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Doctor insights on: Proteus Mirabilis Infection Symptoms

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How common is an infection from proteus mirabilis?

How common is an infection from proteus mirabilis?

Common: Proteus mirabilis is often found as a cause of urinary tract infection. Because the bug produces a urease enzyme, the urea in the urine is metabolized into ammonia. This will make the ph of the urine alkaline and can be associated with urinary tract calculi (stones). ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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What causes proteus mirabilis infection of the skin?

What causes proteus mirabilis infection of the skin?

Proteus mirabilis: This would be incredibly unusual and would seriously question the diagnosis. This organism is most commonly found in the GI tract and can cause uti. Often on the surface of the skin, but seldom if ever the cause of infection. See an infectious diseases expert and get examined. Good luck. ...Read more

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What symptoms do you get with the bacteria proteus mirabilis in men and women?

What symptoms do you get with the bacteria proteus mirabilis in men and women?

Proteus mirabilis: This is a potential cause of urinary tract infection, or if you have spillage of fecal contents into the peritoneum from a bowel perforation it may be part of the polymicrobial flora. There is nothing specific about the symptoms due to this gram-negative bacillus, one of the enterobacteriaceae. ...Read more

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What if I give oral sex to someone that has proteus mirabilis? What would it infect? Would it be able to travel all the way to my urinary tract?

What if I give oral sex to someone that has proteus mirabilis? What would it infect? Would it be able to travel all the way to my urinary tract?

Oral sex and UTI: If you have oral sex with a person with a uti, you will not get a uti. The most common cause of a UTI in a woman is by having bacteria entering the bladder through the urethra. That would not happen during oral sex. ...Read more

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Could proteus mirabilis infect my throat or mouth? I had it in my vagina. My husband has it too. I gave him oral before I knew he had it. Could it be in my mouth or throat since it was in my vagina

Could proteus mirabilis infect my throat or mouth? I had it in my vagina. My husband has it too. I gave him oral before I knew he had it. Could it be in my mouth or throat since it was in my vagina

Possibly: Sounds reasonable and I would suggest that you both see your family physician for cultures and if both of you show up positive, usually a medicine like Amoxicillin with get rid of the germ. ...Read more

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A question answered here said proteus mirabilis can be passed by human contact. Then I asked if it could be passed sexually. Answer was no. Is it true?

A question answered here said proteus mirabilis can be passed by human contact. Then I asked if it could be passed sexually. Answer was no. Is it true?

Yes, no, or maybe: Depends on how one looks at the words. Sexual contact is a type of human contact, so anything that can be transmitted by human contact obviously can be transmitted by sexual contact. However, doctors usually only say the typical std's (sti's, sexually transmitted infections) are transmitted sexually. Chicken pox can go from person to person while they have sex, but it's "not sexually transmitted". ...Read more

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I read that proteus mirabilis produces ammonia? So what if I disinfect a area with ammonia or windex? Will it disinfect it or make it stronger?

I read that proteus mirabilis produces ammonia? So what if I disinfect a area with ammonia or windex? Will it disinfect it or make it stronger?

Proteus mirabilis: Proteus mirabilis produces ammonia as a by-product of its metabolism, it does not use it as a food source. Wiping down an area with an ammonia-based cleaner will not make it stronger. By-products of metabolism are often actually toxic to the organism. Using an ammonia-based cleaner should disinfect well. ...Read more

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Is it normal that proteus mirabilis becomes resistant to prulifloxacin? And in what cases it becomes resistant??

Is it normal that proteus mirabilis becomes resistant to prulifloxacin? And in what cases it becomes resistant??

Yes: Some bacteria, (fortunately not all), including P. Mirabilis, can become resistant to any antibiotic which it was previously sensitive to. This usually happens when the bacteria has been exposed to that antibiotic (or a similar antibiotic from the same group) on a number of occasions and it develops a mechanism to evade the effect of the antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the bacterial growth pattern of proteus mirabilis?

What is the bacterial growth pattern of proteus mirabilis?

Spreader: This motile bacteria will spread out across the surface of an agar plate and often obliterate the growth of other organisms which may be present. It ferments lactose and produces urease, releasing ammonia which make the area alkaline. If this happens in the urine due to infection it can result in kidney stones. ...Read more

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What is the relevence of proteus mirabilis in my poo sample?

Normal.: Proteus Mirabilis is a normal part of the human gastrointestinal bacterial flora. No worries. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a urinanaylsis and a urine culture? Which would be best to detect proteus mirabilis? Would both be able to do it?

What's the difference between a urinanaylsis and a urine culture? Which would be best to detect proteus mirabilis? Would both be able to do it?

Cultures are best: A urinalysis is a quick check of the urine that shows the presence of blood, protein, ph, specific gravity, and a quick evaluation of possible infection. It can be done in a couple of minutes by machine. A urine culture takes about 48 hours and will identify the bacterial organism and give the physician a list of the the proper antibiotics to use. ...Read more

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Is amoxcillin a good treatment for proteus mirabilis?

Is amoxcillin a good treatment for proteus mirabilis?

Proteus mirabilis: I am assuming you have UTI with this organism. If so, Amoxicillin may be quite effective, assuming the strain you have is sensitive. Of greater concern is the fact that this bug is often present more often in complicated utis and perhaps this should be discussed with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can proteus mirabilis tramitted? What are the ways it can be transmitted or transfer?

How can proteus mirabilis tramitted? What are the ways it can be transmitted or transfer?

Contact: Proteus can be transmitted like many bacteria by human to human contact. Proteus is normal in your gut. Good hygiene including frequent hand washing is key. Male sure to disinfect your computer keyboard. ...Read more

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What to do if I found out I had a UTI caused by proteus mirabilis. My doctor said my boyfriend doesn't need to be treated?

What to do if I found out I had a UTI caused by proteus mirabilis. My doctor said my boyfriend doesn't need to be treated?

Correct: Proteus is normal body flora that just somehow overgrew. The same is true of other urinary tract infections. Vigorous sexual activity increases the risk for a woman to get a bacterial urinary tract infection, but the partner need not be treated. ...Read more

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I had proteus mirabilis in vagina not in urine. Could my husband get it from me since it was in my vagina? How would he get tested

I had proteus mirabilis in vagina not in urine. Could my husband get it from me since it was in my vagina? How would he get tested

Proteus mirabilis: This common bowel organism, if culture vaginally may or may not be significant because its motility allows it to overgrow other organisms, if any, on the culture plate. It is unlikely, although conceivable, that your husband may become colonized, and potentially infected. Not worth testing for unless he becomes symptomatic. ...Read more

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Bladder infection (proteus) from a pubic source?

Bladder infection (proteus) from a pubic source?

Question unclear: Before onset of UTI many women have an abrupt increase in the concentration of bacteria on their perineal areas. These often reflect fecal flora. Uti is very common in women and has multiple predisposing factors. ...Read more

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I am suffering urine infection. Pl advice me. My report c/s: proteus growth epithical cell:2-4/hpf pus cell:6-9/hpf rbc;0-2/hpf sensitivity:imipenem.?

I am suffering urine infection. Pl advice me. My report c/s: proteus growth epithical cell:2-4/hpf pus cell:6-9/hpf rbc;0-2/hpf sensitivity:imipenem.?

Doctor can recheck: A person who knows he has a urine infection can see his doctor to make sure he is getting the correct antibiotic, because some bacteria are resistant to certain antibiotics. After taking antibiotics, he can return to the lab to recheck his urine to make sure the treatment worked. Sometimes, the doctor will do further evaluations to see if there is a second medical problem causing the infection. ...Read more

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I had proteus mirabilis. I am pregnant so want my husband tested for it. Would he need a urine test or a culture? If so what type of doctor is needed?

I had proteus mirabilis. I am pregnant so want my husband tested for it. Would he need a urine test or a culture? If so what type of doctor is needed?

He does not need: Bacteria that cause bladder infections are not considered std's. Unless he has symptoms of a bladder infection (which is rare in men) he does not need testing. You, on the other hand, need treatment during a pregnancy for a UTI and a followup culture in a couple of weeks to assure that it is cleared. And then a culture each trimester would be indicated. ...Read more

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I had proteus wound infection and have had joint problems since can the infection be the cause. And will this cause any longterm problems to my health?

I had proteus wound infection and have had joint problems since can the infection be the cause. And will this cause any longterm problems to my health?

Proteus: This is an unusual cause of wound infection, and is often a contaminant in cultures because of its ability to overgrow other bacteria. It is unlikely to be related to joint problems and you should see a doctor about the cause of these. The wound infection should not have long-term effects if it has been adequately eradicated.. ...Read more

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Would a urine culture for UTI show up proteus mirabilis? Or show that that bacteria is present? Or would I have to ask for a specific test for that

Would a urine culture for UTI show up proteus mirabilis? Or show that that bacteria is present? Or would I have to ask for a specific test for that

Culture would show: Presence of proteus. That is what a urine culture would show. Sensitivities would show which antibiotics would be effective or not. ...Read more

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I have proteus mirabilis. Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but I'm allergic to sulfa. So was given amoxcillin 500mg twice a day for 5 days. Is this effective?

I have proteus mirabilis. Was given bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but I'm allergic to sulfa. So was given amoxcillin 500mg twice a day for 5 days. Is this effective?

Antibiotics for UTI: You best answer will come from the physician (p) who prescribed the Amoxicillin for you. You p knows the results of the sensitivities the bacteria have to antibiotics. Speak to your p for a more meaningful answer, as your p knows your case best of all. ...Read more

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Ifi have proteus mirabilis in my urine and I don't wash my hands after using the bathroom. Can I transfer it to things I touch or my mouth?

Ifi have proteus mirabilis in my urine and I don't wash my hands after using the bathroom. Can I transfer it to things I touch or my mouth?

Unlikely: This is an organism that can cause a urinary infection. Yes you can colonize the organism to your hands and then transfer to other objects, (doorknob etc.). But to then translate that into another individual getting a urinary tract infection would be very difficult. First it is about quantity or microbes transferred, then location to transfer it to, and lastly susceptibility of the other pers. ...Read more

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Could proteus mirabilis enter my blood if I cut my finger and went to pee. My finger didn't touch my vagina just touched the tissue that I wipe with?

Could proteus mirabilis enter my blood if I cut my finger and went to pee. My finger didn't touch my vagina just touched the tissue that I wipe with?

Unlikely: There is very little chance of getting the finger wound contaminated. If you have had proteus UTI make sure you see your doctor to get this treated and you may need an X-ray to ensure you have no kidney stones associated with this organism. Also make sure to keep finger wound clean and bandaged. ...Read more