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Dr. Gary Pess
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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 had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for awhile and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. The ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more

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Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were introduced through the needle, putting you at risk for a viremia, fungemia or bacteremia which may but probably won't *lead* to symptomatic sepsis & shock. If your immune system is compromised by chemo, transplant/rheum meds, or HIV, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

If the source of the: Sepsis is the urinary tract (kidneys and bladder primarily), then urine c/s might identify the cause of sepsis and the best antibiotic to treat it. Kidney infection is a common cause of sepsis in certain groups of people. If the source of the infection is elsewhere, then urine c/s won't identify the cause unless the sepsis has spread from the bloodstream to the kidneys. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! Too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! Too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

Hello.: Hello. Her doctors can make a best estimate on this. They would need to take a large variety of things into account. It would not be possible for a physician who is not intimately knowledgable about her case to provide a life expectancy estimation. I am worry to hear about this. Take care. ...Read more

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Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Toxin release: Many bacteria are capable of creating chemicals that act as toxins, disabling the system the blood vessels have to maintain tone (or the squeeze) within their walls. Once the vessels relax the pressure falls. Doctors have medications that counteract this effect that are called pressors agents. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is effective in treating abd infection in 2nd trimester? Flagyl and amoxicillin good choice? What blood tests rule out sepsis?

What antibiotic is effective in treating abd infection in 2nd trimester? Flagyl and amoxicillin good choice? What blood tests rule out sepsis?

Depends: On the infection. Metronidazole cannot be used in the first trimester. It would be up to your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for the infection. A blood culture can rule out sepsis. See your doctor for the abdominal cramping you are having for a diagnosis. Do not self treat with left over antibiotic especially when pregnant. ...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?

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?

Basically no: If your platelet count is low (under 90, 000 or so calls for. A workup), the stupidest thing that anyone can possibly do is say "it's probably a virus" or blame a bacterium that isn't cultured and isn't making you sick otherwise. I hope I have not misunderstood. Low platelets is serious, very low levels are often catastrophic, and almost always there's a real illness to find and treat. ...Read more

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Had 2 blood tests days apart. Alt levels of ~360. I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, take meds. No infections, diseases. Possible reasons for ALT levels?

Had 2 blood tests days apart. Alt levels of ~360. I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, take meds. No infections, diseases. Possible reasons for ALT levels?

Viral infection: Often times this can be caused by a viral infection. It should definitely be watched to see if it comes down on it's own. If not, further testing incuding an ultrasound should be done to make sure nothing is blocked, like the gallblader tubes. ...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?

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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I have sinus and ear infection. What OTC can I take for symptom relief, that won't affect my high blood pressure or interfere with my bp medicine?

I have sinus and ear infection. What OTC can I take for symptom relief, that won't affect my high blood pressure or interfere with my bp medicine?

Saline wash: Use a saline nasal wash twice a day and an anti-histaminic--zyrtec or claritin.
The sinus wash --made by neil will help a lot. ...Read more

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My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

My 2month baby having cold and cough infection from 7 days and now she is passing little clot of blood with mucus and can see red spot all over fore head is this worried full but here no one giving her medicine could you give me guidance.?

Need more info: What you describe sounds like she is coughing so hard that she has what is called "peticheae" (tiny bleeds into skin) on her forehead. It needs to be evaluated by your doctor right away. Pertussis infection comes to mind, which would be concerning at her age. Seek medical attention and/or go to er. If she is breathing heavy, is not feeding well or "looks sick" you should go to er tonight. ...Read more

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What are the tests for infection in the blood?

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

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

Blood infection: 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. ...Read more

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What blood test can one do to find an infection in the blood?

What blood test can one do to find an infection in the blood?

Blood culture: A blood culture study can usually tell if there is an infection in the blood. As soon as a blood culture becomes positive, the microbiology department will isolate, identify and tell you what particular antibiotics will be effective for the specific infection. ...Read more

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Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Is a staph infection in the blood contagious?

Not usually: But the bug is on and around the infected person. Wash your hands carefully to prevent spread. ...Read more

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What causes infection in the blood and heart failure?

What causes infection in the blood and heart failure?

Usually bacteria.: When bacteria enter the bloodstream, a condition called sepsis can result where the cardiovascular system reacts violently in a systemic inflammatory response. A severe drop in blood pressure, multiple organ failure, and heart dysfunction can occur, which can lead to impaired heart function or heart failure. ...Read more

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8 yrs ago I had a tubal! My Dr. Rules out colitis ibs gallbladder appendix and infection in the blood due to test! Could I be pregnant and would a home pregnancy test show up?

8 yrs ago I had a tubal! My Dr. Rules out colitis ibs gallbladder appendix and infection in the blood due to test! Could I be pregnant and would a home pregnancy test show up?

Depends: In order to answer the question I need more information regarding your symptoms. Did you miss your period? How old are you? Etc. It's important you give your doctor a full history in order to diagnose and treat you. If you are pregnant after a tubal you need to be seen by your doctor to rule out a pregnancy in your tubes. This can be life threatening. It is easily treated if caught early. ...Read more