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Can you catch a germ in blood, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, through a cut?

Can you catch a germ in blood, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, through a cut?

Yes and no: A cut, especially one that's contaminated with particulate matter and not washed, is prone to get bacterial infection. It's unusual for the bacteria to set up in the bloodstream, or for blood cultures to turn positive, from such an entry, even in the very immunocompromised. ...Read more

Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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What is the difference between enterococcus faecalis and streptococcus pneumoniae?

What is the difference between enterococcus faecalis and streptococcus pneumoniae?

A lot of things...: 1. Different genus based on genetics 2. Different reaction when gown on sheep blood agar plates 3. E faecalis is found mostly in stool. 4. E faecalis is associated with healthcare acquire infections, uti's and intra abdominal infections while s. Pneumoniae is associated with pbeumonias, meningitis, and blood stream infections. ...Read more

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If you have an infected with streptococcus pneumoniae, where is it found in the body?

If you have an infected with streptococcus pneumoniae, where is it found in the body?

Mostly lung.: The organism is a classical cause of bacterial pneumonia primarily but remains the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in adults. A vaccine, in fact, several vaccines exist. ...Read more

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Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?

Can animals such as cats carry streptococcus pneumoniae and give it to a human causing bacteremia?

It's normal flora: I usually carry it in my own throat when I've checked it. When it makes is sick, it's somehow gotten out of control. Nobody really understands how it happens, but don't worry about "catching" it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Alpha hemolytic streptococcus are non pathogenic but streptococcus pneumoniae is grouped under this group. Why?

Alpha hemolytic streptococcus are non pathogenic but streptococcus pneumoniae is grouped under this group. Why?

They're pathogemic: Alpha hemolytic strep are not non-pathogenic. They include the pneumococcus (strep pnemoniae) and also viridans group strep. These all cause human disease. ...Read more

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Where does streptococcus pneumoniae live?

Normal companion: There are many strains of this familiar microbe, and it's likely that you're carrying one or more in your own oral flora. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack the body?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack the body?

Vague question: Strep pneumo can cause pneumonia, endocarditis, meningitis, ear infection and infections at other sites. Please note and vaccine is available against Strep pneumo, Pneumovac.
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How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

How does streptococcus pneumoniae attack and spread?

Strep pneumoniae: This bacterium generally causes sudden shaking chills followed by a fever. The lungs are the common target, but it can also cause meningitis and sometimes causes acute septicemia (blood poisoning) spreading throughout the body which is a dire situation. ...Read more

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How does streptococcus pneumoniae get cleared from the host?

Strep: With antibiotics that the bacteria is sentivie to and the immune system. ...Read more

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Is streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis a neurological disorder?

Is streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis a neurological disorder?

Sort of: It's an infection of the nervous system, so I suppose you could call it a neurological disorder. But as an id specialist, I prefer to think of it as an infectious disease. ...Read more

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How long can a blood infection, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, be in your system until the symptoms become severe? Can it be months?

How long can a blood infection, such as streptococcus pneumoniae, be in your system until the symptoms become severe? Can it be months?

No: Generally, bacterial infections in the blood are serious fairly quickly - it would be unlikely to have a chronic bloodstream infection unless you have an abscess or source for continual infection and you would feel ill with fevers, chills, poor appetite, etc. ...Read more

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Silly question- can down feathers in pillows carry germs/diseases that can live/transmit to humans such as streptococcus pneumoniae?

The filling for: Pillows (even down or feathers) goes through a sterilization process before being sold. If you are referring to a used pillow that someone else had been using, it would be potentially possible to transmit infection however in the absence of moisture it is unlikely that bacteria like strep pneumoniae would survive long enough to be transmitted. ...Read more

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Heard that vancomycin doesn't absorb well, so is IV vancomycin appropriate for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection? Took vanco and levaquin (levofloxacin) for it

Heard that vancomycin doesn't absorb well, so is IV vancomycin appropriate for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection? Took vanco and levaquin (levofloxacin) for it

Yes Vancomycin: Absorbs just fine if you give it IV. For Strep pneumo infection depending on the site, Vancomycin and Levaquin (levofloxacin) would be more than enough. Though Strep pneumo is encapsulated organism and therefore can be resistant to many antibiotics, this combination should reduce that chance to very small. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What is pneumococcal vaccine? Does it treat streptococcus pneumoniae?

What is pneumococcal vaccine? Does it treat streptococcus pneumoniae?

At least 2 available: The pneumoccal vaccines contain material designed to help an individual develop protective antibodies against a variety of pneumoccal strains. There are at least 2 vaccines in common use in the US. Once given, it takes weeks for the immune system to respond with new antibodies. It is not used to treat any active disease, it is used to prevent them. ...Read more

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Can a cracked tooth cause streptococcus pneumoniae to go into the bloodstream?

Yes any port of: Entry and depressed immune system will allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause bacteremia or septicemia. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in my blood from sinuses. Does this mean that I will now be immunocompromised because it was a major infection?

Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in my blood from sinuses. Does this mean that I will now be immunocompromised because it was a major infection?

Not necessarily: We need to know a lot. Even though you're young you may even be a candidate for the pneumonia vaccine. Because the organism that caused the sinusitis is the same one that causes pneumonia. This would be depending more about your total him immunology evaluation ...Read more

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What is the significance of raising band neutrophils and normal lymphocyte in CSF in case of "streptococcus pneumoniae " meningitis?

What is the significance of raising band neutrophils and normal lymphocyte in CSF in case of "streptococcus pneumoniae " meningitis?

Meningitis: In bacterial meningitis the numbers of wbcs in the CSF is elevated and usually consists of cells in the neutrophilic series. Many labs indicate that up to 5 wbc/ml is normal, but my practice is to consider any neutrophils to be abnormal, but this must be evaluated in the context of the clinical presentation. With strep pneumoniae the protein is likely to be high and the glucose significantly low. ...Read more

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Is streptococcus pneumoniae the specific germ that would be found in the blood if a dental issue such as bad plaque or cracked tooth spread?

Is streptococcus pneumoniae the specific germ that would be found in the blood if a dental issue such as bad plaque or cracked tooth spread?

No: It's just one of many bacteria found in the blood stream of a patient with an oral infection. Please don't try to treat this yourself. See a Dentist for the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Sepsis (Definition)

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