these are wrong?

Culture came back negative for herpes, is it possible these are wrong?

Possible: Testing in general is accurate, however there are always chances of false negative testing. This can vary from test to test, but generally describes the chance that a reported negative test result is actually positive. Re-testing can help decrease the chances of a false negative test. ...Read more

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Culture came back negative for herpes but could i still have it, should I be concerned?

Culture came back negative for herpes but could i still have it, should I be concerned?

Depends on symptoms: It is possible to have herpes (genital, oral, or shingles) and still have a negative culture or PCR test for the virus, especially if the outbreak is well on its way to healing. A blood test can check for infection, but a positive result says nothing about the part of the body affected or when infection happened. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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My UTI culture came back negative. What could be causing similar symptoms then?

My UTI culture came back negative. What could be causing similar symptoms then?

Here are some...: How long & how severe have you urinary symptoms been? Do the degree of symptoms fluctuate along the use of coffee, bladder-irritant-containing foods or beverages, or certain activities, etc.? Consider OAB — on the course of IC? To put all these together correctly? Follow instruction in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. More? Ask your doc or contact me; I can help. ...Read more

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Urine culture came back negative. I'm having trouble with urgency and frequency. What could it be?

Urine culture came back negative. I'm having trouble with urgency and frequency. What could it be?

GU irritation? : If not UTI something is still irritating your bladder so it reacts with the feeling of urgency to urinate even when empty. Irritation can come from stones in the bladder or from mass lesions around it such as fibroids or enlarged uterus or severe constipation (fecal mass im rectum). If none, check with a urologist ...Read more

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How accurate is a bagged urine sample in a 2-month old uncircumcised baby? Culture came back postive.

How accurate is a bagged urine sample in a 2-month old uncircumcised baby? Culture came back postive.

If the culture : From the urine came back positive for more than 100,000 counts, then it is significant. If less than, it needs to be repeated, preferably a cathetetized specimen. Since your baby is only 2 months old,all other factors will be taken into consideration as to how long to treat and if further diagnostic work up will be necessary or not. Talk to your Pediatrician. ...Read more

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My sputum culture came back as gram positive cocci...what could i have? I've had two rounds of antibiotics and im still coughing

My sputum culture came back as gram positive cocci...what could i have? I've had two rounds of antibiotics and im still coughing

GPC: Gram positive cocci refer to the description of the bacteria. The next part of the description that you did not mention is the grouping of the bacteria.like gram positive cocci in chains, clusters or pairs. That helps define what they are. In general GPC are staphlococcus, streptococcus and enterococcus species. ...Read more

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I have had 4 uti's in 2 months. Cultures came back normal and it seems to not be responding to a variety of antibiotics. What can I do?

I have had 4 uti's in 2 months. Cultures came back normal and it seems to not be responding to a variety of antibiotics. What can I do?

Sounds like: Your problem isn't infectious. You will need an evaluation for the other causes of bladder irritation, and this would be best done by an urogynecologist. You should be sure to be tested for sexually transmitted infection if you are sexually active, and most likely you will need a pelvic ultrasound and cystoscopy. There are medications and lifestyle changes that can help as well. Call MD 4 referral. ...Read more

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When a culture sensitivities test is done for BV which antibiotics are tested? Regular culture came back negative but dr saw symptoms.not sex active.

Not relevant: I am not aware of a culture sensitivy for bacterial vaginosis as this is an inflammatory condition rather than an identified bacterium that is tested for sensitivities. The treatment is likely to help adjust the pH and flora to regularize the conditions in your vagina and bring you reflief ...Read more

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If your urine culture came back negative do you need to still take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and if so Why?

If your urine culture came back negative do you need to still take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and if so Why?

Complete the course: If you start an antibiotic treatment to treat a presumed infection before the culture results are available then it is desirable to complete the treatment course even if the culture comes back negative to prevent any undetected germs from developing resistence to the antibiotic if they are exposed to an inadequate dose ...Read more

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Why might there be presence of blood to appear on your urinalysis when the urine culture came back negative?

Why might there be presence of blood to appear on your urinalysis when the urine culture came back negative?

See below: Infection is only one cause of blood in urine. Others being stones, injury, tumors and blood disorders. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-in-urine/ds01013. ...Read more

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Taken 2 antibiotics for cystitis, but urine culture came back negative. Is it ok to stop the antibiotics as they are making me feel quite sick?

Be followed timely..: Was urine specimen for culture collected before or after starting antibiotics? If before, may stop it and be timely evaluated for refining diagnosis and treatment. Nonetheless, how to get the related things for right care done correctly has not need to be that hard by following advice in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby you can work closer/ better with doc for medical care. ...Read more

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Urine culture came back clean, however, (7 days later) I have a white discharge, strong odor and itchiness around outside. Extreme discomfort!?

Infection?: If you have taken antibiotics recently you may have a yeast infection and can try over-the-counter yeast meds. If not you may have a vaginal infection due to other causes, which can be sorted out by your doc. . ...Read more

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The doc says my herpes culture came back positive? But do I have to take preventive medicine?

No: However, if you get frequent outbreaks you may want to consider taking medicines as a preventative strategy. ...Read more

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Tested positive on leukocytes in my urine with Azo urine test, but at the doctors the culture came back negative. But I don't understand how my urine?

Urine WBC, UTI, STD?: The Azo urine leukocytes (WBC) test gives a clue about urinary tract infection, but that's all. WBCs can appear in the urine from vulva or vaginal fluids if not a good "clean catch" specimen. Discuss with doctor if you have typical UTI symptoms (urgency, burning). If not, retest and don't worry if leukocytes normal. STDs also can cause urine WBC with negative culture, so get checked if at risk. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a kidney infection even though a urine culture came back negative?

Is it possible to have a kidney infection even though a urine culture came back negative?

Yes: You could have kidney infection with no growth in urine culture if culture was done on antibiotics, the infection is atypical one (mycoplasma, ureaplasma, or chlamydia), or the infection came to kidney from blood (not ascending from urine). May benefit from ultrasound. It can show significant kidney infection and stones. ...Read more

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Neg. Igm for herpes 1and 2. Positive IgG for herpes 1 and neg.2. I have blisters but culture came back neg. Who do I believe? What is a good test

Neg. Igm for herpes 1and 2. Positive IgG for herpes 1 and neg.2. I have blisters but culture came back neg. Who do I believe? What is a good test

No acute infection!: Good morning, negative igm and negative culture suggest that there is no acute infection. Positive igg shows that you have had past infection. Both tests agree in your case. There is another test polymerase chain reaction (pcr) which has been widely used recently. Tzanck smear shows the presence of herpes virus as well. Rarely, more than one test is ordered by your physician — it could be expensive. ...Read more

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If my urine culture came back (no growth), does that mean im clear from uti. I'm 5 weeks prgnant and feeling like I have to pee when i already did?

If my urine culture came back (no growth), does that mean im clear from uti. I'm 5 weeks prgnant and feeling like I have to pee when i already did?

Frequency: That means you don't have an infection. Other causes can trigger your frequency, you are too early in your pregnancy to blame the size of the uterus. Your gyn may need to run more tests. ...Read more

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Burning feeling when I pee and feel bloated. Got tested for a UTI and the test and culture came back negative but still hurts. What else could it be?

Burning w/ neg UTI: I have seen this in females with vagintis and you may not have a discharge (usually just see it on pelvic exam). I usually treat with a cocktail(if not allergic) of flagyl (not alcohol during treatment) and zithromax or doxyycline(do not take if pregnant or nursing) f/it with urgent care ...Read more

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Urine cultures came back negative, and a semen culture also came back negative. How certain can I be that I don't have Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis?

Urine cultures came back negative, and a semen culture also came back negative. How certain can I be that I don't have Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis?

CBP: That's a very good question. CBP is difficult to treat. The prostate is enveloped in a capsule which makes it difficult for antibiotics to penetrate. In general 3 weeks of antibiotic course is used but there are doctors who treat far longer than this due to symptoms not abating. Prostatic massage with fluid collection can be done in addition to what you mentioned. Are you symptomatic? ...Read more

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Urine culture came back: 50, 000-100, 000 cfu/ml of enterococcus species can someone explain exactly what this means and what sort of bacteria this is?

See answer: A urine culture/sensitivity (c/s) is used to identify the specific bacteria causing a UTI and the antibiotics the bacteria is sensitive/resistant to. Urine c/s is deemed positive if shows bacterial count of >1, 000 colonies/ml of a typical urinary tract organism. The large intestine and the perineal area serve as reservoir for pathogenic bacteria. E. Coli accounts for >70% of uti; enterococcus 5-10%. ...Read more

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I have two small wounds on my hand and culture came back strep a. I am on an antibiotic. Is there reason to worry and how did I get this?

I have two small wounds on my hand and culture came back strep a. I am on an antibiotic. Is there reason to worry and how did I get this?

Yes you need to ---: Worry, as if the infection doesn't clear up in a few days time, then you need to go back to the pcp or an orthopod, so he can help to get rid of it.
If the pain gets severe or redness spreads or red streaking appear going up the arm, with swelling around the wounds, or you get throbbing in it, are all signs to be concerned about.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Upper back soreness as neck, just got over the flu. Could this be residual side effects? Cultures came back negative when I had then done

Likely: Soreness may be a residual manifestation of a viral infection. Start exercising with low level activity. You may take acetaminophen (no more than 4 gms/day) for a few days.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Gyn did a swab in vag. Looked under the microscope & said I had bacteria but culture came back negative for yeast or bacteria. Why was it + in office??

Gyn did a swab in vag. Looked under the microscope & said I had bacteria but culture came back negative for yeast or bacteria. Why was it + in office??

Normal: There are many bacterial normally in the vagina. Culture would only report abnormal bacteria.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Gyno said yeast infection, used meds didn't work, culture came back I have no yeast or infection. Still, red and a little burn when I use washroom, why?

Gyno said yeast infection, used meds didn't work, culture came back I have no yeast or infection. Still, red and a little burn when I use washroom, why?

Burning on urination: There are several potential explanations. Testing for Chlamydia, urinary tract infection, and chemical/mechanical irritation of the genitourinary tract is advised by your GYN doctor. ...Read more

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9wkpreg had a UTI was on antibiotic 4 a week took the urine test again came back positive midwife sent it out 4 a culture came back negative is a goo?

Lab data: Without even knowing what the results of the tests to which you were referring are it should be noted that lab data without clinical correlation has often very little meaning. If the culture was negative and you have no symptoms it sounds as if you may be ok, but the people caring for you are in the best position to determine this. Good luck. ...Read more

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