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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

Dr. Al Hegab
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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


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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?

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?

Basically no: If your platelet count is low (under 90,000 or so calls for.a workup), the stupidest thing that anyone can do is say "it's probably a virus" or blame a bacterium that isn't cultured and isn't making you sick otherwise. I hope I have not misunderstood. Low platelets is serious, very low levels are often catastrophic, and almost always there's a real illness to find and treat. ...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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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