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Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Infection in the blood is also known as Sepsis. Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white blood cell count, etc...


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Infection In The Blood (Overview)

Infection in the blood is also known as Sepsis. Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white blood cell count, etc...


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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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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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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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