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My 2 yr. Son started limping. We read this could be quite serious. The dr. Ran a blood test but came back neg. For bacteria, this am he will not walk?

My 2 yr. Son started limping. We read this could be quite serious. The dr. Ran a blood test but came back neg. For bacteria, this am he will not walk?

Other Sx: Many toddlers will jump off a something and push their hip bone into the socket. Hours later they will limp or not walk because of fluid building up in the hip joint. If your doc examined the kid, & CBC showed no sign of infection, you may want to monitor this at home for a day or so. Traumatic synovitis peaks and fades over a 1-3 days but these kids are comfortable at rest. Re check as needed. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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What blood test would reveal small bacteria overgrowh in the intestines? What are the symptoms and causes?

What blood test would reveal small bacteria overgrowh in the intestines? What are the symptoms and causes?

Folate (folic acid): Agree with dr. Larsh. Bacterial overgrowth can also cause abnormally high serum folate (folic acid) levels in the absence of supplement use, along with low vitamin B12 levels. Bacterial fermentation increases the folate (folic acid), and they compete for the b12. Bacterial overgrowth can be confirmed with breath hydrogen testing after lactulose (poorly digestible carbohydrate) load. ...Read more

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Slightly pinkish white mucus in stool, had blood test everything was normal?

Slightly pinkish white mucus in stool, had blood test everything was normal?

Stool tests needed: You need a stool test. Blood test would check for anemia from bleeding or a systemic infection but you need a stool test. ...Read more

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Septoplast/turbinect 4mth ago-went well. 3weeks ago had cold. Now constant clear, sticky mucus & stuffy. No allergies-skin & blood test. Tried saline?

Septoplast/turbinect 4mth ago-went well. 3weeks ago had cold. Now constant clear, sticky mucus & stuffy. No allergies-skin & blood test. Tried saline?

See doctor: Cold symptoms usually subside after about 10 days. You likely have a sinus infection and need to consult your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Clinical diagnosis: Tetanus is a clinical diagnosis, not by conventional culture. There is no blood test either for diagnosis. The best way to prevent tetanus is to get immunization and booster dose every ten years, . ...Read more

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I ate food that was recalled due to listeria. How soon would the bacteria show up on a blood test? Possibly pregnant.

I ate food that was recalled due to listeria. How soon would the bacteria show up on a blood test? Possibly pregnant.

Listeria outbreak: It is quite unlikely for Listeria to show up in the blood. Most commonly a "GI illness" is what occurs - such as nausea/vomiting or diarrhea. For those who's immune system is weak - including older age, cancer, HIV/AIDs, or even pregnancy - then it's important to check professionally with a doctor for any fevers or other signs of serious illness. Listeria, when it attacks, is a serious illness. ...Read more

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Does basic blood test (cbc) tests for h pylori bacteria?

Does basic blood test (cbc) tests for h pylori bacteria?

No: A CBC or complete blood count checks white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelet counts. There is a serologic test for h pylori which can be used to screen for infection, but can not be used after treatment as it can remain positive. A stool test, breath test, or biopsy can be used to check for eradication after treatment. ...Read more

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Had an endoscopy with biopsies. It found no stomach bacteria just mildinflammation. But, a blood test showed a bacteria infection in stomach. H.Pylori?

Had an endoscopy with biopsies. It found no stomach bacteria just mildinflammation. But, a blood test showed a bacteria infection in stomach. H.Pylori?

Probably no H pylori: That blood test cannot distinguish between past infection and current infection. A biopsy will show you current infection. If you have biopsies that showed no bacteria, then you likely do not have current and active infection. ...Read more

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Mucus in stool Everyday. GI dr says its ibs. Blood test and stool culture normal. Colonoscopy not done. Can ibs cause mucus in stool Everyday?

Mucus in stool Everyday. GI dr says its ibs. Blood test and stool culture normal. Colonoscopy not done. Can ibs cause mucus in stool Everyday?

Mucus on stool: Mucus discharge occurs in up to 50% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, with or without pain. Mucus may also be produced in response to partial obstruction, chronic constipation, rectal dysfunction, infection, & even from secretory villous tumors of the rectum, among others. ...Read more

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After prk I keep having bad taste coughing white small balls (mucus) what is the cause of this? My blood test were good, should I see an ENT doctor?

After prk I keep having bad taste coughing white small balls (mucus) what is the cause of this? My blood test were good, should I see an ENT doctor?

Yes: Unless you are still taking Prednisone acetate which can seep into the mouth through the nasal passages and leave abad taste. The suspension is white and can cause white residue in the eye. I have never heard of it getting into the mouth enough to cause white balls. But it could possibly happen.. ...Read more

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I had blood test but all came back normal but I've still got mucus stools n on its own without stools n gas with bloated tummy?

Gastroenterology: I know of no blood test that would in any way assist in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. A blood test is not how these problems are assessed.

Didn't your physician examine you? Evaluate what you eat or have eaten or sent you on to see the GI specialist? Was a stool sample sent to the lab? ...Read more

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The doctors did CAT Scan, MRI, blood test, heart test. But they cannot find the cause of my head pain (pain movin), sometimes I feel like a mucus in it?

The doctors did CAT Scan, MRI, blood test, heart test. But they cannot find the cause of my head pain (pain movin), sometimes I feel like a mucus in it?

A heady subject...: Have they tried some medications? Usually, if something can't be found on those tests, then they may try a few medications and gauge the response. Usually tried for something called 'migraine' or 'migraine variant' or 'common migraine' or plain old'cephalgia.'In other words, a headache of uncertain cause. Ask about this. But avoid narcotics like Vicodin and Percocet if you can. They can make it worse. ...Read more

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Am a 24yr old female, had blood in mucus this morning. ECG, Chest CT, urine test results look normal. Waiting for blood test results What's wrong?

Am a 24yr old female, had blood in mucus this morning. ECG, Chest CT, urine test results look normal. Waiting for blood test results What's wrong?

Bloody mucus: You don't say where the mucus is coming from. If you're coughing it up which is suggested from your chest CT test notation, you need to be sure you follow up. There are lots of places in the respiratory tract it could be coming from. ...Read more

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Mild pain and blood in urine for 1 day. Urine culture shows protein but no bacteria growth. Blood test for kidneys came back normal. What is this?

Mild pain and blood in urine for 1 day. Urine culture shows protein but no bacteria growth. Blood test for kidneys came back normal. What is this?

Nephritis: Blood and protein in urine does not have to be only with infection. Several other reasons could cause it. Eg kidney stone, glomeruli nephritis, FSGS etc etc. See a neohrologist ...Read more

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Blood test ruled out h.Ployri bacteria, I have been on omeprazole for 8 weeks, what are the chance I have stomach ulcer? I do not take nsaids.

Blood test ruled out h.Ployri bacteria, I have been on omeprazole for 8 weeks, what are the chance I have stomach ulcer? I do not take nsaids.

Can't calculate: Since ulcers are definitively diagnosed by direct visualization, it's hard to quantify the probability of an ulcer.

But if you have symptoms suggestive of an ulcer, not improving with medical therapy, that's probably the time to see an gastroenterology specialist for a definitive diagnosis. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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How to tell if bronchitis is viral or bacterial just by a blood test?

Blood isn't best: What is best to diagnose would be a sputum culture and respiratory viral panel if you wanted to isolate the causative agent. A good physical exam and history should be able take care of you in most situations though and help to make sure you don't have pneumonia. Bacteria in the blood is a sign of a more serious infection. ...Read more

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Blood test showed bacterial infection dr said CBC blood work why?

Blood test showed bacterial infection dr said CBC blood work why?

Many reasons: A CBC can provide a lot of information to a treating physician, who may be ordering it for many different reasons (confirm bacterial vs. Viral, monitor for treatment effectivess, use in conjunction with other tests, etc.) ...Read more

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What blood test factors would be off if someone had a bacterial infection of the heart?

Endocarditis: The primary thing to look for with infectious endocarditis are positive blood cultures. Usually ALL the blood cultures are positive, and they 'turn' positive quite rapidly. If this diagnosis is under consideration, please make sure you get an Infectious Diseases specialist to assist in the diagnosis and management. There are other lab abnormalities too- like urinary findings, elevated sed rate etc ...Read more

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If balanitis is caused by bacterial infection, would blood test show elevated blood counts or ESR, CRP?

If balanitis is caused by bacterial infection, would blood test show elevated blood counts or ESR, CRP?

Here is some..: Balanitis is just a general term denoting the inflammation of glans penis (head of penis) from all causes. In general, such change would not cause ESR or CRP to rise. ...Read more

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I have had swabs and blood test and nothing has come back as any sort of bacterial infection or anything to do with my tonsils it's all like a mystery?

I have had swabs and blood test and nothing has come back as any sort of bacterial infection or anything to do with my tonsils it's all like a mystery?

Lacking info: It's important to know what symptoms you are having.... (sore throat? fever? etc.) however, viruses can cause sore throats, tonsillitis, bronchitis, all sorts of infections. And they don't show up on tests that check for bacterial infections. most viral infections resolve with rest and fluids. Still, would need more info on your case. ...Read more

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For 3days friend has nausea vomiting diarrhea. Got IV at ER today-blood test shows gastroenteritis. Does viral show up in blood test? Or just​ bacterial?

For 3days friend has nausea vomiting diarrhea. Got IV at ER today-blood test shows gastroenteritis. Does viral show up in blood test? Or just​ bacterial?

Well, the ER doctor: May have looked a clinical symptoms, history & examination in combination with a Complete blood count with differential (CBC with Diff). The CBC does not make a hard diagnosis but can be suggestive. For instance ^ lymphocytes might suggest a viral infection & ^ neutrophils might suggest a bacterial infection. A culture which was positive for a bacterial pathogen would be strong evidence ...Read more

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Negative blood test (hcg level less than 2) 5 weeks since last contact. Internet stories about women who don't produce enufhcg makin me anxious. How rare?

Negative blood test (hcg level less than 2) 5 weeks since last contact. Internet stories about women who don't produce enufhcg makin me anxious. How rare?

HCG test: In early pregnancy, HCG might be not detected by commercial methods (urine tests) etc. Get your blood tested (HCG quantitative) if you have doubts. That will determinethe amount of HCG you have in your system. ...Read more

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I had a blood test done, what does it mean? Kappa monoclonal gammopathy. Is this rare? Does this mean cancer? Is this anything to worry about?

Not necessarily: You don't tell me why the test was done in the first place. Kappa chain is one of 2 light protein chains that are part molecule of an immunoglobulin. In your case, it is half of an igg. Even if you are asymptomatic, you may develop a problem over 20 years. If you have symptoms, you need further evaluation. If there is no specialist where you live, go to the university of washington in seattle. ...Read more

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Petrified of anaphylaxis to food even tho blood test were neg for allergy this fear came out of nowhere and now I can't eat! Anaphylaxis a rarity? Help

Petrified of anaphylaxis to food even tho blood test were neg for allergy this fear came out of nowhere and now I can't eat! Anaphylaxis a rarity? Help

See allergist: If your skin test to food is also negative, then the risk of an allergic reaction is extremely low. In cases like yours when the fear is so profound, I often perform food challenge test at the office just to give you reassurance to get you back on your feet again. ...Read more

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Mucus like stool accompanied with what looks like blood. Could it be that e coli bacteria?

Mucus like stool accompanied with what looks like blood. Could it be that e coli bacteria?

Causes of BRBPR: This may just be hemorrhoids from straining but bleeding from rectum (brbpr) may also indicate anal fissures, proctitis (due to infection, inflammatory bowel disease, radiation therapy, stercoral ulcers, rectal prolapse, trauma, etc.) or a bleeding source further upstream. Depending on your age, risk factors, current medication (aspirin, nsaids, anticoagulants can cause bleeding), see your doctor. ...Read more

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Urinalysis showed 2+ occult blood occ. Bacteria, moderate mucus 0 WBC what could this be male?

Need follow up: The doctor who ordered the urinalysis should follow up. If the UA was part of a routine visit & you have no urinary symptoms the urine culture is a good idea to check the bacteria issue. The 2+ blood should be evaluated with radiological study, preferably CT scan of abdomen & pelvis with contrast, for your peace of mind because there are many causes for blood on UA. Other test may be needed. ...Read more

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Urinalysis showed few bacteria, mucus threads, epithelial cells > 10, wbc 6-10, occult blood 2+, trace ketones. What does this mean?

Urinalysis showed few bacteria, mucus threads, epithelial cells > 10, wbc 6-10, occult blood 2+, trace ketones. What does this mean?

No problem but..: All ok except blood in urine unless you are on menses, should have repeat in 2-4 weeks, could be kidney stones or uti, especially if symptoms of burning on urination. unless symptoms no problem to have some bacteria ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more