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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I had pneumococcal bacteremia. I work w/ children. Nervous about getting sick again, what is best way to sanitize items used by multiple kids?
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
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