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Sepsis: Most bacterial infections do not spread into the blood stream, the definition of sepsis. Most simple infection, such as skin infections, or bladder infections do not spread. But lung infections (pneumonia), kidney infections (pyelonephritis), deep skin abcesses, gall bladder infections, appendicitis, all can spread bacterial to the blood stream. Sepsis can be deadly, and needs hospitalization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Oral candidiasis (thrush), or vaginosis is commonly seen in people treated with antibiotics. Both usually resolve with local treatment. Systemic candidiasis does occur in patients recovering from severe sepsis, but is not "common" outside the ICU except in the immune compromised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complex answer: Antibiotics have a range of bacteria that they can kill; others outside that range are not so affected; some can become resistant to the antibiotic. If inappropriate ab is used, or taken wrong, e.g. Not as long as rx'd, can lead to more infection, with resistant germ. Bigger problem is overgrowth of a bacteria in gut (c. Difficile) during or after ab use-causes toxin and diarrhea; can be serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but likely viral: Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc... Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Probably not in any significant way.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bacterial infection: It is not likely that bacterial infection affecting a tattoo is contagious in the sense that it will be passed on to persons in the vicinity. If it is due to staph aureus it can colonize people in direct contact, and they can subsequently become infected if they have breaks in the skin, but this is a far stretch from being "contagious". ...Read more
Not quantified: Secondary bacterial infections are common enough to make most of the lists of complications of ebv that leads to infectious mononucleosis, but i could not find that a case rate had been published at this time (i.e. A percentage of cases that develop secondary infections). The illness does cause relative immune compromise through splenic inflammation and neutropenia in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Less than: Staph infections are much more common than candida following a viral pneumonia, but certainly they can occur. Generally, overgrowth of candida that is local (thrush or vaginosis) can occur in any patient. Systemic candidiasis or candidal pneumonia is seen, but usually only in the immune compromised or severely ill patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Staph Infection: Staphylococcal bacteria commonly inhabit the skin and interior of the nose. Microscopic or visible breaks in the surface barrier of the body--the skin and mucous membranes--provide an opportunity for these bacteria to cause localized infections. Complications arise when the staph bacteria spread beyond the initial site of infection to the bloodstream and interior body tissues. ...Read more
12 weeks post partum. I have extreme chills. Temp is normal. Feels like my blood is ice cold. Infection?
Could be: Look out for possible sources of an infection: sinus pain, sore throat, productive cough, diarrhea, low pelvic/uterine pain, foul smelling vaginal discharge, breast pain/redness, burning with urination or peeing frequently. Are you around others that are ill? Breastfeeding? If not, you may be just starting to come down with something. Hormone changes, especially thyroid can also do this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would inflammatory markers and infection markers in blood tests usually be raised with post Partum endomitritis infection?
No: Puerperal psychosis occurs in 1 or 2 out of 1000 childbirths, usually in young, first-time mothers. This might seem like a pretty significant group, but compared to other postpartum disorders it's relatively rare. Maternity blues affects 50-75% of new mothers and postpartum depression is seen in 10-15% of new mothers. These women likely have other mood disorders like bipolar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Needs treatment!: Symptoms, usually developing during the first 3 postpartum weeks (as soon as 1 to 2 days after childbirth), include: feeling removed from baby, other people, and surroundings. disturbed sleep, even when baby sleeping, confused and disorganized thinking, mood swings and bizarre behavior, agitation or restlessness, hallucinations, often involving sight, smell, hearing, or touch, delusional thinking. ...Read more
YES!: Puerperal psychosis is unfortunately not all that rare and goes under-reported and unrecognized in the vast majority of cases. Family support and loving relationship with your husband/partner should help diagnose and manage this dire psychiatric pathology before any harm to the family/others. Proper medical therapy can manage the vast majority of these cases and complete remission can be achieved. ...Read more
Watch out!: This is a medical emergency. The mother is at significant risk for significantly harming or killing the infant or herself. This is usually rapid onset, usually within 2-4 weeks, but can be as early as 2-3 days. Early warning signs include: inability to sleep for several nights, agitation, irritable mood, and avoidance of the infant. Any thoughts of hurting herself should be considered serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A Psychiatrist: Psychosis, which is characterized by hallucinations and/or delusions responds to medications known as anti-psychotics. It is possible to have a physical ailment causing the psychosis. I would try and see a board certified psychiatrist to receive an appropriate diagnosis and the proper treatment. You may want to ask your obstetrician for a referral and good luck. ...Read more
My friend is suffering from puerperal psychosis and has been prescribed some drug. Is that all they will do?
Medications: Puerperal psychosis is a psychiatric emergency that often requires inpatient treatment. Symptoms are typically manic or mixed, with restlessness, agitation, sleep disturbance, paranoia, delusions, disorganized thinking, impulsivity, and behaviors that place mother and infant at risk. Antipsychotic and possibly mood-stabilizing medicines are needed; later treatment can include more psychotherapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatable!: Infection after delivery is more common than we think. If you had prolonged rupture of membranes, instrument/forcep delivery, etc, you may experience puerperal sepsis. Typically, an immunocompetent person can fight off infection and a course of antibiotics can help treat off infection if needed. It is better to treat earlier than later! ...Read more
Purpura: Something serious.Show to your Dr. In AM would be good. ...Read more
What is the difference between puerperal psychosis and post natal depression? Are they really different?
Hi! Is it possible to develop non-puerperal mastitis from a nipple piercing? I have a crescent shaped swollen area around the under neath of my breast
1wk post partum, in hospital with unknown intestinal infect/inflammation, extremely high liver enzymes- all unknown causes. All tests negative. Ideas?
If you are still: In the hos , hopefully your OB has obtained a peri- natal, gi, and infectious DX consult, that combination should be able to come up with an explanation and txment. ...Read more
1wk post-partum, breastfeeding, developed my 6th staph infection in 5yrs. If treated what affect would antibiotics have on my breastmilk and baby?
Not at all rare: Cdc estimates that a bit over 250, 000 cases of shiga toxin producing e. Coli occur in the usa annually. Large and small outbreaks occur frequently associated with a variety of vehicles including undercooked ground beef, salad ingredients such as lettuce and spinach, exposure at a petting zoo and even waterborne either potable or not. The bug is also called enterohemorrhagic e. Coli (ehec). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer