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How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

How common are secondary bacterial infections or sepsis with a mono infection?

Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


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Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

Can antiviral medications increase the chance of secondary bacterial infections and sepsis?

No: Unless you have a rare side effect and have suppression of your bone marrow and can not generate enough infection fighting cells. ...Read more

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Can good hygiene prevent the possibility of bacterial infection and sepsis?

Can good hygiene prevent the possibility of bacterial infection and sepsis?

Risk reduction: You reduce your risk of infection, and thus for complications for infection, by practicing good hand hygiene, getting vaccinated, eating well, and avoiding excess alcohol and smoking anything at all. It is never possible to prevent (absolutely) the possibility of severe infection. ...Read more

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Can probiotics prevent bacterial infections and sepsis?

Can probiotics prevent bacterial infections and sepsis?

Probiotics: The use of probiotics continues to increase along with the publication of studies to look at the issue of whether they help or not. Right now it appears to be a neutral issue: that is, the use of probiotics has not be shown to be harmful, may be helpful, and the worse thing is that it increases costs. Note that using active culture yogurts may be just as beneficial. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial infection, can this become blood poisoning?

I have a bacterial infection, can this become blood poisoning?

Yes: Most bacterial infections don't cause sepsis, but untreated, ignored, or especially potent infections can lead to sepsis, severe sepsis, or septic shock and death. Treat infections seriously. ...Read more

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My Doctor told me I have a bacterial infection and congestion.Sore troat. But told me is an atypical bacteria. What does that means? No mononucleosis.

My Doctor told me I have a bacterial infection and congestion.Sore troat. But told me is an atypical bacteria. What does that means? No mononucleosis.

Type of germ: Atypical bacteria is a label given to a group of germs with different physical characteristics than usual bacteria.The term has no significance to you, other than the doc has made the assessment that the features of your infection will respond best to meds used to treat the atypicals. It is doctor jargon,sorry we're so confusing. ...Read more

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How often is there a secondary bacterial infection when people have a cold?

How often is there a secondary bacterial infection when people have a cold?

Good ?: The viral infection in upper airways may cause swelling of the draining passages of your sinuses, so after a few days bacteria may overgrowth in some people. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more