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Dr. Marc Basson
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Escherichia Coli (Overview)

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, bloody diarrhea & vomiting.


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What is escherichia coli?

What is escherichia coli?

A type of bacteria: This is the most common bacteria associated with urinary tract infections. Studies found that cranberry worked as well as antibiotics when the urinary tract infection was caused by e. Coli. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Basson
1,094 doctors shared insights

Escherichia Coli (Overview)

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, bloody diarrhea & vomiting.


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What are the symptoms of escherichia coli infection?

What are the symptoms of escherichia coli infection?

Depends on the: Organ/system affected and type or esch coli. The organism is common cause of urinary tract infections, and may be involved in lung infection, ear infection, meningitis, septicemia, and peritonitis etc. A strain of esch coli causes hemorrhagic diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Urine culture, routine value: >100, 000 cfu/ml escherichia coli, how do you know severity of infection?

Urine culture, routine value: >100, 000 cfu/ml escherichia coli, how do you know severity of infection?

How do you feel?: Severity of infection is gauged by your signs and symptoms. Do you have fever, nausea, high temp, flank pain, bladder pain? If you have no symptoms might want to consider repeating the test. ...Read more

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What is the endotoxin that causes the endotoxin or gram-negative shock of escherichia coli?

What is the endotoxin that causes the endotoxin or gram-negative shock of escherichia coli?

Wall component: It is mix of similar substances found in the walls of the bacteria, released as they die off and causing some problems in people with bugs like e coli loose in their blood. There's been some interest in medicines designed to remove it or prevent it from harming the body, but results have been so-so. ...Read more

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What does a really heavy growth escherichia coli mean?

What does a really heavy growth escherichia coli mean?

See below: I assume you are referring to the culture of some type of secretion or wound.
This means that there are many gram negative bacilli of the species e. Coli growing on the culture plate that was innoculated with the specimen. The e. Coli might be causing an infection or could be colonizing depending on the type of specimen, amount of wbc's on the gram stain and the clinical signs. ...Read more

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Klebsiella, escherichia coli penis skin infection. What is possible reason, and what examinations do I need to do?

Klebsiella, escherichia coli penis skin infection. What is possible reason, and what examinations do I need to do?

Not an issue for : Self care. How do you know the nature of the organisms? I would urge that you see a doctor for treatment. If you practice anal intercourse, always use a condom. ...Read more

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Can someone here tell me please how to get rid of an UTI from e coli?

Can someone here tell me please how to get rid of an UTI from e coli?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor for an antibiotic prescription to treat the current infection and to evaluate any underlying issues, such as enlarged prostate, urine reflux, that may be predisposing you to the infection. ...Read more

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What is escherichia coli?

A type of bacteria: This is the most common bacteria associated with urinary tract infections. Studies found that cranberry worked as well as antibiotics when the urinary tract infection was caused by e. Coli. ...Read more

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What is escherichia coli?

What is escherichia coli?

A bacterium: Escherichia coli is a bacterium, a gram negative rod, that normally lives in the large intestine and serves to maintain normal floara in the colon. However, it also causes infections in many organs, most commonly in the urinary tract. It is commonly used in research and has been modified to perform special functions. ...Read more

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What does a really heavy growth escherichia coli mean?

See below: I assume you are referring to the culture of some type of secretion or wound.
This means that there are many gram negative bacilli of the species e. Coli growing on the culture plate that was innoculated with the specimen. The e. Coli might be causing an infection or could be colonizing depending on the type of specimen, amount of wbc's on the gram stain and the clinical signs. ...Read more

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What human diseases are associated with escherichia coli?

What human diseases are associated with escherichia coli?

Many infections: E coli causes infections in many sites, urinary infection being a common one. It can also cause generalized infections and produce toxins that affect the whole body. You may wish to consult this site for more info:
https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/index.html
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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Escherichia coli?

What is the definition or description of: Escherichia coli?

Escherichia coli: 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, bloody diarrhea & vomiting. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of escherichia coli infection?

Depends on the: Organ/system affected and type or esch coli. The organism is common cause of urinary tract infections, and may be involved in lung infection, ear infection, meningitis, septicemia, and peritonitis etc. A strain of esch coli causes hemorrhagic diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome. ...Read more

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Escherichia coli in urine how long does it take to clear up?

Escherichia coli in urine how long does it take to clear up?

Needs treatment: With proper treatment it will clear up in 5-10 days. ...Read more

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Is escherichia coli and serratia marcescens the same thing?

Is escherichia coli and serratia marcescens the same thing?

No: They are not the same thing, but they are both gram negative, rod shaped bacterium in the enterobacter family. ...Read more

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What is the endotoxin that causes the endotoxin or gram-negative shock of escherichia coli?

Wall component: It is mix of similar substances found in the walls of the bacteria, released as they die off and causing some problems in people with bugs like e coli loose in their blood. There's been some interest in medicines designed to remove it or prevent it from harming the body, but results have been so-so. ...Read more