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Is a bladder infection a low grade infection? What exactly is a low grade infection?

Is a bladder infection a low grade infection? What exactly is a low grade infection?

UTI: HI. A low grade bladder infection is a form of urinary
infection, can happen without other issues and often occurs with sexual activitiy. Lots of fluids, cranberry j
and Tylenol 650 mg po q 4 hrs for pain. See your MD
for a urine and culture to see if bacteria is there
requiring antibiotics as well. See MD/GYN. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What does a low grade penile fungal infection look like and doesn't it along with dermatitis always have to cause itching on penis?

What does a low grade penile fungal infection look like and doesn't it along with dermatitis always have to cause itching on penis?

Penis fungus: It may be candida or another fungal infection its probably more prevalent in uncircumcized or those with diabetes or just increase in groin moisture but it may itch or burn be red or have a thind discharge see a doctor or urologist. ...Read more

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What can I do for low grade gum infection around my crown? (no antibotics ibs)

What can I do for low grade gum infection around my crown? (no antibotics ibs)

See a dentist: The best way to assess and manage this is with a practicing dentist. ...Read more

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If a low grade infection is found in the joint fluid after ACL repair is there any risk to the graft itself or problems in the future?

If a low grade infection is found in the joint fluid after ACL repair is there any risk to the graft itself or problems in the future?

Yes: The "low grade" infection can infect the graft, the joint (destroy the cartilage) and or invade the bone and give you a bone infection in the bone tunnels.

Antibiotics are a must as well as serious consideration to irrigating the the knee out arthroscopically 1-3 times and if it progresses removing the graft itself.

F/u closely with your surgeon ...Read more

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Are there any medical conditions that make you feel bad (very toxic and feverish. Low grade) when taking strong antimicrobials besides infections?

Yes: Sometimes antibiotics can cause such symptoms. Autoimmune and vasculities can present with such symptoms. Despite abx some infections may persist or viral infections may not respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why does lymphoma cause low grade fevers? Is it because of blood counts? Physiologically, what causes the fever if there is no infection.

Why does lymphoma cause low grade fevers? Is it because of blood counts? Physiologically, what causes the fever if there is no infection.

Cytokines: Fever results from cytokines, which are chemicals produced by immune system cells in response to infection and several other conditions, including some cancers, auto-immune diseases, and others. In lymphoma, the abnormal cells themselves may produce cytokines in excess, causing fever. ...Read more

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I am 6 days post-op from laparoscopic gallbladder removal. I still have a low-grade temp of 99.8. Should I be concerned? Could it be an infection?

I am 6 days post-op from laparoscopic gallbladder removal. I still have a low-grade temp of 99.8. Should I be concerned? Could it be an infection?

Call the surgeon: In short, this MIGHT be normal, but IF I was your doctor I would WANT you to call me and would probably want to see you in the office. Hope this helps, now reach out to the doc and get better. ...Read more

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At 35.4 weeks can a low grade gum infection harm my baby besides pre term labor?

At 35.4 weeks can a low grade gum infection harm my baby besides pre term labor?

Yes- brush up!: Even a "low grade" infection can be harmful, as your immune system is supressed during pregnancy. So a little infection can turn into a big one. If the bacteria get into your bloodstream, infection can spread, including into the baby. You most likely don't need antibiotics, but you need to big-time improve your oral care, rinse with an antibacterial mouth wash, floss. If worse, let doctor know. ...Read more

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Can a fungal infection cause a low grade fever?

Can a fungal infection cause a low grade fever?

Sure...: Infection with any fungal pathogen can cause persistent low grade temperatures. Examples include coccidiodomycosis, histoplasmosis and blastomycosis. Almost always, other focal symptoms related to the infection's location are present. ...Read more

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Do I have to be hospitalizd if a have a low grade fever from a tooth infection?

Do I have to be hospitalizd if a have a low grade fever from a tooth infection?

Antibiotics: If the diagnosis is certain, your dentist can prescribe and antibiotic. Rarely is anyone hospitalized with a 'low grade" dental infection or fever. ...Read more

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In tumor fever without infection, is it normal to run a low grade fever 24 hours a day? Not on chemo or meds.

In tumor fever without infection, is it normal to run a low grade fever 24 hours a day? Not on chemo or meds.

Possibly: Other causes should be ruled out. Low-grade fever, though not uncommon, should be reported to your care team and can be managed medically. ...Read more

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Is it common to have daily low grade fever after emergency laparotomy? It's been 8 weeks since surgery. Blood test show no current infection.

Is it common to have daily low grade fever after emergency laparotomy? It's been 8 weeks since surgery. Blood test show no current infection.

Fever: Hi, no it is not normal to have fever after any surgery, but be careful about what you are calling fever, the fever definition is a temperature of equal to more than 100.4, if your temp is higher or equal to this number then your doctor should figure out why, any blood collection anywhere? Infection?
Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Enterovirus infection last week. No temp since Sunday. Today, little queasy and low grade fever (99.5). Otherwise ok. Same infection? Still contagious?

Enterovirus infection last week. No temp since Sunday. Today, little queasy and low grade fever (99.5). Otherwise ok. Same infection? Still contagious?

Enterovirus: If you are still symptomatic and having fever, then you are probably still contagious. It is likely still the same infection, although you could have a secondary infection as well. Get lots of rest, drink lots of fluids and take care. ...Read more

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Do I see a dr for infection/staph 4 a spider bite? It round, swollen, green and I'm running a low grade temp with cold sweats?

100 percent: Incidently, many infections that are thought to be spider bites may be wounds growing resistant bacteria like MRSA.....better to be on an oral antibiotic then topical... ...Read more

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Have postcoital bleeding for 8mo. Had 3 paps since found my cervix bleeds easily. Cleared an infection 6mo ago still bleeding. Low grade abnormal pap?

What's the question?: This is quite obviously abnormal and should be followed up carefully by your gynecologist. One of the common sources for problems of this nature is infection with hpv, and if the strain is one of those responsible for induction of cancer you should be back for regular checkups. Since there are other causes for this and have not examined you, will defer to your doctor. Best. ...Read more

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I've had a low-grade fever for 3 months with esr>100. Every test under the sun (infections, connective tissue disorders, cancer) has turned up negative. Is it ok to just ignore & wait and see now?

I've had a low-grade fever for 3 months with esr>100. Every test under the sun (infections, connective tissue disorders, cancer) has turned up negative. Is it ok to just ignore & wait and see now?

Chronic illness: Low grade fever and ESR greater than 100 is of concern and could be due to several reason including occult sepsis, inflammatory disorders, malignancies, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis to name a few. You need to be thoroughly investigated. You seem to have detailed work up with negative results. Do consult with a rheumatologist and an infectious disease specialist for further detailed evaluation. ...Read more

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Low grade fever 99-100.3. went in high powered sunbed for 8 min 1st time (3 recommended) That night low grade fever. Skin red& hurts next day. This is the 2/3rd day with fever. Resting and taking liquids. Why fever? Sign of hot body or infection?

Low grade fever 99-100.3. went in high powered sunbed for 8 min 1st time (3 recommended) That night low grade fever. Skin red& hurts next day. This is the 2/3rd day with fever. Resting and taking liquids. Why fever? Sign of hot body or infection?

Inflamed skin: Burned or injured skin causes release of inflammatory chemicals into the blood stream, just like viruses and bacteria and the body responds with fever. Additonally, sunburned skin may not be as effective in cooling the body due to injured sweat pores. Why expose yourself to harmful rays that increase your risk of skin cancer???? ...Read more

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I've had two bouts with bronchitis in less than a month. Also dealt with staph infections and have a place on my chest now. Low grade fever. Er?

I've had two bouts with bronchitis in less than a month. Also dealt with staph infections and have a place on my chest now. Low grade fever. Er?

See a lung specialis: Do not go to er. Do you smoke? Work in a smoky or dusty place? Take any meds? Had a TB test? Hiv? Start with a pulmonary dr. ...Read more

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Been taking keflex 500mg 4 times daily for sinus infection. Have no symptoms other than low grade fever. How or when will I know if its going to work?

Been taking keflex 500mg 4 times daily for sinus infection. Have no symptoms other than low grade fever. How or when will I know if its going to work?

See below: Sinusitis is characterized by nasal congestion, purulent nasal discharge, headache and facial pain over the sinuses in the frontal and maxillary areas. Low grade fever alone would not indicate sinusitis. Sinusitis is usually self limited and does not require antibiotics unless severe or prolonged. Keflex is not the best drug for sinusitis. Ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin or Augmentin would be better choices. ...Read more

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This is my 3rd day on the zpack for sinus infection. I feel almost normal, but will get a low grade fever by mid day. Why & when I will I feel 100%?

This is my 3rd day on the zpack for sinus infection. I feel almost normal, but will get a low grade fever by mid day. Why & when I will I feel 100%?

Diagnosis?: First Z-pack if not an appropriate antibiotic for sinusitis.
Second, without a CAT scan of the sinuses, the diagnosis is not specific. Third, all sinus like infections start in the nose and are therefore viral, at least for the first 5 days. Depending on the etiology, you should recover in 10-14 days. If not better, see an
ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Neck & back pain with low grade fever...Had infection in my hand 6 weeks ago...Related?

Probably not: Most likely are not related, however when you have fever you can also get achiness and sore muscles due to the infectious disease.If the infection in your hand is cured and (should be after six weeks) probably is not what is causing your back and neck pain. ...Read more

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What's the cause of recurrent infection, swollen occipital node, fatigue, headache, low grade fever, weakness and overall tiredness? Anything serious?

What's the cause of recurrent infection, swollen occipital node, fatigue, headache, low grade fever, weakness and overall tiredness? Anything serious?

Many possibilities: There are many possible diagnosis for your symptoms and the list is pretty long. I will suggest you consult your familt physician
you need a thorough history and physical exam, blood tests and if indicated other tests to find the cause of your symptoms. It may or may not be serious. ...Read more