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What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

Blood cultures: The question I think you're asking is "what germ" caused u to become ill-- which is an open question because it sounds like 4 organisms were isolated in ur blood cultures. Blood is supposed to be sterile and although possible it's very unlikely u really had 4 organisms floating around in ur blood. This is what we call "contamination" so we may never know. If u have more info, maybe can answer this ...Read more

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If streptococcus mutans was found in the blood of a person with bacteremia, how would you determine the cause?

If streptococcus mutans was found in the blood of a person with bacteremia, how would you determine the cause?

Cause of what?: I do not understand your question. The cause of bacteremia is Strep Mutans unless something else comes up. Strep Mutans is found in many different places, but very commonly in the (human) mouth. You can't get rid of it entirely. It causes tooth decay. It can get into the bloodstream from dental cleaning, aggressive flossing/brushing, or small cracks on the lips or tongues (sometimes unnoticeable). ...Read more

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Treated for bacteremia, after first week on meds, blood culture was negative. Done with 2nd week of meds, is infection likely gone now?

Treated for bacteremia, after first week on meds, blood culture was negative. Done with 2nd week of meds, is infection likely gone now?

Bacteremia: More information is needed to accurately answer your question. Treatment duration of bacteremias usually depends on the type, the cause or origin of the bacteremia. Most are usually treated for 2 weeks from the last negative blood culture some may requires 4 weeks or even longer. ...Read more

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Had bacteremia (sinuses), but lots of people have sinus problems that don't end up in the blood, why couldn't my body keep it from going into blood?

Had bacteremia (sinuses), but lots of people have sinus problems that don't end up in the blood, why couldn't my body keep it from going into blood?

No way to know here: In the limited amount of space we have, there' no way to know for sure. Consider HealthTap Prime or talking to your doctor to go over details. Immune system problems, frequent infections, surgery, some other anatomical problem (some are born without a sinus!) could do it. But in general, you're chasing your tail trying to figure it out. Importn thing is u got treated. Hopefully, you're healthy now ...Read more

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When I had bacteremia, the blood cultures also showed my blood volume was low. Did the infection itself affect the volume? Confused

When I had bacteremia, the blood cultures also showed my blood volume was low. Did the infection itself affect the volume? Confused

Quite confusing...: Blood culture tests provide no information on whether a patient's blood volume is high, low, or normal. When it happens, low blood volume is reflected in a patient's symptoms and the course of her illness. Her various blood test results (not the blood culture) can suggest that blood volume was recently lowered due to her symptoms, but there is not a simple "blood volume lab test". ...Read more

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I had bacteremia and wonder how long can it be in blood before it gets bad? I was feeling ill and losing hair for over a month before diagnosis

I had bacteremia and wonder how long can it be in blood before it gets bad? I was feeling ill and losing hair for over a month before diagnosis

Dangerous situation: Bacteria in the blood stream is never a good thing. Depending on the organism, the germ, there may be different lengths of time this might have gone on. For example, Staph aureus is very aggressive, and surely you would know to get to the hospital within 12-24 hrs. Something 'milder' such as Enterococcus could float around in the blood stream for days to weeks. The longest case I've seen was 1 yr. ...Read more

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Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Bacteria are everywh: Pneumococcal bacteria live everywhere in the aerodigestive tract, but predominantly in the upper airways. There's no way you can get rid of them. Most of the time, they cause no problems as your body can fight them off from invading; however, sometimes, somehow a few out of the billions of bacteria slipped into your bloodstream. Sinuses, throat, even stomach (with food) or nosebleeds can do it. ...Read more

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Recovered from v. meningitis/bacteremia 2 mos ago. Blood culture, SED rate/cpk retested today (still feel achy/headache)- all normal. Can I still be sick?

You are very lucky: You are so fortunate to be alive and it seems with very little residual issues it sounds like you just have some residual weakness from the disease. Give it time rest and see how you go. May not resolve. But if this is all you are left with not bad at all. You are lucky ...Read more

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Bacteremia- after 1 wk. Rocephin, (ceftriaxone) blood culture neg. Had reaction, so took vanco for 2nd week. Can med change lessen chance of ridding all infection?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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If most sinus infections are viral vs. Bacterial and can clear on their own- then how did my sinuses cause bacteremia for me? Must've been bacterial?

If most sinus infections are viral vs. Bacterial and can clear on their own- then how did my sinuses cause bacteremia for me? Must've been bacterial?

Correct: If an infected sinus indeed was the source of your bactermia, then then you had bacterial sinusitits. Your own question acknowledges that "most" sinus infections are viral, or at least start that way. But bacterial sinusitis isn't rare, either initially or as a secondary infection that started as viral; or as a complication of allergic rhinitis with sinus blockage. ...Read more

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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more

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Treated for bacteremia from sinuses. Infection gone, blood just rechecked weeks after. Still feel bad flu symptoms/weak. Can it be related to heart?

Treated for bacteremia from sinuses. Infection gone, blood just rechecked weeks after. Still feel bad flu symptoms/weak. Can it be related to heart?

Mgt: Since you are recovering from a bacterial infection of the bloodstream, it is important to rest, stay well hydrated and to monitor your temperature.
It can take weeks to recover. If you are not feeling well, an appointment may help to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Saline breast implants few yrs ago, never any problems. Recently had bacteremia- strep pneumoniae/sinuses, but could implants cause that germ in blood?

Saline breast implants few yrs ago, never any problems. Recently had bacteremia- strep pneumoniae/sinuses, but could implants cause that germ in blood?

No unless: It is infected. If you have no pain, tenderness, or induration of the area, it is not likely that it became infected. Consult with your plastic surgeon just to be sure. ...Read more

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Hello please I am having painfull urination no bacteria detected amd yet there is blood sometimes. Did urethroscopy and only cystisis was said drug?

Hello please I am having painfull urination no bacteria detected amd yet there is blood sometimes. Did urethroscopy and only cystisis was said drug?

? IC: Problem could be interstitial cystitis which can also occur in young women. Avoid irritating or acid producing beverages like caffeine or oj or spicy foods. Sodium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in tablet form or as baking soda in drink or prelief can alkalinize urine & afford relief. Try bland diet & check interstitial cystitis association website on internet & consider 2nd opinion by urologist or uro-gynecologist. ...Read more

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I was given some medicine for a bacterial infection I have and I when to the restroom and when I wiped my self I had discharge n blood?

I was given some medicine for a bacterial infection I have and I when to the restroom and when I wiped my self I had discharge n blood?

More info needed: We need to know what and where you have the infection. Your bleeding may or may not be related to your infection. Send mote information. ...Read more

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Had a medication after a week of my period and my period started again. The medication are blood tonic, and anti bacterial drugs for ezaem and anti bi?

Had a medication after a week of my period and my period started again. The medication are blood tonic, and anti bacterial drugs for ezaem and anti bi?

Unclear: It is not clear what these medications are exactly. Contact the prescribing doctor and clarify what a blood tonic is. They can go through the risks and benefits of the medications. You can also discuss options to regulate your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bacteria in the blood?

What is the definition or description of: bacteria in the blood?

Bacteria in blood: When bacteria moves into the bloodstream, sepsis or septicemia occurs which can cause major organ damage and sometimes result in death. ...Read more

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Is bacteria in the blood always called sepsis?

Is bacteria in the blood always called sepsis?

No: When bacteria is found in the blood it can be called bacteremia. If it gets severe affecting other body systems it can be called sepsis. ...Read more

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Under the skin I see lumps. Is this bacteria in the blood?

Under the skin I see lumps. Is this bacteria in the blood?

Not likely: Cannot possibly diagnose this without seeing you, but unless you have a serious overwhelming infection this is not likely to be bacteria in your blood. That would more probably produced shaking chills, fever, muscle pains, and severe fatigue and illness. See a doctor and let them look at these and give you an explanation of what they are. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between bacteria in the blood and HIV / aids?

Is there any connection between bacteria in the blood and HIV / aids?

No: Bacteria growing while in the blood (sepsis / septicemia) or simply being found in the blood (bacteremia -- we get this when we brush our teeth or pass stool) are very familiar, but the opportunitistic infections in HIV / aids are seldom caused by the common bacteria, since the antibody defenses are largely intact. Great question, though. ...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 bacteria in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

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Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacteria in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

A temporary reaction: Yes low platelets count may be due to several reasons:
-Viral infections most often cause a temporary decrease in platelet count.
-Bacterial infections can cause either a low or elevated platelet count. ...Read more

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What are the risk of Endocaditis if you have had a heart Valve repair few yrs ago and you have a fever, stomach gasteronteritis or Virus with Fever GP says I have risk and this can all lead to it, how true is this? Is the Bacteria in the Blood? Ideas

What are the risk of Endocaditis if you have had a heart Valve repair few yrs ago and you have a fever, stomach gasteronteritis or Virus with Fever GP says I have risk and this can all lead to it, how true is this? Is the Bacteria in the Blood? Ideas

Low risk: The bacteria that cause intestinal infections are uncommon causes of endocarditis. No risk from viruses. Elevated risk depends on the kind of valve repair done, whether you have an artificial valve, etc. Increased risk is primarily from respiratory, skin, or dental infections -- and even with these, the actual risk of endocarditis is very low. Discuss with your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Blood reads 200+++ and leu reads 500+++ for 6 months but no bacteria is present in culture?

Blood reads 200+++ and leu reads 500+++ for 6 months but no bacteria is present in culture?

Your urine, right?: If you are not taking any antibiotics and a culture is negative, you should see a specialist (urologist). Also, if you are female, are you sure that the urine samples did not have any vaginal discharge in them? If they were done any time near a period, it might be worth repeating in the middle of your cycle or while you are wearing a tampon! ...Read more

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What do they normally check in fecalysis? It is just for the presence of bacteria or also blood?

What do they normally check in fecalysis? It is just for the presence of bacteria or also blood?

It depends: There are many tests that could be ordered depending on your symptoms. Common tests are for microscopic blood, abnormal bacteria, parasites, white blood cells. ...Read more

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How much bacteria do you need in a blood culture for it to be positive?

What kind more imp: Bacterial normally present on the skin sometimes contaminate blood drawn for culture and constitute a false positive. It is the type of organism cultured that is more important than how many. ...Read more

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Took Align capsule 1st one tonight. Curiosity? The BACTERIA in it does it circulate in the blood and if so can it harm other organs with this?

Healthy bacteria in: Probiotics, like Align, release healthy bacteria into the intestine. However, in people with intact digestive tracts, they normally do not get absorbed through the wall of the intestine and into the bloodstream. ...Read more