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I have leukemia, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have leukemia, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

It is possible: Leukemia itself may reduce your white blood cells that fight infection (granulocytes) but many of the treatments we use to destroy these leukemia cells also reduce your normal granulocytes. This can increase your chance of infection and spread to the blood stream (sepsis). Antibiotics offer some protection from this happening. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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 have burkett's lymphoma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have burkett's lymphoma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

It is possible: Usually the treatment for burkett's lymphoma is quite aggressive. This usually means that your normal white blood cells - which protect you from infection with bacteria may be lower for a longer period of time. The longer they are quite low, the higher the chance of infection that may spread to your blood stream (septicemia). ...Read more

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I have lupus, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have lupus, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Steroids: If you are immunosuppressed with systemic steroids, Prednisone or biologics you will be more prone to infections and possible sepsis. Treat any bacterial infetion early, to prevent complications. ...Read more

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I have asthma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have asthma, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

No: Asthmatic patients are not at any higher risk to develop serious bacterial infection when compared with general population. ...Read more

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My child suffers from scid, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

My child suffers from scid, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Yes: Scid children have a much decreased ability to fight off infections, so they can develop overwhelming sepsis infections from germs that would only cause minor problems in normal, non-scid children. ...Read more

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My child has digeorge syndrome, is it more likely that a bacterial infection can become septic?

My child has digeorge syndrome, is it more likely that a bacterial infection can become septic?

Possibly: In children with digeorge syndrome, the thymus gland may be small or missing, resulting in poor immune function and frequent, severe infections. ...Read more

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I have breast cancer, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have breast cancer, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Chemo? Yes: If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, this is a possibility. Chemo kills cancer cells but also weakens the immune system, which protects us from germs and bacterial infections. Be sure to keep track of your surroundings take take precautions to not expose yourself to others that are sick. ...Read more

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When I pee it's norm when I wipe its brown. A doc said its likely discharge or a bacterial infection. If infection can I wait it out?

When I pee it's norm when I wipe its brown. A doc said its likely discharge or a bacterial infection. If infection can I wait it out?

Should not...: I am not clear.... If your doctor said it is an infection how come you didn't get treated? If he/she have not seen you yet and this was just a response to a message you gave them then my advise is to get seen in person in order to get checked and get a final diagnosis and see if you actually need treatment. ...Read more

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If baby's WBC came down by 15, 000 to a normal level after IV antibiotics, does that most likely indicate bacterial infection?

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Depends: It depends on what the symptoms were in the first place. There are many reason why a WBC count could be high; if it just came down by itself and just happened to be the same time as when IV antibiotics were given, it would mean nothing. However, if the symptoms were compatible with infection, and they went away on antibiotics, then it would be likely, yes. ...Read more

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I have type 2 diabetes, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

I have type 2 diabetes, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Yes, if uncontrolled: If your blood sugars are out of control in general you might be more susceptible to infections. A very well controlled diabetic is not much different from a non-diabetic. ...Read more

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I have type 1 diabetes, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

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I have type 1 diabetes, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

Yes: Studies have shown that diabetic patients are worse at clearing bacterial infections and more susceptible to sepsis overall, especially when they are hyperglycemic or not maintaining proper Insulin levels. Best thing to do is to keep your blood sugar well controlled and follow proper sanitary precautions. ...Read more

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Is there any way for me to figure out if I likely have a virus or a bacterial infection?

Is there any way for me to figure out if I likely have a virus or a bacterial infection?

Unfortunately No: For many infections either by bacteria or by viruses, one can take blood, or body fluid (such as sputum, urine) or tissue (such as a biopsy), and culture them in the lab, or use a test to show us any evidence of a particular bacteria or virus. But all these tests are done in a lab. You cannot usually tell if a given infection is caused by which, though a viral infection is usually self-limiting. ...Read more

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Took cipro (ciprofloxacin) once for bacterial infection. Stopped it after few days. Now going to start it. First time using cipro (ciprofloxacin).Is it likely this resistant cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Took cipro (ciprofloxacin) once for bacterial infection. Stopped it after few days. Now going to start it. First time using cipro (ciprofloxacin).Is it likely this resistant cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Antibiotics: The way you are taking the antibiotics is one of the ways we get bacteria that are resistant. Taking it for a couple of doses, stopping it for a few days, then starting again. Or just taking it for a few days then stopping. This selects for bacteria that are resistant to the drug because they are exposed but not killed, they develop immunity or resistance. Take all your antibiotics tell gone. ...Read more

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Took cipro (ciprofloxacin) once for bacterial infection. Stopped after couple days. Now going to restart. First time using cipro (ciprofloxacin).How likely this is resistant cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Took cipro (ciprofloxacin) once for bacterial infection. Stopped after couple days. Now going to restart. First time using cipro (ciprofloxacin).How likely this is resistant cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Ciprofloxacin: Would not treat myself with this drug without knowing what your were treating and whether the causative organisms were likely to be sensitive to the antibiotic. Would strongly recommend that you place yourself in the hands of a concerned and knowledgeable physician. ...Read more

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Can a bacterial infection of the vagina cause burning/redness of whole vulva, anus, and urethra? Or is this more likely vulvodynia?

Can a bacterial infection of the vagina cause burning/redness of whole vulva, anus, and urethra? Or is this more likely vulvodynia?

May be: If whole perineum with vagina and anus area invoke than this is serious infection leads to fasciitis, fournier gangrene, needs to be seen by surgeon ...Read more

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What causes bacterial infections?

What causes bacterial infections?

Any contaminated: Bacteria is present everywhere and some are harmful. Some are transmitted from other people and others from having been in contact with a contaminated object, soil. Or water. The most worrisome type is MRSA often acquired from a hospital stay. ...Read more

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What are common bacterial infections?

What are common bacterial infections?

Too many to name: There are many, many bacterial infections. Every part of your body is subject to bacterial infection, and the fact that you are not sick from infections all the time, that fact that you survive at all, is a testament to how miraculous the immune system is. There are bacteria everywhere you go. Some bacteria are likely to cause infection, most are not. We are surrounded, and yet we survive. ...Read more

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How are bacterial infections treated?

How are bacterial infections treated?

Depends.: Some go away by themselves, some require antibiotics, some (like abscesses) need surgery. ...Read more

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How does one get bacterial infections?

Exposure/germ factor: Infections occur when a germ is introduced to a location where conditions are supportive of germ growth. The germ begins to reproduce using local nutrient sources & invades the area. Some germs are benign hitch hikers & simply hang around while others are invasive & elaborate toxic chemicals that are destructive to tissue. ...Read more

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Can anybody get a bacterial infection?

Can anybody get a bacterial infection?

Yes: The human body has a whole community of good and bad bacteria living in a homeostatic balance. When this balance is disrupted, the bad bacteria can flourish and cause an infection. ...Read more

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What can be used for a bacterial infection?

What can be used for a bacterial infection?

INFECTION: Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics, locally, oral or parenteral depending on the severity of infection. ...Read more

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What does a bacterial infection come from?

Wrong place ; time: Bacteria are everywher. They protect us from bad bugs by crowding them out or not allowing them to take hold; produce bacteriocidal compounds; help us digest food ; make essential vitamins for us. Unfortunately some bugs are not 'friendly'. If our immune system isn't intact (skin breakdown, chemo, poor nutrition, burns, immune diseases) these bad bacteria overcome our immune system and attack us. ...Read more

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How do I cure chronic bacterial infections?

What type?: There is very little information here. What types of infections? Other medical issues? You could either re-ask & clarify or discuss with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Frequent fliers: Repeat infections can occur for many reasons including (but not all inclusive):
1. The infection wasn't completely managed in 1st place (abscess not drained, dead tissue behind, inadequate therapy)
2. The wrong antibiotic chosen
3. Risk that caused 1st infection continues (behavior/immune disorder)
4. Immunity doesn't follow infection (syphilis, rhinovirus)
5. True true unrelated (new infect'n). ...Read more

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Can I catch bacterial infection from my pet?

Can I catch bacterial infection from my pet?

Yes: It depends on the pet. Reptiles can spread salmonella. Birds can spread psittacosis. You can get toxoplasmosis and q fever from cats. You can get leptospirosis from dogs. Also bites and scratches can cause infections. ...Read more

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What is mononuecleoses a bacterial infection?

No, generally viral.: Infectious mononucleosis is most commonly caused by a viral infection with the classic cause / trigger being epstein barr virus (in about 90% of cases). Classic symptoms include flu-like illness with fever, sore throat, swollen glands and sometimes skin rash. History, physical and lab studies are useful in diagnosis. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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