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How long does fecal bacteria live?

How long does fecal bacteria live?

Bacterial survival: Many gram-negative species, such as acinetobacter spp., escherichia coli, klebsiella spp., pseudomonas aeruginosa, serratia marcescens, or shigella spp. Can survive on inanimate surfaces for months. These are some of the organisms present in feces. The anaerobes may die more rapidly if exposed to elemental oxygen.

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How much fecal bacteria does it take to get you sick? I may have ingested traces of it : (

How much fecal bacteria does it take to get you sick? I may have ingested traces of it : (

Probably no worries: If the source of contact healthy, almost certainly you won't get sick. For infected feces, the amount to transmit can be microscopic (e.g. norovirus, Shigella) but more for others (e.g. Salmonella). Every day we all contact small amounts of fecal bacteria (e.g. shaking hands with someone who didn't wash after toilet, pets, sinks, etc). Mostly it's harmless, and to some extent actually healthy.

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Is fecal bacteria really unhealthy compared to other bacteria when you are pregnant?

Is fecal bacteria really unhealthy compared to other bacteria when you are pregnant?

Depends: Everyone is colonized with different types of bacteria. Some live in your mouth, some your colon, your skin, and for women - the vagina. As long as everything stays where it's supposed to, you shouldn't have any problems.

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Does a positive fecal leucocyte test (when negative for all other bacteria, viral, and parasitic targets) ALWAYS indicate IBD?

Does a positive fecal leucocyte test (when negative for all other bacteria, viral, and parasitic targets) ALWAYS indicate IBD?

No.: It always indicates bowel irritation. It would be inflammatory not irritable bowel, or infection. How can they test for ALL infection? Basically needs scoping and biopsy.

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My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

My fecal lactoferrin level was high at 22, negative for infections, other than norovirus. I thought only bacteria increased FL. Could it be start IBD?

Possibly: I have no experience with the use of Lactoferrin and I do not know what kind of symptoms you are experiencing. There is a post infectious irritable bowel described over the last few years. In my opinion best will be for you to initiate a log with food and drinks that you have and the type of symptoms- say bloating, diarrhea, etc. Once you have couple of weeks see your gastroenterologist.

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My stool report says Bacteria=Present. Does that mean Good Bacteria or Bad Bacteria?

My stool report says Bacteria=Present. Does that mean Good Bacteria or Bad Bacteria?

Lab data: You would have to ask the laboratory to be certain, but the impression is that they are simply stating that bacteria are present, which is not surprising since 95-98% of dried fecal matter is bacteria. If there were specific pathogens (bad bacteria) present would imagine that they would have specifically identified these.

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What are very small carrot looking pieces in my stool? Could it be some type of bacteria? They are so small you wouldn't see them at normal glance

What are very small carrot looking pieces in my stool? Could it be some type of bacteria? They are so small you wouldn't see them at normal glance

Undigested remnants: Our stools are composed of many "ingredients" Food may sometimes make an appearance in the feces.Common undigested foods found in human feces are seeds, nuts, corn and beans mainly because of their high dietary fiber content. In medicine to diagnose the presence or absence of a medical condition, a stool sample is sometimes requested for testing purposes. So your MD will have you submit a sample if nec

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Mucus like stool accompanied with what looks like blood. Could it be that e coli bacteria?

Mucus like stool accompanied with what looks like blood. Could it be that e coli bacteria?

Causes of BRBPR: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor.

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My 21/2 year old daughter was diagnosed with cdif and some other bacteria that was found in her stool has had diarah?

My 21/2 year old daughter was diagnosed with cdif and some other bacteria that was found in her stool has had diarah?

C diff needs Rx.: C diff can exist in our digestive tracts quietly, but sometimes overgrows & causes problems like bloody diarrhea. If so, your childs doctor can treat the c diff infection with certain antibiotics. Your doctor can also suggest a specific probiotic preparation to help get the digestive tract back to normal--& keep it that way! Only using antibiotics for bacterial infections decreases risk of c diff.

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How do I preserve a stool sample? For how long does it last, to check for parasites/bacteria accurately?

How do I preserve a stool sample? For how long does it last, to check for parasites/bacteria accurately?

Instructions: The doctor that gave you the collection kit should have had instructions with it. Call the doctor that gave you the collection materials if you do not have the instructions.

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I have 10 months baby whenever eats somthing it doesn't digest it ad he does green stool his stool tests also says bacteria flora present and epithelia?

Can be normal: There are foods that babies do not digest fully- corn is one. Raisins and carrots also tend to come out undigested. I am not clear about the test results.. Bacteria flora can be normal bacteria that belong in the gut or bacterial overgrowth that isn't normal. Probiotics can be helpful. Pay attention to diet. Dairy can be very aggravating to children's intestines. A GI specialist may be helpful.

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My grandchild, 3month old. Her stool analysis shows cyst e.H ++, pus cells 3 -5hpf, bacteria+.Child had frothy motion for aweek?

My grandchild, 3month old. Her stool analysis shows cyst e.H ++, pus cells 3 -5hpf, bacteria+.Child had frothy motion for aweek?

Probably infection: I'm not clear what your results are based on your question. (cyst eh++ is not typical notation for stool results). If she has white blood cells, and unusual stools, she has either an infection or some type of inflammation, or both. She should follow up with her doctor on the results.

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Ha stool test done, results endolimax nana trophozoites, entamoeba hartmanni trophozoites. What is that meant? Where could I got that bacteria?

Ha stool test done, results endolimax nana trophozoites, entamoeba hartmanni trophozoites. What is that meant? Where could I got that bacteria?

Amoeba: These are not bacteria but rather amoeba that are found in the intestines of various animals, including the species e. Nana found in humans. Originally thought to be non-pathogenic, studies suggest it can cause intermittent or chronic diarrhea. You most likely acquired this from unsanitary water.

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I had a stool analysis that said I have 7 strains of bacteria that are imbalanced, (not full infection) strep strains etc, Can this make u feel bad?

I had a stool analysis that said I have 7 strains of bacteria that are imbalanced, (not full infection) strep strains etc, Can this make u feel bad?

Stool analysis???: Sounds like a scam to me. All stools have bacteria--its normal. Don't worry about what the 'strains' of bacteria are unless you are having symptoms of diarrhea, then stool testing can exclude certain types of infection (c. difficult, shigella, salmonella, etc).

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