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How long does it usually take to be cured with sibo? (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

How long does it usually take to be cured with sibo? (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

Maybe temporary fix: If you have ibs due to sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)--antibiotics like xifaxan (rifaximin) may help. Sibo may also occur from anatomic variations in the small bowel, altered small bowel motility, or a variety of systemic conditions that prevent permanent cure (e.g. The bacteria just grow back). ...Read more

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Escherichia Coli (Definition)

Escherichia coli is a gram-negative, coliform bacterium. There are various strains of E. coli that live in the intestines. Some strains can cause severe abdominal cramps, ...Read more


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How long can e.Coli the bacteria live on a surface?

How long can e.Coli the bacteria live on a surface?

It depends on...: Well, if is a dry surface, then not very long...But if is wet/damp etc. It can survive and multiply as long as there is water/food. Thus, it is best to wash your counter tops with soap/disinfectants and keep it dry...
Stay healthy.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does ecoli bacteria live on surfaces?

E. coli: Many gram-negative species, such as acinetobacter spp., escherichia coli, klebsiella spp., pseudomonas aeruginosa, serratia marcescens, or shigella spp. Can survive on inanimate surfaces for months. ...Read more

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Is ecoli and klebsellia bacteria only found in the large intestine but not in the small?

Is ecoli and klebsellia bacteria only found in the large intestine but not in the small?

Intestinal flora: These organisms can be found in the small bowel, but infrequently above the ilium. The duodenum and jejunum can contain such bacteria but in fewer numbers than the colon, and usually because of some underlying reason. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some home remedies for curing a urinary tract infection with ecoli bacteria?

Can you suggest some home remedies for curing a urinary tract infection with ecoli bacteria?

Cranberry and fluid: Fluid hydration and frequent emptying of your bladder is the most important way to cure bladder infections at home. Cranberry concentrate pill will also help, acidifying the urine and preventing bacterial adherance to the bladder lining. If symptoms persist you should seek care from your doctor. ...Read more

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Can ecoli and other bacteria get in a cut on your hand or any part of the body and cause diarrhea and other symptoms?

Can ecoli and other bacteria get in a cut on your hand or any part of the body and cause diarrhea and other symptoms?

No: E coli is everywhere, including in small numbers in tap water.
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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a bacteria called ecoli. I have been on this cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 3 or 4 days. I am hydrated and eating normally. Can I drink alcochol?

I am taking cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a bacteria called ecoli. I have been on this cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 3 or 4 days. I am hydrated and eating normally. Can I drink alcochol?

OK in moderation: Probably you have a urinary tract infeciton, right? Heavy alcohol use can interfere with the immune system and increase the risk of complications from infections. However, alcohol in moderation doesn't interfere with treating UTI or other infections due to E. coli or other bacteria, and doesn't interact with ciprofloxacin. Just don't overdo it. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some home remedies for curing a urinary tract infection with a high colony count of >10 of ecoli bacteria?

Can you suggest some home remedies for curing a urinary tract infection with a high colony count of >10 of ecoli bacteria?

Cranberry and fluid: Fluid hydration and frequent emptying of your bladder is the most important way to cure bladder infections at home. Cranberry concentrate pill will also help, acidifying the urine and preventing bacterial adherance to the bladder lining. If symptoms persist you should seek care from your doctor. ...Read more

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I have ecoli bacteria in my vagina im very worried its the second time I have gotten it. My dr suggested cipro (ciprofloxacin). Is this vaginl bcteria dangerous5 5?

I have ecoli bacteria in my vagina im very worried its the second time I have gotten it. My dr suggested cipro (ciprofloxacin). Is this vaginl bcteria dangerous5 5?

Fecal contamination: E. Coli is a dangerous bacteria under some circumstances, and in different strains, but is normally present in the digestive tract. Through poor hygienic practices, the bacteria can be spread from the rectum to the vagina or bladder. Wipe front to back after using the bathroom, and do not repeat with soiled toilet tissue. ...Read more

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Is Ecoli and another bacteria usually a kidney or bladder infection? I had really bloody urine. I have ic so symptoms are hard to distinguish.

Is Ecoli and another bacteria usually a kidney or bladder infection? I had really bloody urine. I have ic so symptoms are hard to distinguish.

Yes but not always: E.Coli is common cause of UTI. Bloody urine is common but not specific for any one bacteria. After ruling out infection, older patients must make sure blood is not from cancer or another cause. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have ecoli bacteria in the vagina, the obgyn prescribed for the third time macrobid and it's not working, what will be the best treatment?

I have ecoli bacteria in the vagina, the obgyn prescribed for the third time macrobid and it's not working, what will be the best treatment?

Some uncertainties h: E Coli is a common bacteria in our GI tract and in the passages near the GI tract. So its mere presence is not abnormal or a sign of infection. If you get infection from E-COLI it is commonly in the Urinary tract. We do not need to treat you with antibiotics unless you have real Infection meaning you have symptoms like frequent urination and burning pain on urination. Then you should take antibio ...Read more

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Had super bloody urine which was kidney infection Ecoli and another bacteria. Been drinking only water for 2 weeks. On meds. Can I drink Anything else?

Had super bloody urine which was kidney infection Ecoli and another bacteria. Been drinking only water for 2 weeks. On meds. Can I drink Anything else?

Drink any liquid: As long as blood and symptoms are clearing up with antibiotics, it really doesn't matter what you drink. Some think cranberry juice or acid drinks help. More persistent bleeding would have to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Culture said not EColi but a more uncommon bacteria. They did an abdominal CT in the ER. Dr said no stones, but definitely infection.?

Culture said not EColi but a more uncommon bacteria. They did an abdominal CT in the ER. Dr said no stones, but definitely infection.?

Unclear: The question is a bit unclear. There are lots of types of stones, and lots of types of infections. Perhaps you could be more specific? You could also follow up with your primary care provider to help sort this out. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a diabetc wth controlled blood sugar cause diabetic nephropathy? UA plenty rbc, WBC and bacteria? Ecoli is resitant to ciprofloxacin

Can a diabetc wth controlled blood sugar cause diabetic nephropathy? UA plenty rbc, WBC and bacteria? Ecoli is resitant to ciprofloxacin

DM: Diabetic nephropathy can occur in any diabetic. If you have symptoms of urinary tract infection, these lab results are supportive. They do not suggest nephropathy. E. Coli is often resistant to cipro (ciprofloxacin). ...Read more

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I have a lot of utis and always starts with a silver smelling rotten egg smell. Help. I have gotten treated for ecoli, vd, bacterial baginosis and bladder infections. It's always something different. I need a fix.

Management of uti: You need culture and sensitivity of urine. Also need CBC, Electrolytes. You also may cystis. The treatment is effedctively is after C&S of urine.
Also suspicious fungus infection. One may have gtreat the partner also ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the strep bacteria live on surfaces?

Normally, how long would the strep bacteria live on surfaces?

Egad!!: German researchers found that most gram-positive bacteria including streptococcus pyogenes can survive for months on dry surfaces. ...Read more

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How long can bacteria from a stomach bug (GIV) live on hard surfaces such as a laptop?

How long can bacteria from a stomach bug (GIV) live on hard surfaces such as a laptop?

Stomach bugs: Bacteria from a stomach bug (usually viruses), can last for several hours. But they all die readily with a bleach scrub. Consider wiping your laptop with a bleach wipe as long as it won't hurt the electronics. ...Read more

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How long can viruses or bacteria from eye infection live on surfaces - porous (stuffed animals)& nonporous (door knobs)?

Surface cleaning: Not sure of any specific studies which would provide your answer. Would suggest you use soap and water and/or alcohol based cleaning solutions to clean the surfaces of contaminated areas. ...Read more

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How long does ecoli live on outerwear particularly jackets with outer water resistant shells? I have 2 jackets I haven't worn for about 9 mos.

How long does ecoli live on outerwear particularly jackets with outer water resistant shells? I have 2 jackets I haven't worn for about 9 mos.

No worries: I doubt you have to worry. The harmful strain of E. Coli is serotype O157:H7. Unless your jackets have been stored for 9 months in a moist environment in contact with soil or organic material, any E. Coli would not likely survive. It is spread on contaminated food and water, and contact with contaminated fecal matter; and it is prevented by proper food preparation and good hygiene. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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How long can bacteria live on a dry dish rag?

Bacterial viability: This varies dramatically with the particular organism. Clostridium or Bacillus species may survive for years because they form spores, whereas some bacteria will die very very quickly. No simple answer possible. ...Read more

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Bacteria such as e-coli and stuffhow long could they survive?

Bacteria such as e-coli and stuffhow long could they survive?

Depends: In a moist warm environment, these bacteria can survive a long time, even years. E-coli is present in tap water in small numbers. ...Read more

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How long can strep bacteria incubate in your body before you get sick?

Bacteria: If you are referring to the organism causing strep throat and other more serious infections, it can remain in the back of the throat for very long time periods without producing disease. In fact, you may never become sick from it without there being some predisposing factor like an acute viral infection. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for bacteria to grow on the kitchen counter and cutting board?

How long is it supposed to it take for bacteria to grow on the kitchen counter and cutting board?

No time: A certain amount of bacteria will be present but if you have had raw chicken there may be salmonella already on it, other things might leave e coli if not cleaned well. Cracks in counter tops and cuts in cutting boards are especially bad about holding food which may already be contaminated or get that way in a few hrs. Don't take chances keep both very clean! ...Read more

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Does anyone know how long the e. Coli 0157 bacteria is present in a child once the symptoms have resolved?

Does anyone know how long the e. Coli 0157 bacteria is present in a child once the symptoms have resolved?

About >=5-10 days.: Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be necessary to prevent death from dehydration, most victims recover without treatment in five to 10 days. Treatment with antibiotics can cause kidney problems. Antidiarrheals, like loperamide (imodium), should also be avoided as they may prolong the infection. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition needing long term follow-up. ...Read more

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How long does ecoli live on paper? Or on toilet paper rolls?

How long does ecoli live on paper? Or on toilet paper rolls?

Hours: According to an article from the Journal of Applied Microbiology E. Coli can last anywhere from 4 to 24 hours on a surface. ...Read more

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How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer : (

How long does ecoli live on paper or plastic? Hard plastic, Not garbage bags. I may have to wash his comforter depending on the answer : (

Wash the comforter!: E-coli can live for many days on surfaces like plastic - even steel. It is just a bad decision to cut corners and end up quite ill. Don't be lazy - or hire someone to do it after telling them the situation and paying their price. Or throw away the comforter in as safe a manner as possible. Smile - it's not the hardest task in the world. And you can feel really proud of yourself afterward. ...Read more

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I understand that the harmful form of ecoli that killed my mom needs contaminated food to survive. How long does it live without it? Months? Years?

I understand that the harmful form of ecoli that killed my mom needs contaminated food to survive. How long does it live without it? Months? Years?

Short time: E coli bacteria last less than 1-2 days on a surface that's contaminated. As you mentioned they would need a medium to propagate on otherwise it wouldn't be viable on a surface. ...Read more

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