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Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases can lead to death.


Dr. William Walsh
422 Doctors shared insights

Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Septicemia / sepsis occurs when a serious infection has spread through the blood. It can cause organs to stop functioning and in some cases can lead to death.


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What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

Germs in blood: Once a germ gets into the blood, symptoms depend primarily on the type of germ. Viruses have blood phases & typically produce fever spikes & muscle aches, sensitivity to light etc. Bacteria will do this & add blood pressure instability, prolonged fever or low body temperature, fatigue & prostration. Fungal germs or yeast trigger responses like bacteria. Viruses & bacteria can trigger a rash. ...Read more

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Hard painful lymph node on left side of the back of my neck, bones ache, fatigued and weakness, no signs of infection but some blood levels are high?

Hard painful lymph node on left side of the back of my neck, bones ache, fatigued and weakness, no signs of infection but some blood levels are high?

Neck node: What are those blood high levels? I like to know. You have to see your doctor for thorough examination, diagnostic tests and biopsy. Thanks. ...Read more

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Pinkish blood at the end of urination. Urine test:no infection but found blood and a lot of sand md said. Medication didn't work. Can it be blader stone?

Pinkish blood at the end of urination. Urine test:no infection but found blood and a lot of sand md said. Medication didn't work. Can it be blader stone?

Hematuria: Hematuria is blood in the urine. You need a complete urologic evaluation that can involved bladder testing, a kidney scan, and sometimes other urine testing.

It is important in this case to rule out cancer, especially if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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What are the tests for infection in the blood?

Blood Culture: A suspicion that infection is in the blood can be confirmed by taking a blood specimen and submitting it to the lab for culture. In the lab, blood is transferred to a nutrient media, like planting seeds in a garden, and monitored over several days for signs of growth. If the material becomes hazy, a small amount is examined under a microscope. If they see germs they have confirmed it. ...Read more

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What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

Many things: Any number of things, usually scratches and trauma that get infected. It is probably prudent to check the child for any systemic disease that may predispose to blood infection, as I am sure his/her doctors are doing. ...Read more

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I am on clarithromycin 500mg 2x, twice a day, is this effective for treating severe infections of any kind, including blood infection and brain absces?

I am on clarithromycin 500mg 2x, twice a day, is this effective for treating severe infections of any kind, including blood infection and brain absces?

Clarithromycin: Clarithromycin is good for those bacteria which are sensitive to this antibiotic. As with any antibiotic it is not good for everything. Each infection is different and requires the correct antibiotic for the particular bacteria. ...Read more

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Kidney infection treatment, is blood transfusion the best way to go?

Kidney infection treatment, is blood transfusion the best way to go?

Antibiotics: Antibiotic is the best treatment for infection (including kidney infection)- not blood transfusion. If your doctor gave you blood transfusion- likely your doctor has other reason to support decision on transfusion. D/w your md for detail. ...Read more

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A sheep bit my finger and it drew blood. Do I need to take it to hospital for any infection treatment?

A sheep bit my finger and it drew blood. Do I need to take it to hospital for any infection treatment?

Sheep bite: Hey I would not be too concerned about the sheep - its you and the finger that is of concern. Infections from animal bites can be bad. Please go to the er and get it checked. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for yeast infections because my blood is so thin I have risk for internal bleeding?

Is there a cure for yeast infections because my blood is so thin I have risk for internal bleeding?

Balance: There are two concerns you have. Yeast infections and thin blood. Yeast infections are problematic and the best cure is prevention. Talk to your doctor as to why your having recurring infections. Yeast and bacteria live in a balance. If you kill off the normal flora you get yeast infections. Ask your doctor to look at your diet and blood count. ...Read more

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A friend has a vaginal bacteria infection and she can't afford antibiotics what are some ways she can get rid of it at home? And she's spotting blood?

A friend has a vaginal bacteria infection and she can't afford antibiotics what are some ways she can get rid of it at home? And she's spotting blood?

No such thing: There are no home remedies for bacterial infection. She can lose her kidneys if she lets this go untreated. She must take her medicine and she must do so urgently. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering but is there a risk of infection if your own blood gets mixed with somone elses? Eg. By touching the area or swalliwing by accident

Possible: Universal precautionary measures include using gloves, wearing appropriate eye protection when coming in contact with body fluids such as blood, sputum, drainage from wounds, etc. If the other person has in infectious process like hiv, hepatitis, then there is risk; if the other person is clean, risk is nil. ...Read more

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I am 39 yrs old male & Rho (D) FACTOR of my serological test is positive. Is there any infection in my blood or want to know exact meaning?

I am 39 yrs old male & Rho (D) FACTOR of my serological test is positive. Is there any infection in my blood or want to know exact meaning?

Blood type: There are a number of proteins on the outside of red cells that identify them as yours. The major proteins are the "ABO" group and the "RH" group. The RH group contains a variety of proteins c, C, D, e, E which may be found on your cells. Apparently you are D+. So are 90% of asians. There is no infection or problem with your blood. Blood type and RH status is important if you need a transfusion ...Read more

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If I had meningitis would infection show in bloods?

If I had meningitis would infection show in bloods?

Probably not: If you had meningitis, you would be extremely ill, with horrible headache and perhaps unconsciousness. If you don't have those things, a blood test won't tell whether or not you have meningitis. See your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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What are the tests for infection in the blood?

Blood Culture: A suspicion that infection is in the blood can be confirmed by taking a blood specimen and submitting it to the lab for culture. In the lab, blood is transferred to a nutrient media, like planting seeds in a garden, and monitored over several days for signs of growth. If the material becomes hazy, a small amount is examined under a microscope. If they see germs they have confirmed it. ...Read more

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What can cause infection in the blood of a 10 y?

Many things: Any number of things, usually scratches and trauma that get infected. It is probably prudent to check the child for any systemic disease that may predispose to blood infection, as I am sure his/her doctors are doing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

Germs in blood: Once a germ gets into the blood, symptoms depend primarily on the type of germ. Viruses have blood phases & typically produce fever spikes & muscle aches, sensitivity to light etc. Bacteria will do this & add blood pressure instability, prolonged fever or low body temperature, fatigue & prostration. Fungal germs or yeast trigger responses like bacteria. Viruses & bacteria can trigger a rash. ...Read more

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

Depends: That depends 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. Harinder Gill
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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


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