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Stool sample shows heavy growth of nontoxogenic e. Coli & streptococcus salivarius. Is this abnormal/problematic?
No: Assuming you are not symptomatic, these bacterial organisms are considered part of the normal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The GI tract starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. Strep salivarius lives in the mouth whereas E. coli lives in the intestines. In only very rare instances does this strep cause illness. The type of E. Coli mentioned causes UTIs since the urinary and GI tracts are so close ...Read more
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
Leave it for the Lab: Laboratory technical personnel go through extensive training to do tests, including identifying micro-organisms and you should leave such tasks to Lab professionals. ...Read more
Normal flora: Streptococcus mitis is commonly present in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, female genital tract, and skin. It is part of our "normal flora;" the bacteria that are normally present in human beings. Occasionally, it can cause infection (endocarditis, dental infections, meningitis), but infections are unlikely unless the immune system is depressed. ...Read more
Normal flora: Enterococcus faecalis is part of your intestinal flora and is an example of several species that cross the line from symbiosis and colonization to pathogenicity and infection under certain circumstances and causes endocarditis, infects root canals, and causes urinary tract infections and sepsis. Many times it is a nosocomial or hospital acquired infection able to elude the immune system and abx. ...Read more