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What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

What can the cause of Bacteremia & low immune system if nothing was found but 3 bacteria & 1 Fungi in my blood caused me to go septic?

Blood cultures: The question I think you're asking is "what germ" caused u to become ill-- which is an open question because it sounds like 4 organisms were isolated in ur blood cultures. Blood is supposed to be sterile and although possible it's very unlikely u really had 4 organisms floating around in ur blood. This is what we call "contamination" so we may never know. If u have more info, maybe can answer this ...Read more

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If streptococcus mutans was found in the blood of a person with bacteremia, how would you determine the cause?

If streptococcus mutans was found in the blood of a person with bacteremia, how would you determine the cause?

Cause of what?: I do not understand your question. The cause of bacteremia is Strep Mutans unless something else comes up. Strep Mutans is found in many different places, but very commonly in the (human) mouth. You can't get rid of it entirely. It causes tooth decay. It can get into the bloodstream from dental cleaning, aggressive flossing/brushing, or small cracks on the lips or tongues (sometimes unnoticeable). ...Read more

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Treated for bacteremia, after first week on meds, blood culture was negative. Done with 2nd week of meds, is infection likely gone now?

Treated for bacteremia, after first week on meds, blood culture was negative. Done with 2nd week of meds, is infection likely gone now?

Bacteremia: More information is needed to accurately answer your question. Treatment duration of bacteremias usually depends on the type, the cause or origin of the bacteremia. Most are usually treated for 2 weeks from the last negative blood culture some may requires 4 weeks or even longer. ...Read more

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Had bacteremia (sinuses), but lots of people have sinus problems that don't end up in the blood, why couldn't my body keep it from going into blood?

Had bacteremia (sinuses), but lots of people have sinus problems that don't end up in the blood, why couldn't my body keep it from going into blood?

No way to know here: In the limited amount of space we have, there' no way to know for sure. Consider HealthTap Prime or talking to your doctor to go over details. Immune system problems, frequent infections, surgery, some other anatomical problem (some are born without a sinus!) could do it. But in general, you're chasing your tail trying to figure it out. Importn thing is u got treated. Hopefully, you're healthy now ...Read more

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When I had bacteremia, the blood cultures also showed my blood volume was low. Did the infection itself affect the volume? Confused

When I had bacteremia, the blood cultures also showed my blood volume was low. Did the infection itself affect the volume? Confused

Quite confusing...: Blood culture tests provide no information on whether a patient's blood volume is high, low, or normal. When it happens, low blood volume is reflected in a patient's symptoms and the course of her illness. Her various blood test results (not the blood culture) can suggest that blood volume was recently lowered due to her symptoms, but there is not a simple "blood volume lab test". ...Read more

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I had bacteremia and wonder how long can it be in blood before it gets bad? I was feeling ill and losing hair for over a month before diagnosis

I had bacteremia and wonder how long can it be in blood before it gets bad? I was feeling ill and losing hair for over a month before diagnosis

Dangerous situation: Bacteria in the blood stream is never a good thing. Depending on the organism, the germ, there may be different lengths of time this might have gone on. For example, Staph aureus is very aggressive, and surely you would know to get to the hospital within 12-24 hrs. Something 'milder' such as Enterococcus could float around in the blood stream for days to weeks. The longest case I've seen was 1 yr. ...Read more

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Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Had pneumococcal bacteremia. Was told it was likely from my sinuses but help- im still confused as to how it got into blood when I had no symptoms?

Bacteria are everywh: Pneumococcal bacteria live everywhere in the aerodigestive tract, but predominantly in the upper airways. There's no way you can get rid of them. Most of the time, they cause no problems as your body can fight them off from invading; however, sometimes, somehow a few out of the billions of bacteria slipped into your bloodstream. Sinuses, throat, even stomach (with food) or nosebleeds can do it. ...Read more

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Recovered from v. meningitis/bacteremia 2 mos ago. Blood culture, SED rate/cpk retested today (still feel achy/headache)- all normal. Can I still be sick?

You are very lucky: You are so fortunate to be alive and it seems with very little residual issues it sounds like you just have some residual weakness from the disease. Give it time rest and see how you go. May not resolve. But if this is all you are left with not bad at all. You are lucky ...Read more

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Bacteremia- after 1 wk. Rocephin, (ceftriaxone) blood culture neg. Had reaction, so took vanco for 2nd week. Can med change lessen chance of ridding all infection?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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If most sinus infections are viral vs. Bacterial and can clear on their own- then how did my sinuses cause bacteremia for me? Must've been bacterial?

If most sinus infections are viral vs. Bacterial and can clear on their own- then how did my sinuses cause bacteremia for me? Must've been bacterial?

Correct: If an infected sinus indeed was the source of your bactermia, then then you had bacterial sinusitits. Your own question acknowledges that "most" sinus infections are viral, or at least start that way. But bacterial sinusitis isn't rare, either initially or as a secondary infection that started as viral; or as a complication of allergic rhinitis with sinus blockage. ...Read more

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If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

If a staph infection entered your body through a small cut, would it cause a skin problem (boil) or immediately poison your blood (bacteremia)?

Boil over bacteremia: For a bacteremia to develop, things have to be pretty serious. That said, I respect Staph aureus very much-it's a very nasty, dangerous germ. Most likely the scenario you describe would result in a small localized infection- a boil or something of that nature. For the 'extra step' of the bacteria entering the blood stream, there has to be several factors involved - the germ itself, host conditions ...Read more

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Treated for bacteremia from sinuses. Infection gone, blood just rechecked weeks after. Still feel bad flu symptoms/weak. Can it be related to heart?

Treated for bacteremia from sinuses. Infection gone, blood just rechecked weeks after. Still feel bad flu symptoms/weak. Can it be related to heart?

Mgt: Since you are recovering from a bacterial infection of the bloodstream, it is important to rest, stay well hydrated and to monitor your temperature.
It can take weeks to recover. If you are not feeling well, an appointment may help to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Saline breast implants few yrs ago, never any problems. Recently had bacteremia- strep pneumoniae/sinuses, but could implants cause that germ in blood?

Saline breast implants few yrs ago, never any problems. Recently had bacteremia- strep pneumoniae/sinuses, but could implants cause that germ in blood?

No unless: It is infected. If you have no pain, tenderness, or induration of the area, it is not likely that it became infected. Consult with your plastic surgeon just to be sure. ...Read more

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Doctor said my blood has bacteria what does it mean?

Doctor said my blood has bacteria what does it mean?

Septicemia: This will depend upon the organism isolated from the blood cultures and your symptomatic clinical appearance. Generally you will have some focus of infection spilling bacteria into the blood, or the infection is involving some portion of the circulatory system, like endocarditis or endarteritis. You need to ask your doctor what this means in your case. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could bacteria and blood in urine mean?

What could bacteria and blood in urine mean?

Bacteremia: We all have bacteria in our blood transiently, and our immune systems eliminate these. If these cultures are positive in the setting of other evidence of infection it may be that they are the cause of the infection. The same thing is true of bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria), but this can often happen without infection, particularly in women. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have many amphormous uthrates, and squam epithal in urine analysis. Also RBC 5-9, bacteria few, blood small?

What does it mean to have many amphormous uthrates, and squam epithal in urine analysis. Also RBC 5-9, bacteria few, blood small?

Need a clean catch: Sounds like the usual contamination of a urine specimen not obtained by a clean catch. A clean catch is a urine specimen obtained in the mid stream of urination, not at the beginning or end and also done after the privates are cleaned in advance. If still bacteria, need doc check. ...Read more

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What does it mean when urinalysis says small blood and small bacteria in urine - without symptoms?

What does it mean when urinalysis says small blood and small bacteria in urine - without symptoms?

Normal: If around your period your urinalysis is normal. If this is not the case would recommend hydrating better and repeat in few weeks. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I have bacteria, white blood cells, and sqamous epithelia in my urine?

What does it mean when I have bacteria, white blood cells, and sqamous epithelia in my urine?

May be nothing: The positive findings on your urine commonly happens with contaminated urine sample. Unless you did a careful midstream urine catch, which would decrease the chance of having what you found on your urine test. If you are having symptoms of urine infection, a urine culture can help in evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Teenage son-visible blood in his urine. Abnormal Urinalysis Results: 7/14 - RBC urine 418 out of 0-5; 7/16 - RBC/HPF 6-10, Small bacteria, Small Hemoglobin; What these mean? Sonar tomorrow.

Teenage son-visible blood in his urine. Abnormal Urinalysis Results: 7/14 - RBC urine 418 out of 0-5; 7/16 - RBC/HPF 6-10, Small bacteria, Small Hemoglobin; What these mean? Sonar tomorrow.

May be nothing: Around 1 person in 100 has a modest amount of blood in the urine over the lifetime. When tumors and stones are ruled out and there's no other medical cause of bleeding, this is best simply noted and ignored. The trace of bacteria are contaminants. ...Read more

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