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Doctor insights on: Seeding Of Bacteria By Bloodstream

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How exactly does cold and flu medicine work inside the body? When it enters the bloodstream, does it begin fighting the bacteria causing symptoms?

How exactly does cold and flu medicine work inside the body? When it enters the bloodstream, does it begin fighting the bacteria causing symptoms?

Treats symptoms: In general, Cough and cold medicine do not attack bacteria. Most of the time they provide symptomatic relief. For example, Ibuprofen or acetaminophen help with body aches and fever, pseudoephedrine helps with congestion, guaifenesin help loosen up mucus secretions. Antibiotics and antivirals typically attack infectious organisms. Ultimately it's your body that gets rid of the infection. ...Read more

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Is sepsis a bacteria found in the bloodstream?

Is sepsis a bacteria found in the bloodstream?

No. : Sepsis is the body's response to an infection no matter where it is. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as having fungus, bacteria and yeast all at once in the bloodstream in someone who has low immune ?

Is there such a thing as having fungus, bacteria and yeast all at once in the bloodstream in someone who has low immune ?

Absolutely not: Someone w/ bacteria & fungus in bloodstream would be close to death in ICU. There are however some rogue medical practitioners who promote a scientifically unsound idea that various vague and non-life-threatening symptoms are due to chronic blood infection by yeast or viruses or exotic bacteria. This is pseudoscience &has resulted in patients getting seriously harmed by misguided treatment. ...Read more

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Can e-coli bacteria which is directly entering the bloodstream by a razor blade cause an enlarged testicle or an intestinal abscess? Thank you.

Can e-coli bacteria which is directly entering the bloodstream by a razor blade cause an enlarged testicle or an intestinal abscess? Thank you.

No: Not by itself. E coli enter your bloodstream every time you pass stool. There needs to be some other reason for you to have infections at these other places. ...Read more

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How does one get tested for bacteria/fungus in the bloodstream does it get tested in a reg lab or does a pathologist in a infectious disease lab test?

How does one get tested for bacteria/fungus in the bloodstream does it get tested in a reg lab or does a pathologist in a infectious disease lab test?

Wrong question: Care for your symptoms begins with history, exam, understanding the details. Blood cultures, by hospital or commercial labs, are useful when the DR knows what she is looking for. Contamination and false positives are routine. Blood cultures are useful in a context of the main diagnosis. ...Read more

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If sepsis is a bacteria in the bloodstream can it happen when you have a blood transfusion or kidney removal or how does sepsis get in the blood?

If sepsis is a bacteria in the bloodstream can it happen when you have a blood transfusion or kidney removal or how does sepsis get in the blood?

See below: Bacterial sepsis from transfusion is a recognized complication from transfusions and tends to occur from transfusion of platelets or less commonly from red cell transfusion. It is more likely to happen from platelets as they are stored at room temperature where the bacteria can multiply. It is a serious reaction but luckily is uncommon in most centers. It certainly does not imply negligence. ...Read more

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Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Does infection spread through the bloodstream, such as a bacterial infection on ankle can spread to an ear infection?

Bacteremia: Infections can spread through the blood stream - when you hear the word "Sepsis" that implies a bacteria is in the blood stream and causing havoc on the body. Could an infection that started in the ankle get into the blood stream? Sure. Once it's in the blood stream could it seed other sites? Sure. If you didn't have high fever and signs of blood infection then I doubt your ear infection is relate ...Read more