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Probably not, but...: Although I'm unaware of studies that address this question, the intuitive answer would be "no". The bacteria count under the gum is so high that any contribution to total biomass from a piece of floss is unlikely to be significant. The magnitude of bacteremia would be more correlated with the amount of bleeding, which would reflect the extent of the breach in the wall of the vascular compartment. ...Read more
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
Recovering from bacteremia and meningitis, so does this mean my immune system will not be in good shape for a while?
No: You will naturally have low energy and aches/pains during the recovery process, but the immune system is still working. It is wise to avoid persons with contagious infections if possible only because pieces of the immune system may not be efficiently communicating right away. A cold, for example, may last a few days longer. If you've had other serious infections, consider an eval by Immunologist ...Read more
I had pneumococcal bacteremia. I work w/ children. Nervous about getting sick again, what is best way to sanitize items used by multiple kids?
If u got bacteremia from sinuses, wouldn't the sinuses have been infected/inflamed for quite a while before it actually turned into bacteremia?
Yes but: The infection can be quite silent. Also, if someone is immunosuppressed, the signs will be quite suppressed. ...Read more
Bacteremia is...: The presence of bacteria in the bloodstream with or without symptoms (it can certainly be silent). Sepsis or septicemia is the reaction of the body to bacteremia with fever and effects on various body organs. The sepsis syndrome can also be caused by non infectious processes. ...Read more
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
Recovered from bacteremia (from sinuses) and meningitis 2 mos ago. Now avoiding anyone with cold and people in general. Do I need to be this drastic?
Only you can say: You wouldn't quit driving if you were in a wreck would you? Unless your doc has found you have an immune defect you should consider this just an unexpected life event. You can/should always practice good personal hygiene, get your flu shot, avoid risky situations, etc. But to hide from people seems a bit much. ...Read more
Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?
It's normal flora: I usually carry it in my own throat when I've checked it. When it makes is sick, it's somehow gotten out of control. Nobody really understands how it happens, but don't worry about "catching" it. Best wishes. ...Read more
What do I have bacteremia with normal cbc/w differential? Why does my immune system not attack? What further investigations should be done?
Misunderstanding?: We all have transient bacteria when we pass stool, brush our teeth hard, and at other times. It's common for a bacterium to contaminate a blood culture. You don't need to worry about any of this. If a "live cell analysis" charlatan showed you "bacteria in your blood", contact your local district attorney. ...Read more
My 4 month old has a small cut on his face. I used neosporin, which I had previously used on a boil on myself. Can he get bacteremia from this?
No: Bacteremia results from a significant site of infection entering the blood stream. A small cut on the face even in an infant, unless grossly infected will not cause problems. Just keeping the wound clean with soap and water should suffice. Adding the Neosporin is putting the icing on the cake. ...Read more
If I had bacteremia/meningitis from sinuses- did I get meningitis 1st from sinuses then it caused the bacteremia? Or other way around? Confused
Discuss with doctor: Are you the same person who also asked about viral meningitis? Confusing because viral meningitis is not associated with bacteremia. In any case, if you also had sinusitits or bactermia, it could be that one didn't actually cause the other. This is a complicated medical issue, no way for a distant forum moderator to know the answers. Discuss with your doctor (s). Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more
Had bacteremia and meningitis, told likely from sinuses. Please explain how this can happen? I'm in fear 24 hours a day- that it will happen again
Meanings: Bacteremia = bacteria in the blood stream, never a good thing but you were treated and cured of it, so that is a good thing!! meningitis = inflammation of the tissues surrounding the nerves of your spinal column, maybe bacterial, viral, fungal, chemical. Source, who knows. They think in you it was your sinuses. Will it ever happen again; maybe? But as long as your immune system is good don't worry o ...Read more
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
Sepsis: Sepsis is the systemic inflammatory response syndrome (sirs) plus infection-any infection (most commonly pneumonia or uti). Bacteremia is bacteria in the bloodstream; bacteremia can be a cause of sepsis. Some people consider septicemia & bacteremia synonyms; others consider septicemia & sepsis synonyms. This can be confusing, so many prefer not to use the term 'septicemia' at all anymore. ...Read more
Terminology: Bacteremia describes the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream - this may or may not make you ill (e.g. You are briefly bacteremic after brushing your teeth, but your body clears it). Septicemia is multiplication of bacteria in the blood (almost always associated with illness... But not always), and sepsis is the systemic response to infection. ...Read more
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
On antibiotics for bacteremia for 2 wks., how long for SED rate to go down? It was 23 last week and down to 19 now. (lab range is 0-15)
Well the sed rate: Gives you a hint of what the inflammation from infection in your body is doing, but it should not be an indicator of whether the infection is eradicated. Repeat blood cultures and clinical picture are what you use to track infection progress. Sed rate is a temporary, if lukewarm, indicator at best. ...Read more
Had bacteremia from sinuses. Treated with meds, follow up bloodwork ok. What are chances infection not gone and still have it? Anxiety 24-7/scared!
Bloodwork proof: If your doctor did followup blood work, they likely did a CBC and maybe even another blood culture to show that you no longer have an elevated white blood count which means your body no longer is fighting an infection because there are no longer bacteria in your body to fight. That's proof right there that all is well again in your body and I hope you can rest at ease. :-) ...Read more
Small cut in finger 10 days ago increased pain, swollen and tender, hot and tingle sensation not completely closed-if leftunattended cause bacteremia?
Infection: Have the finger evaluated. An infection is very possible. ...Read more
Had bacteremia from sinuses, treated and gone. How would I know if that infection had affected my heart?
How common/rare is it for an infection in the sinuses to go into bloodstream causing bacteremia/meningitis?
Rare if ever: I treat hundreds of sinus infections every year and have as yet to have one change into meningitis/sepsis. Germs that cause these severe infections can enter through the nose, but their transition to severe disease occurs within hours of that entry. Sinus infections are often symptomatic for a week or so before diagnosis. ...Read more
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
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