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How does one get bacterial infections?

How does one get bacterial infections?

Exposure/germ factor: Infections occur when a germ is introduced to a location where conditions are supportive of germ growth. The germ begins to reproduce using local nutrient sources & invades the area. Some germs are benign hitchhikers & simply hang around while others are invasive & elaborate toxic chemicals that are destructive to tissue. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I seem to always get bacterial infections after my monthly why is that?

I seem to always get bacterial infections after my monthly why is that?

Hormone changes: Bacterial vaginitis is a condition caused by a change in the number and types of bacteria in the vagina. Just after menstruation, there are hormone changes occurring that may be triggering these infections. When this infection follows a pattern like this, there may ways of preventing these infections. See your doctor to see what may be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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If you get bacterial infection from the same bacteria twice and the second time it makes you really sick, more than the first time, what happened?

If you get bacterial infection from the same bacteria twice and the second time it makes you really sick, more than the first time, what happened?

Be more specific: To get the most from the site you need to provide detailed background information & ask a question related to those specifics. You did not specify what bacteria or what type of infection. You give no clue on how it was confirmed & if or how it was treated. Without specifics, no reasoned answer can be provided. You are welcome to start over. This is not a chat room. Questions are not linked. ...Read more

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Can u get bacterial infection in ur vergina from a male?

Can u get bacterial infection in ur vergina from a male?

Bacterial vaginosis: This is not likely if you are referring to bv. On the other hand, once a woman has acquired this the male partner can have the skin of his penis colonized with the causative bacteria and transmit it back to the woman after she has been treated. It is not, however, considered a sexually transmitted disease. ...Read more

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How do women get bacterial infections known as bv?

BV: Bacterial Vaginosis often occurs after there is a change in vaginal pH. ...Read more

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Can u get bacterial infections on the skin such as boils from snoking meth?

Can u get bacterial infections on the skin such as boils from snoking meth?

Yes: People on meth tend to pick on their skin that can provide a portal of entry for bacteria that infect hair follicles and result in boils. ...Read more

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Will you get bacterial infection if you have sex or kiss someone who smokes marijuana?

Will you get bacterial infection if you have sex or kiss someone who smokes marijuana?

Not an infection: Marijuana smoking does not lead to bacterial infections. You can kiss someone who smokes with no greater risk than kissing someone who doesn't.
There may be other reasons not to kiss him/her, however. Are you worried that the fact that this person smokes marijuana somehow makes them not "right" for you? You should generally only kiss people who you really care about and trust. ...Read more

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I seem to get bacterial infections and yeast infections back-to-back once every two months. I always practce safe sex. Same soap n detergent why is th?

I seem to get bacterial infections and yeast infections back-to-back once every two months. I always practce safe sex. Same soap n detergent why is th?

Infections: When someone has frequent infections it may be related more to your diet. Has your fasting blood sugar level been obtained? Common things you have already mentioned. Soaps, detergents, use of condoms. Overall how is your general health? Look beyond to see if you find a common thread. For instance, they occur after your period, or, after working out, or having a heavy meal. Keep a diary to track ...Read more

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Can a male get bacterial infection (e.x. e. coli) via oral sex if partner has no STI? If so, how common is that? Can risk be reduced without condom?

Can a male get bacterial infection (e.x. e. coli) via oral sex if partner has no STI? If so, how common is that? Can risk be reduced without condom?

E coli is not a risk: E coli is everywhere, including in your drinking water and is not a concern. If your partner does not have any STI, you should be okay.
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. ...Read more

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What would make a person bleed 2 times in one year, it not being a normal period, then get bacterial infection in blood stream? I'm seeing a doctor.

Irregular periods : Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit and ask for pcos testing. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting bacterial infection?

Are some people more prone to getting bacterial infection?

In special crcmstncs: There are some very rare genetic diseases which can increase chances of getting bacterial infection (e.g. Scid) and some conditions (e.g. Having a spleen removed) which can also increase bacterial infection. Diabetics with high blood sugar also can get infections and certainly aids increases risk of certain infections, including TB and mai (a related bacterial infection). ...Read more

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25w5d pregnant and getting bacterial infections. What is happening? Getting them after a hot bath

BV?: Some women are just more prone to this infection, also hot baths are not a great idea in pregnancy and if you are using bath products it can increase the risk by altering your vaginal ph. ...Read more

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I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

I keep getting bacterial infections in my vagina, what should I do to prevent it? And what medications should I use to clear up the infection?

Acidify & probiotics: Many women struggle with flares of bacterial infections related to times when the ph of the vagina goes up. That is the acidity that is supposed to be at 4. Blood and semen are both about 7. Using a product such as rephresh once after sex and for 3 days after each period can help. At the same time taking probiotics by mouth increases good bacteria in your body including the vagina. Lactobacilli +. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting bacterial infection (burning) after my period? I just recently took antibiotics a week ago.

Diet, exercise: A healthy person tends to have a healthy vagina. Thus, to prevent a future bacterial infection I would recommend a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good sleep. Sometimes women get BV (bacterial vaginosis) when they have environmental reactions, stress, or other chemicals that can alter vaginal ph. Probiotics may have a place in keeping the vagina healthy as well. I would try the vaginal. ...Read more

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Can anybody get a bacterial infection?

Can anybody get a bacterial infection?

Yes: The human body has a whole community of good and bad bacteria living in a homeostatic balance. When this balance is disrupted, the bad bacteria can flourish and cause an infection. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a man get a bacterial infection from a woman?

Yes.: There are many possibilities including sexually transmitted disease (stds), strep and certain kinds of pneumonia. ...Read more

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Can I get a bacterial infection by kissing someone?

Can I get a bacterial infection by kissing someone?

Sometimes yes: Depending on where one kisses upon another person's body, he will bring some bacteria into his mouth, which means onto his throat and down into his tummy. If his mouth gets strep throat bacteria from kissing, then he can develop a strep throat infection. If his mouth gets h. Pylori bacteria from kissing, then he can get a h. Pylori stomach ulcer. Many other bacteria can also be gotten from kissing. ...Read more

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How can you get a Bacterial infection on the fingertips?

How can you get a Bacterial infection on the fingertips?

More info please: I don't know a medical condition that would cause infection of several fingertips. If just 1-2 fingers, maybe an inflamed or infected hangnail? Or infection after minor injury, e.g. a pimple-like lesion after a pin-prick? If severely painful, maybe herpes whitlow (easily confused w/ bacterial infec), esp if you have newly acquired herpes elsewhere (mouth, genital). Re-post with more information. ...Read more

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If you get a bacterial infection.will you have a fever right away as a symptom, or does a fever develop after some time of having the infection.??

If you get a bacterial infection.will you have a fever right away as a symptom, or does a fever develop after some time of having the infection.??

Fever is Good: Fever can occur as your immune system recognizes there is a threat. Fever is your bodies process to help fight infection and may occur most any time your body feels it needs to help reduce your risk of spreading the infection internally. ...Read more

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How do you get a bacterial infection of the vagina?

How do you get a bacterial infection of the vagina?

A number of ways: Most common stds are bacterial, so sexual transmission is one way; alternatively, you can have fecal contamination if fecal matter made its way to the vaginal vault. Anything that flushes external material into the vagina, such as douching, could lead to a bacterial infection as well. ...Read more

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Could I get night sweats from getting a bacterial infection?

Yes: Bacterial infections cause fevers which as they cycle can cause night sweats. There are other things that can, but yes, bacterial infections can too. If you have been diagnosed with one, and the night sweats came at about the same time, then the antibiotic should help. If not, make sure you follow up immediately. ...Read more

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I like tattoos, can I get a bacterial infection from getting a tattoo?

I like tattoos, can I get a bacterial infection from getting a tattoo?

Tattoos: Absolutely. Seeing a reputable professional who takes proper precautions will go a long way to preventing infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tonsillitis/bacterial infection from kissing boyfriend?

Infections: Unless your boyfriend was acutely ill and direct contact was made it is unlikely to spontaneously get sick from transfer of saliva. Then again mononucleosis can be transferred from saliva which can cause sore throat, swelling of lymph nodes and general malaise. ...Read more

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I get vaginal bacterial infections somewhat frequently through the years. Will ciprofloxacin 500 work and if so what dosage?

I get vaginal bacterial infections somewhat frequently through the years. Will ciprofloxacin 500 work and if so what dosage?

Probably not: Many vaginal bacterial infections are due to an anaerobic type bacteria that is normally present in the vagina. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) does not do a very good job killing that type bacteria. Flagyl (metronidazole) is the usual antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat that's not from strep?

Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat that's not from strep?

Yes -plenty of germs: Doctors can test for Group A Strep -which is only one specific germ that can cause a throat infection (or pharyngitis if you want to be technical). Different viruses are also implicated (like mono, adenovirus, etc) but certainly other bacteria are on the list. Pertussis (Whooping cough) and diphtheria are two important ones. Then there are other Strep species, 'mixed' infections like abscesses etc ...Read more

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Can you get a bacterial infection in your throat from smoking weed?

Cannabis smoke is: A respiratory irritant. I don't believe that cannabis caused you to have a bacterial infection — but it could have made you more susceptible to catching one. It can lead to heavier mucus production. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a bacterial infection of the vagina from old razor?

Absolutely: Anytime you shave you cause micro-cuts in the skin (sometimes large cuts). This breaks down your bodies first defense against infection. Additionally, the razor I am sure had bacteria on it which you may have introduced directly into the skin.
Pls see you doc.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is changing positions during sex a way to get a bacterial infection through the vagina.

Is changing positions during sex a way to get a bacterial infection through the vagina.

No: Exposure is exposure. The only way to worsen it would be to move from anal to vaginal sex without properly cleaning. ...Read more

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If you kiss someone who smokes weed, or have sex with them...will you get a bacterial infection??

If you kiss someone who smokes weed, or have sex with them...will you get a bacterial infection??

Doesn't mater: If he smokes weed or not, if he has a bacterial infection you are at high risk of getting the infection from him, the risk that he has bacterial infection is higher if he smokes due to bad hygiene. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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