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What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

What is the difference between septic embolisms in the lungs and a pulmonary embolism?

Bacteria: Emboli are stuff (most commonly clots) that move from somewhere to somewhere else down a blood vessel, in this case from clots in veins of the body, down to the heart, and through its right side to the lungs, where they can block blood flow to these organs. Septic emboli are stuff that also has bacteria inside, and therefore can cause further infection in the lungs, and even greater damage. ...Read more

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What does it mean to be medically septic?

What does it mean to be medically septic?

Severe illness: Sepsis is when a bacterial infection gets into the blood system and spreads the infection to the whole body. Septic shock occurs when the blood pressure drops and pulse goes up. Very dangerous and can be lethal. ...Read more

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How common can cellulitis become septic?

How common can cellulitis become septic?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin; the usual reference to this term is that the inflammation is caused from a bacterium. If the infection becomes overwhelming, the bacteria works it's way into the bloodstream resulting in sepsis. ...Read more

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What is septic pneumonia?

What is septic pneumonia?

Infection plus: This is imprecise term but "sepsis" is said to exist when there are signs of a generalized inflammatory response in the body, this includes fever, elevated white cell count, rapid heart rate and respiratory rate, abnormally low blood pressure. If the source of the infection causing this is the lung, then the patient may be said to be septic from pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is listerine bad for my septic system?

Is listerine bad for my septic system?

No: I presume you mean is it damaging to the bacteria that break down the waste in the septic tank. No, not unless you are spilling several gallons of it down the drain each day. The caffeine and other chemicals you pour down it on a regular basis have a much greater risk of causing any problems. ...Read more

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I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago. It was the first time i've ever had it. Will i be more likely to get pneumonia again?

I had a very bad case of septic pneumonia 6 mos ago.  It was the first time i've ever had it. Will i be more likely to get pneumonia again?

Pneumonia: Perhaps. Do not smoke, or use drugs. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid second hand smoke and any chemical lung irritants. Exercise in clean air areas (not in traffic areas). If you have asthma, see an allergist. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

How do you diagnose septic arthristis?

Culture: The fluid from the infected hip joint has to be cultured. This can be done by aspiration under ultrasound or x-ray imaging. Sometimes open surgery is necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

What are the symptoms of septic arthristis?

Fever and pain: Septic arthritis is a big deal. It presents with fever, joint pain swelling and redness and lots of pain upon joint motion. Treatment revolves around drainage and continued drainage of the pus in the joint and appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Serious damage to the joint can occur with mismanagement. ...Read more