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Severe Infection (Definition)

A severe infection is a vague term; it means that instead of a straightfoward, mild infection that has a very low mortality rate, it is more dangerous either due to degree of spread or the critical nature of the organ (s) being infected. Also, it could mean that the infective agent is harder to ...Read more


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Severe infection causes metabolic acidosis or dka?

Severe infection causes metabolic acidosis or dka?

Depends: Sepsis can cause a metabolic acidosis, but if the patient also has diabetes (especially type 1), then diabetic ketoacidosis may also occur. ...Read more

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Can a severe infection cause hair loss?

Can a severe infection cause hair loss?

Yes.: Hair "turns over" (sheds and regrows) faster than anything else in the body; so anything, especially a severe infection, can cause that turnover to accelerate. It's called a "telogen effluvium", and your hair will regrow once the infection is treated successfully. But it will take awhile, usually weeks to months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a mild c diff infection caused by antibiotics to progress into a severe infection. How long until it's life threatening?

How long does it take for a mild c diff infection caused by antibiotics to progress into a severe infection. How long until it's life threatening?

Depends: Most do not turn into life threatening infections. However, it does happen. It depends on the age, condition, risk factors that the patient has. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a severe infection plus poor nutrition cause hair loss?

Might it happen that a severe infection plus poor nutrition cause hair loss?

Yes: Poor nutrition can cause hair loss. Zinc deficiency is one example of a condition that can cause hair loss. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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I went to the ER for this and that is what they told me I had, should I trust their opinion? I had a severe infection with this all so

What is this & that?: Sorry but it's not clear to me what you mean by "this and that" so please clarify. Better yet, discuss your concerns w/your Family Doc. Be sure to sign release of information form so that hospital ER can send your records & test results to your Family Doc in a timely manner. In the future, please attempt to provide us w/more detail eg what are your symptoms, where is infection, what was prescribed ...Read more

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My gallbladder is only functioning 15%. My doc told me today I must get it out or I could get a severe infection such as like gangrene. Is this true?

My gallbladder is only functioning 15%. My doc told me today I must get it out or I could get a severe infection such as like gangrene. Is this true?

Not true: 15% function of the gallbladder indicates that the source of pain might be the lack of emptying. If no stones are present that will not cause gangrene, but pain will persist and that is the main indication for removal. ...Read more

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Bph and severe infection on urinary system, what to do?

Bph and severe infection on urinary system, what to do?

BPH treatments: The best treatment choice for you depends on several factors, including how much troublesome your symptoms are, the size of your prostate, other health conditions you may have, and your age. Drugs that can help reduce BPH are alpha-blockers, 5 Alpha reductase inhibitors or a combination of the the drug classes. Another newer treatment is with daily 5 mg doses of tadalafil. See a urologist ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: severe infection?

What is the definition or description of: severe infection?

Life threatening: A severe infection is a vague term; it means that instead of a straightfoward, mild infection that has a very low mortality rate, it is more dangerous either due to degree of spread or the critical nature of the organ (s) being infected. Also, it could mean that the infective agent is harder to kill due to resistance. ...Read more

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Why am I still in pain after being in the hospital with diverticulitis, perforation and a severe infection?

Why am I still in pain after being in the hospital with diverticulitis, perforation and a severe infection?

You haven't provided: A time line as to how long you have been out of the hospital, how long the antibiotic were given and whether you were told to stay on a low fiber diet. Answers to all of this can impact the explanation, but it can take up to 6 weeks with proper treatment for this to heal. If you are having fever as well you need to return to your doctor or hospital for re evaluation promptly ...Read more

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I've been admitted to hospital for severe infection/pain. Is 2 mg of IV morphine consider an effective treatment for pain? Right to ask for more?

I've been admitted to hospital for severe infection/pain. Is 2 mg of IV morphine consider an effective treatment for pain? Right to ask for more?

Pain management: Everyone experiences pain a little bit differently. 2 mg of morphine is a good place to start -but u may need more depending on a number of factors. I always describe pain as a 'tidal wave' -u need to be out in front before it's crashing over you-then it's harder to catch up. Docs in hospitals sometimes undermedicate because they need to watch u for symptoms that could indicate worsening. Hold on ...Read more

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Pelvic bone near vagina hurts after a severe infection.?

Hard to say: Would need more info - specifically about where, what, when of the infection - to give a decent answer to this. I suggest if you choose the word "severe" you should see a doctor live. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have severe infection like meningitis or sepsis with completely normal cbc?

Is it possible to have severe infection like meningitis or sepsis with completely normal cbc?

Menigitis: In a severe infection it would be very unsual to have a normal CBC count, while it can happen it is extremely unusual. ...Read more

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Consistently low to low norm C3 and C4. (SLE). Hosp with severe infection. C3 and C4 increase a lot. Why? Please explain.

Consistently low to low norm C3 and C4. (SLE). Hosp with severe infection. C3 and C4 increase a lot. Why? Please explain.

Complements: Complements are parts of the immune system. Lupus activity decreases complements. Infection causes a rise in complements in general. They are termed 'acute phase reactants'. ...Read more

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I had a tooth pulled over a week ago. I then had a severe infection set up in it. I'm done with antibiotics but im still in too much pain?

I had a tooth pulled over a week ago. I then had a severe infection set up in it. I'm done with antibiotics but im still in too much pain?

Dry socket: Most likely this is Dry socket, which is defined as the blood clot in the extraction site, gets dislodged leaving exposed bone open to the bacteria in the open wound therefore causing excruciating pain. Usually happens sooner than one week but chances increase if you are a female, on birth control and smoke? Do any of these describe you? If so return to the doctor who pulled your tooth ASAP ...Read more

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I had a sinus infection for two weeks.7days later I developed a severe infection and took ABX&prednisone.8days since last ABX& still congested?

I had a sinus infection for two weeks.7days later I developed a severe infection and took ABX&prednisone.8days since last ABX& still congested?

Residual congestion: Hello UPedersen,

Are your current symptoms purely congestion? Do you have fever/chills/shortness of breath/body aches? Allergies can also mimic symptoms of sinus infections and antihistamines help. Using a sinus rinse with salt water rinse can also help. For natural approaches drinking 1T of manuka honey with ginger in hot water has helped my other patients with similar symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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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


Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more