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Does penicillin inhibit e. Coli bacterial growth?

Does penicillin inhibit e. Coli bacterial growth?

Most do.: Although there are e. Coli that are resistant to all penicillin-type antimicrobials, these exist mostly in hospitals. Without the antimicrobial pressure in the health care setting, most e. Coli are quite sensitive to most penicillins even ampicillin. Even though penicillin itself is not very useful for e. Coli, really high doses in the "old days" worked. ...Read more

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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


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Is e. Coli contagious?

Is e. Coli contagious?

The facts: E.coli is a bacteria that is commonly found in the digestive tract of warm & cold blooded animals, including humans. It is commonly spread by fecal contamination. Its prevalence makes it a marker for contamination of lakes/city water supplies etc. Certain strains are responsible for human disease, but most live harmlessly in your gut. Good personal hygiene/avoiding contaminated sources stops it. ...Read more

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Which complications are caused by e. Coli 0157:h7?

Which complications are caused by  e. Coli 0157:h7?

Several: It is a serious infection. People can have kidney failure which can get chronic also. Low blood platelets can cause bleeding at different sites. Severe diarrhea, dehydration. ...Read more

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What is e. Coli o157:h7? Are there important differences between e. Coli o157 and other stec?

What is e. Coli o157:h7? Are there important differences between e. Coli o157 and other stec?

Most well known type: 0157:h7 is the most common 'genetic strain' of disease producing shiga toxin producing E. coli in the US. It is most often introduced into individuals through contaminated food that is undercooked. It was also believed to be the most likely variant associated with severe illness, however the outbreak in Germany last year of severe STEC was from a different strain, known as 0104:h4. ...Read more

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Define e coli and urinary tract infection?

UTI caused by E.coli: E. Coli are the most common bacteria and normal inhabitants of the large bowel. These bacteria often reach the bladder, most commonly in females, where they can multiply & cause an infection. Hence advice for women to wipe front to back, and empty bladder after sex. ...Read more

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How bad is a 60 000 ufc/ml e coli urinary tract infection?

Can't tell: The number of colonies seen in the culture does not have much significance. The important thing is whether symptoms have improved or not. ...Read more

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Whats e coli in urinary tract infection?

Whats e coli in urinary tract infection?

Bacterial cause.: Urinary tract infections occur when pathogenic bacteria proliferate in the urine, causing inflammation in the urethra, bladder and sometimes the kidney. E. Coli is the most common cause, which is usually found in the colon but can contaminate the urine since the urethra and anus are in such close proximity. Infections are cleared with antibiotics, and should be confirmed by urine culture. ...Read more

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What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

What are shiga toxin-producing e. Coli?

Dangerous bacteria: Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) are bacteria found in various livestock (cows, swine, etc) which can lead to dangerous food borne illness.Recent outbreaks in Europe are due to a specific type of STEC called strain 0104:h4. In the USA E. coli o157:h7 is a more common strain.Each produces a toxin (shiga) which can disrupt colon cells causing bloody diarrhea or destroy kidney cells & lead to HUS. ...Read more

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How is e. Coli sepsis treated?

How is e. Coli sepsis treated?

E. coli: This bacteria can produce a wide variety of infections which are generally treated with antibiotics to which the particular strain of e. Coli is sensitive and which will reach the site of infection effectively. Sepsis is the body's reaction to infection and may require supportive care beyond the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Stool sample shows heavy growth of nontoxogenic e. Coli & streptococcus salivarius. Is this abnormal/problematic?

Stool sample shows heavy growth of nontoxogenic e. Coli & streptococcus salivarius.  Is this abnormal/problematic?

No: Assuming you are not symptomatic, these bacterial organisms are considered part of the normal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. Strep salivarius lives in the mouth whereas E. coli lives in the intestines. In only very rare instances does this strep cause illness. The type of E. Coli mentioned causes UTIs since the urinary and GI tracts are so close ...Read more

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Could an e coli infection kill you?

Could an e coli infection kill you?

It can: Any infection if it is not controlled can lead to sever illness leading to death. Most often times bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Suggests contamination with urogenital or skin flora. >100,000 CFU/ml Lactobacillus species. 20,000 CFU/ml mixed gram positive flora. What's it mean?

Suggests contamination with urogenital or skin flora. 
>100,000 CFU/ml Lactobacillus species.
20,000 CFU/ml mixed gram positive flora. 
What's it mean?

Means contaminated: Urine specimen from the surrounding area around urethra (opening where the urine comes out from). You may want to repeat the test , if your doctor still wants that, get a clean catch specimen, which entails cleansing the area first, passing some urine, then obtain a midstream urine sample, follow the lab instructions for that, best wishes ...Read more

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Been prescibed trimethoprim 300mg for e coli in urine. Suspected in vagina, offensive odour. Will antibiotics clear up vaginal e coli?

Been prescibed trimethoprim 300mg for e coli in urine. Suspected in vagina, offensive odour. Will antibiotics clear up vaginal e coli?

Vaginal odor: There are several common reasons for vaginal odors and without seeing you and the vaginal secretions it cannot be assessed effectively. See a gynecologist and get this appropriately addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Can a e. Coli colony contain flu viruses or other viruses inside the bacteria?

Not exactly: You're right to prompt the question, in that bacteria can be made more virulent by uptake of "signals" from a bacteriophage. Also, an e.Coli infection does not preclude a superimposed or secondary viral illness--which together compromises the host patient more than a single infection might. However, flu viruses can not live within e.Coli. ...Read more

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Can e coli live on surfaces?

On wet surface: E coli is present almost every where in the environment including tap water. ...Read more

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Vitamin E Capsule 200 IU weekly 3/4 times taking is ok for 15 months e beta thalassemia baby?

Vitamin E Capsule 200 IU weekly 3/4 times taking is ok for 15 months e beta thalassemia baby?

Yes but: Nutrition in thalassemia is a complex area requiring the involvement of a team or professionals experienced in managing this condition with exquisite attention to detail. Supplements are often dosed based on lab testing as well as dietary content. Please ask your child's physician for the OK. This dose should be fine. ...Read more