Doctor insights on: Seeding of bacteria by bloodstream
How exactly does cold and flu medicine work inside the body? When it enters the bloodstream, does it begin fighting the bacteria causing 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.
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
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
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
If you have plaque on your teeth for more than a day and you don't have receding gums or gum disease can the bacteria go down the bloodstream?
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
If my bloodstream has been infected with bacterial infection from wisdom teeth, how long will it take to fully recover after they have been removed?
Infection: 7-10 days for severe infection, assuming you are on an appropriate antibiotic- and you may need 2 full weeks of therapy. ...Read more
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
Sepsis: You would likely become quite ill if you were septic. ...Read more
No: Treat yourelf for infection. It can be very serious. ...Read more
Since glycerin suppository cause anal stimulation, could this cause bacteria to enter blood stream?
Bacteremia: Transient bacteria in the blood occur regularly, with brushing of teeth, sex, straining at stool, and so on. It is entirely possible that use of suppositories may do this as well, but it is seldom clinically relevant. That is why we have an immune system which will almost always rapidly clear these organisms and eliminate potential for infection. ...Read more
MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?
Possible but rare: Thick finger stick causes capillary bleeding (superficial) and little to no chance of entering the bloodstream. You should notify the testing office of what happened. ...Read more
Have anal fissures and cream I use. But when I have a BM, they can bleed from wiping. Was curious if feces or bacteria could get into blood stream :S?
Yes, but............: The answer, theoretically is yes. We see large numbers of people with anal fissures in practice. They almost always are associated with blood and pain. If serious enough they are surgically corrected. You would think a nice juicy blood supply like this would be the perfect place for bugs to get in...but it does not happen often at all! You should get an opinion from a colorectal surgeon. ...Read more
Can a bacterial infection from my ankle spread to the vaginal area and cause infection there? Like through the blood stream?
Yes: An infection can spread from anywhere to anywhere. ...Read more
What would make a person bleed 2 times in one year, it not being a normal period, then get bacterial infection in blood stream? I'm seeing a doctor.
Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections & hormonal changes can cause spotting. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit and ask for pcos testing. ...Read more
31 year-old woman with a 3-year history of intermittent leukocytosis and several cases of bacterial infections, who is still looking for definit.....?
Immunity problems: Some immune deficiencies and autoimmune disorders don't fit well with named syndromes. Perhaps there is a name for yours, but not necessarily. I agree with the others' advice: Dr. Mahmood re possible IgG deficiency, Dr. Chu about WBC function, and Dr. Legha's comments about doctor shopping. Get an infectious diseases as well as allergy/immunology consultation. Good luck! ...Read more
No: Not all bacteria are bad; many are important some of the body's most basic processes, including digestion. Bacteria is also a necessary in the formation of certain foods such as cheese. Lastly, we need the normal flora bacteria to compete against the "bad" bacteria in our body, preventing the bad bacteria from overtaking our body. ...Read more
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