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How Common Is Septicemia As Complication For A Bacterial Infection
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
Sometimes: Rotavirus is a cause of gastroenteritis, (stomach flu). It can produce protracted diarrhea that may cause severe dehydration if not treated this can even cause life threatening problems, like kidney failure. In most cases with proper and simple treatment, especially fluids this can be avoided. People most at risk would be the especially frail, such as nursing home residents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Higher than usual: Premature infants are at higher risk for infection in general because their immune systems are weaker and less developed. In the nicu, strict vigilant hand washing is a must and is taken very serious to reduce this risk. At home with a premie, you should do the same. If the baby is breast feeding, there is added protection for the baby. Wash you hands regularly. ...Read more
Cause of sinus inf: For most people who get acute sinusitis it is caused by inflammation and thickening of the mucous membranes which block the very small openings of the sinuses and causes back of fluid, which is a great place for germs to grow. By far the most common causes are the ordinary cold and allergies. Regular sinus rinsing is probably the best preventive treatment. ...Read more
Potentially fatal: Although we have seen a great reduction of the bacterial meningitis frequency in the us since the introduction of the hib vaccine in the '90's, bacterial meningitis does still occur and may be devastating.It is more common in unvaccinated populations & includes several agents.The case fatality & complication rate varies with the germ and how quickly treatment is started. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Many viruses, bacteria and some fungi can cause septic arthritis. The most common type of bacteria causing arthritis is staphylococcus aureus. In young sexually active people gonorrhea is an occasional cause. Infection of artificial joints is one of the most feared complication of this type of surgery. ...Read more
Virus like influenza can cause endocarditis, is the risk for serious complications as bad as bacterial endocarditis when the virus lifespan is shorter?
Extremely: Antibiotics are not causing the fever, the infection is. They might be making the nausea from infection worse, which can sometimes be helped if take w/food. If vomiting up all food/drink, then will need hospitalized for IV antibiotics. Untreated kidney (or other) infection can spread, cause sepsis and death--that is why they are treated. ...Read more
Common: Many common bacteria dev elop resistance to commonly used antibiotics. Sometimes a second course of a different antibiotic may be necessary, and it can takes several weeks or up to 2 months before fluid completely clears from behind a childs ear drum following an acute infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is the incubation period (infection to symptoms) for common viral/bacterial infections the same in a 4 week old as an adult?
Common.: A low grade temperature (high 99s to 100s) is common with diverticulitis. Usually people have left lower abdominal pain (70% of people). It is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting (20-60%), constipation (50%), or diarrhea (25-35%). However, if you have no fever, but have all the other symptoms, see your doctor, because you can still have diverticulitis without a temperature! cheers! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Oral candidiasis (thrush), or vaginosis is commonly seen in people treated with antibiotics. Both usually resolve with local treatment. Systemic candidiasis does occur in patients recovering from severe sepsis, but is not "common" outside the ICU except in the immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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