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Prognosis for pnemoccocal septicemia?

Prognosis for pnemoccocal septicemia?

Depends: Depends on how many organ systems have failed, the more - the worse the prognosis. If it is just a simple septicemia without any organ failure, the prognosis is good. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

Serious enough : It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment ( antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read more

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What's pneumococcal infection disease?

What's pneumococcal infection disease?

Mostly respiratory: Streptococcus pneumonae, the pneumococcus, is the classical cause of bacterial pneumonia in adults and the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the adult. ...Read more

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Where does streptococcus pneumoniae live?

Normal companion: There are many strains of this familiar microbe, and it's likely that you're carrying one or more in your own oral flora. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack the body?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack the body?

Vague question: Strep pneumo can cause pneumonia, endocarditis, meningitis, ear infection and infections at other sites. Please note and vaccine is available against Strep pneumo, Pneumovac. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

Strep pneumoniae: This bacterium generally causes sudden shaking chills followed by a fever. The lungs are the common target,but it can also cause meningitis and sometimes causes acute septicemia(blood poisoning) spreading throughout the body which is a dire situation. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae get cleared from the host?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae get cleared from the host?

Strep: With antibiotics that the bacteria is sentivie to and the immune system. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you don't have pneumococcal antibodies?

What does it mean if you don't have pneumococcal antibodies?

Depends on situation: A lack of specific antibody implies that your immune system has not naturally encountered pneumococcus bacteria or that it has not responded well to previous exposure or pneumococcal vaccines (prevnar or pneumovax). This may be a sign of immune deficiency and should be discussed with a board certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Tested my pneumococcal antibodies- they were low she gave me pneumo vac retest in 5 weeks, if it comes back low again.. What does this mean?

CVID: Aka combined variable immunodeficiency. This test is done because you have recurrent sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia & screening tests for weak immune system - CBC & diff, quantitative immunoglobulins, ch50- are ok. A 2nd low test means you don't make adequate antibodies against some bacteria that infect the respiratory tract. Antibiotics & gamma globulin injections will help you. ...Read more

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I got a Pneumococcal shot. Can you be allergic to this medicine? What makes you allergic? Also how quickly would a reaction happen?

Possible: In general, it is possible to be allergic to any medicine. Allergic reactions can occur minutes two days after you're exposed to the offending agent. ...Read more

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What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

Pneumoniae + coccus: The official name of the organism is streptococcus pneumoniae, which is a gram positive coccus. So its nickname became "pneumococcus, " which causes "pneumococcal" pneumonia. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to have pneumococcal meningitis?

How dangerous is it to have pneumococcal meningitis?

CAN BE TREATED/: Pnumocococcal meningitis if treated appropriately and early without delay has good prognosis with full recovery.70to80% get full recovery without any complications. Rest have one or more of the following complications brain damage subdural effusion hearing loss seizures hydrocephalus. ...Read more

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Can a pneumococcal infection lead to glomerulonephritis?

Can a pneumococcal infection lead to glomerulonephritis?

Possible: Post infectious glomerulonephritis is usually associated with streptococcal or staphylococcal bindection. There have been case reports of gn associated with pneumococcal infection and some of them in children. ...Read more

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Why are teenagers more susceptible to pneumococcal meningitis?

Why are teenagers more susceptible to pneumococcal meningitis?

No, they are not.: Individuals with certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk to develop an invasive pneumococcal infection including meningitis. The conditions are: asplenia (either absent or nonfunctioning); complement deficiency; nephrotic syndrome. Anyone undergoing cochlear implantation is also at higher risk. ...Read more

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What is the difference between enterococcus faecalis and streptococcus pneumoniae?

What is the difference between enterococcus faecalis and streptococcus pneumoniae?

A lot of things... : 1. Different genus based on genetics 2. Different reaction when gown on sheep blood agar plates 3. E faecalis is found mostly in stool. 4. E faecalis is associated with healthcare acquire infections , uti's and intra abdominal infections while s . Pneumoniae is associated with pbeumonias, meningitis, and blood stream infections. ...Read more

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If you have an infected with streptococcus pneumoniae, where is it found in the body?

Mostly lung.: The organism is a classical cause of bacterial pneumonia primarily but remains the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. A vaccine, in fact, several vaccines exist. ...Read more

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

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

Three best ways...: The best ways to avoid getting a respiratory infection are... 1. Wash your hands frequently 2. Wash your hands frequently 3. Wash your hands frequently ;-) Maybe teach them how to wash their hands and offer a hand sanitizer for their use? ...Read more

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If my baby reacted badly to the pneumococcal shot, does he have to have another one this year?

If my baby reacted badly to the pneumococcal shot, does he have to have another one this year?

Yes: Though it's not very common, infants can get have vaccine reactions. Vaccinations work by stimulating the immune system and it's the immune response that can occasionally cause a fever. There are very few reasons, other than significant allergic reactions, to delay the next dose in a series. If your infant is due for another dose in the series, you should strongly consider doing it. ...Read more

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