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Is it possible to get blood poisoning from a bullet?

Is it possible to get blood poisoning from a bullet?

What do you mean?: If you are asking about lead poisoning, then no. If you are asking about bacteria in the bloodstream (bacteremia), then the answer is yes, but not from the bullet directly. Such an infection would be a complication of injury or an infection from an injured body part. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are all ...Read more


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I was wondering what would cause a 23-year old boy to get blood poisoning?

I was wondering what would cause a 23-year old boy to get blood poisoning?

Infections!: Blood poisoning is really a term for blood stream infections by bacteria. Anyone can get a blood stream infection from a skin infection, pneumonia, urinary tract infection, or any route that bacteria are introduced into the blood stream. This can happen with simple tooth brushing or be as obvious as injecting drugs into the blood stream. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

What are some ways to get rid of blood poisoning?

See a doctor: This will need to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do you always get a fever when you get blood poisoning?

Do you always get a fever when you get blood poisoning?

Usually: Blood poisoning is a lay term for lymphangitis. Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymphatic channels in the subcutaneous tissue. It usually occurs on an extremity. It is usually caused by beta hemolytic strains of streptococci and occasionally by staphylococcus aureus or p. Multocida after a cat bite. Fever is frequently but not always present. ...Read more

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Come into contact with oozing a clear liquid even though it was dry. Could I get blood poisoning from that?

Come into contact with oozing a clear liquid even though it was dry. Could I get blood poisoning from that?

Need more info: What is oozing a clear liquid -- from where, for how long, what is dry? Without this information, seems like this is an impossible question to answer. ...Read more

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How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

Range: There is a whole range from 1/2 hour to weeks or even months (rarely). Fortunately, this is very rare.

There is a list of rare diseases that require antibiotics before dental work. You want to discuss your diseases with your dentist or an internal medicine doc. ...Read more

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Can I get blood poisoning from toe infections?

Can I get blood poisoning from toe infections?

Yes: Sepsis does happen from toe infection. If and when the infection gets into the joints of your toes, since they are highly vascular, you increase the chance of sepsis or infection spreading through your blood. So see you doctor or podiatrist as soon as possible for antibiotic treatment and evaluation. You may need IV antibiotics and hospitalization if the infection is severe. ...Read more

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I had blood poisoning from a rotted tooth shoild I get all my other rotted teeth extracted before I get it again?

I had blood poisoning from a rotted tooth shoild I get all my other rotted teeth extracted before I get it again?

Rotted tooth: You've already experienced what can happen from a rotted tooth. It can even be worse... some people have died from infected teeth. I'm not trying to scare you. Just making you aware of the consequences of leaving teeth that are decayed or ones that have an infection. See a dentist to work up a treatment plan for you asap!
Be wise and safe. ...Read more

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I read somewhere that you can get blood poisoning by holding in your flatulence. Is this true or just a tall tale?

I read somewhere that you can get blood poisoning by holding in your flatulence. Is this true or just a tall tale?

No: That sounds full of hot air. In a normal healthy person, the gas will likely leak out the butt before enough pressure builds up to do any damage. In a sick person, or somebody with an intestinal obstruction... well, who knows what bad things can happen with excess gas... but that isn't a case of a normal person willfully holding her gas in. ...Read more

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Will I get blood poisoning from india ink I started bleeding and I was makings home made tattoo?

Will I get blood poisoning from india ink I started bleeding and I was makings home made tattoo?

Not smart: Infection is a real risk. If you have pain, bleeding, swelling, red lines radiating from tattoo area, see physician or go to er immediately. ...Read more

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What is blood poisoning?

What is blood poisoning?

Sepsis: Blood poisoning is the common term for sepsis which means bacteria or fungi have entered the blood stream and caused a cascade of immune events creating a very ill patient. ...Read more

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What causes blood poisoning?

What causes blood poisoning?

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What does having blood poisoning mean?

What does having blood poisoning mean?

Lay term: Blood poisoning is a lay term that is generally used to describe an overwhelming infection. The medical term used is sepsis or septic shock, which refers to an infection that leads to severe stress or collapse of vital organ systems. The physiology do sepsis is complex, wikipedia has a nice lay summary, but even that is about 4 pages long. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have blood poisoning?

Really sick: In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue. A blood culture can diagnose blood poisoning. Treatment of blood poisoning usually involves hospitalization. ...Read more

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How is blood poisoning (septicaemia) caught?

Septicemia: Infection spreading from local area to generalized, if local infection is untreated or inadequately treated. ...Read more

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How long does blood poisoning take to treat?

How long does blood poisoning take to treat?

Blood Poisoning?: This is not a medical term and needs further definition before your question could be answered. Tell us what you mean by "blood poisoning". ...Read more

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Is septicemia the same thing as "blood poisoning"?

We can say: Septicemia- in lay man terms can be called blood poisoning. Some bacteria produce what are called endotoxins which circulate in the blood stream, cause serious illness. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of blood poisoning and diagnosis?

Sepsis: The medical term for blood poisoning is sepsis which means an infection where microbes are in the blood. Fever, malaise, drenching sweats and chills are the typical symptoms and they are usually abrupt in onset. Diagnosis is with physical exam, white blood cell count and blood cultures as well as a strong suspicion that an infection is present. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could blood poisoning heal by itself?

Get it treated.: If an infective agent travels to the blood stream and spreads, it could cause what is called sepsis. With sepsis the body is greatly challenged to fight the infection. In severe cases the patient may go into multi-organ failure, shock, or even death. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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If you have blood poisoning will you surely die after getting worse for 4 days?

No: Septic shock usually resolves in 24-48 hours, but may persist for a longer period if the infection is not under control, an abcess is lurking, or the heart and lungs were injured in the initial collapse. Talk to your ICU doctor and see what they are doing to turn around the septic shock, or if the illness is simply a recovery from severe injury (lung, heart, kidney, liver, etc). ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for blood poisoning? I might have it. What are some signs of it?

See your doctor: "blood poisoning" is not an issue for self diagnosis or self treatment. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

What are ways to detect blood poisoning (septicaemia/sepsis)?

Bipolar 2: Not sure what the question is, but hope u r doing well & tolerating your meds. Any inquiries re. The meds. Need to be directed to your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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Can blood poisoning be caused by canned food?

Can blood poisoning be caused by canned food?

Septicemia: Septicemia is a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. It can arise from infections throughout the body, including infections in the lungs, abdomen, and urinary tract. It may come before or at the same time as these infections. ...Read more

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Could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Could salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Yes: Salmonella is an occasional cause of blood infections, more often in those with weaker immune systems, kids and the elderly. It is better known as a cause of bloody diarrhea and some strains cause typhoid fever. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Help plz! Can salmonella really cause blood poisoning?

Yes...: How was the diagnosis made? Yes it can cause septicemia but if you are doing fine and this was picked up on a stool culture and you are on the right antibiotic you will be ok. Discuss this matter with your physician. ...Read more

Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more