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An ENT did a culture which tested positive for H influenza bacteria in my sinuses. Is this a different organism than the one that causes the flu?

An ENT did a culture which tested positive for H influenza bacteria in my sinuses. Is this a different organism than the one that causes the flu?

Yes, different: Haemophilus influenzae is a typical bacteria type to cause sinus infection. The "flu" is caused by the virus (not bacteria) influenza, of which there are a number of types. Flu viruses do not respond to antibiotics like bacteria do and, in a healthy person, will resolve without medication except to treat the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Are there natural ways to treat bacterial tracheitis?

Are there natural ways to treat bacterial tracheitis?

Yes, antibiotics: ...Nearly all of which are derived from nature. E.G. Penecillin and cephalosporins all their relatives come from fungi. That said, nearly all forms of "tracheitis" and bronchitis are due to viruses, and then you can use all the non-doctor prescribed meds you want, because we have few antibiotics for viruses. Treat the symptoms and it usually gets better in spite of, not because of the antibiotics. ...Read more

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My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

My brother has bacterial tracheitis. What should I tell him?

Should get better: Unless your brother has some form of immune deficiency he should get quite better with appropriate treatment. Any form of infection can produce some damages to tissues which may then increases susceptibility to other infections, but this is not necessarily going to occur. ...Read more

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What happens to my child as a result of bacterial tracheitis?

What happens to my child as a result of bacterial tracheitis?

Long term nothing: Bacterial tracheitis can cause airway obstruction from infected crusts building up in the trachea. It is treated with bronchoscopy, antibiotics, steroids, etc. If there is no need for long term intubation, then there should be no problems with long term issues. Occasionally there will be permanent scarring of the trachea that can be fixed if necessary. ...Read more

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My husband's grandparent might have bacterial tracheitis. What is it?

My husband's grandparent might have bacterial tracheitis. What is it?

Trachel infection: Tracheitis is an infection of the trachea. It usually starts as a virus, and then the bacterial infection follows. It can be quite dangerous and life threatening and requires hospitalization and medications, and sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bacterial tracheitis?

What are the tests for bacterial tracheitis?

Sputum culture: Sputum sent for culture to see if any bacteria grow. Chest x-ray may not be helpful and bronchoscope in extreme cases may be necessary. ...Read more

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What symptoms does someone with bacterial tracheitis have?

What symptoms does someone with bacterial tracheitis have?

Bad condition: This rare illness produces the abrupt onset of high fever, cough, stridor, sputum which has gross pus in it, sometimes bloody sputum. This is a true medical emergency and patients should be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it true that onions absorb bacteria and if you cut it and put it in a bowl to sit out it will help with the flu and colds?

Is it true that onions absorb bacteria and if you cut it and put it in a bowl to sit out it will help with the flu and colds?

Sounds nifty: It will give you something to do while your body fights off the infection. Meanwhile, encourage lots of fluids, rest and simple meals. Adding the onion to your chicken soup is probably the best use of the vegetable. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Bacterial Infection Of Upper Airway (Definition)

Bacterial tracheitis is most often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. It can follow a recent viral upper respiratory infection. It affects mostly young children, possibly because their small trachea is ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more