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How Are The Lungs Protected From Bacterial Infection
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Pneumonia: The fluid filling the alveolus, secondary to infection, is quite simply pus/ purulence that develops as white blood cells kill the infectant. A good amount of damage to alveolar cells also occurs due to proteins released from white blood cells designed to recruit more cells to area of infection, creating breaks in cell lining. This causes increased swelling/ fluid leak into air spaces. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacteria!: By definition, bacteria cause bacterial lung infection. Bacteria respond to antibiotics while viruses do not. Viruses are more common than bacteria & cause typical cold which won't respond to antibiotics. Average cough illness lasts 18 days so be patient. Best way to avoid upper respiratory infections (uris) is to wash hands & avoid being sneezed/coughed upon. And don't smoke (which you aren't). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not much: Pneumonia is usually used to refer to an infection in the clusters of breathing sacs in the lung. I suppose you could say a bacerial infection of the entry of the lung (tracheitis) could be defined better that way but I have never used it that way.To me they would seem to mean the same thing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If lung granuloma is caused by non bacterial infection, what medications r normally given and for how long, please help me?
Is amoxicillin good for a bad cough and bacterial infection in my lungs and/or chest?, had cough for 2 weeks, on amoxicillin for 2 days now.
No: A bacterial infection in the lungs would be pneumonia. Amoxicillin would not be a good choice for this because many of the bacteria that cause pneumonia are resistant to amoxicillin. A quinolone like levoquin, a tetracycline like Doxycycline or a combination of a cephalosporin like vantin or Ceftin (cefuroxime) plus zithromax would all be effective for community acquired bacterial infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An X-ray said i had a slightly collapsed lung , my gp said just a bacterial infection , to repeat X-ray in 6 weeks i was not given any medication ?
Viral?: Viral infections are not treated with antibiotics and treatment of a bacterial infection would depend on the bacteria causing the problem. Partial atelectasis, or a slightly collapsed area of lung, is a common finding on xray. Followup chest xray is a good way to make sure it resolves or doesn't get worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had flu and then a bacterial infection in my lungs. Now muscle pain in chest, between shoulderblades, arms. Can it be myocarditis?
Dr told me I have an atypical bacterial infection (troat), longs hear clear but feel chest pain and urge to cough. Flu like symptoms. Leptospirosis?!!
I had a rash all on my chest. The doctor gave me Prednisone because they don't know what's causing it. It's back now. Could it be bacterial infection?
Rash: A bacterial infection is possible but not common. That said, please have your doctor check for bacterial infection. If you are not comfortable with your current doctor, ask your family or friends for a different doctor. Please let me know how things go! ...Read more
Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.
Can you easily get a bacterial infection like strep a b through your vagina from having sex that is not an std, or is it rare if its protected sex.
Too many to name: There are many, many bacterial infections. Every part of your body is subject to bacterial infection, and the fact that you are not sick from infections all the time, that fact that you survive at all, is a testament to how miraculous the immune system is. There are bacteria everywhere you go. Some bacteria are likely to cause infection, most are not. We are surrounded, and yet we survive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wrong place ; time: Bacteria are everywher. They protect us from bad bugs by crowding them out or not allowing them to take hold; produce bacteriocidal compounds; help us digest food ; make essential vitamins for us. Unfortunately some bugs are not 'friendly'. If our immune system isnt intact (skin breakdown, chemo, poor nutrition, burns, immune diseases) these bad bacteria overcome our immune system and attack us. ...Read more
Frequent fliers: Repeat infections can occur for many reasons including (but not all inclusive): 1. The infection wasnt completely managed in 1st place (abscess not drained, dead tissue behind, inadequate therapy) 2. The wrong antibiotic chosen 3. Risk that caused 1st infection continues (behavior/immune disorder) 4. Immunity doesnt follow infection (syphilis, rhinovirus) 5. True true unrelated (new infect'n). ...Read more
Depends where: Symptoms of bacterial infection very depending on the organ system involved, commonly including fever, pain and feeling under the weather. A urine infection presents with pain and itchiness with urination, a skin infection with redness and boils, a respiratory infection with difficulty breathing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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