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How long do you live if you have an infection in your blood?

How long do you live if you have an infection in your blood?

Depends: That depends on of the kind of infection you have in the blood and if the infection is being treated or not. There are bacterial infections that can kill within hours (meningococcemia); HIV infections may not kill immediately but without treatment one may die relatively soon or in some cases may live even relatively normal life (slow HIV progressors). ...Read more

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


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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Toxin release: Many bacteria are capable of creating chemicals that act as toxins, disabling the system the blood vessels have to maintain tone (or the squeeze) within their walls. Once the vessels relax the pressure falls. Doctors have medications that counteract this effect that are called pressors agents. ...Read more

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After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for a while and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. The ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more

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Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were introduced through the needle, putting you at risk for a viremia, fungemia or bacteremia which may but probably won't *lead* to symptomatic sepsis & shock. If your immune system is compromised by chemo, transplant/rheum meds, or HIV, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

If the source of the: Sepsis is the urinary tract (kidneys and bladder primarily), then urine c/s might identify the cause of sepsis and the best antibiotic to treat it. Kidney infection is a common cause of sepsis in certain groups of people. If the source of the infection is elsewhere, then urine c/s won't identify the cause unless the sepsis has spread from the bloodstream to the kidneys. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! Too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! Too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

Hello. : Hello. Her doctors can make the best estimate on this. They would need to take a large variety of things into account. It would not be possible for a physician who is not intimately knowledgable about her case to provide a life expectancy estimation. I am worried to hear about this. Take care. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is effective in treating abd infection in 2nd trimester? Flagyl and amoxicillin good choice? What blood tests rule out sepsis?

Depends: On the infection. Metronidazole cannot be used in the first trimester. It would be up to your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for the infection. A blood culture can rule out sepsis. See your doctor for the abdominal cramping you are having for a diagnosis. Do not self treat with left over antibiotic especially when pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacterium in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

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Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacterium in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

A temporary reaction: Yes low platelets count may be due to several reasons:
-Viral infections most often cause a temporary decrease in platelet count.
-Bacterial infections can cause either a low or elevated platelet count. ...Read more

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Could I donate blood after long term infection?

Could I donate blood after long term infection?

If resolved & well: As long as a reasonable amount of time has passed since treatment and you are back to feeling well, most cases, yes, can donate. Red Cross can answer specific questions: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). ...Read more

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How long it takes to cure blood infection?

How long it takes to cure blood infection?

Long time: depend on where and how it had affected the other systems.
Simple positive blood culture with no systemic effect, which mean the patient is stable and not in septic shock on life support system.need to be treated for at least ten days or until the blood is no longer positive and no longer have any fever, then it will be followed by two weeks of oral antibiotic.
The other kind is a life threatening. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a blood infection to get better?

How long does it take for a blood infection to get better?

Sepsis: It depends on how severe your infection is, how long you have been ill, what organism is involved and what antibiotic is used. On average, it can take 7-10 days ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a person to show signs of a septic blood infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for a person to show signs of a septic blood infection?

Sepsis: Bloodstream infections may produce sepsis symptoms such as fever, fast heart and breathing rates within minutes of the onset of the infection. More serious complications may ensue over a few hours. ...Read more

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Period blood smelling fishy when o leave pad on longer. Is this infection?

Period blood smelling fishy when o leave pad on longer. Is this infection?

Probably BV: Usually when there is a fishy odor, the condition is a bacterial overgrowth. In the vagina the overgrowth is called bacterial vaginosis. Menstruation can cause a pH imbalance which allows these undesirable bacteria to proliferate to unhealthy levels. One way to replenish the healthy bacteria is by taking a lactobacillus supplement. ...Read more

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Could blood be located everywhere&every object? And if you have cuts on hands and grab an object could it cause infection? How long does blood live?

We have addressed : This already with you. One might be infected if you scrape up the dried blood, resuspend it in liquid and inject it into you. Otherwise, little if any risk. ...Read more

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What if I take a one dose antibiotic for a yeast infection, how long till I can donate blood?

What if I take a one dose antibiotic for a yeast infection, how long till I can donate blood?

Hydration: You need to make sure you are drinking enough water to keep yourself well-hydrated. If you still have dark urine, you are probably not drinking enough water. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and was wondering how long should I be discharging fluid/ blood it's been 2 days now? And have seen the doc about it.

I have an ear infection and was wondering how long should I be discharging fluid/ blood it's been 2 days now? And have seen the doc about it.

Otitis Media: This sounds like a middle ear infection. Are you on antibiotics? Are you on antibiotic ear drops.
Two days is not time enough to clear a middle ear infection — takes 7 to 14 days, if the medications are effective. ...Read more

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How long does it take for herpes to show up on blood test? Mine was negative after 6 weeks. I never had sore. Just irritated, not yeast infection.

How long does it take for herpes to show up on blood test? Mine was negative after 6 weeks. I never had sore. Just irritated, not yeast infection.

History is key: Without a sore or a typical herpes lesion, I wouldn't even believe a positive blood test as evidence that you're clinically ill with herpes II. The labs aren't 100% for either strain. ...Read more

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Have to have blood work drawn to check on wbc infection but doc started me on prednisone 60mg today. Do I have to get labs before taking the Prednisone? How long of taking the prednisone before it would affect (if at all) my wbc?

Have to have blood work drawn to check on wbc infection but doc started me on prednisone 60mg today. Do I have to get labs before taking the Prednisone? How long of taking the prednisone before it would affect (if at all) my wbc?

Should draw first: Yes if you are to get blood drawn to check the WBC then have it drawn before starting the prednisone. Then you can get a true result without the false increases with the prednisone. The prednisone can cause a change in the WBC within 24 hours of taking but varies some in all situations. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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After yeast infection of throat. Tonsils have stones? I have blood tinged sputum. Is that from the tonsils? How long till they go away?

After yeast infection of throat. Tonsils have stones? I have blood tinged sputum. Is that from the tonsils? How long till they go away?

The blood tinged: Sputum could be from the inflammation of ur throat and tonsils. But also could come from inflammation, infection, or tumor (less likely) in your trachea and lungs. Go see ur dr for any concern and possibly have a chest xray if it persists. Have a great day! http://www.M. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/coughing-up-blood. ...Read more

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How does the HIV virus enter the blood after infection through penis? Can it get stuck in lymphatic vessels and cause swell? I have issues with my inner thighs where a section of thin, long lumps causing discomfort. Neg.HIV at 6 months. All STD neg.

Blood to blood: During sexual intercourse, some microtrauma and hemorrhage occurs in both partner's genitalia allowing for blood-to blood transmission. If your HIV and STD tests were all negative, the problem may be from something else. You need to make sure that these are indeed lymph nodes by asking your doctor to check them out. This may be followed by other tests to confirm his diagnosis ...Read more

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Bacterial infection in the blood-- how long does pain last?

Bacterial infection in the blood-- how long does pain last?

Pain: That depends upon where the pain is located, what is causing it, and whether the treatment for the infection resulting in bacteria in the blood is likely to reverse the condition producing the pain. You need to rephrase this question and be more specific,. ...Read more

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When a blood infection has spread to the heart, how long can you survive?

When a blood infection has spread to the heart, how long can you survive?

Endocarditis: If the bacteria begin growing on the heart valves, the key to survival is early detection and antibiotic Rx and/or perhaps surgery. Nevertheless, treatment is not always successful and many of these patients do die. Historically the course was a few months -- Mozart's six-month illness is perhaps typical of his era. Most often, sepsis does not result in endocarditis especially if the heart is ok. ...Read more

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How long does Bartonella show in a blood test for, after initial infection?

How long does Bartonella show in a blood test for, after initial infection?

Depends: There are at least three species of Bartonella that cause disease in humans and they have different profiles. See this site for more info.

http://www.cdc.gov/bartonella/ ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a blood test to start detecting a possible HIV infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for a blood test to start detecting a possible HIV infection?

At least 4 weeks: Modern elisa tests are considered accurate at about 4 weeks, but testing protocols usually check at 3 months as well, just to be safe (with prophylaxis, there is another check at 6 months). ...Read more

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How long does it take for blood infection and bacteria in or blood take to go away andis it deadly?

How long does it take for blood infection and bacteria in or blood take to go away andis it deadly?

Varies: The length to resolution of "bacterial sepsis" (bacterial infection in the blood) varies. Duration before recognition and treatment, type of germ, pre-illness health of the patient all factor in to the treatment and recovery. Sepsis can kill in less than 24 hours. ...Read more